A flight on a charter plane furnishes all the thrills of air travel without the hassle of airport security or the awkward eye contact with lonely eagles. Seamlessly soar through the skies with today’s Groupon: for $749, you get a chartered evening excursion for two people to Branson, Missouri, from Cirrus Air Express (a $1,600 value). A third person may be added to the excursion for $75. Flights depart from either Tahlequah Municipal Airport (TQH) or Claremore Regional Airport (GCM). The excursion includes:
- Round-trip, private air transportation to Branson, Missouri
- Dinner entrees for two at a select Branson-area restaurant
- Two tickets to a show at a select Branson-area theater
- Transportation around Branson in a chauffeured GMC Denali<p>
Cirrus Air Express strives to create memorable evenings, whisking guests to all-inclusive excursions in Branson and delivering them home by bedtime. The evening’s gallivanting begins at either Tahlequah Municipal or Claremore Regional airport, where pilots welcome guests aboard private SR22 Cirrus airplanes trimmed with leather seats, Bose headsets, and the latest UFO jammers. Flights embark at the guests’ preferred time and typically last 45–60 minutes. Once aloft, passengers can sip wine and nibble snacks while making small talk with the pilot or gazing peacefully across open terrain dotted with clouds infringing on the copyrighted likeness of mashed potatoes. After landing at the Branson airport, the pilot assumes the role of a personal chauffeur, and the airplane similarly shape-shifts into a GNC Denali.
The earthbound portion of the evening commences as Branson’s streetlights flicker to life and guests are swept off to their first destination. Couples or triplets dine at a restaurant of their choice, making arrangements with Cirrus Air Express to reserve a table and a satisfying portion of ambiance at an eatery such as Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano or Chateau on the Lake. From the restaurant, guests are ferried to reserved seats at one of the Branson area’s many venues, such as The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre or the The Mansion, where musicians share the stage with theatrical acts. If Groupon holders choose to add a third person to the excursion, the $75 upgrade fee includes dinner and a show ticket. As the evening winds to a close, guests can rest heavy eyelids and set aside souvenir anvils while aloft on a quiet flight back to their home airport.
Cirrus Air Express
For Cirrus Air Express, commuting is all the fun. That's because the company does its travelling at high speeds thousands of feet above the ground. It shares its access to the sky with the community by transporting time-critical cargo, and by providing private charter services that jet off to portions of 17 different states. Cirrus Air Express's highly qualified instructors also help aspiring pilots earn certification, teaching students inside aircraft equipped with the most modern avionics available.