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Harmony Suspending Scheduled Service  
User currently offlineDYK From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 407 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8838 times:

News on CBC radio this morning Harmony will suspend scheduled service effective march 30. Harmony will still be operational but as a charter carrier?


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User currently offlineSebring From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 1666 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8826 times:

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew..._flight_070327/20070327?hub=Canada

User currently offlineFly2YYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1046 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8814 times:

As listed on their website:

http://www.harmonyairways.com/


NOTICE

We're sad to announce Harmony Airways will stop scheduled service to and from Toronto on March 30, and all other scheduled service on April 9, 2007. To be clear, we will be flying on those dates.

Harmony has always been committed to providing the best in flight service in Canada, and we apologize for the convenience this causes.

If you have a ticket to fly to or from Toronto before March 30, 2007 or any other route before April 9, 2007, we'll continue to operate our full scheduled service until that date.

We wanted to give our passengers as much advance notice as possible, and minimize the impact on their spring break and Easter travel plans.

At the same time, we'll arrange for full refunds to anyone already booked to travel with us to Toronto after March 30, or any other destination after April 9, and we'll refund the return portion for anyone flying one way before these dates.

If you booked directly with your travel agent, please contact them for more information as we will be working with travel agents to update customers.

Passengers with a Harmony Airways Flexi Pass or Infinity Pass will be refunded the unused portion of their pass. Your refund will come from either Harmony or your travel agent.

We've enjoyed serving you for the past four years and thank you again for flying with Harmony.


User currently offlineOceansWorld From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8807 times:

What about their code-share service with Air Pacific ?

User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26128 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8718 times:

I'm amazed they lasted this long. Off course helps to have deep private funding.


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User currently offlineFLYACYYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1914 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8667 times:

Quoting OceansWorld (Reply 3):
What about their code-share service with Air Pacific ?

The code-share was a recent development. Why would they have wasted the time, money and energy knowing that the writing was on the wall. Their cessation of scheduled service is not an overnight development. Too bad...they have a very good product.



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User currently offlineCXH From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8628 times:

Here's the press release that's been floating around. Similar text to the website but mentions the layoffs.

Sounds alot like the CanJet situation: End scheduled service properly, refund customers for unused tickets, payoff suppliers. Maybe they'll come back and do charters like CanJet? Who knows......

BTW: Notice that is is not "Dr. David Ho" in the press release, but just "David Ho". Wonder if it has anything to do with Ho being caught by Vancouver police with two prostitutes and drugs in his Porsche at 2am in the Downtown Eastside a few weeks ago?


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PRESS RELEASE:

Harmony Airways Restructures, Ends Scheduled Flights



Vancouver, BC (March 27, 2007): Harmony Airways and its packaged vacation company, Harmony Vacations, are ending scheduled service to and from Toronto on March 30, 2007, and all other scheduled flights on April 9, 2007, as the four year old Vancouver-based airline explores other opportunities and business models, including charters.



"This is the restructuring of a going concern company that will continue to treat its customers, suppliers and employees fairly," explained David Ho, Harmony's owner. "I want to be very clear, this is not a bankruptcy. This is not a creditor protection arrangement and this is not a company dissolution.



"Our last scheduled flights to and from Toronto will be on March 30, and scheduled service to all other destinations will end April 9. We wanted to give our passengers as much advance notice as possible, and minimize the impact on their spring break and Easter travel plans."



Harmony will provide full refunds to anyone already booked to travel to or from Toronto after March 30, or any other destination after April 9. The airline will also refund the value of the return portion of tickets for anyone booked to return on Harmony after these dates.



"Passengers who booked their trip through Harmony Vacations and complete their trip before April 30, 2007, will be re-booked by Harmony Vacations," explained Ho. "In the next few days, our website will provide more detailed passenger information."



Ho said increasing operating costs, overcapacity in the market and aggressive price competition from larger carriers prompted Harmony to end its scheduled service and look at other possible business models. Meanwhile, the airline, which began flying in November, 2002, will be giving lay-off notices to most of its 350 staff.



"Harmony, as a company, will continue as we look at new opportunities and business models," noted Ho. "For more than four years, our entire team has worked hard to deliver a memorable travel experience from a locally owned and operated airline. As a result, I want to thank all of the people who traveled with us and made us part of their vacation plans. At the same time, I want to recognize the tremendous work and professionalism of our staff in helping provide a first rate product that thousands of travelers enjoyed over the past four years. I'm very proud of all our people.




"I also want to thank Kirk Henderson, our interim President, for stepping into a challenging situation a few months ago and working with our employees, our customers and suppliers."



