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Linear Air Welcomes Skyline Flight

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Fri, Dec 12, 2014


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Linear Air is delighted to welcome Skyline Flight as our newest network operator. Headquartered in central Massachusetts, Skyline Flight has been providing regional air taxi service on the East Coast for nearly ten years.  Their focus is making travel simple, fast, and convenient for their family of customers.  

Linear Air CEO Bill Herp notes, "We've been working with Skyline for a while now on a trip-by-trip basis, and have been very pleased with the high level of service they have provided to Linear Air customers.  We are glad they've chosen to join our network of Linear Connect operator partners."

Ken Brown, Skyline Flight's CEO, said, "The decision to become a Linear Connect partner was not one we took lightly, but after over a year of working closely with the Linear team, we have seen first-hand the value they have brought to our business.  We are looking forward to growing the air taxi market together!"

To find more information on Skyline Flight and our other air taxi partners please check out our partners page. 

 

Linear Air Expands Air Taxi Service Along East Coast

Posted by Alanna Vallee on Wed, Jun 25, 2014

New Air Taxi Partners FlyADVANCED & OpenAir Join Linear Air’s Online Marketplace for Air Taxi

Click here for access to full press release

June 25, 2014- Bedford, MA- Linear Air announced two new partners joining its growing Air Taxi marketplace resulting in an expanded national service area. As FlyADVANCED, with its base of operations in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and OpenAir based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, bring more aircraft into the network, Linear Air will augment its Northeast service by offering regional air taxi flights throughout the Philadelphia and Washington D.C. areas. All of the expanded air taxi flights will be available on hipmunk.com and KAYAK.com, Linear Air’s travel search partners for connecting air taxi to a nationwide audience of travelers.

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“Partnering with FlyADVANCED and OpenAir offers air taxi customers more routes, more aircraft, and more availability,” said Bill Herp, Linear Air CEO. “Our goal is to grow our current marketplace throughout the U.S., offering customers a flight anytime, anywhere. These partnerships are an important step toward realizing that goal.”

Hopscotch Air, a premier partner of Linear Air since 2012, and their fleet of Cirrus SR 22 air taxi aircraft, partnered to launch the online air taxi marketplace servicing primarily Boston and New York travelers. “The partnership with Linear Air is a proven success,” says Andrew Schmertz, CEO of Hopscotch Air. “It’s driven sales, expanded our marketing footprint, and provided additional support to our company.  All of this translates into more customers served and happier customers.” 

“We are excited to embark on this partnership with Linear Air to offer air taxi flights on our Cirrus aircraft to locations throughout the Northeast” said Ben Hollander, Director of Charter Operations for FlyADVANCED. “This partnership will expand our reach as a company to offer safe, easy, and affordable travel options.” OpenAir President Michael Klein adds, “we have watched Linear Air’s marketplace grow over the past year and we are truly excited to be a part of their growing network.  We believe that this partnership will expand OpenAir's reach and abilities, and our clients will benefit from broader booking capabilities.”

Launched in 2013, Linear Air’s digital marketplace connects customers with available air taxi inventory across the operator network. What Open Table did for restaurant reservations, and Uber is doing for car service, Linear Air is doing for air taxi. As visitors search for flights on the Linear Air site, or one of their travel search partners KAYAK.com and hipmunk.com, proprietary software matches the most suitable aircraft in the network to each flight search - in real time. 

Customers can search for and reserve their air taxi at www.linearair.com, www.KAYAK.com, and www.hipmunk.com. Air taxi flights are flown on the most cost-effective and most technologically advanced aircraft in the general aviation industry.

About Linear Air

Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, Linear Air is a pioneering innovator of air taxi services, connecting the traveling public with select operators of air taxi aircraft via our proprietary software platform. Linear Air offers business and leisure travelers access to more than 5,000 airports in North America using the most advanced and comfortable air taxi aircraft available. With a 10-year history of leadership in the air taxi travel segment, Linear Air is proving that air taxi can provide the benefits of traditional jet charter, but without the extravagant prices. For more information, please visit www.linearair.com, call 1-877-2-LINEAR, or email info(at)linearair.com.

