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Ozark And Great Plains Airlines Update!  
User currently offlineFrontierguy26 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 10 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1837 times:

Here is the latest news:

Daily Oklahoman / March 22, 2001

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Airline sees East Coast direct routes from state
By Rick Robinson



TULSA -- Great Plains Airline Holding Co. said Wednesday that it has completed its takeover of Ozark Air Lines. The move could result in nonstop service from Oklahoma City and Tulsa to the East Coast by the third quarter of this year, a Great Plains executive said.

Great Plains announced last week that it was buying a controlling interest in Ozark, based in Columbia, Mo. Ozark is now a Great Plains subsidiary, the company said. Transaction terms were not disclosed.

Jim Swartz, Great Plains' chief executive, said Ozark will shortly begin flying its two jets from Oklahoma City and Tulsa to other regional cities. Currently, Ozark flies daily from Columbia to Dallas/Fort Worth, and offers charter service.

"It's fair to say that service will become Oklahoma-oriented soon," he said.

Swartz said the airline will announce new destination cities within days. He said the chosen destinations will be nonairline-hub cities with no current nonstop service from Oklahoma City and Tulsa. All current and future flights will operate under the Ozark banner, he said.

Great Plains Airlines, led by Swartz, Executive Vice President Jack Knight and Chief Financial Officer Steve Berlin, is seeking to establish nonstop service between Oklahoma and both U.S. coasts. The company is the result of a three-year effort aided by the Tulsa-area chambers of commerce. About $30 million has been raised from public and private sources for the venture, which has been helped by a state tax credit incentive program.

"Direct jet service is so essential to economic development throughout our state," Swartz said.

He indicated the deal's greatest single advantage is that it sidesteps the need for Great Plains to seek a Federal Aviation Administration safety


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User currently offlineToxtethogrady From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

Because of Oklahoma's oil industry, they probably should be offering service to Houston. That is, if they can figure out how to keep Continental and Southwest from squeezing them from above and below.

User currently offlineMartyS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1764 times:

Boy, can't wait to see those 328 Jets going TUL-LAX and TUL-JFK. That ought to be a fun ride.

Regards,
Marty


User currently offlineToxtethogrady From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

Given OKC and TUL's locations in relation to either coast, an ERJ could do it.

User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2900 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1763 times:
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Doesn't Ozark have an agreement with AA? I wonder how this latest development would affect that...

User currently offlineTWAneedsNOhelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1756 times:

So I assume to Ozark deal with AccessAir has been called off?

Also, wan't Ozark flying from Columbia to Midway?

And the service to Joplin, MO and Taos?

The doctor who founded Ozark, did he benefit from the deal or was the carrier bleeding and he needed to get rid of it?

rgds
russ


User currently offlineVngd4me From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

I guess the people of Columbia are losing their hub carrier. Not that Ozark is/was very large but it is still unfortunate for Columbia, MO to lose this service.

User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6219 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1708 times:

Are they going for anothey fleet or are they sticking with there currents 328JETS . I think that another good route in the East Coast could be Oklahoma City-Tulsa-Baltimore or Washington National .
Chepos
Puerto Rico



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User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1705 times:

AccessAir has been dead for a few weeks now actually (bankruptcy). And it turned out that there never was a deal with Ozark. That was all BS.

It's too bad that Columbia lost their service. I wonder how well it was doing?

The article says "Ozark will shortly begin flying its two jets from Oklahoma City and Tulsa to other regional cities." I take that as meaning that Ozark's current operations are going to stop.

Good thing they are keeping the Ozark name though.


mls515


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