April 02, 2007, LEXINGTON, Ma–Linear Air, the leading very light jet (VLJ) air-taxi operator, today announced the launch of service in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area. The air-taxi service is the first of its kind in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area.
Linear Air operates the nation's largest fleet of executive Cessna Grand Caravan propjets, which offer the flexibility and convenience of private air travel at prices rivaling full coach airline fares. There are no other propjets of this type based in the Washington D.C.- Baltimore area. Since 2004, Linear Air has operated the Caravan as a proxy for the Eclipse 500 VLJ. Linear Air has ordered 30 Eclipse 500 VLJ's from leading VLJ manufacturer Eclipse Aviation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and expects to begin taking delivery of Eclipse 500 VLJs this summer.
Linear Air's Washington D.C.-Baltimore base is at the Next Flight Aviation private terminal at the Manassas Regional Airport. Manassas Regional Airport is located just 15 miles south of Washington Dulles International Airport, but without the stress, hassle, crowds and lines. "There is tremendous pent-up demand for more affordable and accessible short-hop private air service in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metropolitan area," said Ann Moseley, General Manager of Next Flight Aviation. "Linear Air's Caravans fit this need perfectly."
Linear Air's Caravans are eight-passenger propjet turbine powered aircraft staffed by two pilots, featuring plush leather seats, luxury appointments and onboard complimentary catering. Each are outfitted with the most advanced safety systems, including the latest navigation, weather, and traffic collision-avoidance technologies.
"With our base at Manassas, we now offer contiguous service from New England all the way down to the Southeast," said William Herp, President and CEO of Linear Air. "As we've grown from our first base in Boston to New York and now Washington D.C.- Baltimore, we've seen tremendous demand for our service among business travelers for day trips, as well as leisure travel to second homes and out of the way resorts like The Greenbrier."
To spearhead the company's sales effort in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore region, Linear Air has joined forces with seasoned sales and transportation executive Michael Lyons. Lyons brings Linear Air 25 years of sales and marketing experience as owner of one of the largest courier services in the Washington, D.C. area and a D.C.-based executive limousine service. Lyons holds an Honors B.A. from the University of Maryland. "Mike's entrepreneurial drive and experience in the luxury transportation business make him the perfect Sales Director for our Washington D.C.-Baltimore expansion," said Herp.
About Linear Air
Linear Air, based in Lexington, MA, is a premier air-taxi service that is transforming the private air travel industry. Linear Air provides short-hop private air travel to executives and families with personalized customer service, flexibility and convenience at attractive fares.
The company operates the largest fleet of executive Cessna Grand Caravan propjets in the U.S., with aircraft based at Hanscom Field outside Boston, MA, Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY, Manassas Regional Airport in Manassas, VA and seasonally in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The company provides on-demand charter service to more than 500 cities in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Canada and Caribbean. On summer weekends, the company offers per-seat scheduled charter service to Nantucket from Hanscom Field outside Boston, and Teterboro Airport outside New York City. The revolutionary new Eclipse 500 very light jet will allow Linear Air to expand its existing propjet service within point-to-point 500-mile regional networks around major metropolitan areas.
Linear Air maintains a Gold safety rating from ARG/US, the leading independent safety auditor in the aviation industry. For more information about Linear Air or to book a flight, please visit www.LinearAir.com or call 781-860-9696 or 1-877-2-LINEAR.
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