Business class-only transatlantic flights could soon become a reality thanks to the work of pioneering start-up Odyssey Airlines, businesstraveller.com reports.
Odyssey first made headlines with its business-only proposals back in 2011, but has spent the intervening years in relative silence. Now the would-be airline has made a big return with the announcement that crowdfunding could help it turn the idea into a reality.
It is hoping that investor’s money will help it reach the target of £1 million needed to get the project off the ground. This will be in addition to the £5 million which has already been invested by private backers, including Jon Moulton. In return for their cash, investors using the crowdfunding model will be given shares in the business.
So far, crowdcube.com shows that more than a quarter of its total has already been funded.
Osyssey’s proposals involve flying business class-only between London City Airport and business destinations across the world, including New York. The group has said it plans to get the service operational by 2016. In terms of its transatlantic flight, Odyssey could well steal a march on the existing British Airways business class-only service as it could run non-stop, whereas BA stops at Shannon Airport in Ireland for refuelling.
Journeys will be undertaken on new Bombardier CSeries aircraft, which boast the “longest fully flat beds in the commercial market.”