About Fly Advanced

FlyADVANCED offers a full range of aircraft services; from last-minute air taxi services, to large cabin worldwide private jet charter or hangar parking and fuel services.  With locations at Historic Wings Field in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, along with facilities in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and now Wilmington, Delaware, FlyADVANCED is the leading Cirrus Platinum Training Center and the largest Cirrus Factory Authorized Service Center in the US. For more information, please visit www.flyadvanced.com or call 1-215-646-0400.

About Hopscotch Air, Inc.

Hopscotch Air, a transformative FAA-certified air taxi service, delivers private aviation at affordable prices. Hopscotch Air offers its air taxi service through efficient, technologically advanced Cirrus SR 22 aircraft. Designed to provide an alternative to regional airline service and driving, Hopscotch Air currently serves hundreds of lightly used airports throughout the northeast and Canada from its base airports in Long Island, Westchester, Boston, and Stowe. For more information, please visit www.flyhopscotch.com or call 1-877-255-2HOP.

About OpenAir

OpenAir is an Air Taxi, Air Charter, and Aircraft Management company based out of one of Washington DC’s closest general aviation airports - the Montgomery County Airpark.   Established in 2005, OpenAir has been one of the nation’s leaders in Cirrus Air Taxi service serving the Eastern US.  OpenAir’s mission is to offer the general public and business traveler an alternative to the frustrating, time consuming and customer un-friendly airline model.  For more information please visit www.FlyOpenAir.com or call 1-800-940-2FLY.

Tags: hipmunk, kayak, uber, open table, FlyADVANCED, OpenAir, air taxi, hopscotch air

Linear Air's Cape & Islands Service Featured in Media

Posted by Peter Schmidt on Thu, Jun 05, 2014

Our latest press release, announcing Linear Air's new per-seat service to the Cape and Islands, has captured the media's attention and been featured in numerous newspapers and journals, from the Worcester Herald to Premier Traveler. The press release emphasized the convenience and accessibility of our great new service, particularly for busy professionals who would rather enjoy their precious summer vacation time, instead of sitting in frustrating traffic. 

  • Premier Traveler USA's article praises the convenience of our service, asking "What better way to beat the heat than to also beat the traffic? Sounds like the perfect esCAPE."
  • The Cape Cod Times's article emphasizes our hope that "the per-seat offerings will expand the customer base beyond those who charter an entire airplane."
  • Cape & Plymouth Business's article states that "Linear Air’s new regional air taxi schedule provides convenient times and ideal routes for travelers going from the New York and Boston regional areas to the Cape and Islands."
  • lohud.com's article also hails the ease of our service, which "lets you skip the security check-in, soar over the traffic and take your shoes off only when you want."
We were also featured in the following articles:
For access to the original press release, click here. And contact us with any questions!
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Tags: marthas vineyard, nantucket, cape cod, hopscotch, air taxi, personal travel, bed, linear air, westchester county airport, hpn

Linear Air Offers New Per-Seat Service to the Cape and Islands

Posted by Alanna Vallee on Wed, May 14, 2014

Executive and Leisure Travelers Able to Maximize Summer Weekend Getaways with Air Taxi Service

Linear Air, in conjunction with partner Hopscotch Air, will begin scheduled per-seat air taxi service to Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard -- from Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass. and Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY. Service begins May 15.

Click here to access full press release.

Linear Air announced today that it will begin scheduled per-seat service, in conjunction with its partner Hopscotch Air, to some of New England’s most popular and hard-to-get-to summer destinations: Cape Cod, Nantucket Island, and Martha’s Vineyard. Linear Air flights will depart from Hanscom Field, just outside Boston in Bedford, Mass. Hopscotch Air will serve these destinations from the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY. Service will begin on May 15, 2014. For schedules, pricing, and to make reservations, please visit fly.linearair.com/routes.

“Our customers are busy executives living near Boston and Manhattan. They have demanding work and travel schedules that rely on air taxi,” said Bill Herp, Linear Air CEO. “When the time comes for vacation, air taxi lets them maximize their leisure time by offering flights from convenient local airports to sought-after destinations. After a hectic week in the office, no one looks forward to the long drive or race for the ferry standing between them and their vacation. We’ve devised our new Cape and Islands schedule to save travelers time and maximize their weekend getaways.”

