- Linear Air
Linear Air is a private
air charterand air taxi service that is headquartered just outside of Boston in Concord, Massachusetts, near their home base, Hanscom Airfield. In 2004, Linear Air began an operation focused on addressing demand between the large market for commercial air travel and the very small market for private air travel. Linear Air provides charter and scheduled services specializing in short hop, point-to-point alternatives to commercial flying. The company now bases its fleet at Westchester County Airportin White Plains, New Yorkin addition to Hanscom Airfield. Linear Air is currently serving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic as well as Eastern Canada.
Linear Air is a founding member of the
Air Taxi Association.
The company was co-founded in the summer of 2004, by President and CEO
William Herp, and Director of Operations Michael Goulian. With the help of an initial round of funding and just two employees at the time, Linear Air began operating a propjet aircraft in the emerging air taxi industry. In just over a year, the company reached over 25 employees. As a founding member of the Air Taxi Association, Linear Air among other air taxi operations, is trying to speed the adoption of the air taxi model to make it available to an increasing number of businesses and individuals.
Linear Air can currently fly to over 500 locations in the northeast and mid-Atlantic United States as well as Canada. With bases in
Bedford, Massachusetts( Hanscom Field) and Westchester County, New York( Westchester County Airport), the company offers travel options to major metropolitan areas on the east coast as well as smaller, more convenient airports closer to passenger destinations. In addition to chartered flights, they also offer scheduled flights from Bedford and Westchester to Nantucket Memorial Airportin Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Linear Air currently operates a fleet of Eclipse EA 500 very light jets as well as executive-configured
CessnaGrand Caravans. The Eclipse 500, manufactured by New Mexico based, Eclipse Aviation, is one of the first VLJ's ( Very Light Jet). In a brand new class of jets, it offers seating for four, in addition to two pilots, and has a cruising speed of 345 mph. The plane is powered by two lightweight Pratt & Whitney CanadaPW610F turbofanengines. The Cessna Grand Caravan is a turboprop jet engine aircraft with its engine manufactured by Pratt & Whitney. The aircraft has a range of 600 miles and a cruising speed of 184 miles per hour. While capable of seating 12, the cabin interior has been readjusted to seat up to 8 passengers. The Grand Caravan offers executive club like seating as well as a large luggage capacity.
* [http://www.linearair.com/aboutus.aspx Linear Air]
* [https://www.linearair.com/01-05-06%20Press%20Release.pdf Linear Air Closes 2.5$ million in funding]
* [https://www.linearair.com/02-01-06%20Forbes.com.pdf Linear Air Announces Private Air Service at Airline Prices for Boston-Newark Travelers]
* [https://www.linearair.com/04-10-06%20Press%20Release.pdf High Flying Linear Air Strengthens Lead as First Operational Jet-Taxi Operator]
* [https://www.linearair.com/HanscomBeacon_4.07.pdf Linear Air Chalks up Another First]
* [https://www.linearair.com/Virginia%20Business%20Magazine.pdf Leading VLJ Air-Taxi Starting D.C. to Outer Banks Flights]
* [http://aviationweek.typepad.com/busav/files/Herp_FINAL.mp3 Aviation Week Podcast Interview with CEO William Herp]
* [http://www.atxa.com/ Air Taxi Association]
* [http://www.linearair.com Linear Air Homepage]
* [http://www.eclipseaviation.com Eclipse Aviation]
* [http://www.cessna.com Cessna]
* [http://www.ATXA.com Air Taxi Association]
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