TWAneedsNOhelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1557 times:
Has anyone heard of the new airline SkySaver. Supposedly based at ORF, SkySaver will fly DC-9s initially to MCO and LGA from their base. The airline is to start service on 17 Nov with 2x daily to LGA and daily to MCO. More destinations will be announced in Jan 2001.
777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1499 times:
That is really weird, that was my latest idea for a new airline, with that same exact name. It would have really low fares in Coach, but it would have a large number of first-class seats at reasonable rates to attract high-yield pax. My SkySaver would operate DC-10s on high-density routes and 727-200s on all others. Freaky, really freaky.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4489 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1409 times:
I'm not familiar with the investment firm that backs SkySaver, but the Norfolk Virginian Pilot article suggests that SkySaver has promise. They offer a conservative schedule, charter planes, and are sticking for now to two top destinations from ORF.
There must be a lot of medium-size cities out there nowadays that are unhappy with their air service, to spur all these attempts at local airlines--HeartLand, Access Air, SkySaver, etc. But I don't think they can provide any broad-scale fare or service relief to their cities. They are a stop-gap measure, which maybe can "hold the fort" until a big low-fare carrier arrives.
For instance, all of the medium-market low-fare carriers I mention include New York City on their route system. This suggests to me that JetBlue has a hot thing on its hands. Especially once the JFK rail line opens, and (even with connections) offers a better way to Manhattan.
Norfolk is on JetBlue's list of 40 planned destinations, so SkySaver may be a good way to meet the need at Norfolk without the expense of setting up a whole airline, until JetBlue arrives. And you can be sure that MetroJet or Delta Express will suddenly, magically, appear--with twice or more the seat capacity and sharply lower fares--if the SkyService flights to MCO are successful.