Want to book a private jet but are away from your keyboard? No worries! BlackJet‘s got you covered! The startup, which hopes to make non-commercial flights more efficient and less expensive for the high-powered jet set, launched an iPhone app for instantly booking private jets.
BlackJet, which was first announced last fall, publicly launched in February. At launch it connected five cities: San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, South Florida and Las Vegas.
But it was only available on the web. Now it’s expanding the ways in which its busy, on-the-go clientele can book private jets to include its own native mobile app. The BlackJet app, which was released recently, provides an ultra-simple and fast way to buy seats on non-commercial aircraft, directly from their phones.
BlackJet is also growing the roster of supported cities — and trips between them — adding Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Seattle and Washington, D.C. That means the service will soon have 10 major markets total, and is connecting a lot of the big business corridors. While users perusing the site can see the new cities already, they’re really just placeholders until markets officially launch.
BlackJet’s investors include a whole lot of big-name angels and celebrities, such as founder Garrett Camp, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, First Round Capital, Shervin Pishevar, SV Angel, Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary, Michael Birch, Naval Ravikant, Rick Marini, Noah Goodhart, Thomas Ryan, Josh Spear, Jay Levy, Science Inc.’s Peter Pham and Mike Jones, Dan Rosensweig, Stephen Russell, Tim Ferriss, Matt Mullenweg, Ryan Sarver, Steve Jang, Shakil Khan, and David Ulevitch, among others. Another one of those investors is CrunchFund, which was started by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington.