FLOAT, a startup that plans to start offering commuter flights within Southern California in January, will partner with regional airline Southern Airways.

Southern will provide aircraft, pilots and mechanics. FLOAT (Fly Over All Traffic) will be a membership airline. As its name suggests, the airline is marketing itself as a solution for individuals subjected to commutes of at least 90 miles on the notoriously clogged roadways of Southern California. 

FLOAT says it will utilize a network of nearly 40 general aviation airports. The company is offering promotional monthly memberships starting at $1,250, depending on the routes customers plan to fly. Regular memberships displayed on the FLOAT website cost $1,500 to $2,800 per month, depending on the route. 

Flights will be operated in nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravan propeller planes owned by Southern Airways. Each flight is to be manned by two pilots. The flights will be operated Monday through Friday. 

FLOAT will launch operations with two aircraft and is asking potential customers to provide input on the routes they’d like to fly on its website, FloatShuttle.com

FLOAT spokeswoman Lisa Walker said the company has thus far received input from approximately 3,000 people.

Even prior to the partnership announcement, Southern Airways had a strong connection to FLOAT. Southern’s president of Pacific operations, Rob McKinney, is one of three FLOAT founders.

Southern Airways flies nine-seat planes on networks in the Southeast as well as in Hawaii under subsidiary Mokulele Airlines.

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