A new aircraft is expanding the range of this North West company. Sponsored by Kenmore Air.
SEATTLE — Kenmore Air is spreading its wings.
” We are trying ! We have been built for 75 years on customer service, so every chance we have to show people that the customer comes first is a chance for us to extend our service, which is what we want to do” , said Rick Turner, destination specialist at Kenmore Air. .
They have a new plane – and it’s not painted in that signature yellow livery and it doesn’t have any floats.
“We’re really excited about the new addition to our fleet – we’ve had the Pilatus PC-12 for about a year now,” Turner said. “It’s a luxury experience for our customers.”
The Kenmore Air PC-12 is a sleek and sexy turboprop meant to fly farther and do it in style. It seats eight people and has been busy doing private charters since the airline acquired it.
“The cool thing about this new aircraft is that it just expands our lineup,” Turner said. “We’re going to Sun Valley, Jackson Hole, places east of here that are exciting winter sports options. We’ve taken golf groups to Bandon Dunes, we’ve taken wine connoisseurs to the Sonoma Valley. It’s for anyone who wants that once-in-a-lifetime experience, maybe they want to get out of the rush of crazy airports these days and do something in a more private setting and just be taken care of a little.”
Kenmore Air’s webpage also lists Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Reno as potential destinations.
Captain Mark Alger was an Alaska Airlines pilot. The PC-12 is so much fun to fly that he came out of retirement to fly it for Kenmore.
“It’s a great machine. It really is a very capable machine, I love it, it’s cool,” he said, as he relaxed in one of the plush passenger seats after a flight home from Oregon. .
“For passenger comfort, it’s really nice, it’s pressurized, it has executive seats.”
And since the PC-12 is designed to fly at higher altitudes than seaplanes, going almost anywhere will lift you above our rainy Northwest.
“You can take off from here and 15 minutes later you’re in the sun, above the clouds,” Alger said.
Captain Alger took the Evening crew for a quick spin over rainy Seattle just to give us a taste of what flying in the PC-12 feels like. It feels comfortable and fast. We didn’t get in the sun on this short trip, but this view of stranded I-5 commuters heading south was almost as good. And nothing against the Pacific north-wet – but it was fun to imagine flying away from it all aboard this luxurious new member of Kenmore Air’s fleet.
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