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Any Info On City Sky Airlines?  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7153 times:

Anyone heard of this company?

One of ground handlers in MSY has been contacted by this company to handle flights to CUN, SAP, TGU, FLL, and perhaps some other cities. That sounds an awful lot like what NK could potentially do if they flew to MSY, but they said it wasn't them, it was City Sky. From what I was told they already have ticket counter space secured with a sign. That's all the information I have and was wondering if anyone on here has heard anything.

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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7120 times:

FYI, they have the old XE/TA ticket counter and they have signs up.

Scheduled charter perhaps?


User currently offlineSpokemd From United States of America, joined May 2005, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7094 times:

Wow. I just did a Google search for "City Sky" airlines and the first result was the first post here and it was saved six minutes after the initial post.

Interesting that if they are contacting ground support, have a list of possible cities to fly to, there aren't more hits on the Internet.



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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7094 times:

Actually the name of the company is "City Skies".

I did a search and it looks like there's a telephone listing for them at MSY. I might have to give them a call.


User currently offlineItalianFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1099 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7022 times:

I hope this isnt JetAmerica's southern focus operation  cloudnine 

User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7014 times:



Quoting ItalianFlyer (Reply 4):
I hope this isnt JetAmerica's southern focus operation cloudnine

Let's hope not! Big grin

City Skies, from what I'm told, will fly 737-300's. I have no idea who they'll be leasing them from. But I have verified with a former co-worker of mine at MSY that there are actually a few employees getting things set up. He's supposed to email me some ticket counter pics tomorrow and I'll post them.


User currently offlineItalianFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1099 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6963 times:

Is this them??

http://businessfinder.al.com/921676/City-Skies-Inc-Montgomery-AL

their website

http://www.uflycityskies.com/cityskies/


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6960 times:

Nice find on the website, ItalianFlyer. Yep that's them.

User currently offlineItalianFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1099 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6953 times:

Looks like a public charter with metal operated by Swift Air. I assume it is Swift Air out of PHX..but nothing on their website about 73-300s or any partnership programs. Given a certain midwest based airlines shedding of the guppy fleet...I am sure they are easy to find  chat 

User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6948 times:



Quoting ItalianFlyer (Reply 8):
Looks like a public charter with metal operated by Swift Air. I assume it is Swift Air out of PHX..but nothing on their website about 73-300s or any partnership programs. Given a certain midwest based airlines shedding of the guppy fleet...I am sure they are easy to find

Yeah, probably quite a few 733's lying around. I actually just gave them a call and shockingly they answered. They said flights are expected to begin in August.

As a wise man once said, I'll believe it when I see it...but, this seems to have some more credibility than TransCaribbean Airways and Air Gumbo!  Big grin


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6809 times:

As an update...

Flights begin August 1st and will operate on Mo,We,Fr,Su.

I can't believe I only found out about this a few days ago.

Also, TV commercials have started in the MSY area.

[Edited 2009-07-20 12:27:55]

User currently offlineVC10DC10 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1035 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6774 times:

That looks like a cartoonish 787 on their website banner.

User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6755 times:



Quoting VC10DC10 (Reply 11):
That looks like a cartoonish 787 on their website banner.

Yeah...at least they got the manufacturer right!


User currently offlineAer From Guatemala, joined Mar 2004, 1048 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6745 times:

For some reasons this kind of sounds like ATA's try with the failed USA Latin Skies deal.

I do hope that it materializes though, and that they add a GUA-MSY flight.



nice and spacious airports in need of new airlines and flights... GUA or FRS anyone?... anyone at all?
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6737 times:



Quoting Aer (Reply 13):
I do hope that it materializes though, and that they add a GUA-MSY flight.

Well, they have GUA and MGA (and RTB) listed as destinations, but they're starting out with CUN, SAP, and TGU as far as I know. Hopefully those will be added.

Here's a picture of their ticket counter sign (courtesy of a.net member King):


User currently offlineAvroArrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6723 times:

The website doesn't look too bad. After a bit of poking around on it I decided that I'd like to go to Belize someday. Maybe with a bit of luck these guys can turn MSY into an alternate to MIA. Maybe that's overly ambitious, but you see what I'm saying right?


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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6705 times:



Quoting AvroArrow (Reply 15):
Maybe that's overly ambitious, but you see what I'm saying right?

I think what they saw was a still underserved market to the areas they are going to be flying to. They said the flights will operate on Mo, We, Fr, and Su. I'm not sure of the breakdown in terms of how many weekly flights to which cities, but I could easily see something like twice weekly to all three destinations...maybe even 3X weekly to CUN. CUN sees some nonstop service, be it scheduled or scheduled-charter like this, from most decent sized metro areas...I figured it was only a matter of time before MSY got a nonstop link back. And SAP/TGU is sort of a no-brainer since TA decided not to return.

The wild card in all of this is AM, but I don't think this would affect their new flight too much. Say for instance the flights to CUN and SAP, both markets where one can book a ticket to on AM out of MSY, are flown on We and Su....well that would only really affect AM on We, since they don't fly on Sundays. We'll just have to see how it pans out, but with the new DL codeshare, I doubt AM has much to worry about.

The funny thing is, should everything go as planned, this would effectively double the number of intl. destinations flown from MSY nonstop as opposed to pre-Katrina.

I don't think the goal is to make make MSY another MIA (logistically and geographically, that's next to impossible), but I can tell you the region is poised to become, for the second time, a center for Latin American commerce.


User currently offlineSunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2038 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6694 times:

Wow, these guys slipped past us all while we watched Jet America. Talk about flying under the radar. OK guys what do we know about the principles involved? Any information on Swift Air?


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User currently offlineAer From Guatemala, joined Mar 2004, 1048 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6675 times:



Quoting AvroArrow (Reply 15):
Maybe with a bit of luck these guys can turn MSY into an alternate to MIA. Maybe that's overly ambitious, but you see what I'm saying right?

Not really, considering that MSY was the MIA of the 60's and 70's (by that I mean the gateway of Central America to the US).



nice and spacious airports in need of new airlines and flights... GUA or FRS anyone?... anyone at all?
User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4998 posts, RR: 28
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6657 times:

Talk about a very interesting move. I think this airline has strong potential. Seriously.

MSY has become a cruise line hit, especially for Carnival. I wonder if they are going to attract some of that market? Also, Miami? I wonder if Carnival has some interest in this company? I wish them the best of luck!



I Am A Different Animal!!
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6639 times:



Quoting F9Animal (Reply 19):
MSY has become a cruise line hit, especially for Carnival. I wonder if they are going to attract some of that market? Also, Miami? I wonder if Carnival has some interest in this company? I wish them the best of luck!

I think this is a totally independent venture. Their offices are in MGM of all places. As Sunking737 said, they sure slipped under the radar....but apparently, they have been selling to travel agents for a couple of months already.


User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4998 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6619 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 20):
I think this is a totally independent venture. Their offices are in MGM of all places. As Sunking737 said, they sure slipped under the radar....but apparently, they have been selling to travel agents for a couple of months already.

Well, I sure hope it works! MSY needs it really bad, and hopefully it brings more visitors to the Big Easy.



I Am A Different Animal!!
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6521 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6569 times:



Quoting F9Animal (Reply 21):
Well, I sure hope it works! MSY needs it really bad, and hopefully it brings more visitors to the Big Easy.

I hope so. I think it has potential, but of course I'm ever the optimist. If it works, it works, if it doesn't, it doesn't, but it's nice to see someone company try something different for a change.


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