This topic is as much a "what happen to JI
topic" as "are there any like JI
now". In order to answer the latter, I guess you have to look at what happened to JI
First, there was the missed opportunity to go private. Goodnight of SAS (the computer company not the airline) was the major share holder and offered to buy all outstanding shares at an ok price. Too bad this didn't happen for JI
. Goodnight is a pretty good business man and could have done quite a bit in overseeing JI
. But, instead this created ill feelings between owners and board members at JI
Second, there was the F-100 problem. JI
was a small airline, if AA
can't get these airplanes repaired cost effectively, how would JI
be able to do it. JI
was in such a bind over the F-100's, it was going to cost them a fortune to keep them and a fortune to get rid of them. Too bad to, the F-100 was a no-brainer of an aircraft before the break up of Fokker.
Third, the 737-700. Too much aircraft too soon, you say? Only in hindsight. JI
wanted to be able to go transcon. Could you blame them? The O&D is there and they had the feeder traffic. Maybe the 717 would have been a better for them. Maybe they should have hired a charter for the transcon, like Airtran does. That's hindsight, though.
from its FF
program. This was done at the request of the AA
pilots union. They feared AA
was going to take over JI
purchased the 737's and that was going to impact them negatively. This was very unfortunate for JI
, because JI
was going to loose a significant number of O&D business travelers. Yes the biz customer will fly a certain airline to get the free ticket for the wife and kids for vacation. You just really can't underestimate the impact this had on JI
. It was a huge set back. Womack17 has it right.
Now with that in mind, are there in carriers in the same situation. The closest I can think of to Midway at RDU
is (was) National at LAS
. Very close situations, but National at LAS
was choked to death by greedy casino owners. But otherwise - sad to see these two airlines no longer with us. The employees of each were wonderful.
Without the aid of 20/20 hindsight, I think Midway made a pretty good go for it and just didn't make it.
(I know, a little long, wonder if anyone will really read it. If you do, thanks)
[Edited 2004-07-18 01:59:50]
[Edited 2004-07-18 02:02:09]
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