FEATURE/Coast to Coast on Corporate Coach: AccessAir Targets the Business Traveler with No Advance Purchase and Reasonable Fares.
DES MOINES Des Moines, city, United States
Des Moines (dĭ moin`), city (1990 pop. 193,187), state capital and seat of Polk co., S central Iowa, at the junction of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers; inc. , Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE FEATURES)--Sept. 15, 1999--
Des Moines-based AccessAir, serving Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of and medium-size Midwestern markets with direct and nonstop flights to Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, city (1990 pop. 281,140), seat of El Paso co., central Colo., on Monument and Fountain creeks, at the foot of Pikes Peak; inc. 1886. It is a year-round resort and a booming military, technological, and commercial city. and the coasts is targeting business travelers with reasonable fares and a unique frequent flier frequent flier
One who travels often by air, especially on one airline.
frequent-fli program. The frequent flier program allows both individual and corporate participation. AccessAir serves New York's LaGuardia airport LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA, ICAO: KLGA, FAA LID: LGA) is an airport serving New York City, New York, United States, located on the waterfront of Flushing Bay, and borders the neighborhoods of Astoria, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst in the borough , Los Angeles, and Colorado Springs from Des Moines, Moline (Quad Cities
The Quad Cities are a group of cities which flank the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois in the midwestern United States. ) and Peoria.
Launched in February of 1999, the airlines operates four 117-passenger Boeing 737-200 aircraft. Expansion plans call for additional service to San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden , Washington, D.C., Seattle, Portland, Miami, Atlanta and Boston in 2000.
"Now that we're through our initial launch and the busy summer season for leisure passengers, we're focusing on a market which will be critical to our long-term success - the business traveler," said Rich Musal, President and COO of AccessAir; "We offer several unique services unavailable on most major airlines. These include, simple low price pricing with minimum restrictions; nonstop or direct flights eliminating change of planes; and a unique frequent flier program which offers Corporate Coach travelers double miles for every mile flown and the traveler's company earns single miles."
"Corporate Coach" fares, require no advance purchase and have no other restrictions: -0-
From LAX to: New York $269 each way Colorado Springs $219 each way Des Moines $246 each way Moline or Peoria $246 each way From LGA to: Los Angeles $269 each way Colorado Springs $269 each way Des Moines $246 each way Moline or Peoria $246 each way
Other competitive fares are available and carry minimal restrictions.
"The airline was designed with the corporate traveler in mind," said Musal, "Our the Boeing 737's Corporate Coach seats are configured with a 35 inch pitch, with great room to stretch and work, or enjoy full meals on flights over two hours."
The airline was founded by former Eastern Airlines vice president Roger Ferguson who realized high-quality air service to medium-size Midwestern cities was sorely needed. A number of Midwestern-based corporations have invested in AccessAir including Peoria, Illinois Peoria, Illinois (named after the Peoria tribe) is the largest city on the Illinois River and the county seat of Peoria County,GR6 Illinois, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 112,936. based Caterpillar, Inc.; and Des Moines based Farm Bureau Life Insurance, Ruan, Inc. and Principal Financial Group.
The airline's key business strategy is to utilize same-jet service and avoid the traditional airline hub-and-spoke system. "Our initial market research indicated that passengers would much rather stay on the same plane, even if it makes a stop to take on passengers. Travelers indicated that changing planes at major-city hubs is a hassle," said Musal, "We hope to build value for our "Corporate Coach" service by providing hassle-free travel at a reasonable price."