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A private jet firm is selling social distance-friendly seats between New York and Florida for the price of first class ticket – see inside the luxurious plane

8/2/2020 3:24:00 PM

A private jet firm is selling social distance-friendly seats between New York and Florida for the price of first class ticket – see inside the luxurious plane

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Thomas Pallini/Business InsiderXO is offering a private jet experience where passengers fly between New York and Florida on a VIP-configured Bombardier CRJ200 for a fraction of the cost of a charter.Passengers only pay for their seat and but still get nearly the full private jet experience.

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Flights depart from and arrive at private terminals in New York and Florida and in-flight meals and WiFi are complimentary.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Private aviation firm XO has created a unique East Coast air bridge this summer that promises the luxury of private jet travel at the cost of a first class airline ticket. 

On weekends throughout the rest of the season, XO will be shuttling passengers between New York and Florida on a VIP-configured Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft. Normally used for airline operations, the converted regional jet offers one of the largest and widest cabins in its class, helping flyers social distance in the sky easier than on an airliner.

Chartering the aircraft to traverse the coast for a weekend normally costs upwards of $25,000 but for a one-way flight, XO passengers only pay around $2,000 – and often less – for a seat and can still indulge in all the luxuries of private flying. The only catch is that they have to share the jet with up to 15 other flyers. 

It's called a public charter where XO charters the entire plane and markets it to passengers on a per-seat basis, bringing down the cost for flyers as opposed to chartering the entire plane. Much like how the airlines fill their planes, it allows passengers to experience the private jet set life for less.

Business Insider caught up the jet before one of its trips to Florida.Here's what you can expect when a buy a seat on this luxury aircraft.The New York departure point for the service is Westchester County Airport in White Plains, a 30-mile drive from Manhattan but in the heart of the suburbs on the New York-Connecticut border.

Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York.Thomas Pallini/Business InsiderIt's smaller than the majors like John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, and LaGuardia, as well as less congested than Teterboro, which allows for shorter taxi times and fewer delays.

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cmarcus/GettyXO operates the service out of Million Air, a private terminal on the airport's south side from where all passengers for the flight will arrive and depart.The Million Air private terminal at Westchester County Airport.Thomas Pallini/Business Insider

The private terminal offers free parking just a short walk from the main entrance or valet for $20 per day.The Million Air private terminal at Westchester County Airport.Thomas Pallini/Business InsiderMillion Air is one of Westchester County Airport's newest and arguably nicest private terminals, also known as a fixed-base operator, or FBO for short.

The Million Air private terminal at Westchester County Airport.Thomas Pallini/Business InsiderRead More:There's no winding check-in lines, invasive security screenings, or long walks to the gate, only cozy living areas in which passengers can relax before the short hop down south.

The Million Air private terminal at Westchester County Airport.Thomas Pallini/Business InsiderWell-appointed lounge areas also replace the crowded gates of the commercial terminal just across the runway.The Million Air private terminal at Westchester County Airport.

Thomas Pallini/Business InsiderAnd there's no shortage of fireplaces to get that true mountain chalet feel, though the fires aren't roaring during the summer as much as they are in winter.The Million Air private terminal at Westchester County Airport.

Thomas Pallini/Business InsiderPassengers first check-in with an XO representative where bags are tagged and health declarations are filled out.The Million Air private terminal at Westchester County Airport.Thomas Pallini/Business InsiderWhile the passengers wait to board, the private terminal offers complimentary beverages, Starbucks coffee, and free WiFi.

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The Million Air private terminal at Westchester County Airport.Thomas Pallini/Business InsiderMasks are required in the elegant terminal with hand sanitizer stations also scattered throughout.The Million Air private terminal at Westchester County Airport.

Thomas Pallini/Business InsiderThe "boarding door" for the flight closes 10 minutes prior to departure – the latest passengers can arrive – but passengers frequently arrive extra early and get to enjoy all the amenities of the FBO that also includes a golf simulator.

The Million Air private terminal at Westchester County Airport.Thomas Pallini/Business InsiderWhen it's time to board, passengers are escorted across the ramp for a quick walk to their awaiting chariot.A VIP-configured Bombardier CRJ200 private jet.

Thomas Pallini/Business InsiderTennessee-based Corporate Flight Management, also known as Contour Aviation, operates the aircraft, which XO just charters and markets on a per-seat basis.A VIP-configured Bombardier CRJ200 private jet. Read more: Business Insider »

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