A Solar Nation 737 Departs MSP on a frigid morning. – Photograph: Nick Benson / JetTip.web

Inaugurals, model new airways, airline sunsets, new planes, distinctive planes. What do these all have in widespread? They’re a magnet for AvGeeks. And any time you get a gaggle of fans in a room collectively all of them begin telling their “AvGeek expertise” tales. You understand how it goes – “the shortest flight I ever flew was…” after which somebody chimes in with theirs. It’s good enjoyable.

Right this moment we’re excited to inform you about an AvGeek expertise we only recently realized of (and promptly booked) due to our buddy and generally AirlineReporter contributor Nick Benson over at JetTip. Image this: An inaugural flight between a brand new metropolis pair, to an airport you and your pals have in all probability by no means been to. Simply an 85-mile flight, onboard a 737 with a bunch of fellow AvGeeks…

Let’s Fly an Inaugural EAS Flight

This screen shot shows the inaugural flight selected. It departs at 11:25 AM and arrives at 12:20 PM. The true prices is 39.60.
The December 1 MSP-EAU flight is simply $40 a technique. Lower than $1 a minute! What a deal. – Picture: Solar Nation

On December 1, 2022 Solar Nation will inaugurate service between MSP and EAU (Chippewa Valley Regional Airport) utilizing one in every of their 737s. At time of writing, the brand new route is a cut price at simply shy of $40 every method. This can be a ULCC, so seat choice, and so on., are further. However right here’s the factor – it’s a brief 45-minute flight, and an inaugural so why not simply roll the cube? We understand this isn’t Spirit, however right here’s your likelihood to go full un-bundled, like I did in 2016 once I tried the Naked Fare, for science. Do it, and also you’ll have one other story to inform your pals.

Wendy Burt, Sr. Director of communications for Solar Nation confirms that this distinctive new route is a part of the DOT’s Important Air Service program. EAS is meant to make sure service to undeserved communities. She additionally confirmed that “there will probably be an occasion in Eau Claire on the primary day to have a good time.” Airline-themed cake, anybody? We will solely hope…

We hope to see you there.

Managing Correspondent – Lee’s Summit, MO. JL joined AirlineReporter in 2012 and has since grow to be one in every of our most tenured and prolific writers. His passions embrace catalyzing AvGeek pleasure in others, spending an excessive amount of time on Twitter, and frequent journey. Whereas he is all the time on the lookout for the following massive journey, house is along with his rising AvGeek household in Lee’s Summit, MO, a suburb of Kansas Metropolis. E-mail:

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