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Linear Air will provide the only scheduled service from the Boston area into Cape Cod’s Chatham Airport, a centrally located and popular Cape destination, departing Friday evenings from Hanscom Field and returning Sunday afternoons. Direct flights to Provincetown will depart from White Plains Thursday evenings with a return flight Sunday afternoons.

Traveling to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard can be time-consuming, inconvenient, and crowded using traditional means. Linear Air’s service turns a five- to seven-hour drive into a one-hour flight. Linear Air’s scheduled service uses smaller, less congested airports in order to avoid the traffic and hassles of commercial airline hubs. Hopscotch Air CEO Andrew Schmertz notes, “We offer hassle-free travel from White Plains, which is minutes away from some of the biggest businesses in both Westchester and Connecticut and an easy car or train ride away from Manhattan. Plus, no long airport lines, no delays, no TSA scanning/grabbing, and no crowded airline terminals.”

Service to Nantucket leaves Bedford on Thursday evenings, and leaves White Plains every Friday afternoon. Both routes have return flights on Monday morning at 9:00 am in order to maximize weekend time on the Island. Service to Martha’s Vineyard departs both bases at 4:15 p.m. on Friday with return flights on Sunday at 5:15 p.m.

Reservations are available direct through Linear Air at fly.linearair.com/routes, as well as Linear Air’s travel search partner http://www.kayak.com/.

All air taxi flights are flown on Cirrus aircraft, among the safest, most technologically advanced, and cost-effective general aviation aircraft in the industry.

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About Linear Air

Based in Bedford, Mass., Linear Air is a pioneering innovator of air taxi services, connecting the traveling public with select operators of air taxi aircraft via our proprietary software platform. Linear Air offers business and leisure travelers access to more than 5,000 airports in North America that are conveniently located just minutes from anywhere, using the most advanced and comfortable air taxi aircraft available. With a 10-year history of leadership in the air taxi travel segment, Linear Air is proving that air taxi can provide the benefits of traditional jet charter, but without the extravagant prices. For more information, please visit http://www.linearair.com/, call 1-877-2-LINEAR, or email info@linearair.com.

About Hopscotch Air, Inc.

Hopscotch Air, a transformative FAA-certified air taxi service, delivers private aviation at affordable prices. Hopscotch Air offers its air taxi service through efficient, technologically advanced Cirrus SR 22 aircraft. Designed to provide an alternative to regional airline service and driving, Hopscotch Air currently serves hundreds of lightly used airports throughout the northeast and Canada from its base airports in Long Island, Westchester, Boston, and Stowe. For more information, please visit http://www.flyhopscotch.com or call 1-877-255-2HOP.

Tags: marthas vineyard, nantucket, cape cod, hopscotch, per-seat, air taxi

Linear Air Voices Ongoing Concern over Airpooler & calls out FAA

Posted by William Herp on Thu, Apr 10, 2014

The FAA recently ruled flight-sharing unsafe and illegal for public transportation, shutting down fledgling plane-sharing ventures Airpooler and Flytenow. But is that enough?

As the CEO of our Air Taxi marketplace, I'm relieved that -- when asked -- the FAA took seriously its charter to protect the safety of the traveling public by ruling flight-sharing websites unsafe and illegal. But at the same time I'm left wanting more. With its ruling on Airpooler, the FAA formally denounced public promotion of expense-sharing schemes by non-commercial pilots and aircraft as a violation of the safety standards inherent in the regulations the FAA is tasked to enforce. Yet, these sorts of flights take place every day "below the radar."

Just this week I witnessed a number of suspicious operations between my home airport, outside Boston, and one of the most popular destinations at this time of year, Nantucket island off the Massachusetts coast. Its quite common to see a non-commercially approved pilot (let's call him "Fast Freddy") make multiple trips back and forth to Nantucket dropping off and picking up different groups of passengers in what certainly seems like commercial activity. FAA folks will tell you, as they have me, that they know these sorts of flights are taking place and wish they weren't but they simply don't have the mandate or the resources to proactively monitor Fast Freddy and take action against him. Sadly, as one FAA employee told me, "We work backwards from the accident." Which is precisely why there should be more emphasis on proactive surveillance, monitoring, and enforcement of these illegal and unsafe flight operations. We shouldn't have to wait for someone to die, and if you think I am being inflammatory, I'd refer you to my original blog post (below) about the differences between "Fast Freddy" and approved commercial pilots and aircraft. The good news is that technology can provide a solution to better address this important safety issue within the FAA's resource constraints. 

