Global Pioneer in On-demand Travel Broadens Reach, Speed and Safety with Cirrus Design

GREENVILLE, S.C. - August 5, 2008 - SATSair, the nation’s premier provider of on-demand air cab services, will take a step into the future with an agreement with Cirrus Design to add Cirrus Vision SJ50 single-engine personal jets to its fleet. The jets will allow SATSair to remain on track in providing its growing customer set with extended reach, speed and safety while it delivers exceptional personal service through convenience, luxury and affordability.

Jet service is another milestone for SATSair, which is the global pioneer in the next generation air taxi market and another first for the Greenville-based service, which is the first air taxi operator to announce use of the Cirrus Vision SJ50. SATSair, which currently operates a fleet of 26 Cirrus SR22 airplanes, will integrate the Vision jet into its operations after the jet’s certification completion, as a hybrid to its extensive Southeastern whole airplane network.

“The Cirrus Vision Jets will bolster our successful business model by extending the scope of SATSair air cab services beyond its traditional range and will enable our customers to extend the reach of their businesses in a timely, efficient manner,” SATSair President and CEO Steve Hanvey said.

“We are honored to have the air taxi industry’s leader, SATSair, select the Cirrus Vision SJ50 for its fleet,” Cirrus Design’s CEO and Chairman Alan Klapmeier said.

SATSair’s mission is to provide safe, convenient, economical personalized air travel and exceptional customer service. SATSair clients are a phone call away from receiving timeliness, time savings, convenience, and high value and from avoiding crowded airports, scheduling delays, missed connections, and long security lines or long drives.

“Currently using Cirrus SR22s, SATSair once again is leading the next-generation air taxi market in the United States,” President Joe Leader of the Air Taxi Association (ATXA) stated. “Expanding the SATSair fleet to include the Cirrus Vision SJ50 will enable the company to offer on-demand, jet air taxi service at value-driven price points.”

With optimized cockpit technology for ease of use by a single pilot, the most flexible interior of any general aviation aircraft available and proven state-of-the-art safety systems as standard equipment, the Vision Jet’s value and capability are unrivaled.

“The Vision layout, developed for the personal transportation market, fits very nicely with our requirements in the air cab market and is a great complement to the SR22,” Hanvey said. “Our goal is to continue to deliver the highest satisfaction ratings among our air cab customers and maintain the excellent operational results with the current SR22s, currently flying more than 80 hours a month and using a phase maintenance schedule.”

SATSair is increasing the alternative to business passengers, who face the decreased accessibility and timeliness of major airlines that have been created by high fuel prices, long drives with heavy traffic, and economic concerns.

“The Cirrus Vision will meet the additional demands of the personal air market and will fit our business model perfectly,” Hanvey said. "Our business model is based on operating single pilot and single engine planes at the lowest cost of operation, when utilized in a network across a given geographical area. We do not plan to operate a single pilot plane without a parachute option. Therefore, the Vision is an excellent next step to a mixed fleet that will continue to provide personal service to our current customer for legs longer than our traditional 200-250 mile trips. "

They do operate the SR22 too.

The one thing I don’t get about this jet is how Alan says that the jet is a “personal jet” and how easy it is supposed to be for the pilot (and made for the pilot), but then contradicts to an extent himself when he stresses the importance of passenger creature comforts, such as increased legroom :question: I mean, I think smaller is better (faster and more efficient), not the big cabin of the Cirrus Jet.