Chase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2789 times:
I'm not going to name names because I don't want to get anyone in trouble, but I was told last night that some former TZ executives are working to try to restart the airline, in the form of a non-scheduled-service operation.
While I'm a former TZ employee, I'm certainly not holding my breath on this one (I think it's quite sad how Pan Am v2, 3, 4 have IMHO dirtied a great name). But, I gotta ask - anybody know any more about this?
413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2641 times:
They lost their main bread and butter, military contracts. Would they just turn into an ACMI airline contracting for who ever needs them around the world? I don't see much profitability in charters especially in this economy
TZTriStar500 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1471 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2528 times:
I am aware of this and its not a re-start of ATA, but a new charter airline by several ex-ATA employees. The ATA brand and intellectual property are owned by WN as they purchased what was left in bankruptcy to get the LGA slots and I doubt they would sell the name.
There have been discussions over the past year, but of course, the main hurdle here is financing. What I understand, it was proposed to start as a small one aircraft narrowbody operation and grow from there, but I am skeptical this would be successful especially now. If someone is willing to provide financing, which this crazy industry always seems to dig up, then it certainly would be interesting to watch them make a go of it. I don't think I'll re-join however.
35 years of American Trans Air/ATA Airlines, 1973-2008. A great little airline that will not be soon forgotten.
AndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2430 times:
Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 1): Does anyone know who owns the name? I would think the creditors...
In that case I own a part of it. It would be great to see the TZ flag in the air again, but I too remain highly skeptical. Even if the former TZ execs do launch their own carrier, it will not be called ATA. The ATA we all know and loved is most likely gone forever.