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Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Thu Jun 06, 2002 9:06 am

Jetsgo books 11,330 tickets

By MIRA OBERMAN
Globe and Mail Update


Before its first plane takes to the skies next week, new discount airline Jetsgo Corp. has grabbed 11,330 bookings.

Tickets for flights beginning June 12 went on sale May 28 and more than $2.1-million in sales were registered, Jetsgo said Wednesday. Some flights are already fully booked, with the Toronto-to-Vancouver flight on June 12 the first to be sold out.

"The immediate and overwhelming response to Jetsgo shows that there is a huge consumer demand for a true discount carrier offering a simple, economical way to travel," said Michel Leblanc, the former chairman of Royal Aviation Inc. who launched Jetsgo.

"Consumers obviously like the idea of having a true discount alternative to the Air Canada family of companies."

While Jetsgo's two-for-one introductory offer has proven popular with customers, more than 70 per cent of the bookings are for flights after the June 12 to June 21 offer, the company said.

A $10 discount for on-line booking has also proven to be a successful promotion as 54 per cent of all tickets were purchased on the Internet, Jetsgo said.

The discount market in Eastern Canada should be well-served this summer with Tango expanding and CanJet Airlines, a division of Halifax-based IMP Group Ltd., set to relaunch on June 20.

I tried posting it earlier but I think it was deleted perhaps by accident. I wonder how many Canjet has snagged. Looks like this airline might do the impossible and Survive!
 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Thu Jun 06, 2002 12:12 pm

Interesting news. By the way, has anyone grabbed a picture of JetsGo's Md-80?
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Thu Jun 06, 2002 12:30 pm

At this point they are upto 2 MD-83 waiting for service.
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Thu Jun 06, 2002 12:41 pm

I hope these customers used their credit cards in case their tickets are useless!  Smile But this is great news, and even if there are a few iffy details about this venture, I believe it has staying power. There is a good potential here, and I do know that customers want an alternative. I wonder how SkyService is doing so far with their domestic network. I hope they are doing well.
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Thu Jun 06, 2002 10:27 pm

Has Jetsgo gotten the go yet? I know that Canjet hasn't. I
 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 12:39 am

Jetsgo had their O/C approved before the announced their launch. Leblanc said he had the approval to sell tickets before hand, but did not want to do so untill he had transport sign off the O/C. Canjet on the other hand does not have an O/C yet, but they are selling tickets, they got approval to do so from the CTA. But as a customer I would rather buy tickets from an airline with government approval, rather then one still waiting for approval.
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 12:44 am

This is interesting news indeed. It's similar to the Southwest effect down south - a whole new market segment (that would never have flown before) is finding that flying can be cheap. Good news all around for Canadian aviation.
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 2:31 am

Fallingeese:
At this point they are upto 2 MD-83 waiting for service.


Sorry bud you are mistaken, they actually the 3 aircraft now, 2 ex-koreans and 1 ex-american! they have one plan flly painted and ready to go, and they are now painting the last 2!!!
 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 6:54 am

Are there a lot of MD-90's on the market or is it going to be hard to find new aircraft to expand with?
 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 7:26 am

MD-90's???

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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 7:31 am

LOL MD-83's thanks for correcting me LY744.
 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 7:51 am

There are only two registered MD-83's in Canada according to transport Canada.
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 7:58 am

The MD-90 is too modern for ML, get it right Dash8King!!!
I suppose that on their first day, they'll have signs on the outside of the airplane cautioning people because of the "wet paint".

With things being so rushed, I wonder how smoothly the day will go for them? Will they be able to get good on-time performance? I wonder how all those inexperienced flight attendants will perform too! Can't wait to find out  Smile
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 8:14 am

How many years did you have with Royal Captaingomes?
 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 8:23 am

Dash8King, I was only a flight attendant at Royal and I started in March of last year. Don't let my Captaingomes name fool you  Smile I enjoyed the 8 months I was there very much though, and it gave me a good feeling for the industry (the good and bad), met lots of great people, and let me earn money to start my pilot's license  Smile Why do you ask?
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 8:59 am

Captaingomes, you were only a flight attendant? Here I was thinking you were an A310 captain and now you tell me you were JUST a flight attendant??? Hehe  Smile I want some crispers!

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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 9:34 am

Yes I meant to type Flight Attendant after but was looking at your name. Just wondering is all. Did you even try to apply for Jetsgo incase they might have set the bar lower at the last minute and hire ex union employees?
 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 9:40 am

Nah, I've set the bar higher and wont settle for working as a flight attendant for them!  Smile

I loved the job and have nothing against it, but it was a temporary job to get an idea of what it's really like to work in the industry and to make some money. Now I'm concentrating on finishing university and flying as fast as possible!

"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
 
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3 Planes And Looking For 4

Fri Jun 07, 2002 11:21 am

Well you can trust transport Canada...or trust a guy who is a ramp rat at YUL and have see 3 planes as i stated before. Enev in todays gazette it says 3 MD-83. And i just read another post saying that they are looking for a forth MD-83!
 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 1:34 pm

What is it that they call the MD-83 in the Quebec press again???????

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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 1:46 pm

Neil, I believe it starts with an A....

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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Fri Jun 07, 2002 11:48 pm

I just can't wait until another french article is translated again for us regarding Jetsgo  Smile
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sat Jun 08, 2002 7:07 am

What do they mean when they say this "Not just a new discount airline, but a new kind of discount airline." How are they different from other discount airlines?
 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sat Jun 08, 2002 7:15 am

here is a press release from their site and again they say they are the true discount airline but what makes them so much different then Westjet?

