Boston Air Taxi Service Expands To D.C.

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Linear Air, which has been operating an air-taxi service from Bedford, Mass., since 2004 with a fleet of Cessna Grand Caravans while it awaits delivery of its Eclipse very light jets, is now expanding to Manassas (Va.) Regional Airport just outside of Washington, D.C., the company said this week. Linear Air has ordered 30 Eclipse 500 VLJs and expects to begin taking delivery of them this summer. "With our base at Manassas, we now offer contiguous service from New England all the way down to the Southeast," said Linear Air President and CEO William Herp. "We've seen tremendous demand among business travelers for day trips, as well as leisure travel to second homes and out-of-the-way resorts." The expansion will serve a "pent-up demand for more affordable and accessible short-hop private air service" in the region, said Ann Moseley, general manager of Next Flight Aviation, which is providing a terminal for the operations at Manassas. "Linear Air's Caravans fit this need perfectly."