Are you (a) cashed-up, (b) required to fly between Sydney and Melbourne a lot for business and/or pleasure reasons, and (c) so over the tyranny of having to check in to commercial flights then sit around with plebs, most of whom are probably wearing ~pluggers~?
Then Airly might be for you.
The start up, which offers unlimited flights between the two capital cities, sounds like something out of the Entertainment 7/20 playbook, but it’s actually the creation of entrepreneurial mates Luke Hampshire (28) and Alexander Robinson (32).
While the service promises to be hella convenient, offering 54 weekly flights between the two cities in a handsomely-appointed Beechcraft King Air 350, the price certainly ain’t cheap.
Following the subscription model of services like America’s Surf Air, the service will cost $1000 to join, and then $2500 a month thereafter, for the convenience of skipping queues, sitting in leather seats and saving precious travel time.
The creators know their service is niche, and Hampshire told Fairfax:
“The several hundred [subscribers] we are looking for are keen as mustard to save time. It is going to save them about two hours per round trip. We are working off a membership number. We have a lot of people showing significant interest in it now. Once we reach that break-even number we launch.”
When it does launch – potentially in the second quarter of the year – the service will fly between Sydney’s Bankstown airport and Melbourne’s Essendon, as well as touching down in Canberra. There are plans to expand to Brisbane and Adelaide at a later time.
If you roll at sufficiently highly that you feel this service may be for you, more details are available on the Airly website.