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Air Choice One adds to its fleet

Air Choice One, the airline that provides commercial flights to the Fort Dodge Regional Airport, has added to its fleet with the addition of its first twin engine turbine powered Beechcraft 1900 aircraft, the company announced in a press release.

The aircraft is anticipated to be in service by the end of 2017, according to Shane Storz, Air Choice One chief executive officer.

“The Beechcraft 1900 is a perfect fit for the markets we serve and for the markets we hope to reach by offering supplemental flights to continue to enhance passenger growth for our current markets and future markets,” Storz said in a written statement. “This aircraft is a twin engine turbine powered, which means that we can offer supplemental flights for corporate travel and allow growth in our markets.”

The aircraft has a maximum seating configuration for 19 passengers.

It also features retractable landing gear, pressurized cabin, and air conditioning for cabin cooling.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Air Choice One ground crews load passenger luggage onto a flight heading to St. Louis Thursday afternoon at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. The airline has announced plans to upgrade some of its planes to two engine craft.

“The larger passenger seating capabilities of this aircraft will result in greater support for local air service, and will enable us to continue offering reliable service, providing customers with confidence flying out of their local airport compared to other transportation options, including driving or flying from other airports in the region,” Storz said.

The maximum operating speed of the aircraft is 284 mph.

Features include: state of the art touch screen avionics with electronic flight instrument system and an enhanced crew alerting system.

The aircraft is equipped for all weather flying with proven reliability and can be operated up to an altitude of 25,000 feet, according to Storz.

The Beechcraft 1900 is the 13th aircraft to join Air Choice One’s existing fleet that operates in all Lower 48 routes, and is currently going through FAA approval to starting flying scheduled service by the end of the year.

Air Choice One flights out of Fort Dodge include: two round trips to Minneapolis per day, Monday through Friday, two round trips to St. Louis per day, Monday through Friday. Flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport are offered once a day, Monday through Friday. Flights to St. Louis and Minneapolis are offered once per day on Saturdays and Sundays.

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