The FAA needs to step up their game if they are truly the stewards of aviation safety. Technology can help:

  1. Where is the rigor around auditing pilots? We cannot afford to have pilots running illegal charter and the FAA not cracking down on it. Clearly the rules are not well understood and, more critically, not well-enforced.
  2. Additional oversight is desperately needed. FAA-funded programs, like the National Air Transportation Association's 'drop-a-dime' hotline, are a great start, but this depends on pilots snitching on their fellows. An unreliable system at best.
  3. With today's technology, a data-driven program to identify potential bad apples should be established. Air Traffic Control maintains a record of every airplane on radar, including the registration (or N-number) of each aircraft.  This data can be analyzed, in real-time, to determine suspicious activity like Fast Freddy running back-and-forth to Nantucket all day long. The N-numbers can be matched against the FAA's registration database to let the owners of the aircraft – who may not even know what the pilots are doing with their aircraft – know that they run the risk of canceled insurance and even loss of coverage in the event of an accident.  Not to mention the potential for criminal charges in the event of knowing violation of FAA regulations.
I applaud innovation in business and business models, but safety is the most critical component of our business and we cannot sacrifice one for the other, nor do we have to. Plane-sharing websites appear to be shutdown, but this isn't going to stop Fast Freddy from risking the lives and well-being of his unsuspecting passengers. Not to mention risking the net worth of the owner of the aircraft he's utilizing. This ruling should serve as a wake-up call for the FAA to take advantage of technology in order to proactively address the issue of unsafe and illegal operations. I'm certain I'm not alone in awaiting aggressive action against the rest of the unsafe and illegal flights that occur everyday around us. No one wants to work backwards from an accident.
 
Updated news coverage: FAA letter may keep aviation startups like AirPooler grounded
 
Original post from April 10, 2014:

I was recently quoted in Scott Kirsner's article on Airpooler. There are additional points I feel are critical to elaborate on with regard to this business and others like it. Most importantly, I want to use this forum to let our customers, and future customers, know how Linear Air is very different from what these start-ups are attempting to offer.

Flytenow and Airpooler are promoting plane-sharing as a new travel option. Their companies will ostensibly connect private pilots, who rent or own private aircraft, with passengers who'd like to hitch a ride. You may have heard of Lyft, the car ride-sharing business, and thought it an interesting concept which could be comparable to these airplane ride-sharing companies. But - to state the obvious - flying an airplane and driving a car are two very different endeavors, and while this may sound great for pilots who'd like to afford their hobby more often and for passengers who would get to enjoy the benefits of personal travel, there are valid concerns:

Aircraft concerns . . .

  • Plane-sharing places passengers in private aircraft which are not subject to the rigorous standards of commercial aircraft.
    • Private aircraft are only required to undergo maintenance once a year.

    • Private aircraft insurance coverage is usually very limited and would not extend to any liability that the passenger might incur as a result of providing compensation for the flight.

  • Linear Air offers Air Taxi flights on commercial aircraft which are subject to close, ongoing FAA inspection and oversight.

    • Commercial aircraft must be inspected every 50 flight hours, and returned to like-new operating condition every time.

    • Commercial aircraft provide better safety margins due to the more capable and redundant systems and equipment required versus private aircraft. 

    • Commercial aviation insurance coverage provides multi-million dollar liability coverage and extends to everyone on-board.

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Pilot concerns . . .

  • Plane-sharing flights are flown by private pilots who are not subject to the professional standards of commercial pilots.
    • Private pilots require less than 50 hours of flight time to be licensed and are only required to perform recurrent training and checking every two years.

    • Private pilots are not required and may not have the experience or licensing to fly in clouds, or other typical weather conditions. They may also lack experience flying in and around crowded airspace and airports.

    • Medical certification for private pilots is required only once every 2 - 5 years.

  • All Linear Air flights are flown by commercially-rated pilots under more stringent FAA rules than private pilots. 

    • These pilots have all completed the rigorous training, in all flight conditions and airspace, necessary to attain their commercial ratings. Flying is their profession, not just their hobby.

    • Commercial pilots must have at least 1,200 hours of flight time before they can act as pilot for a commercial Air Taxi company.

