Linear Air To Launch Eclipse VLJ Air-Taxi Service
Linear Air of Bedford, Mass., has been proving for several years that its air-taxi concept is viable, flying a fleet of Cessna Grand Caravans while it waited for delivery of its Eclipse 500 very light jets. The wait is over, as the company's first Eclipse jet is scheduled to arrive later this week and enter service soon after. Linear Air said it will be the first company to operate an Eclipse 500 jet in an air-taxi service, though DayJet plans to start air-taxi service in Florida with the small jets this month, too. "The revolutionary nature of the Eclipse 500 clearly captures the imagination," said Linear President and CEO Air William Herp. "Our team couldn’t be more excited to be first to offer the Eclipse to the traveling public." The company has ordered 30 of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F-powered twinjets, which are scheduled for delivery over the next two years. Linear Air currently operates the largest fleet of executive Cessna Grand Caravans in the U.S., with aircraft based at Boston Hanscom Field; Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y.; Manassas (Va.) Regional Airport; and seasonally in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The company provides on-demand air-taxi service to more than 500 cities in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Canada and Caribbean. On summer weekends, the company offers per-seat scheduled charter service to Nantucket from Hanscom Field and from Manassas to the Carolina Outer Banks.