Concord, Mass., July 10, 2007 – Linear Air, the premier air-taxi service that is transforming personal air transportation, today announced the delivery of its first Eclipse 500 very light jet. Linear Air Chief Pilot Sean Dignan and Captain Dana DellaCroce will ferry the airplane from the manufacturer to Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts later this week. The company plans to enter the Eclipse into service soon after, becoming the first carrier to operate an Eclipse 500 jet taxi and ushering in a new era of personal air transportation at business airline prices.
The Eclipse 500, manufactured by Albuquerque, New Mexico based Eclipse Aviation Corporation, is first of a new class of aircraft called Very Light Jets, or VLJs. The cutting edge technology on board this revolutionary aircraft cuts the cost of personal jet travel in half, making personal air travel accessible to millions more than today. The Eclipse 500 cruises at over 400 miles per hour, seats 3 or 4 passengers with 2 pilots, and has a range of over 1,000 miles. Linear Air has ordered 30 Eclipse 500 very light jets, scheduled for delivery over the next two years.
“The revolutionary nature of the Eclipse 500 clearly captures the imagination,” said William Herp, President and CEO of Linear Air. “Over seven years and half a billion dollars in the making, the Eclipse features state-of-the-art engineering and systems designed for unprecedented safety and reliability with operating costs that put personal air travel within the grasp of average business travelers – a tantalizing notion to say the least. In fact, it’s been said the Eclipse jet is the most important advance in aviation since the Wright Brothers. Our team couldn’t be more excited to be first to offer the Eclipse to the traveling public.”
About Linear Air
Linear Air, based in Concord, MA, is a premier air-taxi service that is transforming the air travel industry. Linear Air provides short-hop personal air travel to executives and families with outstanding customer service, flexibility and convenience at attractive fares.
The company currently 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 air taxi service to more than 500 cities in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Canadaand 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, and from the Manassas Regional Airport in Manassas, VA near DC to the Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, NC in the Carolina Outer Banks. 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.