Surf Air

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Surf Air
SurfAirLogo.jpg
IATA
None
ICAO
URF
Callsign
SURFAIR
Founded 2013 (2013)
Commenced operations June 13, 2013 (2013-06-13)
Focus cities
Fleet size 3
Destinations 5
Headquarters Santa Monica, California, USA
Key people
  • Jeff Potter (CEO)
  • Sudhin Shahani (executive chairman)
  • Jim Sullivan (senior VP of operations)
  • Wade Eyerly (Founder)
  • David Eyerly (Founder)
  • Reed Farnsworth (Founder)
  • Scott Porter (Founder)
  • Cory Cozzens (Founder)
Website surfair.com

Surf Air is a California-based airline that offers unlimited flights (billed as "all-you-can-fly") for a fixed monthly fee.[1] It charges $1,599 per month plus a $500 signup fee.[2] The company uses single-engine turboprop Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.[3] Jeff Potter is the CEO.[4]

The airline's inaugural service in early 2013 offered West Coast flights between Silicon Valley (San Carlos Airport) and the Los Angeles area (Burbank Airport). In July 2013, it added L.A.-area service to Santa Barbara Airport as well.[5][6]

In December 2013, Surf Air added service to a second Los Angeles stop, Hawthorne Municipal Airport, which is adjacent to LAX.[7] In May 2014, Truckee Airport, near Lake Tahoe, was added as a destination.[8] The airline also offers weekend flights to Las Vegas (McCarran International Airport) from its Los Angeles destinations[9] through a partnership with other airlines.[10]

As of June 2014, Surf Air operates 18 flights per day.[2]

History[edit]

The company was founded by David Eyerly, Wade Eyerly, Scott Porter, Cory Cozzens and Reed Farnsworth. Surf Air emerged in 2012 from MuckerLab,[11] a Los Angeles-based business incubator.[6] Angel investors included Paige Craig, Aviv Grill and Bill Woodward. A Series A round of venture capital was completed in June of 2013 with investment from Anthem Venture Partners, NEA, TriplePoint Capital, Siemer Ventures, Baroda Ventures, Gilad Elbaz, Eytan Elbaz, Rick Caruso, Jeffrey Stibel, Mike Walsh, and actor Jared Leto.[12][4] The company has raised at least $9 million from investors, including $500,000 from VegasTechFund (a venture capital fund launched by Tony Hsieh), Velos Partners, and Base Ventures.[13]

In February 2014, Wade Eyerly stepped down as CEO and was replaced by former Frontier Airlines CEO Jeff Potter. At the time, the company had about 430 members.[4] According to Barron's, "thousands" are on a waiting list to join Surf Air, but membership "has been limited to avoid system overload".[14]

The city of Atherton, California has complained to the Federal Aviation Administration about noise from the planes flying at low altitude near San Carlos Airport. Pending regulatory approval, Surf Air has reportedly agreed to a different flight path at higher altitude over populated areas near Atherton, Menlo Park, and North Fair Oaks, and has agreed to deploy landing gear closer to the airport.[15]

Fleet[edit]

As of May 2014, the Surf Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:

Surf Air fleet
Aircraft Active Orders Passengers Notes
Pilatus PC-12 3 15+50[16] 7 Orders are NG version, 15 orders and 50 options.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zabala, Liberty. "All-You-Can-Fly Private Air Service Launches From Central Coast - KCOY Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo - News". Kcoy.com. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Surf Air How It Works". Surf Air. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "In-Flight Experience". Surf Air. Surf Air. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Ryan Lawler (February 27, 2014). "Surf Air Founder Wade Eyerly Steps Down, Replaced By Former Frontier Airlines CEO Jeff Potter". TechCrunch. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ Samantha Grossman (June 17, 2013). "Flat-Rate Flying: Introducing Surf Air, the All-You-Can-Fly Airline". Time.com. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Natalie Jarvey (2013-07-10). "Surf Air Takes Off for Santa Barbara | Los Angeles Business Journal". Labusinessjournal.com. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  7. ^ Brian Sumers (December 3, 2013). "Surf Air, the 'all you can fly' airline, comes to Hawthorne Airport near LAX". Inside SoCal. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Surf Air Schedule". Surf Air. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ Eli Segall (February 26, 2014). "Tony Hsieh-backed startup airline adding Las Vegas flights". Vegas Inc. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Las Vegas". Surf Air Destinations. Surf Air. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ Billy Witz (August 5, 2013). "All-You-Can-Fly Airline Plies the California Coast". New York Times. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ Sarah Perez (June 6, 2013). "Members-Only Airline Surf Air Raises Series A From Anthem, NEA & Others (Including Jared Leto)". TechCrunch. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ Dean Takahashi (November 12, 2013). "Surf Air aims to disrupt the big airlines with an executive membership service". VentureBeat. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ James Wynbrandt (May 17, 2014). "Private Jet Travel: Flight Clubs". Barron's. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ Barbara Wood (May 27, 2014). "Atherton urges Surf Air to fly at higher altitudes". The Almanac. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ "California's Surf Air orders 15+50 Pilatus PC-12NGs". ch-aviation.com. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 

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