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New USA Start-up In CMH

Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:03 am

Among the start-ups in this lengthy article is a section on a start-up called Skybus. It is being started by the former CEO of Peidmont. Here is the link:
http://www.usatoday.com/money/biztra...-02-28-airstarts-usat_x.htm?csp=15
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RE: New USA Start-up In CMH

Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:05 am

Somehow i don't see it working out...there are too many LCCs and "new" airlines out there...this new airline is just creating more excess capacity.
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RE: New USA Start-up In CMH

Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:13 am

I really don't see any particular plan that's so impressive, although Columbus is not really served by a dominant carrier and this guy has a lot of experience. Whe he was trying to put together Heartland here in Dayton, it fell apart after 9/11. He was planning to use 717's. I could not find any information on the web.
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RE: New USA Start-up In CMH

Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:14 am

A big problem with the industry now is overcapacity. No newbie airline will make it, IMO.
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RE: New USA Start-up In CMH

Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:18 am

When is Mexus rumoured to start flying? I'd like to see them succeed--it appears as though they'd be based out of Houston. I highly doubt that Mexus will make it under the radar of Continental and American serving LAX, IAH, and DFW.
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RE: New USA Start-up In CMH

Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:24 am

Quoting Drerx7 (reply 4):
When is Mexus rumoured to start flying? I'd like to see them succeed--it appears as though they'd be based out of Houston. I highly doubt that Mexus will make it under the radar of Continental and American serving LAX, IAH, and DFW.


According to the article they are still trying to secure all the financing required to start the application process, etc. I seriously doubt that CO and AA would let them get very far. They would add routes, fq, and seats all over the place to try and kill it. Especially CO.
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RE: New USA Start-up In CMH

Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:30 pm

Quoting 7E72004 (reply 1):
this new airline is just creating more excess capacity.


If any Start-up out there can provide a more efficient business model and help knock out the inefficient clutter(the real excess capacity) then I am all for it!! You have to be open to change and innovation in this industry or bite the dust; just look at the majority of struggling Legacy carriers today.  Wink/being sarcastic

That is why it appears that there are so many start-ups out there. Opportunities now exist on an more level playing field.
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RE: New USA Start-up In CMH

Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:50 pm

From the article...

"A proposed airline called Skybus aims to improve air service for Columbus, Ohio, the USA's 15th-largest city. Skybus founder and Chairman John Weikle, a longtime executive at cargo and regional airlines, tried unsuccessfully to launch Heartland Airlines at Dayton, Ohio, a few years ago. But after America West shut down its small hub in Columbus in 2003, Weikle dusted off his plan and took it to Columbus business leaders. The airline will be run by President Kenneth Gile, former chief pilot and director of flight operations at Southwest, and a yet-to-be-named CEO."

Ken Gile is an absolute first-rate guy, and is quite capable of this new position...

What remains to be seen is whether any financial institutions are willing to lend -any- upstart money given (1) industry overcapacity, (2) some airlines operating under Chapter 11, and (3) the high price of fuel.

If Branson can't find financing, imagine what the smaller guys are going through...

I wish them well....
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RE: New USA Start-up In CMH

Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:54 pm

I like the name Skybus. Talk about Reality!
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RE: New USA Start-up In CMH

Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:02 pm

Interesting article. Thanks for the link.

All right, what type of equipment do you think these new low cost international carriers use?

Should they bring back some of the People Express 100's?  Smile

Maybe Boeing will give them a break on a new 787. One can dream!

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