Australian 'all you can fly' start-up eyes NZ

A Beechcraft Super King Air aircraft, similar to the plane that will fly Airly members on unlimited private flights for a monthly fee.
A Beechcraft Super King Air aircraft, similar to the plane that will fly Airly members on unlimited private flights for a monthly fee.

An Australian start-up that offers members-only unlimited flights says expanding to New Zealand is on the horizon.

Airly has plans to offer members unlimited travel to airports around Australia a lot cheaper than private travel.

The start-up's co-founders Alexander Robinson, Luke Hampshire and Ivan Vysotskiy told News.com.au the airline will initially offer 54 flights a week, with plans to expand to New Zealand and Asia once the model was working well in Australia.

Passengers will fly on eight-seat Beechcraft King Air 350 private aircraft initially between small airports in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, with plans to expand to Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.

"There are roughly 15 routes in Australia alone that suit our business model perfectly," Robinson told News.com.au.

"Once we have perfected things in Australia we will set our eyes abroad into New Zealand and Asia."

The company says passengers will save time by avoiding the major airports in cities.

Airly
• A membership starts at A$2550 a month and can cost up to $3750 a month.
• Two months membership must be paid upfront.
• Seats on flights can be reserved four weeks in advance, and up to 30 minutes before departure
• Free Wi-Fi, amenities, snacks and drinks will be provided at the airport lounges.

- NZ Herald

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