Less than one month after announcing its decision to accept bitcoin, UK-based private jet charter service PrivateFly.com has revealed its first celebrity bitcoin passenger completed a flight from Brussels to Nice, Cote D'Azur on 27th January.
The more than 700-mile flight was taken by tech entrepreneur, Bitcoin Foundation lifetime member and bitcoin millionaire Olivier Janssens.
While such an extravagant bitcoin purchase may seem surprising, Janssens said that because his investments require him to travel extensively, he was keen to support PrivateFly in its decision to accept bitcoin:
noted that the same-day nature of the payment showcased one of the primary benefits of the emerging virtual currency. The former Royal Air Force pilot said:
His biggest purchase to date
Twidell noted that the purchase puts Janssens in a rare category as "one of the world's first private jet customers" to pay in bitcoin, and the first to go public regarding the purchase.
While neither Janssens nor PrivateFly commented on the size of the transaction, a look at similar flights offered on the website suggests that the total cost could have ranged from €5,980 (9.5 BTC at press time) to €34,260 (54.95 BTC), depending on the size of the plane Janssens chartered.
PrivateFly.com accepts bitcoin through BitPay, but does not list prices in BTC on its website. A more detailed overview of the payments it accepts, including bitcoin, can be found on its Payment & Pricing FAQ page.
Who is Olivier Janssens?
Janssens later became a PrivateFly customer in 2013, after learning of features such as its price comparison via web and mobile platforms and 24-hour phone support. He added:
Though PrivateFly formally announced its decision to accept bitcoin this January, CEO Twidell said he has been following the bitcoin space for more than a year. He went on to suggest that the move is indicative of the company's tech-friendly approach to the travel industry, adding:
More recently the company began to receive requests from clients to accept bitcoin, suggesting that contrary to claims that many bitcoin millionaires are "hoarding" their coins, some at least are willing to spend big on luxury purchases, provided they meet their needs.
While he didn't say for certain, Janssens also suggested he may need PrivateFly's service again going forward, noting he is busy with several bitcoin projects that are competing for his attentions at the moment.
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