What was your first impression and experience with Surf Air?
It was pretty hard to nail down my work schedule at the beginning, so I ended up joining Surf Air and flying within a couple hours. My sales rep was tremendously helpful. It was kind of a scramble on my end, not sure if I was leaving or not in the morning, and she helped make it happen. I had to buy duplicates of everything, so I had baby stuff for both locations, and brought four bags plus my baby and an infant car seat. Ever since the first flight, the ground crew and pilots have been so friendly with him. They help carry him on and off the plane, even as he’s gotten heavier. We landed the evening before his birthday and they had a little gift waiting. They make us feel so welcome, and nobody ever made me feel like I shouldn’t be traveling with a baby, or that I’m inconveniencing anybody.
What are your favorite flights?
I’ve really wanted to try different destinations and use the membership to take a trip. But so far, it’s just been SBA (Santa Barbara) to SQL (San Carlos) back and forth. That Friday morning return flight is nice, it’s not that crowded.
Why is it so important for you to be flying Surf Air, a company that’s building the future of electric flight?
I’m so proud of them for being so invested. It feels so good to utilize a service that’s really inline with your own beliefs and priorities. It adds an extra amount of comfort knowing this really is an important thing to the company.
Any flight rituals?
Absolutely. Always board the baby first; the ground crew in San Carlos always carry the baby for me, load him on the airplane. I get on before anybody else, so I buckle him in first and get him some books and toys, situate both of us with our opposite facing seats, and open the windows to let the light in and show him things. Then I take my sparkling water and almonds out of the bin. It’s a fun age for sure. He’s interested in the fuel trucks on the tarmacs. He’s so aware at this age.
What would be your dream destination with Surf Air?
We have friends with property in Montana, outside of Livingston. I’d love it if they could make that trip, it’s beautiful. A little closer to home, I would love a Santa Barbara-to-Monterey flight. We were married in Carmel, and a little getaway with the family and the dogs would be a true dream.
Who would be your dream passenger on a private flight?
My dogs for sure. They’re large labradors, who would need their own seats. Don’t know how popular I’d be boarding the plane each week with a baby and two dogs.