The recession appears to have claimed another victim, charter operator SATSair, which shut down operations on October 23, “due to circumstances,” according to a telephone recording on the company’s voicemail system. SATSair (Smart Air Travel Solutions) operated a fleet of Cirrus SR22 piston singles throughout the southern and eastern U.S., with headquarters in Greenville, S.C.
Greenville, S.C.-based Cirrus SR22 air taxi firm SATSair “temporarily” shut down operations on October 23 “due to circumstances,” according to a recording on the company’s voicemail. The company has not said when service will restart.
SATSair, the largest Cirrus SR22 on-demand charter operator in the U.S., reported a 60-percent increase in the number of flights last year and booked an average of three flights per day into all the major economic centers in South Carolina, including Greenville, Charleston, Hilton Head, Columbia and Myrtle Beach.
The Cirrus SR22 has been the world’s best selling single-engine aircraft for five years, with more than 3,000 sold to date. But the thought of using the SR22 for charter services is still relatively new.
Even though “ATXA” looks as if it belongs on the New York Stock Exchange ticker, add it to your lexicon of GA lobbying groups. The Air Taxi Association (ATXA) is open for business.
SATSair, the Greenville, N.C. air taxi startup, announced yesterday it has signed a $45 million deal with Cirrus Design Corp. (Booth No. 2957) to add 50 new Cirrus SR22 piston single-engine aircraft to its fleet, with an option to purchase 50 more.