Operational Air Taxi Update
A North Dakota air taxi service using Cirrus SR22 aircraft quietly began service in January and is apparently working the kinks out. Point2Point now has eight employees (including two pilots) and operates two aircraft. It's averaging two flights a day carrying business travelers on short hops that would otherwise mean a long drive. Chief Financial Officer Mike Boreman told the Bismarck Tribune that he's happy with the way things are going. "Considering the funding was turned on for Point2Point in January, I don't think we could have moved any faster," Boreman said. "I'm pleased with the progress we've made." The city of Bismarck directed a federal transportation grant worth $1.25 million to Point2Point's parent company, EASE LLC, in January and the company plans to open an office in Bismarck in mid-May, along with some fanfare. Founder John Boehle told the Tribune he didn't want the service to be overwhelmed with customers in the early going so it's kept a low profile. It's awaiting FAA approval to expand service and hopes to have seven planes in the air by the end of the year. "What we've been doing since the execution of the contract with the city of Bismarck is to fly to our present capacity and prepare for the launch event." Cirrus Design also owns an air taxi business called SATS Air, which operates in the Southeast, and Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier told AVweb the company is doing well.