Distributed computer network air travel scheduling system and method

  • US 6,711,548 B1
  • Filed: 12/29/1999
  • Issued: 03/23/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/29/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of scheduling, by an individual, a charter-type flight on a non-airline aircraft, said non-airline aircraft being drawn from a pool of available aircraft, the method comprising the steps of:

  • accessing by the individual, through a distributed computer network, a directory'"'"'service web site listing available fixed base operators and their aircraft, said directory service including location and availability of a plurality of privately-owned aircraft, said plurality of aircraft including aircraft of different sizes and speeds;

    specifying, by the individual, a departure site, time and date, and a destination;

    specifying, by the individual, a number of passengers for booking on the flight;

    assigning, by the directory service, an aircraft from the plurality of aircraft to the flight;

    updating the directory service listing with scheduled flight information including the aircraft assigned, the departure site, time and date, and the destination;

    determining, by the directory service, whether additional seats are available on the flight; and

    posting, responsive to additional seats being available, information on the flight to the directory service web site, said information including departure site, time and date, destination, aircraft assigned, and number of seats available to other persons.

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