    • Recurrent training and checking is required every 6 months. 

    • Medical re-certification is required at least every 12 months.

Most importantly, Air Taxi flights adhere to stringent operating rules, developed and refined over decades, with the goal and effect of greatly improving air travel safety. Every flight must be officially released and tracked by management responsible to the FAA. All flight, maintenance, and pilot information is tracked and reported on a continual basis.  Best practices are identified, shared and implemented.  The same regulations and oversight do not exist for private flights, which is why I do not believe they are suitable as a public travel option.

In the past the FAA has determined similar plane-sharing flights to be commercial operations which should have been performed in accordance with the more stringent commercial regulations.  Passengers can be liable, as well as pilots, and insurance could be void as private aviation insurance policies specifically exclude commercial operations.

The FAA and the Department of Transportation will ultimately determine whether or not plane-sharing will be allowed. With 10 years of experience as an Air Taxi service, Linear Air cautions travelers who are considering plane-sharing & will continue to be an active voice in the debate. 

~ Bill Herp, Airline Transport Pilot

Recent articles:

Can Boston get plane-sharing off the ground? Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe

Airpooler wants to let you hitch a ride on private planes Scott Kirsner, Beta Boston

Tags: plane-sharing, Airpooler, Flytenow, air taxi, linear air, faa

Linear Air CEO William Herp Talks Air Taxis

Posted by Alanna Vallee on Fri, Feb 07, 2014

A conversation with William Herp

Interview by Bill Randell, GoLocalWorcester MINDSETTER

http://www.golocalworcester.com/business/flyorh-linear-air-ceo-william-herp-talks-air-taxis/

BR: A few years back air taxi was the future of the airline business. The one most people were familiar with was the failed DayJet. What did they do wrong?

WH: Unfortunately DayJet was ahead of its time. They were attempting to aggregate passengers to circumvent the constraints of FAA regulations that prohibit selling seats on charter jets while earnestly lobbying to get the rules changed. They launched with a model promoting a lower price if travelers provided a wide window for scheduling a flight, but in fact, this was a means negotiated with the FAA to stay in compliance with the rules. DayJet would offer a lower price if you gave them a larger window in which they could ultimately schedule your flight, but the window could never be smaller than four hours, and the final time could be provided to the customers no earlier than the night before.

As a business traveler who needed to, say, get from Boca Raton to Gainesville for a meeting at a particular time, this was a very poor solution and DayJet suffered from understandably weak load factors. But they almost succeeded in getting the FAA to change the rules but for the economic meltdown of 2008, which led to the bankruptcy of their primary supplier, Eclipse Aviation, and the subsequent bankruptcy of DayJet itself and the shelving of its proposal to change the regulations on selling seats on charter jets.

[Note: this same problem has led to the inability of other shared seat models to get traction, including, most recently high profile BlackJet]

BR: The DayJet fleet was to be comprised of the Eclipse 500, which has seen some problems. You use the Eclipse 500 along with the Cirrus SR-2. Are you happy with the performance of the Eclipse 500?

WH: Yes! Our customers love the Eclipse Jet. Whereas DayJets planned to utilize the Eclipse for their per-seat aggregation model, our model was whole-plane. When Eclipse went bankrupt, we were able to restructure our business into a traditional charter model, with the Eclipse filling a niche between turboprops and larger jets.

Since emerging from bankruptcy under new owners in 2009, Eclipse Aerospace has done a very good job improving and supporting the airplane. It is very capable and offers unbeatable economic value in a twin-jet aircraft. The new company has restarted production of the airplane, calling it the Eclipse 550.

The Cirrus 22 is actually operated by partner companies, with whom we contract to provide service for our customers who come to us primarily through travel search channels such as Kayak.com and Hipmunk.com.

BR: Right now, besides the air taxi business, you have scheduled service between Boston and New York? How has that gone for you?

WH: Since launching in November, we've doubled month over month and the customer response has been overwhelming—all 10 out of 10 on our customer feedback surveys. We offer our scheduled per-seat service via Kayak.com and Hipmunk.com utilizing partner Cirrus 22 aircraft, which are not subject to the prohibition of scheduled per-seat service like charter jets are.

BR: Have you considered offering this scheduled service out of other airports; for example, ORH?

