SOURCE: OnlineFocus

June 07, 2005 08:17 ET

Webby Award Won by Flight Maker Jet Charter Club and Onlinefocus

Club Members Travel by Private Jet at Rates Rivaling Commercial Airline Fares

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 7, 2005 -- The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences has bestowed the Webby Award in Travel to Flight Maker Jet Charter Club. The web site (www.flightmaker.com) was selected over runners-up AOL CityGuide, Orbitz, GoCityKids and Lonely Planet.

Onlinefocus designed and engineered an integrated system of public web sites, applications, intranets and extranets, enabling Flight Maker to establish a new kind of business online. Flight Maker is the brainchild of David Jaynes, the company's president and founder. "My wife and I had the idea one weekend when some people flying a private jet offered to drop us off at Bandon Dunes golf course on their way to Portland. We were flying commercial and it was going to take us 7 hours to get there -- instead it took less than two hours and we didn't have to wait in any lines -- that's when Flight Maker was born."

The Flight Maker Jet Charter Club significantly reduces the cost of private jet travel by matching small groups of travelers with common itineraries so they can share a plane. Empty return flight "legs" are sold to other members, often at costs equal to first class airline fare. Most flights are on high traffic routes between major markets and popular destinations.

The flight matching process is orchestrated through a system of automated communications. Members post their travel plans or join the posted plans of others going to the same destination. When plans are posted, software automatically emails other members who have selected that particular destination as one of their "favorites." Automated emails keep travelers, charter operators and Flight Maker administrators apprised regarding who wants to travel, where they want to go and who is flying planes to those destinations.

"The beauty of the Flight Maker web site and the automation that is built into it is that we don't need a lot of people," said Jaynes. "We can quadruple the size of our membership and still stay lean as a business, because the web site does so much of the work and keeps everything moving along.

"Onlinefocus did what I was looking for when choosing a company -- they got into the business and started designing from the perspective as if we were running the business together -- they were coming up with functionality and features that I hadn't thought about. This has made a big difference."

About Flight Maker

Founded in 2002, Flight Maker (www.flightmaker.com) is a Los Angeles, California-based privately held company providing attractive private jet travel services to qualified members.

About Onlinefocus

Founded in 1995, Onlinefocus (www.onlinefocus.com) is a Silicon Valley-based privately held web strategy, design, development, and creative agency with offices in Mountain View, Memphis, Boca Raton, Cincinnati and Portland.

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