Island Airlines and Surf Air join RAA

The Regional Airline Association (RAA) has announced the addition of two new airline members – Island Airlines of Nantucket, MA and Surf Air of Santa Monica, CA.“RAA is pleased to welcome these two new airlines to our membership, as RAA continues to be the voice of both small and large regional airlines in Washington, DC,” remarked interim president Faye Malarkey Black. “We feel confident that Island Airlines and Surf Air will benefit from the best practices shared amongst our entire membership in the critical areas of safety, operations and advocacy.”Island Airlines offers daily 15-minute flights between Hyannis and Nantucket. Operating four Cessna Grand Caravans, the company also operates a cargo division called Cape and Island Air Freight, as well as a charter flight services division, Ocean Wings.“I’ve been involved with RAA for many years, so I understand the value of having in voice in Washington, DC for the specific regional airline issues. We look forward to participating in the various RAA activities that will provide valuable resources to our operation,” noted Island Airlines chief operating officer Armando Cardenas.Launched in 2013, Surf Air’s operation is based on a membership club offering limitless flights with a fleet of Pilatus PC-12s anywhere in the Surf Air network for a monthly fee. Servicing California from the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles Metro area, Santa Barbara and Truckee Lake Tahoe, Surf Air’s members include Silicon Valley executives, professional athletes and celebrities, including Oscar winning actor Jared Leto who is both a member and investor in the company.“Surf Air prides itself on its phenomenal safety record and excellent regional membership based service,” declared Surf Air CEO Jeff Potter. “The RAA provides valuable resources to its members to help facilitate these important practices which will prove vital as Surf Air continues to expand throughout the country.”

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