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California’s all-you-can-fly airline might be grounded by lawsuit

They’re not for everyone, but some Americans absolutely adore all-you-can-eat restaurants. A California-based airline has taken the concept of all-you-can-eat to the skies. Membership-based Surf Air offers all-you-can-fly travel in its small planes. Destinations include San Diego, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Oakland, Lake Tahoe and San Jose.

The airline’s fleet of Pilatus PC-12 turboprops might soon be grounded, according to recent news reports. Surf Air faces government tax liens and a business lawsuit that alleges the company has failed to pay its bills.

Hawthorne, California-based Encompass Aviation LLC – the company that operates Surf Air’s planes – claims that Surf owes it more than $3.1 million. A few days ago, after Surf announced that it had hired a new firm to operate its 8-passenger aircraft, Encompass filed suit.

Plus, San Mateo County Public Works says it is owed more than $2 million in back taxes.

According to a news report, Surf’s all-you-can-fly memberships range from $1,950 to $2,950 per month, depending on the services and routes consumers choose. The company also has operations in Texas and Europe, and has said it is readying an East Coast operation as well. It said the East Coast branch will include seaplane and helicopter trips out of New York City to Long Island and New England resorts.

The allegations might be nothing more than growing pains that will soon be resolved, or ominous signs of deep financial problems.

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