Luxury way to beat Noosa-Brisbane gridlock
MEET the commuters in rarefied air.
A new luxury helicopter service - a first for the region - will be launched on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday to shuttle high-flyers between Noosa and Brisbane.
Cashed-up commuters will be able to travel in style from the surf to the city for $550 return.
The dream dash will take about 30 minutes, compared with over two hours tackling the 160km trip via the congested M1.
For those perched aboard Ghost Air's gleaming Eurocopter AS350, which can carry four passengers, there will be no more cursing at Bruce Highway traffic, roadworks, red lights or unreliable train services.
They will soar over the gridlock, taking in panoramas of stunning beaches, sparkling ocean and the majestic Glasshouse Mountains.
The Eurocopter features leather seats, noise cancelling headsets and airconditioning.
Passengers can be picked up or dropped off in the heart of Noosa, or at Sunshine Coast Airport and fly direct to Brisbane Airport. A second Eurocopter will soon be added to the fleet.
Ghost Air business operations manager Sue-Ellen Knox said owners included successful Sydney business identity and part-time local Anthony Bell, who owns a home in Noosa.
The others were silent business partners who did not wish to be named.
Ms Knox said that as well as taking captains of industry from the surf to board meetings in the city, flights would boost business and day-tripper tourism, bringing city folk and tourists to beachside food hot spots for milestone lunches and experiences.
She said Ghost Air also would offer VIP transfers within the Sunshine Coast, scenic flights and bespoke charter services.
"Ghost Air offers a revolutionary service that enables people to fly directly to, from and around the world-famous tourist mecca and lifestyle destinations of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast all in the capable hands of our head pilot, Ms Johanna Osborne," Ms Knox said.
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Ghost Air also has plans for an executive jet service with weekly commuter flights to Sydney and Melbourne.
It is a sister company to Ghost Elite Charters Super Yachts GHOST 1 and GH, which operate luxury yacht services in Sydney Harbour.
Ms Knox said Ghost Air's flights were available seven days a week with commuter flights from Noosa to Brisbane available Monday to Friday.
Welcoming the new service are luxury real estate agents Francene Storie and Stephen Gage.
The husband-and-wife team will be using it to collect well-heeled Aussies who live overseas but fly in to check out and snap up property.
"We have company chiefs who only have a few hours to spare, so they will fly into Brisbane and we will pick them up by helicopter. This will be perfect for that."