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What Was The Story On City Bird?

Fri Jun 27, 2003 3:36 am

Can anyone give me the short version of the City Bird story? Did they order factory-fresh MD-11's? Why did they go bust?
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RE: What Was The Story On City Bird?

Fri Jun 27, 2003 3:41 am

x they started a long haul low cost product which ended up as a disaster (horrible financial results). They flew to MIA, LAX,...

Question: I guess yes, but can anybody confirm that also their charter flights were heavily loss making? I believe the biggest problem were the long haul low cost flights...

MD11's were indeed factory fresh I believe, with OO-CTC (which was leased to Sabena) being the last ever pax MD11 built (now flying for AY as OH-LGE)

Management of CTB let already an airline go bankrupt before...
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RE: What Was The Story On City Bird?

Fri Jun 27, 2003 4:09 am

The same management let City Bird go bankrupt because there was no money left.

On the other hand they proposed to help SN.

After this they started Birdy which is operating the african flts on behalve of SNBA
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RE: What Was The Story On City Bird?

Fri Jun 27, 2003 9:00 am

When I flew BOS-BRU on Sabena back in 1999, our flight was originally supposed to be operated by a CityBird MD-11. But, we got a last minute switch to an SN A333.

CityBird flew nonstop to Oakland for awhile.

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RE: What Was The Story On City Bird?

Fri Jun 27, 2003 10:31 am

Yeah, I flew on them BRU-LAX and OAK-BRU back in 1998.

I must say I really liked them. They had a good inflight product (as far as I can remember), the service was always good, and they had a really nice innovative livery.

They went bankrupt a couple of months before SN 'died' as well, back in 2001. Now, if I remember correct, the bankruptcy of CityBird lead to the creation of Thomas Cook Belgium. Thomas Cook preferred to let CityBird die and create a brand-new airline from scratch than saving them and having a financially unhealthy airline.

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