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Chinese airline offers US$70 ‘all you can take’ monthly subscription plan for new route

The 50-minute flight in Inner Mongolia can take only 8 passengers each time and will run four days a week

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2017, 1:29pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2017, 2:02pm

An airline in China’s Inner Mongolia region is offering an all-you-can-take “subscription” service on its new flight route for 500 yuan (HK$560, US$72) a month.

The first flight from the region’s western Urad Middle Banner area to its biggest industrial city, Baotou, took off on Monday, news portal Chinanews.com reported.

Before the new route was introduced, the only way to travel between the two places was by car or a three-hour bus ride.

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The flight cuts the travel time down to just 50 minutes.

The route, operated by airline company General Aviation of Inner Mongolia, will run four days a week, on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays.

To promote the new route, the airline is presently offering round-trip tickets at half price -- 230 yuan for adults and 99 yuan for students, according to the report.

For regular travellers, it offers a 500-yuan “subscription” plan that allows a passenger to take as many flights between the two places as he can within a month, the report said.

Departure times were also flexible based on passengers’ needs, it added.

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Each flight, however, can take only eight passengers at a time as the plane being used is a short-haul Cessna 208 Caravan.

The US-built aircraft has been used around the world for many purposes ranging from military uses to transporting cargo and even sightseeing.

“I’ve never been on such a small aircraft before. It feels like my personal jet,” said passenger Zhang Wei as he boarded the first flight on Monday.