WH: We would absolutely consider scheduled service out of ORH!! Our New York/Boston scheduled service is gaining a lot of momentum. We are gathering data on what other routes our customers would find useful. As some commercial airlines are halting their regional service, there is a strong need for scheduled Air Taxi service.

Tags: Bill Herp, William Herp, ORH, Worcester, Bill Randell, general aviation, air taxi, cirrus sr-22, cirrus air taxi, air taxi service, hopscotch air, eclipse jet, eclipse 500, regional jets, regional flights, regional flight service, regional travel

Hopscotch Air Marks Fifth Anniversary

Posted by Alanna Vallee on Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Linear Air's partner, Hopscotch Air, is celebrating their fifth anniversary!! 

Hopscotch Air flies seven Cirrus SR22's as air taxis from their base of operations in Long Island, New York. Earlier this year, Hopscotch & Linear Air partnered to launch the only non-stop scheduled service between White Plains and metro-Boston.

See Mark Phelps' article in today's Flying Magazine . . .

http://www.flyingmag.com/pilots-places/pilots-adventures-more/hopscotch-air-marks-fifth-anniversary

Check out our launch video . . .

 Air Taxi launch video

Happy Anniversary Hopscotch!! ~ From the Linear Air Crew 

Tags: air taxi, cirrus sr-22, cirrus air taxi, air taxi service, hopscotch air, new york city, westchester county airport

FOR MEDIA: Boston-New York Per-Seat Air Taxi Service Background Info

Posted by Peter Schmidt on Tue, Nov 12, 2013

These resources are in support of the press release:

New Nonstop Air Taxi Service Launches from Bedford, MA to White Plains, NY 

News Facts

  • Service departs daily from Boston's premier executive airport, Hanscom Field (BED) at 7:15am and returns at 6:10pm from White Plains/Westchester County Airport (HPN).
  • Hanscom Field is less than fifteen miles from downtown Boston, approximately twelve miles from the biotech center at Kendall Square in Cambridge, and is located on Rt. 128/I-95, the high-tech center of New England.
  • Fares are for same-day roundtrips: $775.00 BED-HPN-BED. Flying to Logan Airport, and metro NYC airports is also possible for slightly higher fares, costs increase due to higher landing fees typical of large airline airports.

  • Passengers can chose from on-field rental cars, taxicabs, black cars and public transit options at both Hanscom Field and at Logan Airport. 

  • All flights are conducted in Cirrus SR22 aircraft, a state-of-the art air taxi featuring the latest avionics, roomy seating in executive leather interiors, and advanced safety systems.  See the aircraft page for details. 
  • Passengers can search for flights at fly.linearair.com/routes, as well as kayak.com or hipmunk.com

Supporting Quotes

  • Bill Herp, the CEO of Linear Air, noted “Hanscom Field in Bedford is a big part of what makes this one of the easiest and most efficient ways to travel by air. Passengers can show up here, avoiding the long delays of Logan, and fly directly to where they are going. Plus, the software platform we’ve created makes it easy for travelers to book their trips online through Kayak.com, Hipmunk.com, or LinearAir.com, ensuring that buying these new flights … is as simple as booking any other flight.”  

  • Hopscotch Air CEO Andrew Schmertz, “We offer hassle-free travel to White Plains, which is minutes away from some of the biggest businesses in both Westchester and Connecticut and an easy car or train ride away from Manhattan. No long airport lines, no delays, and no crowded airline terminals.”

About Linear Air

Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, Linear Air is a pioneering innovator of air taxi services, connecting the traveling public with select operators of air taxi aircraft via our proprietary software platform. Linear Air offers business and leisure travelers access to more than 5,000 airports in North America that are conveniently located just minutes from anywhere, using the most advanced and comfortable air taxi aircraft available. With a nine-year history of leadership in the air taxi travel segment, Linear Air is proving that air taxi can provide the benefits of traditional jet charter, but without the extravagant prices. For more information, please visit www.linearair.com, call +1-877-2-LINEAR (+1-877-254-6327) or email info@linearair.com.

About Hopscotch Air, Inc.

