Airline to offer unlimited flights for monthly membership £1,000 fee
An airline seeking to bring the old “uber values” back to the flying experience is hoping to instigate regular flights between London and Dublin that smacks of membership service and old style booking processes.
The carrier, named Rise, already operates services between Dallas and Austin in the US and plans to “bring dignity back to flying” on its first European route. The company makes it clear it has little time for the Ryanairs of this world and describes low-cost travel as “a genuine nightmare” in their promotional material.
The airline wants to restore the feeling VIP passengers used to feel by offering a 'private aircraft experience'. And it will even include a door-to-door service at ‘an accessible cost', reports the Daily Mail. Rise say they want to welcome members into a new elite community of flyers by sharing their unique approach to air travel.
The company has a policy of allowing members to fly as often as they wish for a monthly fixed fee – provided a flight isn’t overbooked. The Rise website claims it will eliminate waiting around airports and instead have you flying within minutes of your arrival simply by operating on the same principles as private jets.
It is estimated that if sufficient numbers sign up for the London-Dublin service, the cost per person could be from £1,000 to £1,700 a month, with booking a mere 30-second process. Mr Nick Kennedy, the Rise chief executive and chairman accepts that the service on offer will not be to everyone’s needs because it is a “niche market.” He believes their customers will be business executives, entrepreneurs and frequent travellers, according to the London Independent.