Some apps seem to be well suited to high flyers.
Earlier this year I wrote about how Magellan Jets, a Boston-based private aviation company, partnered with an app provider so that the app users could input their itinerary, see prices and book a jet.
The charge for the high-end app is $1,000 and had more than 150,000 members, those with a net worth of more than $1 million.
It becoming clear that some big ticket purchases can and will be made from mobile devices.
Online booking network PrivateFly just reported its biggest sale ever through a mobile app.
For $500,000, a client in Saudi Arabia booked a Boeing Business Jet, a converted 737, for a multi-leg business trip to Europe, all through the iPhone app.
And this app delivers. The plane includes an office, board room, lounge, VIP bedroom and two bathrooms.
I used the app to request a quote for a New York-London non-stop flight later this month. Within a few minutes, I got an email asking for some minor additional details, like number of passengers and type of plane I would prefer.
I provided that and got a quick quote. The entire process took fewer than five minutes.
So who would use apps for private jet bookings? An executive at PrivteFly in London told me that 6% of their business now comes through the mobile app. The company has reported more than 100,000 downloads of the app globally.
Oh, the quote for the non-stop New-York-London on a quite awesome G4? $100K. But it would be round trip.