...but wasn't Shetzen one of the guys who oversaw Attache???
As far as Wardair goes, I also view that as a positive, but I've heard negative comments on that too, so until I think we have to be cautious on this one. Wardair had great people, but ran into problems. And don't forget that one of the MAJOR problems with Wardair was the lack of regional feed - which could play a role in RootsAir success/failure. I believe the market has changed, and the lack of feeder network may not damage them too much in this market now, but still, it's a concern.
Although I can understand these "strategic purposes" for not yet announcing partners, the airline is now selling seats, so it's got to be getting close to time to show this stuff up. Also, from what I've heard Roots has been talking "interline" rather than codeshare, which concerns me as interlining is a less comprehensive partnership.
One other thing I don't understand: why not reconfigure one of the SSV 320's for RootsAir and downgrade the 727 for those low-yield charter passengers until additional 320's arrive??? Although that reconfiguration would cost, passengers would prefer to see the promised all-Airbus fleet, not a fill-in, from the start.
As I said before, I wish RootsAir good luck, and I actually do believe they have a decent chance of success, but it is still a fairly big gamble and there's lots of stumbling blocks they could run into. It's a big risk, which is why I reserve a lot of skepticism on this, but certainly it could pay off big for them, too.