Reno Air would not still be around had AA
not destroyed them.
I loved Reno Air as much as all of you. I flew them several times between ONT
, and enjoyed every flight.
And I bought and read the book,
"Wings Of Pride", which is an excellent tribute, history, and pictorial to the airline. If you haven't ordered the book, I highly recommend it. It is an $80 well spent. It sits proudly on my coffee table.
In reading the interviews with all of the officers as well as their numbers, it was pretty clear that QQ was terminally ill. Their route network never really made much sense, having hubs in Reno, San Jose, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles and flying all over the map: Alaska, Atlanta, Gulfport, Las Vegas, etc.
To quote Joe O'Gorman, who dressed up QQ for AA
They were in and out of over 20 markets, chasing revenues. They used the MD
-80's, which were too big for the market. They were unable to find anything that worked. They abandoned what little niche they had."
He has a point.
So while Reno Air was a good airline, I had it not been for AA
, chances are they wouldn't have lasted much past 2000 anyway. Even if they would've made it to 9/11, that would've finished them off, just like Midway, Pro Air, Vanguard, and National.