c5onknees
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Planet Airways

Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:44 am

Does anyone have any info. at all about when/why Planet Airways out of MCO went out of business? All of their numbers have been disconnected and they have engineless 727's sitting on the ramp. Any info. would be cool. Thanks.
 
LawnDart
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RE: Planet Airways

Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:55 pm

An FAA inspector once told me the only domestic airline he would never fly was Planet Airways, due to mechanical issues. Don't know if they were that shoddy with their maintenance or not, but maybe their "reputation" finally caught up with them?

I really liked their paintscheme, however...
 
planenutz
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RE: Planet Airways

Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:07 pm

I understand they had a lot of issues.

I remember back in 1999 when Suntrips terminated their contract with Planet Airways when they stranded two planeloads of pax in Mexico on route to Oakland. Evidently the plane went tech, but this was never communicated to Suntrips or to pax. Suntrips had to wind up chartering other aircraft and returned the pax a couple of days later. Planet Airwyas never really provided sufficiant explanations as to why this occured.

There was a media flurry because parents of a high school group who's kids were stranded prganized a protest.
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aa757first
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RE: Planet Airways

Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:27 pm

Talk about a fly-by-night carrier. That was one shoddy operation.

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miamix707
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RE: Planet Airways

Tue Jul 19, 2005 3:29 pm

I was going to make a thread asking the same thing but I forgot to.

There hasn't been any news anywhere though, not on here, or Just Planes which usually reports when an airline has ceased ops.

When was the last time they flew? I saw one of their 727s landing a MCO sometime in 2004.
 
c5onknees
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RE: Planet Airways

Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:14 pm

Yeah, they always looked like a scumbag airline to me. Maybe it was their pilots with untucked shirts or that bad paint scheme.
 
Gib
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RE: Planet Airways

Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:46 pm

Last saw a Planet 7-2 at the Mercury Air FBO @ ATL, unloading a plane-ful of pax enroute to the Federal Pen. in ATL. A lovely group they were.  eyebrow 
 
c5onknees
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RE: Planet Airways

Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:07 am

Haha, at an FBO? thats great I wonder what people were thinking when they flew into there and saw that.
 
Gib
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RE: Planet Airways

Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:14 am

Yeah man.... They all were shackled and were loaded onto 2 Trailways busses... Bunch of Federal SWAT dudes all around. Wish I would've had my camera.
 
scxmechanic
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RE: Planet Airways

Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:20 am

Hard to believe the guy who started them or is still in control of them is associated with The Backstreet Boys. Lou Pearlman...

http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2000/01/10/daily9.html

Click on http://www.loupearlmanofficialsite.com/ and read his Bio
 
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United_fan
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RE: Planet Airways

Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:35 am

They were here in March 03 . Ex-CO 727.

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wjcandee
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RE: Planet Airways

Wed Jul 20, 2005 1:41 am

The DOT shows them as not operating.

http://ostpxweb.dot.gov/aviation/certific/certlist.pdf
 
blsbls99
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RE: Planet Airways

Wed Jul 20, 2005 1:56 am

Just Planes has their demise listed as May 15, 2005
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Mainland
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RE: Planet Airways

Wed Jul 20, 2005 1:58 am

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 4):
When was the last time they flew? I saw one of their 727s landing a MCO sometime in 2004

Fairly recently, March of this year, they had 2 727s flying a rather large spring break group BWI-CUN. I remember walking around Pier E hearing some of the crowd complain as, no shock here, the flights were running at least an hour late.
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ATAIndy
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RE: Planet Airways

Wed Jul 20, 2005 2:00 am

They used to fly to IND alot but I dont know why. Nice paint scheme on the 727 though...
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wjcandee
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RE: Planet Airways

Wed Jul 20, 2005 6:18 am

Quoting Blsbls99 (Reply 12):
Just Planes has their demise listed as May 15, 2005

Anybody who wants to find that listing can see it under their "Defunct Carriers" screen at justplanes (scroll down in the left frame for the link).

I wonder who picked up their Federal Prisoner business...
 
skibum9
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RE: Planet Airways

Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:25 am

Quoting LawnDart (Reply 1):
An FAA inspector once told me the only domestic airline he would never fly was Planet Airways, due to mechanical issues. Don't know if they were that shoddy with their maintenance or not, but maybe their "reputation" finally caught up with them?



Quoting Aa757first (Reply 3):
Talk about a fly-by-night carrier. That was one shoddy operation.

Many use to say that about a particular carrier that was once called ValueJet. Look at them now....Airtran! Just proves that a carrier that has a shoddy reputation can turn themselves around.
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aa757first
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RE: Planet Airways

Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:37 am

Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 16):
Many use to say that about a particular carrier that was once called ValueJet.

Do you mean ValuJet? ValuJet was a crappy airline, but not fly-by-night.

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B757capt
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RE: Planet Airways

Wed Jul 20, 2005 3:27 pm

Pace picked up there DOJ contract.
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