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User currently offlineHeinz From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 256 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

Does anyone know if Tower Air are still operating their full schedule, despite Chapter 11 ?
Are they still accepting reservations ? (Their flights are not listed in the SABRE reservations system any more..)
Thanks !

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User currently offlineBrissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3191 times:

Canada 3000 have leased one of Tower's 742 to cover the A330 which was damaged just recently.

I would take it that schedules are still active, although I couldn't find any schedules for them either.

In my opinion, it is only a matter of time before they go into Chapter 13. Their service is absolutely up to shit (from what I have been told), and I think they got most of their revenue from Hadj charter flights and US Government charters. Why would anyone in their right mind fly with them to Israel when you have LY and TW operating from JFK? Beyond me.

Good riddance to bad rubbish I say.

User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2807 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3187 times:

I saw a 747 at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion yesterday when the pope was visiting Israel. (On T.V.)

Is EL AL going to purchase them outright? It makes sense for EL AL to do so, because EL AL would virtually have most of the monopoly on the most lucrative U.S. - Israel routes. However, wouldn't it also affect Tower Air's hajj pilgrimage contracts? No Arab airline would want to lease 747s from an airline owned and operated by their long time foe EL AL Israel Airlines. What do you think?

User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

If Tower went out of business; Then most likely TWA would help out with the hajj pilgramage since TWA has service to the Middle East.

User currently offlineBrissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3179 times:

There is no way that TWA could assist with the Hadj uplift, without cutting other services, reconfiguring their aircraft and actually finding the aircraft with which to do it. Having service to the Middle East is not justification enough for an airline to operate flights for the Hadj pilgrimage. It is an operation on a mammoth scale, for which many months of planning are required. If Tower was to fold, and here is hoping, you would most probably have an airline such as Evergreen or Air Atlanta Icelandic step in with some of their un-utilised aircraft.

There is also no way, if El Al took over Tower, that they would keep the Hadj contracts. Not so much that Arab airlines would not charter them (remember countries like Jordan and Qatar are on friendly terms with Israel these days), but that Saudi Arabia would not allow an Israeli airliner to land on its territory, out of consideration in insulting the rest of the Islamic world.

My personal opinion is to let Tower go to the ground (six foot under) and let other airlines pick up the slack. I am sure that UA or AA or one of the other US carriers would like to operate services to TLV (if they don't already). They have a shocking reputation in the industry and by El Al buying them out, this will give LY baggage which it, or any other airline, really does not need.

Take a look at http://www.idemandloyalty.com for an employee's look at Tower Air.....eye opener for sure.

User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3179 times:

People would actually book flights on Tower?!


User currently offlineAcvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3155 times:

As has been stated numerous time...

US airline ownership laws prohibit foreign ownership of US flag carriers. Hence El Al cannot buy out Tower Air. Best they could hope for is codeshare/25% ownership interest.

Realistically, Neither will happen and El Al was only looking for a way to fly on Sabbath days (Saturday)

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