One of the sectors most affected by the current Coronavirus crisis is undoubtedly tourism. And in terms of the tourism sector, technology is being one of the main tools to improve prevention. In this context, the pandemic accelerated the launch of JetsBooking.com, a new executive aviation platform in a B2B marketplace that works with technologies such as Blockchain, IA, and Iot.
It is a system that allows corporate and tourist travel agents to book available seats on private jets and helicopters in more than 110 countries, and combine them with commercial airlines. For the next 12 months, it estimates transactions of $42 million.
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The platform, which stands out for its technological tools such as artificial intelligence, IOT, Robotics, Blockchain and Data Intelligence, already has approximately 2,000 air companies from the Business Aviation sector and more than 9,000 aircraft, including jets and helicopters. The company has its headquarters in Miami, and its IT development team in Argentina.
„The private aviation sector needed a big change in innovation and we brought it to them through technology, taking it to where it never was, in the phones of every traveler, with more flight options, diversity of destinations, flexibility of schedules, and greater comfort and health in times of COVID. Over time we will see the industry become more efficient and economical for passengers, this is what we call the democratization of the industry,“ says Sebastian Chicou, CEO of JetsBooking.
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Sebastian Chicou, CEO of JetsBooking
Sebastian Chicou is a professional airplane and helicopter pilot, he is the founder and CEO of two executive aviation companies for more than 15 years, market leaders in air services and shared aircraft ownership.
With a high impact profile in the industry, today he seeks to democratize private aviation at a global level with a new and disruptive business model based on technologies such as Machine Learning, Big Data, IA, Blockchain, etc.
The global coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 generated a deep crisis in the tourism industry and thousands of companies had to quickly modify their business and launch new services to avoid resigning the largest possible percentage of their income.
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In fact, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), tourism in 2020 will be reduced by 60 to 80%, putting at risk between 100 and 120 million jobs. This is the worst result since 1950 and the end of sustained growth since 2009.
Therefore, despite the drawbacks that many companies began to suffer, other businesses and projects burst in. Within the latter group is this company, which aims to find a solution in the midst of the pandemic to solve corporate flights. With an investment of US $1.7 million (about $169 million) of seed capital, JetsBooking’s goal is to connect travel agents with executive aviation companies.
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The tourism sector in the midst of digital change and updating is beginning to suffer the setback of the coronavirus. There is always talk of the good or bad use of technology, but for the tourism sector it is becoming one of the main tools to improve prevention. Being able to know on which flight an infected person boarded, to communicate efficiently and quickly to the people with whom he was during those days his situation and to keep a record of his diagnosis are key data to contain the outbreak.
According to Chicou, JetsBooking was born out of the need to change the paradigm and democratize, giving it greater visibility and closeness to consumers, through technology.