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Montana-Based Neptune Aviation Exploring Missoula To Boise Charter Service

Kurt Wilson
Neptune's CEO pitched his idea to business leaders in Missoula this week.

Missoula, Mont.-based Neptune Aviation is considering launching a private charter service for direct flights to Boise, Seattle and Billings.

Neptune is known for its firefighting airplanes.

This week, Neptune’s CEO Ron Hooper outlined his idea to launch roundtrip flights from Missoula to Billings and Boise twice a week.

The Missoulian explains it’d be member-based. Passengers would pay a $750 startup fee plus a monthly membership of the same amount.

“We took a scenario of providing service of a day trip to Billings, which would cost us about $4,000 roundtrip and require passengers to be here 15 minutes before the flight to get their coffee and be comfortable,” he said. “If you bring five people along, that’s $800 per person roundtrip. Depending on how this plays out, we can add locations, we can add frequency and we can add aircraft if need be.” - Missoulian

An eight-hour drive from Missoula to Boise would take just an hour and change on Neptune’s proposed charter service.

There are currently no direct flights from Montana to Boise.

The company hopes to begin offering charters Aug 1.

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