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April 22, 2022

Aquiline Drones adding chartered flight services out of Brainard Airport

HBJ Photo | Matt Pilon Barry Alexander (right) is the CEO of Aquiline Drones.

Aquiline Drones, the Hartford-based maker of unmanned commercial aerial vehicles, is diversifying into the airlines business.

The company said it was awarded an air carrier certificate in September by the Federal Aviation Administration and has formed a new division -- AD Airlines -- that is launching a private chartered flight service starting in June.

The company will be adding all-inclusive flights from Brainard Airport in Hartford to Block Island, Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island.  

In collaboration with My Vineyard Concierge, an events and vacation planning company on Martha’s Vineyard, the company is already booking getaways for private, full-day golf, fishing, beach and sailing experiences at the destinations. The all-inclusive packages will come with the pick-up and drop-off from airports, shuttle service, the excursion activity, and a dinner before a flight back to Hartford.

The company has already developed eight all-inclusive packages to Martha’s Vineyard.

Prices for the trip start at $5,999 depending on the excursion and the number of passengers. The airplanes seat up to seven people and could be made up of different sized groups or couples to share costs.

Aquiline Drones Founder and CEO Barry Alexander spent 25 years as an airline pilot.

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