Traditionally, purple was the color of royalty; now, it’s also the color of the luxury jet service. JetPurple Airwayz is scheduled to begin offering “private jet travel for the public” out of Scottsdale Airport next spring, with service to Las Vegas, San Diego, and Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.
JetPurple, which will operate only four days a week, plans to eventually add flights to San Francisco, Denver, and Las Vegas. Its service is targeted to the business traveler who wants a luxury-style flight, and the pricing will reflect that.
Expect to pay $500 for a round-trip ticket to San Diego, $500 for a round-trip ticket to Las Vegas, and $300 for a round-trip ticket to Puerto Peñasco on JetPurple.
Your flight may also be a little longer. JetPurple will use Airbus ATR-42 twin turbo-prop planes, which travel about 100 miles slower than the larger jets used by most commercial airlines. However, because Scottsdale is a smaller airport, you’ll have shorter TSA lines, less air traffic, and near-zero ground wait times. So, even though your actual time in the air will probably be longer, you might actually save time flying JetPurple.
As a bonus, JetPurple allows you two free checked bags and only charges $15 for additional checked bags. Overweight bags are $25.
JetPurple Airwayz began in 2012 with flights from Chicago’s Midway Airport in Illinois to Manistee County Blacker Airport in Michigan. Since many of its customers frequented the Phoenix area and Los Angeles, the company decided to begin serving those areas.
Founder Adam Blumenkranz says they chose Scottsdale Airport over Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport because Scottsdale Airport was less congested and because, with its golf courses and spas, the city is an appealing tourist destination.
So, why all the emphasis on purple? Although you’ll be treated like royalty on the flight, the color is actually meant to pay tribute to the Southwest, where the company will focus on its hubs in Scottsdale near our local golf communities and Los Angeles. Don’t be surprised to see purple seats, purple carpet and even purple texture on the walls.
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