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Tahoe Air opens two offices

Michael Schneider

The Tahoe Basin-based start-up airline Tahoe Air Corporation is moving toward establishing commercial air service at the Lake Tahoe Airport.

Although a long way from flying into and out of the airport, Tahoe Air has been quietly laying the roots for its community-based airline over the last year or so.

According to Mark Sando, the airline’s local contact, before a start-up can begin flying, it must first pull its management team together, then pull the financing together and, finally, pull the Federal Aviation Administration certification process together. Sando said the airline has moved through the first step, is making progress with the second, and soon will be able to turn its attention toward FAA certification.

At Wednesday night’s South Lake Tahoe City Council debate, candidate Gunnar Henrioulle, who works at the airport, said the airline was considering acquiring a DC-9 aircraft for commercial flights.

Sando said Tahoe Air is actually looking at MD-80s, a newer version of the DC-9.

The airline has also rented office space at the airport and at Round Hill Square, as well as joining both the Tahoe Douglas and South Lake Tahoe Chambers of Commerce.

“We’re in the process of setting up our structure internally,” Sando said. He said the office at the airport should be functional in about a month.

Tahoe Air incorporated in 1996 after another start-up airline, Boone Air, failed to establish service at the Lake Tahoe Airport.

The airline’s management team has sought to stay out of the spotlight, taking lessons from others before them, but Sando said he expects Tahoe Air’s plans to be more public in the coming months.

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