Landline, the Wingless Flight Company based in Fort Collins, is expanding

Fort Collins-based Landline, the company that offers wingless flights from Northern Colorado Regional Airport to Denver International Airport, announced Wednesday that it has raised $28 million to help fund the expansion into new markets.

Landline also announced a new partnership with American Airlines for three destinations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey via Philadelphia International Airport starting June 3.

The company is about to celebrate its first anniversary by offering wingless flights on United Airlines between Loveland Regional Airport and DIA. Since moving its headquarters to Fort Collins last year, Landline has added 35 new jobs, said Landline CEO and co-founder David Sunde.

Previous cover:First ‘wingless flight’ launched from Loveland Airport via United Airlines

United passengers booking a flight from FNL – the airport designation for the Northern Colorado Regional Airport – can park and check bags at Loveland, then board a fixed bus for the trip to DIA .

However, once they arrive at DIA, passengers still have to go through security. The landline is awaiting approval from the Transportation Security Administration so passengers can be dropped off at their doorstep, bypassing long security lines at DIA.

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It is also awaiting similar approval for its new US routes.

Sunde said he sees wingless flights as “an increasingly important tool for airlines to continue to grow their network.”

American represents the third airline partnership for Landline. In addition to United, it also partners with Sun Country in seven markets in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Pat Ferrier is a senior reporter covering business, health care and growing issues in Northern Colorado. Contact her at [email protected]. Please support his work and that of other Colorado journalists by purchasing a subscription today.

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