Mile High Club Booming in Cincinnati
At $425 a pop, what may be the nation’s only Mile High Club has been quietly operating for more than 20 years at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport.
Business hit warp speed this week in light of Valentine’s Day stories featuring Flamingo Air in local and national media.
Owned and operated by Dave MacDonald and his wife, Sharon McGee, Flamingo Air offers couples a little afternoon delight in the largest single-engine plane Piper built, a Cherokee 6, circling the Cincinnati skyline.
They provide passengers with champagne, chocolates — and privacy behind a curtain separating the pilot’s chair from the rest of the aircraft. Center seats have been replaced with fluffy cushions.
“To the best of our knowledge, we are the only ones who offer it in the U.S. as a business,” said MacDonald, 65, who has been a pilot since 1985. “We were on CNN yesterday and the story is running in the U.K. now.”
Flights are available seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A typical week sees three to four flights booked. This week, flights increased to as many as eight a day.