Crowd Gathers To Celebrate Boutique Air Service

At a ribbon cutting ceremony this evening at the airport, Los Alamos County officials joined Boutique Air CEO Shawn Simpson in celebrating the company’s launch of commercial air service between Los Alamos and Albuquerque. From left, Airport Manager David Ploeger, Public Works Director Philo Shelton, Simpson, Council Chair Kristin Henderson, Councilor Steven Girrens and County Manager Harry Burgess. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Boutique Air CEO Shawn Simpson addresses the crowd of some 80 people gathered this evening at Los Alamos Airport as Council Chair Kristin Henderson listens at left. The ceremony was delayed a few minutes because the plane coming in from Texas encountered inclement weather. Boutique Air flights began Sunday with introductory rates starting at $49. Reservations can be made online at www.boutiqueair.com or by calling 855.268.8478. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Boutique Air CEO Shawn Simpson speaks to the crowd until the airline arrives to provide the backdrop for the ribbon cutting ceremony this evening at the Los Alamos Airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Manager Harry Burgess watches as the Pilatus PC-12 aircraft arrives for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Boutique Air pilot and flight personnel arrive for this evening’s ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Following the ceremony, Boutique Air CEO Shawn Simpson invites community members to tour the plane’s interior. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Community members tour the plane’s interior. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Boutique Air operates a modern fleet of Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. With amenities designed to make the flying experience as comfortable as it gets, the PC-12 features reclining leather seats in an executive configuration, power outlets, a pressurized cabin, enclosed lavatory, and a top speed of 300 mph. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Two carry-on items are permitted per passenger on Boutique Air flights – one personal item (purse, briefcase, personal computer, etc.) and one carry-on bag. The combined weight of all carry-on items may not exceed 35 pounds per passenger. More details on baggage, reservations, flight cancellations or flight changes is available at www.boutiqueair.com under their “FAQ” section. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd mingles on the tarmac following this evening’s ribbon cutting ceremony at the airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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