HEBRON, Ky. -- After a change in plans that delayed its initial launch date set for this month, upstart airline OneJet will start service from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Pittsburgh in just a matter of weeks.
The Boston-based charter, which targets corporate and business travelers, has revised its initial plans and will operate from CVG to PIT twice daily instead of once a day Monday-Friday. The move required additional crew and equipment resources, CVG spokeswoman Mindy Kershner said.
Ticket sales will start Tuesday, Sept. 6, for flights beginning Oct. 10, she said. Fares have not been announced.
OneJet officials initially said in June they were targeting an Aug. 15 start date at CVG. When it does take flight, it will become the airport's ninth air carrier to operate scheduled passenger service.
"This is a great opportunity for us," Matt Maguire, OneJet chief executive officer, told WCPO.com at the time. "The underlying market demand is there, and if there's a positive response, then we certainly would consider expanding service."
OneJet's main focus is nonstop travel between small and mid-sized markets; routes that typically span 500-800 miles. But unlike other regional outfits like Ultimate Air or Delta Private Jets, OneJet will utilize the main terminal at CVG. Airport officials said A4 is the anticipated arrival/departure gate. Pittsburgh, which OneJet recently targeted as a focus city, is also a key business market for the Tri-State -- and one cut from Delta's repertoire last fall.
"This first route is really our toe in the water (at CVG)," Maguire said. "Most of our customers are looking for the safety, security and reliability (offered) at the main terminal, and we're able to offer that, but at the same time, we're also able to offer nonstop service that other carriers cannot. We can get travelers to their destination in 45 minutes versus four to five hours with a connection."
In addition to Pittsburgh, which made a $2.5 million private/public commitment to OneJet earlier this year, the charter is established in several other Midwest cities, including Louisville, Indianapolis and Milwaukee. OneJet, founded in 2015, utilizes a seven-seat Hawker 400 light jet aircraft. On-board amenities include high-speed Internet access and first-class style seating.