Over the past four years, Harmony's destinations have included Honolulu, Maui, Las Vegas, New York, Palm Springs, San Francisco and Toronto.



In the next few days, Harmony Airways passengers will find flight and ticket information at www.harmonyairways.com, or by calling the airline's call centre at 1-866-868-6789. Harmony Vacations customers will find information at www.harmonyvacations.com or by calling Harmony's call centre.



-30-



Media contact:

Norman Stowe

604 646 3556



I've seen the future, I can't afford it. - Martin Fry
User currently offlineMultimark From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 797 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8600 times:

Quoting OceansWorld (Reply 3):
What about their code-share service with Air Pacific ?

A bit strange they would just sign that deal, and then bail out. Air Pacific must be steamed.


User currently offlineSTEELHEAD From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8550 times:

May be flyGlobespan should have a look at these 757 planes. One is allready at YHM inside the Ontario
Flightcraft hangar right now.


User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8525 times:

Although i am surprised that this is happening without any warning signs , but I have to say that I am impressed with their professionalism and their sense of responsibility . Just compare how they are handling it to the way Jetsgo handled their demise ( although in Harmony case it is not a demise ) .

[Edited 2007-03-27 21:43:34]


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User currently offlineFly2YYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1046 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8471 times:

Quoting STEELHEAD (Reply 8):
One is allready at YHM inside the Ontario
Flightcraft hangar right now.

I believe that is the one for Z4 no?


Anyway harmony was a great airline with great service....compared to what ya get on AC... unfortunately it wasnt viable i guess....


User currently offlineLASOctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8428 times:

does this mean that they will continue charter services and wasn't Harmony called HMY before? (what is the cause of the cancelation of scheduled service? Ma wants to know)


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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25978 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8407 times:

Quoting CXH (Reply 6):
Wonder if it has anything to do with Ho being caught by Vancouver police with two prostitutes and drugs in his Porsche at 2am in the Downtown Eastside a few weeks ago?

Related item re the above incident.
http://iagblog.blogspot.com/2007/03/...ug-parker-aced-by-dr-david-ho.html


User currently offlineCXH From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8302 times:

Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Reply 11):
does this mean that they will continue charter services and wasn't Harmony called HMY before? (what is the cause of the cancelation of scheduled service? Ma wants to know

They had announced previously that they were dropping LAS. Apparently Harmony Vacations were going to protect and/or keep selling LAS using the PR flights (flight is MNL-YVR-LAS).

As for the cause: the local feeling in Vancouver is that David Ho had been pumping money into the airline for years and still hadn't got the Canada-China flights he wanted. I hear service levels were great. But for a 3 or 4 aircraft airline which has been mostly Canada-Hawaii for the last year or two, they advertised a lot. Probably wasn't cheap. I should mention they also went through several strategies in four years (opened their own call centre, then closed it and outsourced a year or two later, they started flying to Mexico as a charter for the first season or two then dropped that).

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 12):
Related item re the above incident.

As for David Ho's personal problems, I only mentioned that in passing. I'm sure the airline could have been viable without him running it, provided they had his financial backing. I couldn't find any archived local media about it, but found the Global TV item on youtube. BTW: the item says "arrested" but I only heard he was given a roadside suspension.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74gwjO7X4Fw



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User currently offlineSTEELHEAD From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8087 times:

C-GTSN is still inside the hangar at YHM (with full titles)

User currently offlineCongaboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8053 times:

Quoting Fly2YYZ (Reply 10):
unfortunately it wasnt viable i guess....

I am not sure what was when reviewing what they were trying to accomplish. They never had a "viable" strategy, it seemed...not really anything that seemed to differentiate them. I know at one point they wanted China service, which to me had merit, but I think they were trying to build the airline through leisure concentration, which never gets you good yields.



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User currently offlineYVR1968 From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7965 times:

This is almost anti-climactic... like the writing was on the wall...

Still unfortunate for any airline to suspend service.

I wonder if Air Pacific will still continue to fly to YVR now?


User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7917 times:

The Airliners/Airways Jinx Strikes Again.

All to often, when an airline is the cover story (or a featured article) in one of these magazines, they shut down before the next issue is out!
I cannot count how many times this has happened...in recent memory, Midway, National, Independence, Chalks, Southern Winds, Air Madrid, CanJet, JetsGo, the list goes on....



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User currently offlineMultimark From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 797 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7902 times:

This leaves AC alone in the field between Canada and Hawaii during the summer months. A far cry from the days when CP would serve YVR-HNL along with Western, Wardair, and CO(?) I wonder if WS will rethink being seasonal, or if AQ will reintroduce service. Even better, would Hawaiian consider the market?

