King Airways, New Air Charter Service, Launches in Austin and Alpine

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Local Entrepreneur Introduces Austin's Only King Air Charter Service with management contracts available to King Air owners.

King Airways, the only company in Central Texas to offer air charter service using King Air turboprop airplanes, recently began service with hubs in Austin and Alpine, Texas.

Founded by Austin-based entrepreneur, Richard King, King Airways, http://www.king.aero, will operate locally out of Atlantic Aviation, a fixed base operator (FBO) at Austin Bergstrom International Airport with home base at the Alpine Airport in West Texas. The fleet will consist of Beechcraft King Air planes. The company is also looking to expand the fleet via management contracts with individual King Air owners wanting to offset ownership costs with charter revenues.

"With commercial air travel becoming exceedingly more difficult and expensive with delays and cancellations, our service fills a niche that is long overdue -- for both the business and leisure traveler," says Richard King, owner and CEO of King Airways. "And for fractional jet owners, we offer a more cost-efficient model with the same high quality service. This is a much-needed alternative in this economy," he continued.

King Airways differs from fractional jet programs in that passengers do not purchase an equity share of a jet and then pay monthly maintenance fees in addition to per flight usage fees. King Airs can also fly into small town airports and ranches not accessible by jets.

The King Air B200 can travel 1,500 miles before refueling and is one of the most popular planes in the charter industry. "With mass-produced parts readily available, the plane is easy and affordable to maintain. King Air turboprops are reliable and have set the industry standard for charter service in the turboprop class," says Paul Sissons, King Airway's director of maintenance. King Air turboprops seat up to eight passengers and fly 325 mph, just shy of jet speed. Flights start at $1,195 per hour - half the cost of Lears and other jet charters.

Benefits for Business and Leisure Travel
King Airways provides a convenient, value-driven service for those taking business trips or even personal vacations without the drawbacks of flying on commercial airlines. Whether taking a family ski trip to the Colorado Rockies or a beach getaway on the Texas coast ˗ leisure travelers will appreciate the ease of driving their cars directly to a King Airways' plane to unload bags and passengers.

King Airways also provides privacy and exclusivity, a benefit for business trips and company retreats. Unlike business travel on commercial airlines, the business meeting can continue on the plane. And the flight departs on the client's schedule - not the airline's - and with no need to arrive an hour early for parking, checking bags and clearing security.    

The team at King Airways has more than 30 years experience in aviation including Chief Pilot Kerry Lamberth, who has flown more than 19,000 hours over his 34-year career. With safety as priority number one, every flight is manned with two pilots.

Card Royale
The company provides the Card Royale - 25, 50 and 75-hour pre-paid flight cards - for travelers who know they will be flying regularly and want to acquire 13-25% discounts, prioritized bookings and concierge services. Within the first day of service, one client purchased a 25-hour Card Royale to secure prioritized bookings. King Airways has already received a dozen calls this week from new prospects asking about the Card Royale.

Austin Homegrown Culture
Owner King has lived in Austin since 1977 and is passionate about making the Austin vibe along with red carpet treatment a memorable aspect of King Airways' experience. One example is the charter's own "Fresh-Squeezed Cloud Juice," rainwater collected and bottled by Richard's Rainwater in Dripping Springs. Another Austin touch is the selection of catering from Sweetish Hill Bakery or Classic Catering.

King Airways offers air charter service throughout Texas and to bordering states. The company also offers concierge service, handling ground transportation, lodging, dining or other needs. To contact King Airways for a flight quote, call 512.530.5000. King Airways LLC is a privately held company. For more information, visit http://www.king.aero.

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