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Port Angeles-to-Seattle airline plans
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:12:03 AM »
Officials in the city of Pt Angeles, Clallam County, and the Port of Pt Angeles have been talking about re-establishing scheduled airline service to & from Seattle for several years.  In the past, this service has been provided by the original San Juan Airlines, Horizon, & Kenmore Express-- none of whom made any money, and all of whom discontinued the service. Seaport Airlines made a bid for it a couple years ago, then quietly went bankrupt. Yesterday's Peninsula Daily News had an article abut the latest proposal.  A new outfit from the Vancouver WA area, Zephyr Air, is making a proposal, & everybody in P.A. seems to be eating it up. Fares will be $160 one way or $320 round trip, trips to be flown in Piper PA-46 Malibu's. Port Angeles will have to guarantee to reimburse any losses under their "projected minimum revenue" up to $200K a year. Upon reading the article, it appears that this is a brand new outfit, or at least one that has never provided commercial passenger service. It also says that Zephyr needs to purchase aircraft, the financing of which is contingent  on the reimbursement guarantee. It sounds to me like this outfit isn't much more than a gleam in someone's eye, with no track record & not much money. IMHO Port Angeles would have more chance of success if they could get an outfit that's already in operation (like San Juan Airlines, maybe) to take on these flights, in something like a 206.
Here's a link to the story:

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/passenger-air-service-provider-makes-presentation-in-port-angeles/

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Re: Port Angeles-to-Seattle airline plans
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2017, 11:39:41 AM »
  For those who don't want to wait until the next start-up air-taxi comes along use the one that is already serving Port Angeles and all the other northwest airports right now. We have been doing charters to any published airport between the grass airports in the San Jaun Islands to Salem, OR. for the past two years. The Cessna 172K with a Plains Power O-360-A4M 180 HP engine cruises about 115 knots with three passengers VFR anywhere you want to go, including SeaTac. Much of our business has been drop-off/pick-up out in front of the SeaTac terminal. Call for pricing but, it's based on less than $200 per hour.

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Re: Port Angeles-to-Seattle airline plans
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2017, 04:27:04 PM »
FWIW the FBO in Pt Angeles, Rite Brothers, has been in business for well over 20 years,
and has been providing part 135 air taxi service for most of that.
Yet none of the several articles in the Pt Angeles newspaper over the past few years about "starting" air service to Seattle ever mention  them.
And I'd bet even money that the Port & city officials behind this latest scheme have never approached Rite Brothers about providing scheduled service,
or about subsidizing regular part 135 air taxi op's to Seattle which would probably better fit most people's needs.
Yet these are the same folks who like to talk about "shopping locally".