Word on the street (and for “street” read inter-webs) is that Vision Airlines will begin offering non-stop flights through Northwest Florida Regional Airport, starting March 25.
The first question I had upon hearing this news was “Vision ….. Who?”
A brief background search on Vision Airlines quickly brought me up to date.
Vision Airlines, formerly Vision Air, is an airline headquartered in Suwanee, GA.
Originally started in 1994, the airline operated flights for their tour business, out of Las Vegas. Showing travelers the Grand Canyon, Marble Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Monument Valley, by utilizing the Dornier 228 and Dornier 328 aircraft.
In addition, during the summer months, Vision Airlines transports white water rafters to various destinations along the Colorado River. The expansion from a sight-seeing company, into commercial airlines opened up a world (pun-intended) of opportunity for travelers seeking lower fares, yet preferring a non-stop flight. Typically, in my experience, it’s hard to find both. It seems that the lower my ticket price, the more stops I’ll end up with.
Vision Airlines Points Of Interest:
Pilots and flight attendants from Vision Airlines volunteered to fly in supplies and emergency crews to Haiti after the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. The airline loaded planes in Miami and Atlanta with rescue workers, search dogs, water and medicine.
On July 9, 2010, the United States government chartered a Vision Airlines jet to transport ten convicted Russian “illegals” (spies) to Vienna and collect four alleged Western spies in the largest known prisoner swap since the Cold War.
Currently, they are planning to add flights, both in-bound and out-bound, from Northwest Florida Regional.
The Cities- currently list an impressive (and convenient) 11.
Little Rock, AR
Baton Rouge, LA
Fort Myers, FL
Birmingham & Huntsville, AL
Tampa/ St. Pete, FL
In the coming months, there’s talk of Vision expanding travel to four additional cities.