Monday, August 20, 2012
SurfAir's Subscription Airline Flights Now Targeted By End of 2012
Santa Monica-based Surf Air, the startup airline which is looking to remake air travel with its unlimited, subscription-based air flights between Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and a few other select locations, told its supporters today that it is now readjusting its timeline for launch, and anticipates flying by the end of 2012. The startup airline--headed by Wade Eyerly and backed by such venture firms as Anthem Venture Partners, NEA, TriplePoint Capital, Siemer Ventures, Baroda Ventures, and a number of high profile angels--is currently working through the process of FAA certification. The MuckerLab startup recently moved into its own offices near the Third Street Promenade. Surf Air is looking to offer up flights between private airports via subscription, using a reservation system to manage the dynamics of offering unlimited flights between its locations. The major barrier so far to the firm's service has been the slow process of FAA safety certifications for airlines.