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Any Information About Skybus? (Early 90's)

Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:58 am

I'm in the middle of editing a video recorded in 1993 & noticed a Boeing 727 operating for an airline that I had never heard of.....excluding the A319 carrier years back.

The aircraft in question was N8858E (cn 20620/903), ex-Eastern & Pan Am workhorse.

Here's a still from the VHS tape:

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z12/Learjet35A/727_zpsf08e6f6a.png

I'm looking for any info on destinations served, where they were based, etc. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for any assistance!
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RE: Any Information About Skybus? (Early 90's)

Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:27 am

Looks like it was founded by the same man who was the U.S. importer for (what appears to be) the Australian-built Nomad turboprop:

http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/pro...rsonId=1246475586&targetid=profile

(Let's see if I'm anywhere near right.)

[Edited 2012-12-19 01:29:12]
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RE: Any Information About Skybus? (Early 90's)

Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:35 am

This photo has some info right here:
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looks like it was some sort of lease.
Scrapped in 2003.

This Skybus apparently also had a rocky history, per google search:
According to a past thread:
Skybus Airlines (by Matt D May 10 2001 in Civil Aviation)
And an old NY Times Travel advisory:
http://www.nytimes.com/1993/07/11/tr...inty-of-finances-halts-skybus.html

Quoting NY Times, July 11, 1993:
Skybus, a fledgling no-frills charter service offering low fares between Florida and the Northeast, stopped flying June 29 amid conflicting reports over unpaid bills. Nevertheless, Skybus said it was grounded only temporarily and would resume service soon.


And this too at the end:

Quoting NY Times, July 11, 1993:
Skybus was founded last year by roughly 100 investors, including former Pan Am, Eastern and Midway employees. Using four DC-9's, it offered service from Newark; Chicago; Worcester, Mass., and three Florida cities -- Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and St. Petersburg. Most one-way flights on Skybus cost between $99 and $119, but the passengers paid extra for meals, beverages and check-in baggage.

I guess starting a no-frills airline named "Skybus" is bad luck   
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RE: Any Information About Skybus? (Early 90's)

Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:40 am

Thanks so much for the info so far! I've been searching the web and couldn't dig up that much info.
 
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RE: Any Information About Skybus? (Early 90's)

Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:44 am

Quoting B737-112 (Reply 3):
Thanks so much for the info so far! I've been searching the web and couldn't dig up that much info.

No problem! Just let us know when you upload the video to Youtube   I love classic airliners!
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RE: Any Information About Skybus? (Early 90's)

Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:00 am

You got it! The video should be going up the first weekend of January. The channel is http://www.youtube.com/RyanBomar
 
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RE: Any Information About Skybus? (Early 90's)

Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:23 pm

Their May 1993 timetable can be seen here:

http://www.departedflights.com/FW050193p1.html

And route map here:

http://www.departedflights.com/FW050193.html
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