Blink Shuttle - Case Studies
Blink is developing shuttle services for organisations of all sizes. Here are a few examples:
A FTSE100 Pan-European Company
Blink is working with a major FTSE 100 company to implement a corporate shuttle service that will replace commercial airlines on a key route.
The company is based in southeast England and needs to transport employees between London and a destination in continental Europe. The airlines schedules are so inefficient that day trips are impossible. Compounding this problem is that the closest commercial hubs are located so far from the company’s office that they are forced to overnight their employees in hotels at the London airport. The distance of the London airport from the corporate office means the airport transfer costs are very high.
Despite taking the first flight of the day, travellers are unable to complete an entire day’s business on the other end. As a result, they are forced to overnight again at the satellite office. Returning to London on the first flight means that employees only arrive at their London office in the early afternoon.
Blink Shuttle Solution
Blink’s corporate shuttle enables travellers to do day trips from airports conveniently located adjacent to their offices. Blink provides a minimum of one round trip a day with the flexibility to increase this number to up to three flights per weekday based upon specific demand. Blink saves this company over 15% on a cash for cash basis relative to what they are currently spending flying with commercial airlines. Additionally, due to the time savings and increased productivity, Blink creates a total trip savings of over 70%.
Bulge bracket investment firm
Blink is working with a bulge bracket private equity firm to create its own private airline to connect its London and Geneva offices.
The firm has multiple offices across Europe with its key offices and partners split between London and Geneva. Despite the relative frequency of flights between London and Geneva on major commercial airlines, the firm finds it difficult to do day trips. In order to benefit from a full day of meetings, travellers must take the first flight of the day and return on the last flight of the day. Combined with the time required to travel to the airport and time wasted before the flight, the productive workday is tangibly reduced. Employees travel between the two cities on a daily basis, yielding the potential create a schedule around their needs.
Blink Shuttle Solution
As part of our consultative Shuttle process, we analysed the current cash costs and wasted time associated with using the commercial airlines and determined there was a significant cash savings and productivity gain associated with creating their own flight schedule.
Blink worked with the firm and its employees to determine a consistent travel pattern that could be fixed. Once the schedule was fixed, the firm leveraged the seat capacity they had to move more employees between the offices with no additional cost. They also share the empty seats on their flights with colleagues and peers from other firms and companies using the time onboard the flight to conduct business in a confidential and secure environment. An intangible benefit of their own flight schedule is that the executives are able to be home in time for dinner with their families…an advantage that is priceless.
A leading defence technology company
A major defence technology company approached Blink to operate two distinct Blink Shuttles between two R&D facilities and its head office. The R&D facilities are located in tertiary locations co-located with airports but with no commercial airline service.
The company operates a daily propeller aircraft that is slow and inefficient between one of its R&D facilities and its head office. It connects its head office with the other R&D facility using a combination of commercial airlines, trains, and taxis. The flight time between the head office and each of the facilities on a Blink jet is 1 hour. However, the total time to travel using the commercial alternative is 5 hours in each direction. Each time an employee travels to the R&D facility, they are out of the office for 3 business days: the first day is spent traveling, the second day is spent at the facility, and the third day is spent returning home.
Blink Shuttle Solution
Blink provided a Shuttle solution that enabled multiple flights per day on a lower per-seat cost than either the propeller plane or the commercial alternative. Blink reduced the total cost of travel through lower travel costs and elimination of hotel and ancillary costs and created a 66% productivity gain.