CONCORD, MA, March 3, 2009 – Leading Eclipse 500 air-taxi operator Linear Air disclosed today that revenue in February grew by 131% over last year at its New England base. The company also announced it has received approval from the Bahamian aviation authority to fly passengers between the U.S. and the Bahamas using its fleet of low-cost Eclipse 500 jets. Linear Air will fly from the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S. to and from the Bahamas.
The company’s Eclipse 500 jets are the most modern, fuel-efficient jets on the market, costing only about half as much to operate as the previous lowest cost jet. For example, a trip from New York City to the Bahamas costs $7,750, or $2,583 per person for three passengers. Linear Air operates on-demand, on its customers’ schedules, and provides the entire aircraft to each customer as their personal aircraft for a given trip. Linear Air is the only FAA-certified commercial operator of the Eclipse 500 on the east coast of the U.S.
This news follows the company’s announcement last week of the formation of Eclipse Services and Support LLC to support the 259 Eclipse 500 jets currently in operation worldwide.
“While the fractionals, major airlines, and even low cost airlines reported serious declines in February, demand for our unique low-cost personal air service more than doubled in New England,” said Bill Herp, CEO of Linear Air. “Our fleet of Eclipse 500 jets offers customers the most economical personal air travel option overall for both business and leisure trips. I’m proud to announce our expansion to the Bahamas in response to customer demand.”
About Linear Air
Based in Concord, Massachusetts, Linear Air provides point-to-point air taxi service with unprecedented service to more than 1,000 cities in the Northeast, Canada, mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Caribbean. The Linear Air fleet includes three-passenger Eclipse 500 business jets and eight-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan turboprops. Linear Air is a FAA-certified part 135 charter operator that maintains a Gold safety rating from ARG/US, the leading independent safety auditor in the aviation industry. For more information, please visit www.linearair.com or call 1-877-2-LINEAR.