Quote: In an expose that ran on Friday entitled "LV Air is looking like promoter's latest fly-by-night plan," the local paper reveals the checkered past of wanted-by-the-law (yes, wanted by the law) founder Eneliko Smith that includes a failed hotel, unpaid room taxes and the subsequent warrant for his arrest. And that's just the beginning of what the newspaper's jaw-dropping investigation found. If you've got a few mins, it's amazing reading. You'll also see what Mr. Smith has to say about his "American Dream," too.
Here's the expose from the Las Vegas Review-Journal (I would post a quote from it, but they've got a company that's been suing sites for posting LVRJ articles, even brief excerpts, so to keep their goons from sending Demand Media's legal department a letter, I'll post a link [Google Righthaven lawsuits for further info.].):
sunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1998 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3619 times:
OMG Tell me it isn't so!!! The good folks at A.net got another one right. Their start up was even in the media in Minnesota, besides here in Florida. I can sleep better tonight know that the good folks of A.net will keep us safe from these idiots that want to con people into think anyone can start an airline like LVAir.
FWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3531 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3470 times:
Quoting sunking737 (Reply 1): Their start up was even in the media in Minnesota, besides here in Florida.
I'm very surprised that it never reached the media in Fort Wayne, a market with no direct LAS service. (G4 once served FWA-LAS, but stopped during the first round of $100/barrel oil.) Heck, even JetAmerica made the news (and was advertising on TV and online) here in FWA.
CODCA09 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 155 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2791 times:
Say it ain't so. LV Air won't be flying soon. It was a such a great business plan, flying over served low yield markets with aircraft way to large. What's next, news that Avatar Airlines won't fly either? What has this world come to?
So this was be the 2nd LAS based airline proposed by a ex-con, or in this case an actual current criminal. Why do I think Eneliko Smith and Barry Michaels know each other somehow?