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What's The Shortest Lived Airline?  
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1945 posts, RR: 9
Posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 11146 times:

I was wondering which are some of the shortest lived airlines?

Legend is the first one that comes to mind, which only flew for a few months during 2000.

The 3rd (I think) incarnation of National Airlines out of LAS also didn't last very long.

Alianza Summa only lasted a couple of years, although two of it's member airlines, AV & MM, still fly and are in a better position now.

What are other examples of short lived airlines?

Coal


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 11082 times:

Legend operated flights from April 5, 2000 until December 2, 2000.
National mk.3 operated flights from May 27, 1999 until November 6, 2002


Quite a few startups in the early years of Deregulation and also during the 1990s lasted a matter of months.


User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7320 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 11069 times:

Independance Air has to be up there.


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User currently offlineFlyabunch From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 517 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 11013 times:

How about Virgin America? It cannot even seem to get off the ground.  Yeah sure

Mike


User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 11003 times:

Start doing your homework folks...those are nice, short-lived, but my money goes on Jet US...MD-81 service that operated no more than a handful of flights on a DTW-EWR schedule.
Planes were operated by N818SJ IIRC, prior to the planes running for Sun Jet International.

Timeframe of this was spring 1994.

JSD



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User currently offlineCOSPN From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1602 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 11003 times:

Palau Micronesia Air Operated for about 1 month or so to Guam, and 2 months Palau to Manila, Yap, Pohnpei and Darwin...

User currently offlineAviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1350 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 10957 times:

This is a somewhat pointless thread because there are literally dozens of airlines every year that never get past the proving runs stage, or in many cases never exist beyond some paperwork and a mailing address. Check out the cancellation pages of the JP Fleets index some time.

But here's one: Jet Train! They were a short-lived DC-9 operator based, I think, out of DTW in the mid-1990s.


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User currently offlineSemobeila From Austria, joined Jun 2006, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 10957 times:

Swiss World Airways: 10. September 1998 - 02. December 1998, flew a 767 from GVA to EWR

User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1945 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10869 times:

Quoting Aviateur (Reply 6):
This is a somewhat pointless thread because there are literally dozens of airlines every year that never get past the proving runs stage, or in many cases never exist beyond some paperwork and a mailing address. Check out the cancellation pages of the JP Fleets index some time.

But here's one: Jet Train! They were a short-lived DC-9 operator based, I think, out of DTW in the mid-1990s.


PS

Ok, I guess the title is misleading in that sense. So...

What are the shortest lived airlines that actually took off?

Coal



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User currently offlineLuisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10838 times:

Roots air from Canada I think only lasted 28 days or something like that
Also VG Airlines from Belgium, about 2 months??


User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10826 times:

Jet Train (originally called, and painted as Air Train) was based out of PIT, flew to EWR, MCO. One DC-9-31, N8927E. Timeframe: 1996

JSD



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User currently offlineABpositive From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10817 times:

All-biz OZjet operated only from 11/2005-02/2006 (thereabouts), MEL-SYD. There were even talks of expanding to PER ad BNE soon after the launch. They still do some charters, but that could hardly be considered an airline.

User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2487 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10797 times:

Quote:
Roots air from Canada I think only lasted 28 days or something like that
Also VG Airlines from Belgium, about 2 months??

VG is VLM, which is still going strong and one of the most healthy Regional airlines in Europe  Smile


User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3884 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10772 times:

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When researching this picture I found somewhere this Yak was previously owned by an airline from Moldovia, 'Air Wings', which apparently undertook one flight before being closed down. That information is no longer online, however. Maybe someone knows more.

Peter 

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User currently onlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4264 posts, RR: 34
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10737 times:

Quoting MauriceB (Reply 12):
Also VG Airlines from Belgium, about 2 months??

VG is VLM, which is still going strong and one of the most healthy Regional airlines in Europe

There was actually a VG Airlines in Belgium which started with 3 A-330s to the USA. They were renamed Delsey in the process.
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. They flew in 2002 and their bad business plan, weird boss and ultimate failure was discussed a lot here and on belgian TV.
There are also loads of airlines which only flew a few days before running into problems. In Ireland there was Jetgreen with operated with a leased 757 from 1 to 12 May 2004, maybe only making a few flights.
Trans Caribbean Airways wanted to fly the CVR-990 from Ostend to Surinam in may 1990, pax boarded the first flight and I believe they took off but had to return due to landing rights not fixed, and they never flew again.
I read more about an airline flying only 1 or 2 revenue flights before getting into trouble but obviously these names didn't stick in our memories.



