Usually the hybrid private-commercial, membership-based airline Surf Air carries business people to small airports on the West Coast.
However, something new has been added: the Surf Air Escapes Membership, which allows non-business passengers to fly to resort-type destinations just for fun.
The list of destinations includes venues such as Monterey, Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs and soon Las Vegas, said Marcell Lennon, Surf Air membership executive. Lennon made her remarks in Santa Barbara, which is another one of the airline’s destinations.
She said Surf Air members can schedule a flight as little 15 minutes before take-off. The Escapes Membership is for leisure lovers who like to make last-minute plans, and for anyone in need of a quick getaway. The Escapes Membership allows passengers to fly to all Surf Air destinations starting Friday at noon through Sunday.
Surf Air Escapes members pay $2,500 annual dues and between $600 and $750 for each one-way flight, depending on the route. Regular unlimited Surf Air memberships start at $1,950.
Lennon said the Surf Air passengers don’t have to wait in lines because members must pass a background check before joining. Members can book the flights, go to the growing number of small airports from which Surf Air flies and board almost immediately.
Surf Air pilots fly Pilatus PC-12 executive aircraft, which is touted as the best-selling pressurized single-engine turboprop aircraft.