JetSuiteX, the company offering almost-private flights on the U.S. West Coast, will fly between Oakland and Seattle’s Boeing Field/ King County Airport staring on July 1, the company has announced.
Flights will operate three times a day, with the exception of Saturday, when there will only be two flights a day on the new route. Boeing Field (BFI) is JetSuiteX’s first destination in the Pacific Northwest, according to the company.
Boeing Field is located just 5.5 miles south of downtown Seattle and is a easy 15-minute car ride (depending on Interstate 5 traffic) to city center. The airport is owned by King County.
The cheapest JetSuiteX fares are are now $99 each way between OAK and Seattle with taxes and fees included. (Check JetSuiteX fares and schedules here.)
By comparison, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is located 14 miles south of downtown, and it typically takes at least 30 minutes to get to Sea-Tac by car, 40 mins by light rail. The airport is one of America’s fastest growing, which means it is becoming increasingly congested.
Alaska and United Airlines recently initiated service between San Francisco SFO and less- crowded Paine Field, located 24 miles north of Seattle.
JetSuiteX has earned many fans by operating out of private airport terminals on a fleet of Embraer ERJ-135 jets that are equipped with 30 extra legroom seats each with 36-inches of seat pitch.
That’s compared to 31-32-inches you’d find in coach seat on a commercial airline. Included in fares are three pieces of checked luggage, and free snacks and drinks.
For time-sensitive travelers from San Francisco who like to land and get straight to the city, these new JetSuiteX flights to BFI are arguably worth crossing the bridge to Oakland for.
JetSuiteX regulars have lauded the ease of flying into and out of private terminals at smaller airports. There are hardly any queues to contend with, and fliers can expect to be onboard without having to arrive early to navigate crowded curbsides or long lines at TSA screening.
“With this new route, JetSuiteX is targeting a mix of business and leisure travelers, as both regions are important technology hubs as well as major tourist destinations,” Company co-founder and CEO Alex Wilcox explained: “Our customers save up to one hour each time they fly by avoiding the hassles of major airports.”
The carrier specializes in short-haul west coast flying with many routes focused on the Bay to Basin market. From the Bay Area, it operates flights out of Oakland Airport and Concord’s Buchanan Field to Burbank, Orange County, and Las Vegas.
The Bay Area to Seattle market is packed: At Oakland, JetSuiteX will be going up against commercial carriers Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines on the Oakland-Seattle route. This summer, Southwest is operating seven flights each way between the two cities. Alaska will operate four daily roundtrips.
In addition to Oakland-Seattle, Alaska runs a whopping 12 flights per day from SFO to SEA. United flies up there eight times per day, and Delta has seven flights per day. From San Jose, Alaska flies the route eight times per day in each direction. Delta flies from SJC to SEA five times.