Frontierguy26
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Ozark And Great Plains Airlines Update!

Sun Mar 25, 2001 5:12 am

Here is the latest news:

Daily Oklahoman / March 22, 2001

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Airline sees East Coast direct routes from state
By Rick Robinson



TULSA -- Great Plains Airline Holding Co. said Wednesday that it has completed its takeover of Ozark Air Lines. The move could result in nonstop service from Oklahoma City and Tulsa to the East Coast by the third quarter of this year, a Great Plains executive said.

Great Plains announced last week that it was buying a controlling interest in Ozark, based in Columbia, Mo. Ozark is now a Great Plains subsidiary, the company said. Transaction terms were not disclosed.

Jim Swartz, Great Plains' chief executive, said Ozark will shortly begin flying its two jets from Oklahoma City and Tulsa to other regional cities. Currently, Ozark flies daily from Columbia to Dallas/Fort Worth, and offers charter service.

"It's fair to say that service will become Oklahoma-oriented soon," he said.

Swartz said the airline will announce new destination cities within days. He said the chosen destinations will be nonairline-hub cities with no current nonstop service from Oklahoma City and Tulsa. All current and future flights will operate under the Ozark banner, he said.

Great Plains Airlines, led by Swartz, Executive Vice President Jack Knight and Chief Financial Officer Steve Berlin, is seeking to establish nonstop service between Oklahoma and both U.S. coasts. The company is the result of a three-year effort aided by the Tulsa-area chambers of commerce. About $30 million has been raised from public and private sources for the venture, which has been helped by a state tax credit incentive program.

"Direct jet service is so essential to economic development throughout our state," Swartz said.

He indicated the deal's greatest single advantage is that it sidesteps the need for Great Plains to seek a Federal Aviation Administration safety


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toxtethogrady
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Oklahoma To....?

Sun Mar 25, 2001 5:41 am

Because of Oklahoma's oil industry, they probably should be offering service to Houston. That is, if they can figure out how to keep Continental and Southwest from squeezing them from above and below.
 
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RE: Oklahoma To....?

Sun Mar 25, 2001 6:57 am

Boy, can't wait to see those 328 Jets going TUL-LAX and TUL-JFK. That ought to be a fun ride.

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toxtethogrady
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MartyS, That's Not A Joke...

Sun Mar 25, 2001 7:06 am

Given OKC and TUL's locations in relation to either coast, an ERJ could do it.
 
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RE: Ozark And Great Plains Airlines Update!

Sun Mar 25, 2001 7:06 am

Doesn't Ozark have an agreement with AA? I wonder how this latest development would affect that...
 
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RE: Ozark And Great Plains Airlines Update!

Sun Mar 25, 2001 7:51 am

So I assume to Ozark deal with AccessAir has been called off?

Also, wan't Ozark flying from Columbia to Midway?

And the service to Joplin, MO and Taos?

The doctor who founded Ozark, did he benefit from the deal or was the carrier bleeding and he needed to get rid of it?

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RE: Ozark And Great Plains Airlines Update!

Sun Mar 25, 2001 9:57 am

I guess the people of Columbia are losing their hub carrier. Not that Ozark is/was very large but it is still unfortunate for Columbia, MO to lose this service.
 
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RE: Ozark And Great Plains Airlines Update!

Sun Mar 25, 2001 5:51 pm

Are they going for anothey fleet or are they sticking with there currents 328JETS . I think that another good route in the East Coast could be Oklahoma City-Tulsa-Baltimore or Washington National .
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mls515
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RE: Ozark And Great Plains Airlines Update!

Sun Mar 25, 2001 11:16 pm

AccessAir has been dead for a few weeks now actually (bankruptcy). And it turned out that there never was a deal with Ozark. That was all BS.

It's too bad that Columbia lost their service. I wonder how well it was doing?

The article says "Ozark will shortly begin flying its two jets from Oklahoma City and Tulsa to other regional cities." I take that as meaning that Ozark's current operations are going to stop.

Good thing they are keeping the Ozark name though.


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