An innovative new service plans to make business travel more efficient and enjoyable for San Antonians.
Rise, a Dallas-based private flight-sharing company, transports members in the swanky confines of a private jet for comfortable, time-saving travel. The first business of its kind to launch in the Southwest, Rise debuted flights between Dallas, Houston, Austin, and Midland last summer and will expand to San Antonio this spring.
"The whole purpose behind Rise is to save our members time. We're adding flights to cities that our members frequent. That's what makes the model work — it allows them to do more and see more," director of communications and business development, Angela Vargo, tells CultureMap.
The concept is simple: Members pay a flat monthly fee for all the travel they want. They book travel via the Rise app, hop on board an eight-passenger Beechcraft King Air 350, and head to their destination. Monthly memberships start at $1,650, and while the price may seem steep, Rise says it's on par with the cost of frequently flying commercial.
Rise plans to take off from Landmark Aviation at San Antonio International Airport in March. Initially, Rise will offer service from San Antonio to Houston and Austin; expansion to Dallas and Midland will follow.
The flight-sharing service also plans to expand beyond the Lone Star State in 2016, including Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.
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