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Several Articles On Skybus Airline Startup Tuesday  
User currently offlinePanaman From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 439 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2691 times:

Skybus' planned Tuesday start shows promise

As Skybus Airlines taxis toward its inaugural flight on Tuesday, it enters a stormy industry that has grounded many discount airlines before it.


City's fares even better with Skybus

Port Columbus' reputation for low airfares should get a boost when Skybus Airlines starts flying from the airport in a couple of days, experts said.


For many startup airlines, takeoff gave way to tailspin

With names such as Kiwi, Sunworld and McClain Air, plenty of low-fare American airlines have tried and failed in the past quarter-century.

Columbus-based Skybus Airlines begins service in two days, and company officials hope they can buck the trend.

Irish airline sets the pace
More than cheap airfares are needed to make this business model fly, says Ryanair's brash CEO

DUBLIN, Ireland -- It doesn't take long to realize that Michael O'Leary is Ryanair's rock star.

The animated 46-year-old CEO is revered here for taking over the struggling airline in the early 1990s and turning it into Europe's busiest carrier.


[Edited 2007-05-20 14:12:27]

Sorry I moved from SXM, looking for a new house on Anguilla now!
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User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2347 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2635 times:

Also, from Columbus Business First:

Skybus placing bet on no-frills flying crowd

The airline at that time said it expected to fill 75 percent of its seats with paying passengers. Profitability, it said, would occur when 72.1 percent of the seats were filled. Gile declined to comment on whether the projections have changed, saying "it's a pretty closely held number."

"We're hoping for 100 percent," he said, "or enough to be profitable and to stay in business."


User currently offlinePoitin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

Thanks for the articles. They were interesting reading.

I think Micheal O'Leary summarize the debate about Skybus's future in these threads with the quote from the last Dispatch article:

    O'Leary said the Ryanair model can work anywhere there's deregulation. He cautions, though, that it takes much more than low fares.

    Many would-be competitors have come and gone, and none of the survivors is as profitable as Ryanair.

    "Any idiot can paint a plane and start out offering low fares," O'Leary said. "It's about sustainability. We've been profitable now for 20 years."

So far, I don't think Skybus has shown a plan with "sustainability". We shall see in a few months.

User currently offlinePanaman From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2424 times:

I'm thinking Austin, Tx or Houston Hobby, Williams Gateway Airport and Sarasota Airports as the next destinations.

Long shots, MYR, CHS, or SAV. COS/DEN/CYS.

Sorry I moved from SXM, looking for a new house on Anguilla now!
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