The “all you can fly” private jet membership airline is trying to appeal to business travelers
Surf Air in Europe took flight at the beginning of the summer with leisure routes from Luton Airport outside London to Ibiza and Cannes. Then last month it launched Zurich, albeit two roundtrips per week. Now, the carrier says beginning November 13 it will increase its Luton-Zurich roundtrips to daily on the weekdays. The new schedule better supports Surf Air’s appeal to business travelers.
JetClass, JetSmarter, Surf Air and soon, possibly Wheels Up, are trying to bridge the gap between commercial airlines and full private jet charter in Europe
Another private jet like shuttle service says it is making inroads in European’s aviation market. JetClass, which is a “non-subscription” service has been offering travelers the opportunities to buy single seats on shared private jets for as little as EUR 290 since the beginning of the summer. JetClass comes from Wagas Ali and Vladislav Zenov who founded online private jet broker CharterScanner.
The “all you can fly” private aviation operator is offering a combined U.S. – Europe membership.
Surf Air’s European operation, which launched earlier this summer with flights from London’s Luton Airport to Ibiza, Cannes and now Zurich, is offering free flights to top-tier frequent fliers in the programs of other European airlines.
Private aviation provider Surf Air is offering a new program targeting weekend leisure travelers with a $2,500 annual membership fee.
Surf Air is planning to launch a new product next month called “Escapes” that is aimed at the leisure traveler. It’s a hybrid approach to the company’s monthly membership “all-you-can-fly” model. The program was soft-launched last weekend.
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.
Private Jet by the seat comes to Europe
As previously reported, Surf Air Europe last week launched on June 23rd with a single route from London’s Luton Airport to Ibiza, Spain. London to Cannes starts on July 4, and after that Zurich looks like it will join the network in September. The U.S. by the seat private aviation membership provider has been operating since 2013. This demonstrates Surf Air’s confidence in expanding this service into Europe.
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.