Surf Air Expands Unlimited Flight Network

PC-12 operator sees success in southern California.

Surf Air PC-12

Surf Air PC-12

Surf Air

While the membership-based air taxi concept that promised to darken the skies with very light jets has not traditionally seen success, a new idea is taking off in southern California. Surf Air, which launched an all-you-can-fly membership-based concept in 2013, is expanding its network of destinations. After seeing a 40 percent increase in its exclusive membership, the company is adding four destinations this year: Santa Rosa, Monterey, Sacramento and Palm Springs.

The company currently operates nine Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprops between Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, Truckee and Carlsbad. The new destinations will be added this year, starting with the Charles M. Schulz/Sonoma County Airport (STS) on May 22. The company operates generally out of general aviation airports such as Hawthorne (HHR), San Carlos (SQL) and Oakland (OAK).

Surf Air's business concept offers its members destinations that aim to satisfy both their business and leisure needs. With its expanding network, the company plans to add five PC-12s to its fleet and 45 new daily departures this year. 1,350 members are currently signed up with Surf Air and the company hopes to double its membership once the new destinations are in place.

The initial fee to join Surf Air is $1,000. Members then pay $1,750 per month for unlimited flights within the network. The company has also added annual membership programs and group plans for families and corporations.

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