If people like sharing cars and apartments, why not flights?
That’s what Lars Klein, thought when he first toyed with the idea of developing a professional flight-sharing program. When Mr. Klein, a passionate pilot and computer programmer, shared his idea on an investors’ exchange, he quickly found two French investors with a similar passion for aviation, Bertrand Joab-Cornu and Emeric de Waziers, who had studied at the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in Toulouse, also known as “Airbus university,” and were similarly interested in aviation.
And the group was up and away.
The flight-sharing platform, Wingly, allows certified private pilots to sell empty seats in their small aircraft. The service, which allows them to share the considerable costs of flying, launched last summer in France and has been operating in Germany for the past two months. Nearly 700 pilots are now registered and offering flights on the Wingly portal.