panaman
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Several Articles On Skybus Airline Startup Tuesday

Sun May 20, 2007 9:05 pm

Skybus' planned Tuesday start shows promise

Quote:
As Skybus Airlines taxis toward its inaugural flight on Tuesday, it enters a stormy industry that has grounded many discount airlines before it.

http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/con...1.ART_ART_05-20-07_A1_RS6OV4F.html

City's fares even better with Skybus

Quote:
Port Columbus' reputation for low airfares should get a boost when Skybus Airlines starts flying from the airport in a couple of days, experts said.

http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/con...T.ART_ART_05-20-07_D1_296OS8U.html

For many startup airlines, takeoff gave way to tailspin

Quote:
With names such as Kiwi, Sunworld and McClain Air, plenty of low-fare American airlines have tried and failed in the past quarter-century.

Columbus-based Skybus Airlines begins service in two days, and company officials hope they can buck the trend.

Irish airline sets the pace
More than cheap airfares are needed to make this business model fly, says Ryanair's brash CEO

Quote:
DUBLIN, Ireland -- It doesn't take long to realize that Michael O'Leary is Ryanair's rock star.

The animated 46-year-old CEO is revered here for taking over the struggling airline in the early 1990s and turning it into Europe's busiest carrier.

http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/con...E.ART_ART_05-20-07_D1_0H6OHRR.html

[Edited 2007-05-20 14:12:27]
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RE: Several Articles On Skybus Airline Startup Tuesday

Sun May 20, 2007 10:22 pm

Also, from Columbus Business First:

Skybus placing bet on no-frills flying crowd

Quote:
The airline at that time said it expected to fill 75 percent of its seats with paying passengers. Profitability, it said, would occur when 72.1 percent of the seats were filled. Gile declined to comment on whether the projections have changed, saying "it's a pretty closely held number."

"We're hoping for 100 percent," he said, "or enough to be profitable and to stay in business."

http://columbus.bizjournals.com/colu...1/story1.html?b=1179720000^1464265
 
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RE: Several Articles On Skybus Airline Startup Tuesday

Sun May 20, 2007 10:50 pm

Thanks for the articles. They were interesting reading.

I think Micheal O'Leary summarize the debate about Skybus's future in these threads with the quote from the last Dispatch article:

    O'Leary said the Ryanair model can work anywhere there's deregulation. He cautions, though, that it takes much more than low fares.

    Many would-be competitors have come and gone, and none of the survivors is as profitable as Ryanair.

    "Any idiot can paint a plane and start out offering low fares," O'Leary said. "It's about sustainability. We've been profitable now for 20 years."


So far, I don't think Skybus has shown a plan with "sustainability". We shall see in a few months.
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panaman
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RE: Several Articles On Skybus Airline Startup Tuesday

Mon May 21, 2007 10:00 am

I'm thinking Austin, Tx or Houston Hobby, Williams Gateway Airport and Sarasota Airports as the next destinations.

Long shots, MYR, CHS, or SAV. COS/DEN/CYS.
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