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Seabourn introduces commissionable private jet service


Seabourn will offer a service to passengers who would like to take a private jet to and from their cruise rather than fly commercial.

Seabourn Private Air will connect passengers to vetted private charter firms, which can charter planes accommodating as few as five or as many as 16 passengers. The service will be offered globally and opens for bookings Aug. 15. Seabourn will pay 5% commission.

The cost will vary by itinerary and aircraft, Seabourn said, but specifics were not immediately disclosed.

In addition to flying passengers to and from their cruises, Seabourn said the service could also be used for mid-voyage overland trips.

Other cruise and luxury segment operators, including Crystal, have experimented with private air options. Unlike Crystal, Seabourn will not use a dedicated aircraft.

Seabourn Private Air draws on a global network of operators "who adhere to the highest international and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration standards," the company said. Seabourn will facilitate charters of light jets capable of carrying five to eight passengers, mid-size jets sized for seven to eight passengers, and heavy private jets with capacity for nine to 16 passengers.

Passenger groups lease the entire jet, not individual seats, Seabourn emphasized.

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