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The situation is a common one; you are looking for a flight and Skyscanner is only offering threats to your wallet. Now, this could be a thing of the past with the launch of flight sharing company Wingly, already active in France and Germany, which has announced the official launch of its platform in the UK.
Wingly connects private pilots with passengers so they can share the cost of a flight. On the website pilots post flights they have scheduled and passengers can easily book them.
Pilots on Wingly offer both A to B and discovery flights where start and destination are the same. The planes pilots use on Wingly offer between two and six seats.
Co-Founder Emeric de Waziers says the team are passionate pilots, aeronautical engineers and passengers themselves, with a goal to democratise light aviation.
But how does it work? Well, passengers on Wingly access a list of flights available in their region. Using filters, they can target specific destinations, flights and price ranges. Also, they can directly check the map to see all flights. For each flight, profile and reviews of the pilot are shown.
Moreover, Wingly asks for the medical certificate and licence of the pilot. The website shows the latest flights to inspire users. When a flight is selected, you can simply book and pay by credit card or PayPal. A user-friendly chat system helps passengers and passengers to organise the trip. And if the flight is cancelled everybody is reimbursed.
Thanks to cost sharing, private aviation is not a luxury anymore; it can be affordable for a wide public. Taking the plane is both fast and direct. You can save a lot of time on most routes, even commuting included.
More than 2,000 pilots are already registered on Wingly in France and Germany, the founders say. The service helps them to share their passion and cut their cost by up to 75 per cent.
Flight hours with chartered aircrafts are quite expensive for pilots, costing at least £160, depending on the model. Hence Wingly enables pilots to fly three times more for the same amount of money. With pilots having incentive not to fly with empty seats anymore, it seems everyone wins.