June 05, 2002
We knew Canada was ready for a true discount airline, but the extent of the response from air travelers across the country to Jetsgo’s launch positively skyrocketed. Our call centres and website were overwhelmed by demand even before our President and GM, Michel Leblanc, wrapped up his press conference announcing the takeoff of Canada’s new and true low fare air service provider.

Thank you. You’ve confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jetsgo is filling a role that other air carriers have been unable or unwilling to take on.

The wall-to-wall throng of reporters who crowded the press conference room, and the ensuing ink and soundbytes they generated, is yet another example of just how the news of a new no frills, smiling airline with a can-do attitude and the lowest fares in the Canadian marketplace is being received.

Speaking of media coverage, below are some links to newspaper articles, video clips and press releases regarding Jetsgo’s launch. You’ll even find an interview with Jetsgo President and General Manager, Michel Leblanc, as well as an excerpt of the press conference he delivered on May 28.

Enjoy, and stay tuned to “What’s up” to keep up with Jetsgo and airline industry related info.



 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sat Jun 08, 2002 9:11 am

What makes them different from WJ is that they have the guts to go head to head with AC.
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sat Jun 08, 2002 10:19 am

Thos "guts" may also be the end of them...but things are looking good I suppose...I hope they do well...
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sat Jun 08, 2002 10:57 am

Forgive my ignorance, but........WHO IS JETSGO!!!!!?

Shows where I have been lately... LOL
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sat Jun 08, 2002 1:00 pm

Lymanm I doubt they mean that very much. Last time I checked AC and WJ do compete but whatever. But that could just be my bitterness towards because I sold all my shares and told my friends too also sell there shares because they were going to cease operations in 6 weeks time.  Wink/being sarcastic

I really think they should stop saying that as Westjet is just as much as a discount airline as them.

BR715-A1-30: Jetsgo is a new start up by Michelle Leblanc who used to own and run Royal which was bought out by the now defunt Canada 3000.
 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sat Jun 08, 2002 1:57 pm

The bottom line is that Jetsgo is a new low cost airline in Canada. It is NOT different. In fact, two aspects are especially intriguing about Michel Leblanc's new airline, and they are the fact that he claims that 1. his prices will be the lowest always and 2. it is a different low cost airline.

I have a hard time believing that he will never be undercut at any point in time. And I don't see what is trully different about this low cost carrier when compared to others such as Westjet. I'll bet with SkyService's domestic flights, the prices will be very similar, and the inflight service will be much better. That for many people will make a big difference. Also, no PTV's or anything that trully differentiates his airline from other low costs. Hopefully one day he can clarify for us how he will always under any circumstance be the lowest price in Canada and what makes his airline so different.

I do think more so every day that this airline will be very successful, but of course only time will tell.
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sat Jun 08, 2002 10:23 pm

Well someone has to have the lowest price at one point in time, right? ANd he is paying the lowest wages in the industry, he has good lease arrangements with Boeing, so you never know maybe he will always have the lowest prices...like I said, someone has to..
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sat Jun 08, 2002 11:47 pm

Sorry Slawko, but when you publicly claim you'll always be the lowest, you're asking for trouble. I'm sure ML doesn't have a pact with Westjet or Canjet or Tango never to undercut him.
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sun Jun 09, 2002 1:58 am

Dash8dunce-

What I mean about WJ going up against AC, of course they do. But WJ, to this point, has never gone right to the heart of AC - YYZ-YUL (and to a certain extent, the flights to YVR). I think WJ has a new problem in dealing with Jetsgo. WJ's time as media darling is certain to end on June 12. That's right, you heard it here folks!
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sun Jun 09, 2002 2:06 am

I don't think WJ will have any problems in dealing with Jetsgo. I believe that there's a good chance Jetsgo will be successful, but if we see everybody going after everybody else rather than doing something they are trully good at, we'll get into another situation as last year and Air Canada will once again get even stronger, while a few of its competitors will be wiped out at once. WJ has been smart in not going after Air Canada directly. This gave them room to grow and be successful ... you know, when you become arrogant, you better have something to back up your arrogance with. WJ cannot defeat Air Canada, and they cannot become arrogant. If Jetsgo becomes arrogant, Air Canada will show them who's the big guy.

You cannot argue against Westjet's path to success. Jetsgo has a long way to go to prove itself, so let's not get ahead of ourselves.
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sun Jun 09, 2002 3:51 am

The name is Westjet and they started out in the West on the western triangle. They battled with Canadian and Air Canada on the Western Triangle. They went head to head there and are winning. They are just now moving into the east. That would be why they chose the name Westjet instead of Eastjet.
 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sun Jun 09, 2002 3:58 am

I think the reason why Jetsgo claims they are different is because they will have no ticket counters and you won't need a ticket, only a pin number.
 
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RE: Jetsgo Books 11,330 Tickets

Sun Jun 09, 2002 4:33 am

The only possible way that Jetsgo could have the lowest costs on a sustained basis is if they fill the MD-80's. Since the MD-80 is larger than the 732, 73G...it's avg seat mile costs should be lower with a higher load factor (assuming they have a good lease rate AND the specific MD-83's that they have are well-maintained).

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.

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