(Neb)-First Boutique Air Flights July 1 For Alliance, July 15 For Chadron
Boutique Air says it will start flying between Alliance and Denver next Wednesday, July 1, under the federally-subsidized Essential Air Service contract it was recently awarded for both Alliance and Chadron.
Because of repaving at the Chadron airport, Boutique won't start service there for another two weeks, with the first flight leaving on Wednesday the 15th.
Boutique project manager Danielle Hake says the San Francisco-based airline is excited to begin flying from the two towns.
Boutique CEO Shawn Simpson says the airline is "so excited" to be coming to Nebraska and that he knows they'll have a successful partnership with both towns for years to come.
The airline will hold a Ribbon Cutting celebration featuring free flight giveaways, plane tours, food, and photo opportunities upon the first arrival from Denver to each city.
The Alliance celebration will kick off at 9:30 the morning of July 1 while in Chadron, the celebration will kick off at 10:30 AM July 15.
The airline operates a modern fleet of Swissmade Pilatus PC12 aircraft with amenities that Hakes says are intended to make the flying experience as comfortable as it gets, including large leather seats in an executive configuration, power outlets, pressurized cabin, and an enclosed lavatory.
Despite early discussions about separate routes for Chadron and Alliance, Hake says the final decision was to generally continue the traditional route with stops in both towns.
There will be 4 roundtrip weekdays from Chadron but only 3 from Alliance, with the 3 Alliance flights also going through Chadron.
The additional outbound Chadron flight will leave at 7:10 at night and reach Denver at 8:20 while the additional return flight leaves Denver at 5:40 pm and gets in at 6:50.
The 3 connecting flights are early morning, late morning, and late afternoon to Denver with return flights in the mid-morning, early afternoon, and late evening.
The first flight will leave Chadron at 5:30 am, stop in Alliance at 6:20, and reach Denver at 7:20. The first return flight departs Denver at 9:00 am, landing in Alliance at 10:00, and ending in Chadron at 10:50.
The second flight to Denver almost overlaps the first return flight. It begins in Alliance at 10:20, leaves Chadron at 11:00, and gets to Denver at 12:20.
The second flight out of Denver leaves at 1:40, stops first in Chadron at 2:50, and ends in Alliance at 3:40.
The last connecting outbound flight leaves Chadron at 3:10 and Alliance at 4:00, reaching Denver at 5:00 while the return leaves Denver at 9:30 pm and gets to Alliance at 10:30 and Chadron 11:20.
On Saturdays, there will be two outbound flights - one morning and one afternoon - and one inbound from Denver.
The first outbound leaves Chadron at 10:00 and Alliance 10:50 while the second begins in Alliance at 1:50 and Chadron at 2:40.
The lone Saturday return flight leaves Denver at 12:30, reaching Alliance at 1:30 and Chadron at 2:20.
Sundays will have also have two flights to Denver from both towns but 3 flights from Denver to Chadron and only 2 connecting to Alliance.
The first outbound flight leaves Chadron at 2:30 and Alliance at 3:20 while the other leaves Alliance at 6:20 pm and Chadron at 7:10.
The first return connecting flight leaves Denver at 1:00 and gets to Chadron at 2:10 and Alliance at 3:00, while the other leaves at 5:00, reaches Alliance at 6:00 and Chadron at 6:50.
The additional Denver to Chadron Sunday flight is later, leaving Denver at 9 pm and arriving at 10:10.
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