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Members-only airline signs up Sacramento Kings

Surf Air, a “members only” airline that’s launching service to Sacramento this month, has signed up a blue-chip corporate account in the city: the Kings.

The Santa Monica-based carrier announced Tuesday that the Kings have become Surf Air’s first corporate member in Sacramento. The Kings will use Surf Air planes to fly executives around the state.

The deal with the Kings will “enhance our visibility in the city of Sacramento,” said Jeff Potter, chief executive of Surf Air. “It’s a very big deal.”

Surf Air has an unusual business model. It bills itself as the nation’s “first private air travel club.” Members pay a flat monthly fee of $1,750 per person and get unlimited flights on Surf Air’s scheduled routes. Corporate members pay according to a different rate structure, which can vary by account.

The carrier will operate 19 flights a week from the airfield at McClellan Park in North Highlands, the business park on the former McClellan Air Force Base. Passengers can fly from McClellan to Santa Barbara and Hawthorne Municipal Airport, just east of Los Angeles International. As previously announced, service to McClellan will begin Aug. 24.

Surf Air earlier said its McClellan service would include San Carlos, too. Potter said the Bay Area suburb will be added eventually, and other cities are in the mix as well.

“We have very big plans for Sacramento,” he said.

Surf Air serves 12 markets in California and Nevada with eight-seat Pilatus PC-12 turboprop aircraft.

“We welcome Surf Air to the Sacramento community,” said Kings President Chris Granger in a prepared statement. “Convenient air travel to commerce hubs throughout California will help support our local entrepreneurs and drive more business interest and tourism to Sacramento.”

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler