Scheduled charter flights to begin later this month |

Scheduled charter flights to begin later this month

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EAGLE COUNTY — Wildcat Touring, operated by Meregrass Inc. has announced it will run a 30-seat scheduled charter aircraft from Dallas and Houston to Vail and Aspen. The regularly scheduled flights operate out of private terminals at the cities’ airports, but the company claims to offer pricing that is competitive with commercial airlines.

“This is a first for the Aspen and Vail communities on two fronts. First, there has never been scheduled service to and from Aspen and Vail from Dallas Love Field and Houston Hobby. Second, there has never been ‘scheduled charter’ service into either market from any destination,” Wildcat Touring owner and CEO Stephen Smith said.

“Scheduled charter” means one may buy individual seats, rather than having to charter the entire aircraft. The flight experience, however, is that of a private charter.

Smith has owned a home in Aspen for more than 40 years, and says the new service fills an under-served part of the market.

Benefits include bypassing security lines in public airports, no extra baggage fees and the ability to bring pets onboard, for an additional fee, and when they are secured in carrying crates.

The two-hour flight to and from Dallas to Vail or Aspen leaves three times a week. The 2.5-hour flight to and from Houston to Vail and Aspen flies twice per week. The price is $600 one-way or $1,000 round-trip.

Wildcat’s Saab 2000 aircraft has a reconfigured interior, decreasing its original seat count of 50 to 30, allowing for more passenger room. It is one of the world’s fastest commercial turboprops, cruising at 425 mph at an altitude of 31,000 feet. For more information, go to or call 254-WILDCAT.

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