Air taxi service targets Truckee
For Truckee residents and visitors alike who must travel between Truckee and the Bay Area, Centurion Flight Services Inc. has recently unveiled a new charter plane that can carry up to nine passengers and their luggage (including skis) to and from the Truckee Tahoe Airport in style.
Centurion’s new plane is a Cessna Grand Caravan – a single engine plane capable of speeds up to 200 miles per hour that can take off and land at smaller airports such as Truckee’s.
With a price tag of $1.7 million, the new plane was not an inexpensive addition to Centurion’s fleet; however, Centurion President Chris Brown expects the shuttle service provided by the new plane will be popular with Bay Area visitors to the Truckee-Tahoe region.
“This aircraft can be used for a wide variety of things … but the main focus that Centurion will have for the aircraft will be back and forth from Truckee and Tahoe to the Bay Area,” Brown said.
According to Brown, the flight time from most Bay Area airports to Truckee is approximately 55 minutes, and the cost per passenger will vary depending on how many seats have been booked on each flight. Centurion hopes to be able to coordinate passengers who wish to fly at similar times to lower the cost of the charter service.
“I expect once people know about this – that the aircraft will be going back and forth – the prices will be as low as $200 per person. And that can be round-trip if you’ve got a full load coming up and coming back,” Brown said.
The Cessna Grand Caravan has a strong reputation for being a workhorse airplane used for flying heavy loads into and out of airstrips around the world.
“It’s got remarkable performance capabilities,” Brown said. “It can use small airstrips and carry heavy loads.”
And perhaps more importantly to many Truckee residents who live in the Truckee airport influence zone, Brown claims that the plane is remarkably quiet during take off and landing, as well as while it’s in the air.
Centurion hopes to fly as many as three round trips per day between the Bay Area and Truckee on busy weekend and holiday travel dates, with perhaps one or two flights per day during the week if there is sufficient interest.
With traffic problems worsening in the Bay Area and Sacramento, Brown expects that those with the means to fly in to Truckee will choose the luxury of air travel over the four-hour drive.
Passengers interested in Centurion’s shuttle service between the Bay Area and Truckee can call Centurion at (800) 983-5444 to check schedules and availability. More information about Centurion Flight Services can be found at the company’s Web site at http://www.centurionfs.com.
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