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A new way to join the 'Mile High Club' (for a fee)

People do a lot of crazy things when they go to Las Vegas. Andy Johnson is counting on that. Johnson has created Love Cloud Vegas, an airline where people pay to go airborne so they can join the "Mile High Club."


"I moved here eight months ago because I knew that out of any city in the United States of America, Las Vegas is the place to actually start this business," Johnson said, shortly before a couple arrived to take a 45-minute flight.

Love Cloud flies couples in a two-engine Cessna with a bed in the back. Passengers are provided with amenities—which I won't describe in a family friendly blog—along with champagne, mood lighting and a sound system for your favorite music. To provide privacy between the cockpit and the cabin, Johnson's installed a special sound-proofing curtain sewn by his mother ("I call her Martha Stewart").

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One of the pilots told me he's never heard anything due to his own headphones and the noise of the engines.

The interior of the Love Cloud plane
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The interior of the Love Cloud plane

When Love Cloud launched in April, Johnson offered packages of 45 minutes for $800, an hour for $1,000, or 90 minutes for $1,400. He's now added a new deal—30 minutes for $600.

"I had so many people calling me going, 'Hey, I'm a 10-minute guy,'" he said.

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Love Cloud is now flying four to 10 times a week.

"The most unusual request we have had is, 'How many people can go up at one time?'" said Johnson. "I said, 'Currently we only provide a couple, two people, at the moment.'"

The Love Cloud plane
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The Love Cloud plane

Johnson does not fly the planes himself. He previously ran a flight school in Virginia but ran afoul of some FAA rules. He now hires professional pilots while he concentrates on marketing and sales.

The couple who arrived for a flight as I was interviewing Johnson declined to be interviewed. This is Vegas, after all, and "What Happens Over Vegas, Stays Over Vegas." Johnson described his typical customer as a married couple between the ages of 35 and 55 trying to rekindle the romance or do something different while making a regular trip to Sin City.

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But does paying someone to fly you and relaxing in a bed qualify as joining the Mile High Club? Where's the danger of getting caught? The discomfort of the lavatory?

"I think it's 'to each his own,'" said Johnson. "If you look at an actual urban dictionary definition of the Mile High Club, it is having sexual relations above 5,280 feet. That's exactly what we do."

—By CNBC's Jane Wells. Follow her on Twitter: @janewells

  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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