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'Private jet experience' coming to Memphis

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(WMC-TV) - There is a new airline coming to the Mid-South and it will be based in the Bluff City.

Southern Airways Express is described as a "private jet experience that is affordable for the general public".

Prop planes frequent the General Dewitt Spain Airport and the Olive Branch Airport, but next month, you can expect to see planes of a different type.

"You don't pay for parking, you don't show up two hours ahead to go through security hassles, you can bring all the shampoo you want on the plane, you don't pay for bag fees," said Southern Airways Express Chief Operating Officer Keith Sisson. "We are flying nine seat aircraft that have been outfitted with a VIP executive luxury package."

Southern Airways is brand new and is expected to fly to several destinations across the south. They have nine seat jets. There will be iPads in each seat and they are expected to begin flying to destinations like Destin, New Orleans, St Louis, and Birmingham.

In the fall, they want to fly to college football destinations and in the winter, fly to ski destinations. They insist their business model will price tickets lower than the traditional carriers.

"We are going to be able to take people out of their car and put them back into an airplane and do so at an affordable price and it's really exciting," said Sisson.

The business model is working out of Cincinnati and Memphis investors hope this plan will take off in the Bluff City.

More information is expected to be released to the public next week. Flight plans are being finalized. Service is set to begin in May.

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