With four million dollars in venture capital and a seemingly brilliant idea, two brothers from Southern California could change the travel industry. Dave and Wade Eyerly hope to launch their company, Surf Air as a way for frequent fliers to get the most bang out of their buck. Starting from $790 a month, the brothers plan to offer unlimited flights.
The company has goals to sell monthly subscriptions, kind of like a gym membership, for flights in between Palo Alto, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Los Angeles in an eight-seater plane. Though the locations are small and the distances fairly short, for commuters who travel frequently within these cities it could be a big money saver.
Wade Everly said to MSNBC, "Buying plane tickets for individual flights is like paying $8-$9 every time you go to Gold's Gym. We're removing the ticket from the revenue model."
So far Surf Air has signed up 500 people and the waitlist is already at 1,500. For now the company has no plans of offering international, or even, transcontintenal flights. The combination of small planes and short routes is what could make the company really soar and the experience is similar to sitting in a private jet.
The companies websites states, "Flying in a private or charter jet can be extremely expensive and requires planning and booking well in advance. As a Surf Air member, you can book your flight minutes before departure and you'll feel like you're flying in your own private jet without having to pay the private jet price tag."
So far, they have complete financing for their first three planes and hope to get Federal Aviation Administration certification in the next few months.