MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6242 posts, RR: 51 Posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1525 times:
I got this from JustPlanes.com...thought it may be of interest to some....
"Air Florida Airways is planning to start service in Jun03 with service to 5 destinations in the US including Chicago Midway. The airline would initially use a fleet of 3 MD80s along with a B757 and/or B767."
Should be interesting to see how long this one lasts.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31117 posts, RR: 74 Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1508 times:
Thier fleet makes no sense, but it is for real. They will hub in St. Louis Mid-America and expand to ten destinations by year's end. Them starting up is largely based on them reciving some money from Mid-America (or Illinois Gov't, I forget) officials. I believe they need $215M.
AA-STL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1486 times:
Well, the fleet does seem rather odd to me also. But anyways, moving on, MidAmerica needs SOME service. It has virtually nothing right now, a few millitary charters here and there. Pan Am to Gary, IND & Ordland-Sanford for awhile, but Pan Am pulled out of those routes. Air Florida claims that MidAmerica is desirable due to its geographical positioning. From my personal experience with MidAmerica, I really liked it, tip top facilities and terminal, but it just seems out of place to me.
717Fan, in the article it says they have a website, but i can't find it either.
MAH4546, you are correct, they are very dependent on money from St. Clair County (where BLV is), but it is 150 mil instead of 215
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1470 times:
Whoa!!! Whoa!!! I had a friend of Mark Monse was used work for Air Florida long time ago almost 22 years ago with Steve Belleme. That was long time ago about Air Florida with older B737-200 crashes near Washingtion, D.C. Boths of them are using into Miami before. Well, talk ya later!
I'll chime with the rest and note that 3 MD80s, a 757, and a 767 seems problematic as a fleet, but hey, with so many birds populating the desert, maybe they're getting them at a great price. Still complicates the daily operation, unecessarily, IHMO.
Mid-America airport (BLV, joint-use with Scott AFB) is operationally a good spot, with none of the hassles of STL. It will be a drive though...
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 53 Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1409 times:
The whole thing sounds strange to me. A startup airline called 'Air Florida' is going to begin existence by operating flights between Southwestern Illinois and Chicago Midway?!?.... and on top of that, the article says:
"County officials said the holding company probably would buy an existing airline to help with its plans."
What airline would this new startup buy?? In this environment?
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1363 times:
Can you please tell us about exactly where will be in the 10 cities out of St. Louis base?? I knew that was came back for after almost more than of 20 years ago. I do knew the guys was use work at Air Florida with Mark Monse and Steve Belleme for before. Well, talk ya later!
LV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1810 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1144 times:
Actually, BLV and STL are about equidistance from downtown. From my old office in Mid Town at Union Station, once I cleared the Popular Street bridge it would be about equal time to either airport. The big advantage for STL, the population is on the Missouri side and all the West County and St. Charles County people are scarred to cross the river. Okay, so I lived in Ballwin so I can't say much but still.
Perfect Timing though, I am job hunting right now, think they need any PR people?