There's a new airline in town and it's called Southern Airways Express. We're told you can expect daily service out of two (2) local airports.
Details are limited right now. We know you'll be able to fly to eight (8) cities in the south. You can fly non-stop to five (5) of them out of Memphis.
You can expect 10-passenger, turbo-jet-powered corporate planes with all-leather seating and complimentary iPads. There will be no parking fees, no security checkpoints, no baggage fees and possibly lower fares.
So what's the catch? FOX13's Darrell Greene asked the airline's CEO Stan Little.
Little says, "if you look Darrell at the overhead there are so many of the legacy carriers. They've got contracts, labor contracts, that go back to the 50's and 60's that just keep getting larger and larger. Our pay rate for our pilots and our staff is in many cases higher than what the commuter airlines pay but we don't have all of the other overhead. We don't have gate rental fees and hundreds of thousands of dollars that go to maintain a huge international airport. So we are able to take those savings and pass it right across to the customer. I'll tell you something interesting, several people have said to me your service is so convenient, you're closer to my house, I don't have to go thru all these inconveniences, and you're going to fly me there directly, instead of making me connect at a major hub. Why aren't you charging more than what the legacy providers charging and the answer is we've already got such high priced air travel as we can stand. What I want to take is people currently getting in the car and driving 7, 8, or 9 hours to get where they want to go and I want to get them back in their car and into an airplane again."
Little says more details will be released on April 22.
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