Information is sketchy at this
moment but ANN has learned that SATSair, thought to be a potential
model for future inter-city air taxi networks, shut down operations
just a few hours ago.
Flying a fleet of SR22 single engine piston aircraft SATSair
looked, to many, to be a survivor in the increasingly turbulent and
unforgiving air-taxi industry - an industry whose high-profile
failures have accelerated in the wake of a failing economy and
negative public attention by Washington, the media and clientele
increasingly shy about using non-airline travel alternatives.
SATSair offered "regional point-to-point air transportation that
is safe, convenient and cost effective. Aircraft are pre-positioned
strategically throughout the service area, allowing customers to
board a ATSair aircraft and depart with little notice. SATSair
eliminates the frustrations of crowded airline terminals, long
security lines and lengthy connections. In addition, SATSair
utilizes numerous airports that the airlines don't, making it
exceptionally convenient for rural destinations and multiple-stop
Based in Greenville, SC, SATSair rates varied from $550 to $655
per flight hour and appeared to be making market headway prior to
the economic downturn. The company was seen as one of the few
viable models for modern small air-taxi operations after the demise
of Florida based DayJet in 2008. ANN will have more info as soon as
company officials make themselves available for comment...