By using private jet terminals, Surf Air can cut total travel time by more than half
Less than six months after taking flight, the all you can fly membership airline is making a big move, just a short distance, moving its London operations some 50 miles from Luton Airport to London City Airport in December. Initially, the schedule will feature the same weekday daily nonstops to Zurich with plans to go double daily in the coming months, CEO Simon Talling-Smith tells Private Jet Card Comparisons. He adds, “We will be operating our first (Pilatus) PC-12s from the Zurich base into Luxembourg and Munich (and) we’re also looking carefully at Zurich-Frankfurt and Zurich-Brussels.”
The Pilatus PC-12 operator merged earlier this month with Texas-based RISE
As Surf Air Europe launches, Private Jet Card Comparisons can confirm that Jeff Potter has left the U.S. unit where he was CEO of the private flight membership company, which has popularized the single turboprop Pilatus PC-12. The move apparently took place earlier this month but has yet to be reported and the company, which is privately held, did not issue a press release. Wikipedia still lists Potter as the CEO.
Surf Air has launched in Europe, and it has a big opportunity, particularly for Londoners, but it will need to get its act together to make sure it fulfills its potential. Its first flight was last Friday on June 23, according to several reports.
While jet cards maybe hot right now – you can compare over 100 different programs in easy-to-use spreadsheets as a registered user of Private Jet Card Comparisons – the fractional market is still alive and kicking. In addition to NetJets and Flexjet, Nicholas Air and Executive AirShare have built themselves into niche providers. PlaneSense, Inc. at the same time is building its fractional ownership model around the Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12, the staple of fast growing Surf Air and distinctive by the propeller on the nose of the aircraft.
Fractional share provider PlaneSense is now authorized to fly its owners to seven different airports in Cuba. According to a report in business aviation trade publication, AIN flights to Cuba can be operated with its Pilatus PC-12 turboprop singles flying from South Florida. The company has also expanded to Bermuda. For flights to Bermuda, it only uses Nextant 400XTi twinjets.