Hopscotch Air, a transformative FAA-certified air taxi service, delivers private aviation at affordable prices. Hopscotch Air offers its air taxi service through efficient, technologically-advanced Cirrus SR-22 aircraft. Designed to provide an alternative to regional airline service and driving, Hopscotch Air currently serves hundreds of lightly used airports throughout the northeast and Canada from its base airports in Long Island, Westchester, Boston and Stowe. For more information about Hopscotch Air, call +1-877-255-2HOP (+1-877-255-2467) or visit our website at www.flyhopscotch.com.

Supporting Resources

Executives arrive on a Cirrus SR-22

Cirrus pilot greeting passengers

Comfortable Executive Interiors

Roomy Executive Interior

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Press Release: New Nonstop Air Taxi Service -- Bedford, MA, to White Plains, NY

Posted by Alanna Vallee on Tue, Nov 12, 2013

 

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Skip the Traffic and Headaches at Logan and Fly Direct to New York

November 12, 2013- Boston and New York- Building on the successful launch of nonstop service from White Plains, NY, to Metro-Boston, MA, two transformative air taxi operators are now launching nonstop service that originates in Bedford and flies to White Plains.  

For business travelers living outside the Route 128 corridor of Boston, a trip to New York no longer has to go through crowded and overloaded Logan Airport. Linear Air, a Boston-based pioneer of air taxi services, and Hopscotch Air, the New York operator with a fleet of technologically advanced Cirrus air taxi aircraft, will launch nonstop service from Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA, to White Plains on November 11 at fares comparable to seven-day advanced-purchase airline pricing. See schedules, pricing, and make reservations at fly.linearair.com/routes.

Circumventing the overtaxed, major metropolitan airports of Boston and New York, air taxi service between local airports reduces door-to-door travel time from over four hours to just one and a half. Bill Herp, the CEO of Linear Air, noted “Hanscom Field in Bedford is a big part of what makes this one of the easiest and most efficient ways to travel by air. Passengers can show up here, avoiding the long delays of Logan, and fly directly to where they are going. Plus, the software platform we’ve created makes it easy for travelers to book their trips online through Kayak.com, Hipmunk.com, or LinearAir.com, ensuring that buying these new flights … is as simple as booking any other flight.”   

Hopscotch Air CEO Andrew Schmertz added “We offer hassle-free travel to White Plains, which is minutes away from some of the biggest businesses in both Westchester and Connecticut and an easy car or train ride away from Manhattan. No long airport lines, no delays, and no crowded airline terminals.”

About Linear Air

Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, Linear Air is a pioneering innovator of air taxi services, connecting the traveling public with select operators of air taxi aircraft via our proprietary software platform. Linear Air offers business and leisure travelers access to more than 5,000 airports in North America that are conveniently located just minutes from anywhere, using the most advanced and comfortable air taxi aircraft available. With a nine-year history of leadership in the air taxi travel segment, Linear Air is proving that air taxi can provide the benefits of traditional jet charter, but without the extravagant prices. For more information, please visit www.linearair.com, call 1-877-2-LINEAR, or email info@linearair.com.

About Hopscotch Air, Inc.

Hopscotch Air, a transformative FAA-certified air taxi service, delivers private aviation at affordable prices. Hopscotch Air offers its air taxi service through efficient, technologically advanced Cirrus SR22 aircraft. Designed to provide an alternative to regional airline service and driving, Hopscotch Air currently serves hundreds of lightly used airports throughout the northeast and Canada from its base airports in Long Island, Westchester, Boston, and Stowe. For more information, please visit www.flyhopscotch.com or call 1-877-255-2HOP.

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Linear Air: Cirrus For Hire

Posted by Peter Schmidt on Fri, Nov 01, 2013

Selling Air Taxi With An Aircraft That Sells Itself

With its advanced systems, modern ergonomics and luxurious—yet sporty—cabin design, it may be easy to sell pilots on the Cirrus SR22s capabilities. But it might also be an easy aircraft to sell to paying passengers. You might assume that commercial travelers accustomed to larger jet aircraft might view the Cirrus as another one of those “little airplanes with one engine”. Apparently, that’s not the case, or at least that’s not what Boston-based Linear Air is discovering. They’re marketing a fleet of professionally-flown SR22s as part of a new approach to rebuilding and growing their existing air taxi operation, which currently utilizes a small fleet of Eclipse VLJs. 

Surviving the Odds

Linear Air was established in 2004, in response to an enthusiastic reception of the air taxi concept. 

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