by Stephen Garner

If you’re looking for a new way to travel, here’s a new option. Being heralded as the “future of first class leisure travel,” Aero took its first flight last month as it launches its offering of semi-private jet travel.

Poised to be the travel method of choice amongst the who’s who, Aero is building a distinguished brand by delivering an end-to-end travel experience that will redefine first-class air travel as a new renaissance of luxury travel approaches with the comfort of low-contact. Founded by Uber’s Garrett Camp and led by aerospace engineer veteran, Uma Subramanian, Aero is predicting that the future of flight is in leisure travel.

Subramanian describes the audience for this type of travel as a “leisure traveler who loves experiences and lives life well.” She tells MR that, “Our traveler is a stylish, self-made careerist who loves to unwind just as much as they work hard. They are an early adopter of trends and love customization and luxury with the value of convenience.”

With ticket prices starting at $1,250 each way ($990 for founding members), the state-of-the-art aircraft is an enigma against the white-colored planes peppered alongside major U.S. air hubs, boasting a sleek all-black exterior with luxury cabin interiors; adorned with hand-stitched Italian leather seats, custom suede interior walls, and a signature ultra-leather piping throughout the flight, set under the sophisticated art lighting and a custom sound system by Bongiovi Acoustic Lab — offering an immersive flight experience worthy of any jet-setter.

Each Aero flight experience offers a suite of dedicated Hosts to provide seamless service at every travel turn — think white glove luggage service, curbside greeting (by name), car service booking assitance with your favorite snack and cocktail waiting for you at your seat, sourced from local artisan partners.

Along with its debut, Aero is taking multiple safety measures amid the pandemic including a pre-flight mandatory COVID-19 test; a max capacity of 16 passengers; minimized touchpoints for both the passengers and flight attendants; and a jet sanitation process before and after each flight.

Aero’s first flight path between L.A.’s Van Nuys airport to Aspen launched in February and will operate through the month of April. Subramanian confirms with MR that the company will add routes on the West Coast and in Europe this summer, but details are still being worked out.