User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8690 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7873 times:

Good luck whatever they choose to do. If they go, the 757's will be picked up ASAP by FX or other carriers.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlinePacifica From Canada, joined May 2006, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7834 times:

Although Harmony certain doom has been pretty apparent for the last little while, it's still unfortunate to see this happen. I've never personally flown with them, but I've heard nothing but good things from those who have. Hopefully the airline will still live on strong as a charter operation, which may in fact help them as Harmony did mainly focus on leisure travellers...

User currently offlineA332 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7748 times:

Quoting Multimark (Reply 18):
This leaves AC alone in the field between Canada and Hawaii during the summer months.

It's not really a Canadian destination in the summer months anyway... so I doubt it's much of a money maker during the 'off season' for any of the carriers, which is why WS is smart in going with seasonal routes.

Not shocked about Harmony at all... they never made much sense, business-wise.



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User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7748 times:

Apparently most, if not all, of their 350 employees will be laid off. I wouldn't be surprised if the whole airline folds up soon.

http://www.canada.com/globaltv/bc/st...4a4-4320-99ae-fc25f3728cad&k=59417



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User currently offlineSkyyMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7722 times:

Quoting Stirling (Reply 17):
The Airliners/Airways Jinx Strikes Again.

Dang it! You beat me to the punch on this one. Airliner World mag also just ran a story on them and their "bright" future. Can't say I'm surprised though. Too bad, I always hate to see an airline die, even if their livery was pretty awful.


User currently offlineFly_yhm From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1681 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7629 times:

Quoting STEELHEAD (Reply 8):
May be flyGlobespan should have a look at these 757 planes. One is allready at YHM inside the Ontario
Flightcraft hangar right now.

Thats the first thing I thought when I read this.

Im also wondering why they had been advertizing so much around Hamilton Like tonnes of billboards, I actually like the Billboards the have a nice 757 on them.



