Air Choice One takes delivery of $2.7 million next generation Cessna Caravan

St. Louis, MO: March 23, 2017 – In a move to enhance their fleet, service and expand markets, Air Choice One has taken delivery of a new Cessna Caravan 208B-EX in St. Louis, MO. In an inaugural flight, Air Choice One CEO, Shane Storz, flew the new craft from their headquarters in Witchita, KS to St. Louis on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. This is the 4th plane Air Choice One has purchased from Textron, with a price tag of $2.7 million. This 8-passenger seat plane will be placed in the current route system, flying in and out of St. Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis.

“This new air craft is a perfect fit for the markets we serve and has a high reliable dispatch rate,” said Shane Storz, Air Choice One CEO. “At Air Choice One, we have a commitment to, investment in, and creation of a next-generation regional airline that ensures smaller cities maintain connectivity with the national air transportation system and global economy, as well as restore service on local commuter routes with proven demand that have been abandoned by large carriers,” said Storz. “It is our mission to provide the best service not only for our customers, but also for these markets and cities.”

In the past 25+ years, more than 2,700 Cessna Caravans have been delivered to customers across the world. Cessna has continuously enhanced the Caravan and the “Cessna Caravan EX” version delivered to Air Choice One is equipped with a larger PT-6 turboprop engine that provides increased payload capability, faster rate of climb and higher cruise speeds.

The new aircraft is equipped with the all-glass Garmin G1000 avionics suite incorporating Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT), which includes topographical displays of terrain, visualization of other air traffic, and real-time data from both aircraft and engine that improves situational awareness and trend monitoring to facilitate pre-emptive maintenance that reduces flight delays and cancellations attributable to mechanical issues. The advanced capabilities of the Garmin 100 include higher flight completion rates, even during the most challenging weather conditions, as well as enhanced levels of safety and comfort to passengers.

The new aircraft includes TKS anti-ice/de-ice systems that exude glycol-based fluid through laser drilled holes on the leading edge of the wing and other critical surfaces. The fluid prevents precipitation from adhering to the aircraft, further enhancing both safety and operational reliability. Customers will experience the big plane feel for both them and their baggage. The Caravan features spacious leg room in the cabin and a large cargo area for carrying passengers baggage.

“The improved reliability of a new aircraft will result in greater support for local air service, and will enable us to continue offering reliable service that will provide customers with confidence flying out of their local airport compared to other transportation options, including driving or flying from other airports in the region,” said Storz. “This new craft that has joined our fleet will allow us to seek new markets and start service quicker than ever before.”

The latest Cessna Caravan joins the Air Choice One’s existing fleet of 12 Caravans that operate in all Lower 48 routes. Air Choice One fleet standardization results in, high dispatch reliability, customer comfort, and other operational efficiencies.

About Air Choice One

Based in St. Louis, MO, Air Choice One was launched as a scheduled airline serving to hard-to-reach communities, and supports their economic development by increasing business productivity while enhancing the travel experience for business and leisure travelers alike. Air Choice One markets enjoy the benefits of efficient, scheduled airline service into larger cities, like St. Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis packaged in a “First-Class” service and seating format. Air Choice One’s goal is to deliver the highest quality and reliability in scheduled commercial air service.

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Air Choice One Takes Delivery of New Cessna Caravan 208B

St. Louis, MO – Regional Midwest Airline Air Choice One has taken delivery of their second new Cessna Caravan 208B EX aircraft. Company President/CEO Shane Storz and CFO Darnea Wood accepted the new aircraft at the Cessna Aircraft Corporation Factory in Wichita, KS yesterday.

“It’s an exciting time of growth for Air Choice One. We’re elated to expand our fleet and pleased to be able to offer a new level of in-flight comfort to our passengers,” said Storz.

The aircraft is equipped with a state-of-the-art command center, powered by the all-glass Garmin G1000 avionics suite. With technology adapted specifically for Cessna, available synthetic vision technology (SVT) integrates all primary flight, engine, and sensor data. This intuitive, at-a-glance control panel optimizes situational awareness for pilots.

It also boasts TKS anti-ice/de-ice systems that exude glycol-based fluid through laser drilled holes on the leading edge of the wing and other critical surfaces. This prevents precipitation from adhering to the aircraft, further enhancing both safety and operational reliability.

This next generation Cessna Caravan joins Air Choice One’s existing fleet of Caravans, for a total of 10 aircraft.

With major hubs located at Chicago O’Hare International and Lambert-St. Louis International Airports, the new aircraft will operate throughout Air Choice One’s route system. Markets served include Burlington, IA; Decatur, IL; Fort Dodge, IA; Ironwood, MI; Jackson, TN; Jonesboro, AR and Mason City, IA.

Established in 1979 and based in St. Louis, MO, the company is committed to enhancing the travel experience for both business and leisure travelers. Each of their aircraft makes a bold statement of style and comfort, featuring a spacious, all leather interior and an abundance of legroom.

