Airline Operator Meregrass, Inc. and IJet Charters announce plans for a Marsh Harbour, Fort Lauderdale and New York premium class scheduled charter service slated to commence in April 2015.
Texas-based Meregrass, Inc. introducing its new Saab 2000 aircraft at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and at the Leonard M Thompson International Airport, announcing plans to offer scheduled charter service to five Bahamas destinations from Fort Lauderdale and one from New York.
Jim Swieter, founder of IJet Charters, which is providing marketing and reservations for the scheduled charter, said the 30-passenger service will be unique to the market offering all premium class seating and high-speed travel.
“Pricing will be competitive,” said Mr. Swieter. “Our plans are to fly direct scheduled flights—April through August— from Fort Lauderdale to Marsh Harbour, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Georgetown and North Eleuthera.
Swieter said the scheduled charters will fly out of Sheltair at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLU), which will streamline the check-in process. Some return flights will arrive at FLL Terminal 4.
Crewed by three, the Saab 2000 is a twin-engine high-speed aircraft with an average cruising speed of 425 mph with a maximum certified ceiling of 31,000 ft. and a non-stop range of 1,300 statute miles.
Equipped with an “all glass” flight deck (Collins Pro-Line IV), Meregrass’ Saab 2000 is the first and only aircraft of its type to operate on a 135-charter certificate. It seats 30 passengers in a cabin designed to accommodate 50. Consequently the seat pitch provides ample legroom.
“This definitely will be the top-of -the-line service choice for all airlift currently servicing The Bahamas,” said Swieter, who added that all flights will offer complimentary beverages.
Mr. Swieter said that bookings are expected to go online within the next ten days and the inaugural flight to Marsh Harbour is expected to land on April 2, 2015.