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Fly Anywhere – A New Business Stream for Travel Agents

January 15, 2015 Corporate, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Do you have clients wanting to fly somewhere remote, a bit off the track, somewhere way ‘outback’ – or do they simply want you to book a scenic flight here in Oz or somewhere overseas?  Whatever your needs in this area a brand new Aussie business called Fly Anywhere can you help you.

Fly Anywhere is the brainchild of Robert Brus, himself a pilot – “I fly for fun not food” says Robert – and it has been 12 months plus in the planning, setting up and ticking off of all the regulatory requirements (and there are more than a few of those).  Fly Anywhere launched in November of 2014 with its website  and is now well and truly up and running and offering aviation services to customers.  So what is Fly Anywhere?

Fly Anywhere is a business that uses leading edge technology to connect consumers with general aviation. Most people are unaware of what is possible in a small plane or a helicopter and Fly Anywhere bridges this gap through the use of a simple but intuitive planning tool that shows consumers exactly what is possible. The target market includes travel agents, hotel concierges, pilots and aviation businesses and the potential audience is the travelling public, who use the software tools to gain access to the wide range of offerings in the general aviation market.

Travel agents who have traditionally been shut out of the general aviation market now have a genuine tool that they can use to add value to what they offer their clients and generate a new revenue stream at the same time.  A travel agent can sign up to Fly Anywhere and work in one of two ways either as an Affiliate or as a Broker.  As an Affiliate a travel agent will earn what amounts to a spotters fee, as they do little more than facilitate the contact between the client and the aviation business providing the service.

As a Broker the agent is the customer and has the capacity to add whatever mark-up he/she deems to be appropriate for any booking that is made.  The Broker option appears to be the most popular choice by travel agents so far, and that is scarcely surprising, but it does mean a little more work and direct liaison with the service provider.  The Fly Anywhere team have a great info graphic that explains exactly how it works for travel agents, and the website itself has loads of information and a range of FAQ’s that cover just about everything.

The Fly Anywhere team are expanding overseas over the next couple of months first in Asia and Europe and then to the USA.  To quote Robert; “We aim to be first to market in all those markets as we are already here in Australia”.  Asked about the rate of progress so far Robert says he is happy with the numbers, with 60 plus pilots and aviation businesses signed up a a number of travel agents already using the service; but he also says a November launch was not ideal because of the Christmas hiatus so he is effectively re-launching now and will be focussing on travel agents from now onwards.

“Fly Anywhere is a game changing revolution for the pilots and businesses of the general aviation industry Australia wide” said Robert, “our platform and leads are driven by travel agents, hotel concierges as well as by the consumers themselves.” “Demand of this scale, and the associated connectivity, is something never before seen by the general aviation industry” he added “and travel agents can cash in on the deal and reap the rewards of this new business stream!” 

Written by : Peter Watson

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