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User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1585 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10723 times:

Air Turquoise

A Reims (Champagne) based airline that ran for just one day (maybe a little more!) on July 18 this year before going into liquidation!

http://www.airturquoise.com/page-home-us.html

I'm now going to Reims for my Champagne visit via CDG!



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User currently offlineWesternDC1010 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 327 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10704 times:

Quoting Luisca (Reply 9):
Roots air from Canada I think only lasted 28 days or something like that
Also VG Airlines from Belgium, about 2 months??

Yeah, I think Roots Air may have possibly been the shortest lived airline at 41 days.

Can anyone confirm this?

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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3884 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10636 times:

Quoting Carduelis (Reply 15):
Air Turquoise

A Reims (Champagne) based airline that ran for just one day (maybe a little more!) on July 18 this year before going into liquidation!

Hi,

That's not entirely correct I think. In late June Air Turqoise moved its operation from Reims-Champagne to the hopeless airport of Chalons-Vatry, where I took this picture.

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I got the impression that they did operate for some time from Reims, though I'm not entirely sure. Also don't know if any flights were actually made from Vatry - maybe on July 18?
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1074686/M/

Peter



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User currently offlineBewley747 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10574 times:

Can anyone remember Air Manchester? I think they were part of the Sureways group. They opearted charterflights using a BAC1-11.

I was always under the impression that they only operated 2 or 3 flights. One flight had only 5 pax onboard.

How long did they last? a few days I would say!

Does anyone have any more information on Air Manchester?

bewley747


User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10563 times:

Must be OzJet

McClain back in the 1980s, Ultrair 1980s, Braniff 3 in 1992.

Accessair was about 1year


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10536 times:
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I remember in the 90s there was an airline that catered to smokers only. I think they actually flew a few flights. I don't remember their name or where they flew, but I rememeber reading about them in the newspaper. Does anyone remember them, they couldn't have lasted long.


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User currently offlineGlobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 901 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10520 times:

How about Pride Air a 727 operator based in MSY back in the 80s. I think it was formed by ex-Braniff employees. I actually still have a timetable!  Smile Believe they only lasted a few months. Had a cool logo!


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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 10368 times:

Quoting Globalflyer (Reply 21):
I think it was formed by ex-Braniff employees

Continental employees.
The name "Pride" was a takeoff of the former Continental slogan, "The Proud Bird with a Golden Tail".

Others off the top my head:

Frontier Horizon..
Air Atlanta..
Duo..
Mesa (FTW)
AirOne (STL)
Best
and Sierra *something* based out of OAK.



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User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 10349 times:
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Quoting Stirling (Reply 22):
and Sierra *something* based out of OAK.

Sierra Expressway, with J31s from OAK,ACV, SMF,MRY,TVL,MFR, and maybe RDD ,also.



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User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 10302 times:

I recall Win Airlines from Long Beach to Oakland had a short life span; also, Community Air out of Stockton, CA.

