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'Surf Air' offers all-you-can-fly monthly service
BURBANK, Calif. (KABC) -- A company called 'Surf Air' is allowing passengers to avoid security checks and fly with a private air service for a monthly fee.
The luxury travel-option only serves four small airports in California.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Hawthorne Airport Thursday morning as the city officially welcomed 'Surf Air.' The airline is designed for business travelers and other people who travel frequently within California. A monthly membership buys unlimited flights to its destinations.
"Think of it like Netflix for an airline," said 'Surf Air' founder Wade Eyerly. "So you get four DVD's at home at once for your membership fee. We give you four boarding passes at once and you use them the same way. Use it; get another one, book again."
The base monthly fee is $1,650. 'Surf Air' currently serves Burbank, Hawthorne, Santa Barbara and San Carlos in the Bay Area of Northern California.
Passengers say 'Surf Air' is a hassle free experience. They are pre-screened, allowing them to arrive at the airport just minutes before a flight takes off.
Ian Ray had a great experience flying with 'Surf Air.'
"First round-trip flight, I loved it. I loved it, you just can't beat the service of showing up and just hopping on a plane," said Ray.
Eyerly says the service is great because it makes it easier to get through airport security.
"You don't go through the same security protocols, you walk up, the concierge greets you, checks you in on an IPad, takes your bags, walks you out to the plane, you sit down, it's an eight-seater plane, and you go. It's the private flight experience. It's the same experience you'd have if you owned the plane yourself," said Eyerly.
'Surf Air' currently has three seven seat TurboProp planes, similar to business jets. The airline operates 18 daily flights. 'Surf Air' plans to add two to three more destinations by the end of the year.
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