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New: Regional Business Jet Search with Hipmunk

Posted by Abbi Hiller on Wed, Feb 22, 2012

Concord, Mass., Feb 22, 2012 –Linear Air, the premier jet-taxi service offering business jet service for less than first class, today announced searchable online pricing and booking via Hipmunk. The new service marks the first time ever that business jets have been listed in Internet search alongside the airlines.

Initially, Hipmunk users can choose Linear Air departures in the Boston area from Boston Logan (BOS), Bedford Hanscom (BED), Beverly Municipal (BVY), and Norwood Municipal (OWD), and in the New York City area from LaGuardia (LGA), JFK International (JFK), Westchester County White Plains (HPN), Teterboro (TEB) and Newark (EWR). Linear Air serves most cities east of the Mississippi including Canada, and flies non-stop within 700 miles of the origin city.

"Hipmunk is all about taking the agony out of travel, and with Linear Air, we can do this better than ever,” said Adam Goldstein CEO of Hipmunk. “For business travelers, it's often more convenient--and sometimes even cheaper--to travel by business jet. Now Hipmunk users can compare trains, commercial flights, and business charters all at once, with our award-winning visual display."

Linear Air operates new generation Eclipse 500 regional business jets that seat up to four passengers for a single price. Linear Air operates to and from smaller airports that avoid the hassles of airlines: customers arrive minutes before departure, drive right up their aircraft and have the personal attention of two highly-trained pilots throughout their journey.

Linear Air offers the flexibility and convenience of private charter for less than first class fares. For example, a recent coach fare search on Hipmunk showed a seven-day advance same-day business trip from Boston to Philadelphia at about $1,000 per person on a commercial airline. The total airfare for a business team of four was over $4,000 plus additional expenses if the trip required an overnight stay due to meeting and airline schedules. Linear Air’s price was $5,427.14, and operated from the convenience of Boston’s business aviation hub, Hanscom Airport, to Northeast Philadelphia airport with a jet dedicated for the entire day, departing at the time of the customer’s choosing to maximize meeting time, but still get home the same day.

"Hipmunk is the travel search site for businesspeople and families seeking to reduce the agony of searching and booking travel," noted William Herp, Linear Air’s President and CEO. “Linear Air is the regional business jet solution for savvy travelers who are multiplying their time and productivity and avoiding the hassles of the airlines without the high price of typical business travel – in short, less agony. Hipmunk and Linear Air are the perfect match for introducing online searchable business jets for the first time ever."

About Linear Air

Based in Concord, Massachusetts, Linear Air is a FAA-certified part 135 charter operator providing business jet service for less than first class using the revolutionary four- passenger Eclipse 500 business jet. Linear Air offers business and leisure travelers access to more than 750 cities in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and eastern Canada from bases in Boston, New York and Philadelphia, and to destinations throughout the Southwest and northern Mexico from bases in Southern California. Linear Air maintains a Gold safety rating from ARGUS International, Inc., the leading independent safety auditor in the aviation industry. Linear Air offers FAA-approved pilot training and maintenance for the Eclipse 500, and is the authorized Eclipse 500 training provider to the FAA itself. For more information, please visit www.linearair.com call 1-877-2-LINEAR or email info@linearair.com

About Hipmunk

Hipmunk is a remarkable new travel search site that takes the pain out of travel planning. With its innovative “Agony” and “Ecstasy” sorts, Hipmunk presents flight results in a visual ”timeline” and hotel results on a map, allowing people to select the best flight for them at a glance and view where in a destination they will be staying. Hipmunk is one of Budget Travel’s “Top 10 Most Useful Websites,” Inc.’s “Best Booking Website,” TIME Magazine’s “50 Coolest Websites,” and Travel + Leisure’s “Best Websites of 2011.” Co- founders Adam Goldstein and Steve Huffman were named to Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s “Top Tech Entrepreneurs,” Forbes “30 Under 30” and Inc.’s “30 Under 30” lists. The company launched in 2010, is based in San Francisco, and has funding from Ignition Partners, Y Combinator, SV Angel, Webb Investment Network, Quest Hospitality Ventures, and several angel investors. For more information and to book your next flight or hotel, please visit Hipmunk.com.

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