25 YYZYHZ : What about VistaJet which operated in Eastern Canada for like 3 weeks..or Greyhound Air which operated for a short period as well...
26 PanHAM : May be not the winner, but there was a PRESIDENTIAL AIR based at IAD in the 80s. They had less than one term.
27 Kevin82277 : This certainly wasn't the shortest, but Air South started in August 22, 1994 and ended August 28, 1997. Poorly run airline out of South Carolina.
28 Post contains links Alaskaqantas : Back in 2005 a man tried to start up an airline that was pure luxury. It didn't have any real economy the worst class was going to have a 2-4-2 across
29 PanHAM : some people do this just to collect investors money and then make a hit an run. Whoever believes such a business plan should rather go to LAS, at lea
30 Post contains links and images AMSSFO : Platinum Jet based at Calgary didn't live long in 2004. View Large View MediumPhoto © Bo Kim
31 Post contains links and images Columba : BerLine and View Large View MediumPhoto © Olaf Juergensmeier German European Airlines Both using fomer Interflug Il 18s
32 Rongotai : In 1981 an airline called Travel Club New Zealand leased a Viscount to compete with Air New Zealand on NZ domestic flights - at that time NZ had a leg
33 G4resagent : What about Primaris Airlines? Then there is Skybus and Festival
34 Leej : AlphaOne? I think they made one flight - nothing heard of since
35 Post contains links and images Diesel1 : The operation was certainly short lived - they certainly had one 1-11 which was painted in their own c/s. View Large View MediumPhoto © David Oa
36 AirAmericaC46 : How about changing the thread's title to "airlines that flew no longer than 6 months in service". One airline in mind is during the apartheid, a count
37 MainMAN : I didn't think anyone else on here would have known about Air Manchester!
38 Cedars747 : Maybe not the shortest lived one ,but one of them: Khalifa Airways of Algeria 1999-2003 In 2002 the airlinefleet was as follows: -4 ATR 42-320 -1 Cana
39 Thomsonfly : hi'now' airlines of luton, england never even got off the ground but the concept was there for a while and they had printed all of the safetycards and
40 Post contains links and images FRAspotter : What ever happened to Orange Air? This is the only photo in the database... View Large View MediumPhoto © Erezms
41 LPLAspotter : I have to agree with you there. I know alot of people in PNI who had tickets with them and when they went belly up they never got a refund. Alot of p
42 RICARIZA : Well Alianza Summa was never an airline but just that, an Alliance between three airlines: AV, VX and MM. The alliance failed when VX declared bankru
43 Snn2003 : Access Air 98-01 Boeing Air Transport Galaxy Airlines Great Plains Airlines Lakeland Air Pacific Air Transport Planet Airways
44 Post contains images N1120A : United Air Lines still exists
45 Wolsingerjet : Capital city air of Edmonton city centre airport (CYXD) didnt last long.Money was being made but a dispute between the owners lead to the company bein
46 RootsAir : Only time I'm happy an airline goes down! I chopse RootsAir as my fantasy airline name back in 2003 without even knowing a Roots air existed
47 BananaBoY : There was an airline that operated out of Luton in the 50's I believe. Its innaugural flight crashed and it ceased operations. One day. Now I wish I c
48 IAirAllie : Independence doesn't count because it flew on the same certificate as ACA for almost 2 decades.
49 RedFlyer : I think it was called Freedom Air. And it only had one flight -- with twice as many reporters on board than passengers. It's only flight was flown us
50 Post contains links and images Ned Kelly : What about Highland Express. Didn't they only operate one flight from STN-PIK-JFK. It's a long time ago now so my memory is not as good as it used to
51 Post contains images MrMcCoy : Lookup an airline called Freelandia.. I think you'll find it's very close, if not actually in one of the top spots.
52 Coal : No, not really. Summa was never an alliance like *A, OW, or ST. They even painted all the planes in the same stupid c/s, although retaining each airl
53 Coal : I guess DCA would also be a short lived airline. I believe they emerged from the demise of ALM and flew only for a couple of years I believe. Coal
54 Pmurr : Compass airlines (both mk1 & mk2) in Australia didnt last long competing against the Ansett / TAA duopoly.
55 Srbmod : Primaris is for the time being, a charter airline/ACMI operator. Whether they actually do start scheduled service is a big "?". Skybus and Festival a
56 Phllax : Presidential Air was originally a UA Express carrier operating out of IAD with a mixture of turboprops and BAE-146's. Their route structure went from
57 SCCutler : Air West (not to be confused with Hughes AirWest) operated DHC Dash-7s between West Houston (KIWS) and Dallas Love Field (KDAL); they lasted, perhaps,
58 Post contains links and images RachelBDL : My first airline job was with Sunworld International Airlines. They were (don't think they still exist) a charter company out of CVG and started "sche
59 Blsbls99 : Wasn't there a Scottish carrier that only operated a few months last year? I want to say JetMagic and it had EMB-145s or something. I could be totally
60 Post contains links and images ThePRGuy : Yeah JetMagic was a ERJ-145 operator, based out of Cork, with flights to Belfast, Edinburgh, and a short lived LCY service They ceased operations aft
61 ZKSUJ : There was an NZ based LCC supposed to be started a few years back. I can't remember the name (something along the lines of 'Air 2000') but they never
62 Post contains links and images Azza40 : Didn't even manage to make a flight i don't belive. JetGreen managed to last mearly 1 week. View Large View MediumPhoto © Jorgos Tsambikakis / Tr
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