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User currently offlineUSAirBWI From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 97 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1267 times:

A new airline called Crystal Airways will start service (No, I don't know when) from Tampa. They will also have flights out of BWI to SEA, SAN, and MSP. It's focused toward businiess travelers. Their airport lounge will be FREE to all passengers, they serve FREE Filet Mingon or Chicken Kiev among other entrees on flights over 3 hours, "on-demand" PTV's in every seat!(remember, they're a domestic airline!!), internet in every seat, fax machines available on board, 2 conference rooms on board, first class seating throughout, and an f/a-passenger ratio of 1:15! And to top it all off, they aren't outrageosly expensive.

So..... how about that? Great or what? Check out their website at http://www.crystalairways.com


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User currently offlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33922 posts, RR: 70
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1189 times:

Good ideas, dumb routes. Flying from Tampa to Hartford? A buisness route? Funny (yes, though, I know of it's proximity to NYC, but it's not that close).

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1185 times:

We (a.net forum members) called this guy up a while ago about investing, and his 4-5 year old son picked up the phone and said 'Daddy who is it?'. LOL!
This must have been a good 2 years ago, I can not remember who called him, I got the number but did not have the balls!

User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2175 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1183 times:


757s configured to only seat 92 people? Looks like Crystal might beat out Legend for shortest time in the air for a high-end airline. That is, if they ever get off the ground...investors may be few and far between.

It's a great premise....but nobody can make it work, especially now when the economy has gone to crap and the industry is posting nothing but losses (except for Southwest, AirTran, and Continental....two of which are DISCOUNT airlines).

Sorry to sound so bleak and negative, but this industry is littered with the carcasses of start ups, especially those that promised a "first class product" at an "affordable fare". Best of luck Crystal, you're gonna need it.


User currently offlineBizJet From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1166 times:

The thread that Iain is referring to is as follows:


Note that I (BizJet) am Fly US Airways. I changed my name a while ago due to a lost password and changed e-mail address.


User currently offlineN6801 From Sweden, joined Aug 2001, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1156 times:

Have they been granted permission to use the Boeing stripe theme like that?

User currently offlineN509JB From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1137 times:

this is a hoax. that site has been up for 5 years. and TPA does not have the room.


User currently offlineBoeingfan From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1132 times:

Hoax, dream, fiction, the business model will never fly.

People want cheap service (= cramped airplane), the economics of the industry. Anyone can put up a website.

User currently offlineRJ_Delta From Chile, joined Oct 2000, 1949 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1115 times:


The seats of Crystal Class are similar than the Delta's Business Elite.


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1071 times:

I think someone built that website for an entreprenuership class and forgot to take it down when class was done

User currently offlineSkychuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1054 times:

Probably a hoax, i agree. but tpa HAS the room, two airsides unused and i read in air transport world a few years back that they have the land necessary to virtually duplicate the current terminal/airside complex where the current cargo are is. tpa would be a good hub for an airline with the right a/c & business paln.
it has the second largest latin population in fla and a noticeable lack of latin connections.

User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1050 times:

CX747 (in the previous thread) said something about the hub being in Detroit?? ROFLMAO!! NW has THE presence at DTW, and DET is kinda not suited for such an operation.. Oh yes.. Speaking of DET, Proair says they have their operating certificate back.. Anyone know anything??


Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offline777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1036 times:

My 4-year-old nephew could probably come up with a better business plan than this bombshell.

User currently offlineCrash Landing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1039 times:

Does anyone know when their first flight will be? I want to be on their first flight. This looks like a very good airline and I think everyone will want to fly them because of the nice seats and the nice food.

User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1026 times:

Dear CrashLanding:

I understand they had nice food on the Hindenburg too.

Seriously...I think (and let me emphasize that this is strictly my OPINION and is not based in fact) that this whole thing is something of a scam to scarf up some investment bucks from someone who does not know any better.

An investor who says something like "Gee, I ought to throw a few thou in this, it'll probably be successful because they have nice seats and nice food."

Would really like to know the transportation industry background of the Pres/CEO/Founder.....the one whose kid answers his business telephone  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

My guess is former owner of a failed travel agency.

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