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SATS Air shuts down

Last week, SATS Air abruptly shut down operations. Based in South Carolina, this small air taxi provider was a pioneer in the lower cost, private travel industry. Rather than chartering a jet for several thousands of dollars, SATS Air provided a cheaper alternative, where a customer could fly in a single engine prop for a few hundred dollars.

Flying in a single engine has its downfalls: no bathroom, you can feel every little bump and turn, and it’s slow. On the flip side, it is cheaper, you can fly to more airports, and it’s kinda fun!

Anyway, the company does not look like they will return to service and this raises the question: can the small air taxi industry survive this economic downturn?


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  1. Lara Kaufmann
    November 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Michael Klein
    November 11, 2009 OpenAir President and CEO
    Phone: 800.940.2359
    Email: info@flyopenair.com


    OpenAir immediately expands to fill void of SATSAir’s sudden closure

    Washington, D.C./Greenville, SC – When one door closes, another opens.
    With the closure of SATSAir and their Southeastern Air Taxi Service, OpenAir has announced that it is expanding to fill the Southeastern Air Taxi transportation void. OpenAir will be based at TAC Air in the Greenville Downtown Airport

    In an effort to help commuters inconvenienced by the SATSAir closure, OpenAir, a Washington DC area Air Taxi Service, is proud to introduce our expanded service area into the Southeastern United States. Since 2005, OpenAir has grown 800% with a unique business model that blends the low cost solution of air taxi with the professional personalized service of charter. With its newly expanded routes and territories, OpenAir becomes the largest Cirrus Air Taxi service in the United States.

    “What is your time worth?” said OpenAir President and CEO Michael Klein, “It’s a simple question that can make a huge difference to the bottom line of any business, and can significantly impact personal lives.” On call and on demand, OpenAir features all the convenience of, but only a fraction of the cost of private jets and corporate air travel. OpenAir is the affordable, responsible alternative.

    Agonizingly long delays in airports or highways are a thing of the past with OpenAir, as it provides maximum flexibility and freedom. OpenAir flights depart at the time of the passenger’s choosing, and with door-to-door, first class service, the OpenAir passenger always arrives relaxed and ready for business or pleasure.

    Based in the Washington DC metropolitan area and at TAC Air in the Greenville Downtown Airport, OpenAir was founded in 2005 and is a Part 135 Certified FAA Air Carrier. OpenAir proudly serves the Eastern United States with a fleet of Cirrus SR22 aircraft, fulfilling a mission that offers the general public and business traveler a luxurious alternative to the frustrating, time-consuming and customer-unfriendly major airline model. OpenAir makes personal air travel affordable, enjoyable and incredibly easy.

    In addition to passenger service, OpenAir provides Emergency Cargo and Medical Transport 24 hours a day.

    For more information on OpenAir’s Southeast expansion, and the growing business of Air Taxi Services, please contact Open Air at 800.940.2FLY, or email info@flyopenair.com

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