Rectrix Aviation, the Massachusetts-based operator of the new air shuttle servicing the Barnstable Municipal (HYA) and Nantucket (ACK) airports, reported strong demand as its foray into commuter passenger service marks its first two weeks of successful operation. Since the first daily flights began on October 20, 2016 and current as of October 31, 2016, Rectrix has flown 124 trips, filling 910 of 1,116 available seats (82 percent of capacity).
Rectrix, which provides premium private jet, aircraft management and fixed-based operations services, is the largest Massachusetts private charter company owning its aircraft fleet and private aviation terminal services or fixed based operations (FBOs). The Rectrix Aviation division entered the commuter market after identifying an opportunity to offer new passenger service to the popular HYA-ACK route. The company’s fleet of reliable, state-of-the-art Beech Super King Air B300 turbo-props are easily recognized by their bold blue tails marked with a recognizable red ‘R’ for Rectrix. The luxurious interiors are Wi-Fi equipped and feature nine leather first class passenger seats. Two pilots command every flight in keeping with Rectrix Aviation’s ARG/US Platinum Safety Rating.
“It’s been exciting to launch this airline service of our business and offer commuting passengers a brand-new flying experience,” said Richard Cawley, CEO of Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services. “Hyannis to Nantucket may be a short route, but we give our shuttle customers the same attention to excellence and detail that we provide with our private jet charters. Commuter service is a new venture for us and because we demand more from ourselves at every level of our company, it’s already showing in our performance.”
With the successful start of the Hyannis to Nantucket shuttle, Rectrix is offering two new incentives for customers. The first is a reduced fare commuter bundle package, which will offer exceptional savings for frequent fliers along the new shuttle routes. The second is the new Rectrix Rewards program, the first airline rewards program of its kind. The ground-breaking program will allow shuttle passengers to accrue points earning them a private jet chartered flight on Rectrix’s Learjet and Challenger aircraft.
“We believe that this rewards program further sets Rectrix apart as a preferred carrier,” said Cawley. “Our charter operations and solid performance record are what made this company so successful. We see an opportunity to offer our shuttle customers an innovative pathway to experience our charter service as a reward for their loyalty.”
Looking ahead from the opening of the Hyannis-Nantucket service, Rectrix is actively exploring additional commercial route options, including longer-range flights to Florida and the mid-Atlantic. In addition to a proposed service to Boston, these new routes would connect passengers to popular locations such as Washington D.C., New York, Worcester MA, and Sarasota FL. Rectrix is currently negotiating the procurement of two CRJ 200 jet aircraft with capacity for 30 passengers each as the preferred aircraft to service these additional destinations. Rectrix is also in the process of establishing an air freight operation, which would serve Cape Cod and the Islands.
Rectrix operates six daily roundtrip flights between HYA and ACK. Ticket information is available via Rectrix Shuttle’s website at flyrectrix.com.