Poised for European expansion - Surf Air relocates to London City Airport

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Surf Air, the world’s first all-you-can-fly membership airline has announced plans to relocate its London service to London City Airport - with flights taking off from December 2017.

The move from Luton follows feedback from members and will make the Surf Air experience even more convenient for its network of entrepreneurs and business travellers.

The relocation to London City comes as the innovative airline heralds further significant expansion of its European operations. Its London/Zurich route became a daily weekday service on 13 November 2017, while flights from Zurich to Luxembourg and Munich will commence in early 2018 as a response to member demand and from the increasing frustration among frequent travellers with the other commercial options currently available.

Simon Talling-Smith, CEO of Surf Air Europe, said “Surf Air’s convenient subscription model and streamlined service better fits the demanding schedules of busy professionals and frequent travellers. Surf Air gives them back more time to enjoy their lives instead of queuing and waiting around in airport terminals. Our move to London City Airport is what our members asked for and reflects the demand for a more efficient approach to business travel.”

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport said: "The Surf Air business model adds an exciting new offer to London City Airport's time-poor business travellers, to complement our extensive airline network. Surf Air customers will benefit from the outstanding facilities of our private Jet Centre, offering luxury, speed and convenience every time they travel through and our team look forward to getting to know each member personally so they can cater for their exact requirements."

Surf Air is also adding two new aircraft to their European operation. The Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12s will be based in Zurich and used to fly members to Luxembourg from February 2018 and Munich from March 2018.

Surf Air Europe CEO, Simon Talling-Smith, speaking at SETOps2017 | © Billypix/BlueSky.

The latest additions join the current fleet of Embraer Phenom 300s based at Surf Air at London City Airport.

As a membership airline, Surf Air bases its route selection and schedule frequency on member demand. The expanded Zurich schedule and new service from Zurich to Luxembourg and Munich are products of the close communication between Surf Air and its members.

The monthly subscription flight-sharing model, pioneered by Surf Air, provides an economical and efficient solution to the increasingly chaotic air travel experience. Surf Air flight reservations are booked in just seconds from any handheld device. Tedious airport waiting times are eliminated, as passengers are free to arrive just 15 minutes before take-off.

Surf Air members fly aboard state-of-the-art executive aircraft which seat up to eight passengers, and also have access to valet parking in well-appointed, dedicated terminals.

Surf Air's continued expansion in Europe is a mark of the success its unique model has brought to the industry. Founded in 2013 and already a success story in the US - where it serves 17 destinations from hubs in California and Texas, Surf Air's transformational subscription model allows members extraordinary flexibility, and frees them from the hassle of commercial airports.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 23rd November 2017 | Issue #440