Airline hopes to land business travelers on water

May 30, 2014 |

Tailwind Air Service is a new airline that hopes to help professionals on business travel get to their destinations in a hurry by landing seaplanes on water.

According to Bloomberg, the carrier will begin service in June as it flies between the Skyport Marina on East 23rd Street in Manhattan to Boston and Washington, D.C. Tailwind will use a nine-seat Cessna aircraft to take off and land in water, making it one of the first commercial seaplane carriers to serve the three cities.

There are about 3,000 people who travel daily between Washington, D.C., Boston and New York on business, the source reported. Tailwind hopes to be able to capture the attention of those who commute between these popular destinations.

Currently, Delta Air Lines and US Airways have hourly nonstop flights between New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Boston and Washington, D.C., while Amtrak has a high-speed business-class service that travels to Manhattan, Boston and Union Station in Washington, D.C.

Tailwind hopes to fly 3,000 people each year in order to perform well financially. The carrier already has a sister company, Fly the Whale, that takes travelers between Manhattan, Nantucket Island and the Hamptons during the summer.

In today’s world, it’s all about efficiency and speed and Tailwind hopes to provide that with its new water-landing flights. Each one-way flight will cost between $450 and $650, according to Bloomberg.

During Tailwind’s initial launch period, flights will land at Boston’s Logan Airport and Washington’s Dulles Airport, although the company is working with city officials to have both flights land on water by 2015, Bloomberg reported.

Although there will be no frequent flier miles accumulated when traveling with Tailwind, complimentary beer and wine will be served during the flight.

According to the source, the airline hopes to expand to additional cities such as Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago and many on the East Coast.