Fly US Airways From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1060 times:
Tonight I called the number of Crystal Airways, the proposed all first-class start-up carrier operating out of Tampa. Here's what happened:
The first time I called, a man in a deep southern accent answered. I politely asked for a Mr. Timothy Rivers (the CEO of Crystal). He said that it was him. He asked me to hold on, then he hung up on me.
I called back and he groaned, but he was willing to answer a few questions. In the middle, a little boy picked up, his son I guess, and said "Daddy, who is it?". He said "Hang up Now!".
I asked him why the seat on his "pick your seat" page are the same as Delta's Biz Elite. He said that was an example of types of products. Then, I asked him if he thinks a carrier could survive offering first class service to Tampa travelers. Tampa does have a good number of biz travelers, but not enough to warrant a large scale operation. He said "we have found Tampa to be the perfect market".
I asked him where they would operate out of Tampa International. He said they hope to begin operations next year out of Terminal B (non utilzied terminal once used by either Pan Am or Eastern). I asked what renovations would be made. He said none, except for reopening food establishments, etc. I informed him that Terminal B has no jetways attached, no monorails to the main landside terminal, and is completely run down. He said "we are looking into that".
I think that this guy has dreams of running an airline, but they are not realistic. He obviously is planning an airline out of his home, but whether it is real or not I can't say, but I am leaning towards a hoax. This is a dream of his that it is in no way realistic, in my opinion. His phone demeanor was very unprofessional.
Special thanks to Dave "Airbus Boy" for the phone number!
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4445 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 935 times:
Crystal Airways is real. But it is not out of Tampa. In the newest flight international there is a paragraph or two about Crystal Airways that wants to operate out of Detriot Michigan with 757-200/300s and 717-200s. Maybe this guy is playing off them?
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
Airbus boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 913 times:
I do not believe this to true. I think he hopes to do it some day. He does not even have a business plan yet. And CX747 it only takes rumors to get into one of those magazines. Most of them are speculation. But he might be playing around with ideas of where to fly to.
Adam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (14 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 880 times:
I think if this is real (which I doubt). It will make no profit, and will probably
go out of buisness in a short period of time, Whoever is planning this isnt the
smartest cookie, but I guess he will get hit real hard when he is losing money faster than anything.