Saturday afternoon Eclipse Aviation distributed an e-mail response to DayJet’s apparent collapse Friday. “Eclipse Aviation is aware that DayJet Corporation eliminated most of its workforce Friday and ceased commercial air taxi operations,” the company said.
“While DayJet was Eclipse's largest customer, Eclipse's business model and success has never relied solely on DayJet. Eclipse still has hundreds of orders to fill independent of DayJet, and existing customers will be happy and eager to move up in line. Eclipse also anticipates ongoing interest in the United States as well as fulfilling the strong demand for the Eclipse 500 in the global markets,” Eclipse stated.
The Eclipse announcement credited DayJet with validating the “per-seat, on demand” air taxi model and with demonstrating the “growing demand” for this service, despite failing to raise the capital it needed to continue. Eclipse asserted, “The air taxi market is now a proven market and Eclipse anticipates other companies will look at the market to determine how the needs of the regional executive traveler can be realized.”
Finally, Eclipse stated that would make no further comments on DayJet and would not respond to enquiries on the matter.