For more information on Air Choice One and to book your preferred travel dates, visit www.airchoiceone.com or call 866-I-FLY-VIP (866-435-9847).
Reservations can also be made through major online travel sites.

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Air choice One Attends Evening Fundraiser at Scovill Zoo

Decatur, IL – Scovill Zoo held their annual Zoo-rific Evening on Saturday, August 22.

Air Choice One President/CEO, Shane Storz and Manager, Planning & Business Development, Brenda Barnes, attended the event.
Also in attendance was Decatur Airport Director, Tim Wright.

Participants were treated to a mini safari that included delicious food and beverages at stations throughout the zoo, rides on the train and carousel, several varieties of music, and animal entertainment.

Adding to the festivities was a “Selfie Safari.”

The end of the evening was marked by an auction under the Big Top, with all proceeds benefiting Scovill Zoo. Among the items up for auction were a painting of a zebra from the Endangered Special Carousel at the zoo, a hand appliqued, machine quilted art quilt called “Forest Galorest,” and a hand molded, rhubarb leaf-shaped concrete birdbath.

About Air Choice One

Air Choice One was founded in 1979 as Multi-Aero Inc., and has been a family owned and operated organization since. The airline historically offered a wide variety of aviation services. In 2008, Air Choice One streamlined its commitment to business and leisure travelers. They are committed to enhancing the travel experience for passengers with economical fares. They pride themselves on catering to their passengers’ needs through convenient and personalized customer service. Air Choice One operates a fleet of Cessna Caravan aircraft, each one making a bold statement of style and comfort, featuring a roomy all leather interior.

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Air Choice One Counts Down to Service Start in Jackson, TN

St. Louis, MO, June 11, 2015 – Air Choice One is counting down to their service start at McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (MKL) on June 28, 2015.

Passengers from Jackson, Tennessee will have the opportunity to travel to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL). Air Choice One CEO, Shane Storz said, “We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Jackson and look forward to bringing them to St. Louis and back, aboard our Cessna fleet.”

An introductory pricing special is being offered – as low as $35 each way, through September 20, 2015. Passengers can book travel now at www.airchoiceone.com or call (866) I-FLY-VIP (866-435-9847). Reservations can also be made through major online travel sites.

Fares and schedules are as follows:

Committed to enhancing the travel experience for both business and leisure travelers, Air Choice One operates a fleet of eight single engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft. Each one makes a bold statement of style and comfort, featuring a roomy all leather interior. For booking information, or to learn more about Air Choice One, visit www.airchoiceone.com or call (866) I-FLY-VIP (866-435-9847).

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Air Choice One Takes Delivery of Next Generation Cessna Caravan

St. Louis, MO April 28, 2015 – Air Choice One announces today that it has taken delivery of the first of two new Cessna Caravan 208B EX aircraft being acquired for the company’s fleet. Air Choice One CEO Shane Storz, accepted the first new aircraft at the Cessna Aircraft Corporation factory in Wichita, Kansas on Tuesday. Air Choice One’s Chief Pilot Steve Mathis was the first company pilot to fly the new plane back to St. Louis, MO, which is the corporate base for the airline.

“We’re excited to take delivery of this next generation Cessna Caravan 208B EX, adding to and improving our current fleet. This is a huge step for Air Choice One and we are thrilled at the growth opportunity the future holds,” said Shane Storz.

The new aircraft is equipped with the all-glass Garmin G1000 avionics suite which incorporates Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) that includes topographical displays of terrain, visualization of other air traffic, and real-time data from both aircraft and engine that improves situational awareness and trend monitoring to facilitate pre-emptive maintenance that reduces flight delays and cancellations attributable to mechanical issues. Further benefits of the Garmin 1000 include an advanced autopilot system that can perform virtually all pilot actions from climb-out through final descent and reduces pilot workload with precise vertical and horizontal guidance. These capabilities will result in higher flight completion rates, even during the most challenging weather conditions, as well as enhanced levels of safety and comfort.

The new aircraft is also equipped with TKS anti-ice/de-ice systems that exude glycol-based fluid through laser drilled holes on the leading edge of the wing and other critical surfaces. The fluid prevents precipitation from adhering to the aircraft, further enhancing both safety and operational reliability.

This new, next generation Cessna Caravan 208B EX joins Air Choice One’s existing fleet of seven Caravans. With plans to accept delivery of the second new Cessna Caravan 208B EX in the fall of this year, Air Choice One will take their fleet to nine Cessna Caravans operating in all Lower 48 routes.

With major hubs in Chicago O’Hare and St. Louis International Airports, these two new aircraft will operate throughout Air Choice One’s route system. Markets served include Burlington IA, Decatur IL, Fort Dodge IA, Ironwood MI, Jonesboro AR, Mason City IA, and Jackson TN, where Air Choice One will launch service on June 28.

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