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25 YVRLTN : This is the one for Z4 and the first returned a few weeks back (was lsf Arkia Leasing). I presume the second aircraft to be dumped is GMYE (lsf GECAS
26 Easyas321 : so who will fill the gap? Zoom ?
27 Fly_yhm : Who si Z4 nothng show up witht he mouse over. Will it leave YHM painting in this airlines scheme? IS there any chance that GSM could get 1 or 2 of th
28 Easyas321 : or Zoom ? Who's going to fill the gap left by Harmony?
29 Astral : Harmony is keeping the two B757s from Boeing Capital, as they owned them. C-GTSN was returned for more than 7 days already, and is going to Zoom, then
30 9252fly : I should think that AC and WS will easily fill the void left by Harmony's exit from scheduled service. It's very unfortunate that the business enviro
31 Avt007 : Well said! That sums up the sad state of this industry. I've often said that airline customers get exactly what they ask for- low cost, crappy servic
32 Sebring : Of course, with Harmony out, AC will have it to itself, and Hawaii still gets enough summer business to support one operator, especially since some d
33 F9Animal : You all beat me to it! I noticed in the issue that there was a side note that the former President Gary Collins resigned, and stated that it was to l
34 Easyas321 : AC flies everyday YVR/HNL/SYD & back same way but from mid DEC will no longer fly HNL/SYD/HNL, which should help HA & QF/JQ. What will FJ do now that
35 CF188A : Zoom is to acquire some of Harmony's 757. Heard that from a contact at Zoom. cheers
36 Easyas321 : lots of questions, come ot mind ... how many is some ? Where will they be used? On thin routes where hard to fill 767? Which rutes could Z4 operate n
37 Flyboy2001 : CBC Radio One in Vancouver had John Nance on this morning and he very eloquently pointed out numerous flaws in both Harmony's business plan and the d
38 YOW : But if you don't have loss leader buckets, then how would you ever be able to hold a seat sale? or stimulate demand on a route? I sure hope Zoom pick
39 Bmacleod : Sad to see end of scheduled 757 service in Canada. (I'm talking Canada-owned airlines not U.S., Mexican or European airlines). Transat went all-Airbus
40 BA84 : YOW, You either work for Zoom, or at YOW. Can you give us a realistic appraisal of Zoom's plan for 2007-8? They're adding a 757 from HMY to their 4 76
41 Threepoint : That's certainly up for debate. Great airline, awful livery. On any aircraft type.
42 Flyboy2001 : Oh, for sure you need things like that. I just think that HMY tried too hard to do high quality on the cheap with a small fleet and few routes. They
43 Flyboy2001 : I suppose having a contest where a 215lb man wins his weight in gold was, perhaps, not the best thing to do either.
44 Multimark : The real problem is they couldn't decide on what they were. Why would a leisure airline do dailies YVR-YYZ? There wasn't a hope in heck they could co
45 Flyboy2001 : Well, that's true isn't it... didn't they have several different business plans over the course of their existance?
46 Post contains images YOW : I've never worked for Zoom...but I have flown them. I did at one time work at YOW, but this doesn't have anything to do with that. I do know for sure
47 OceansWorld : Has anyone read the multi-pages report on the latest issue of Airways ?
48 Astral : I don't think Harmony will let go the two B757s they owned any time soon. If they re-start as a charter carrier later in the year to capture the high
49 DYK : I think one thing Harmony did have was deep pockets which really eroded any need for a good business plan. This airline was more of a hooby for Mr Ho
50 Fly2YYZ : Don't forget they also do charter contracts for GGTours down south to the islands covering mostly VFR traffic to POS, GND, BGI and newly implemented
51 Fly_yhm : Um as far as I have herd GSM still needs to secure 2 more 757s I did however aquire one from Iceland Air.
52 SLCUT2777 : Hawaii was pretty much their bread and butter routes especially during the winter months. What also killed Harmony was the changing winter holiday ha
53 Easyas321 : but AC have 11-14 x 767's a week YVR/HNL evan after AC33 goes nonstop YVR/SYD IN MID DEC !!! Therefore it seems that many HNL bound pax, actually got
54 YLWbased : in the past 4 years in Canada, we first have Jetsgo, then we have canjet, regionally we got regional 1 airlines, not we have harmony. besides jetsgo,
55 SLCUT2777 : I'm merely pointing out that AC might not be getting as many leisure passengers as they got 10-15 years ago on this route. I'm certain that YVR-HNL g
56 Fly2YYZ : Dr Ho you mean... no?
57 Post contains images SLCUT2777 : Yip, my mistake!
58 Post contains images YOW : CanJet lasted out west for about 15 months at YYC. Maybe YLW is to blame for all of the misfortunes.
59 Sllevin : Boy, talk about the "curse of being on the cover" It seems like virtually every small airline that gets featured in the various enthusiast print magaz
60 YVRLTN : Some is currently 1 - GTSN, currently in YHM being painted. Going to be used on the new Caribbean routes for GGTours. Nope. Z4 763's have GE CF6's. H
61 Multimark : Actually the market Canadian market has been rebounding very nicely for HI over the last couple of years, so its doubtful that had anything to do wit
62 SLCUT2777 : You're correct it has come back to a degree, and the WS entry to Hawaii and their highly competitive fares has eroded any loyalty to Harmony, but whe
63 Threepoint : Not sure I share your theory of the Kelowna Kurse. But what seperates Harmony from all the other airline failures is the almost unanimous sentiment s
64 RickYHM : HMY Airways/Harmony Boeing 757-28A, C-GTSN (cn 24543/268) is still sitting out side of the Ontario Flightcraft hanger at YHM. There was a bee hive of
65 YOW : Too bad they didn't actually fly to more places where more of us could have actually tried them. Awww...that was a cool quote to put on the tail. As
66 RickYHM : It looks like HMY Airways/Harmony Boeing 757-28A, C-GTSN (cn 24543/268) departed YHM as Zoom flight OOM796 Sunday morning at 10:08 EDT for MEM and the
67 Easyas321 : wonder why MEM & then GLH ? Goind to get painted at GLH ? So why go via MEM ?
68 RickYHM : Most likley to go through US Customs.
69 YVRLTN : Latest rumor is the two remaining aircraft are going to YXX for storage once all flying stops, though they will be kept current and will be put back i
70 Astral : I can now comments a little more on Harmony as it close to its final end of scheduled operations. Before that I can't say much because I WAS very clos
71 Astral : To YVRLTN - You are 100% correct. Lease outside of Canada requires lots of paper works, and the short time may not justify the cost, plus the hours ga
72 Easyas321 : What about a short term lease to Zoom or is it too late for summer 07 services? (ie to sell them all at a reasonable return). You'd think there must
73 Swissy : I always wondered why did they not look more at YHM back when WS pulled most of its flight out of YHM, people were pi.... back they and I still belie
74 Multimark : Thanks for the insight Astral, and my condolences. Its tough to have a company fold underneath you, especially one you've put a lot of time and effor
75 TheCol : Cascade could probably find a place for the last two. I've seen 757's parked over by their hanger before.
76 Astral : Thank you to all of you for supporting Harmony. It is very sad to see it has to take this drastic step. We must all recall the ultimatly business plan
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