A brand new commuting service for aviation staff who work at Gatwick airport is set to launch this September.
CrewFlyer is the brainchild of Adam Miller who previously worked as crew for British Airways but has worked in the aviation industry for over 18 years.
The concept is very simple. Staff are able to buy tickets for a unique minibus service that picks them up from outside the staff reporting centres and transports them directly to one of three destinations in Brighton; Preston Park, Patcham and Pool Valley Coach House.
Onboard every minibus there are complimentary hot drinks and a free Wi-fi service allowing passengers to relax and catchup with any social or work related affairs on mobile devices.
The service is also 24hrs and for anyone purchasing a 3 month or more season ticket then there will always be a guaranteed seat. What’s more, as Adam points out, they won’t go on strike.
Adam came up with the idea about 5 years ago but it wasn’t until a chance conversation with his fellow director Grant Shaw, who used to work for the local authority, that the idea came to life and both men gave up their jobs to concentrate on CrewFlyer.
With the idea formulated and planned the next problem for Adam and Grant was arranging the transport.
“I had been using my local Vauxhall garage for a long time and had built up a friendship with their Business Development Consultant Lisa Stevens. I showed Lisa a power point of the business pan and she was so impressed that she was able to put together a proposal that we just could not have got from anyone else.”
The arrangement with Go Vauxhall will see the firm start with two Vauxhall Movano Minibuses each capable of transporting 16 passengers but will numerous configurations possible. A third bus is already ordered and Adam hopes to increase that number to 5 within months.
Lisa Stevens, Group Business Development Consultant at Go Vauxhall explained:
“Adam is a long standing customer of ours having purchased many cars over the years. His family were introduced to the Vauxhall brand as well, enjoying a coffee and a friendly chat when popping in to the aftersales department.
Adam has been a marvellous advocate introducing the Vauxhall range to his work colleagues at British Airways and with this new venture CrewFlyer, he gave us the chance to supply two all singing, dancing Movano Minibuses.”
CrewFlyers’ ability to pick up from the staff centres means that already their passengers are cutting 15 minutes off their travel time as they don’t have to make their way over to the bus stops or the train station.
What’s more, Gatwick themselves have been incredibly receptive to the concept and have given help to Adam and Grant.
With an initial launch of a service to and from Brighton, the guys are looking at expanding to other areas shortly afterwards with Croydon a very real possibility.
Initial prices for the service are:
1 Month £160
3 Month £480*
6 Month £930*
9 Month £1350*
12 Month £1740*
*Include seat guarantee
If you would like more information on CrewFlyer, goto their website by clicking here.