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What Was The Story On City Bird?  
User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9823 posts, RR: 64
Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4125 times:
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Can anyone give me the short version of the City Bird story? Did they order factory-fresh MD-11's? Why did they go bust?

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User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4106 times:

x they started a long haul low cost product which ended up as a disaster (horrible financial results). They flew to MIA, LAX,...

Question: I guess yes, but can anybody confirm that also their charter flights were heavily loss making? I believe the biggest problem were the long haul low cost flights...

MD11's were indeed factory fresh I believe, with OO-CTC (which was leased to Sabena) being the last ever pax MD11 built (now flying for AY as OH-LGE)

Management of CTB let already an airline go bankrupt before...

User currently offline744rules From Belgium, joined Mar 2002, 408 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4085 times:

The same management let City Bird go bankrupt because there was no money left.

On the other hand they proposed to help SN.

After this they started Birdy which is operating the african flts on behalve of SNBA

User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4037 times:

When I flew BOS-BRU on Sabena back in 1999, our flight was originally supposed to be operated by a CityBird MD-11. But, we got a last minute switch to an SN A333.

CityBird flew nonstop to Oakland for awhile.

Steve in N.O

User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3036 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4029 times:

Yeah, I flew on them BRU-LAX and OAK-BRU back in 1998.

I must say I really liked them. They had a good inflight product (as far as I can remember), the service was always good, and they had a really nice innovative livery.

They went bankrupt a couple of months before SN 'died' as well, back in 2001. Now, if I remember correct, the bankruptcy of CityBird lead to the creation of Thomas Cook Belgium. Thomas Cook preferred to let CityBird die and create a brand-new airline from scratch than saving them and having a financially unhealthy airline.


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