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What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:22 am

I was wondering which are some of the shortest lived airlines?

Legend is the first one that comes to mind, which only flew for a few months during 2000.

The 3rd (I think) incarnation of National Airlines out of LAS also didn't last very long.

Alianza Summa only lasted a couple of years, although two of it's member airlines, AV & MM, still fly and are in a better position now.

What are other examples of short lived airlines?

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:55 am

Legend operated flights from April 5, 2000 until December 2, 2000.
National mk.3 operated flights from May 27, 1999 until November 6, 2002


Quite a few startups in the early years of Deregulation and also during the 1990s lasted a matter of months.
 
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:59 am

Independance Air has to be up there.
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:06 am

How about Virgin America? It cannot even seem to get off the ground.  Yeah sure

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:09 am

Start doing your homework folks...those are nice, short-lived, but my money goes on Jet US...MD-81 service that operated no more than a handful of flights on a DTW-EWR schedule.
Planes were operated by N818SJ IIRC, prior to the planes running for Sun Jet International.

Timeframe of this was spring 1994.

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:10 am

Palau Micronesia Air Operated for about 1 month or so to Guam, and 2 months Palau to Manila, Yap, Pohnpei and Darwin...
 
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:18 am

This is a somewhat pointless thread because there are literally dozens of airlines every year that never get past the proving runs stage, or in many cases never exist beyond some paperwork and a mailing address. Check out the cancellation pages of the JP Fleets index some time.

But here's one: Jet Train! They were a short-lived DC-9 operator based, I think, out of DTW in the mid-1990s.


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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:20 am

Swiss World Airways: 10. September 1998 - 02. December 1998, flew a 767 from GVA to EWR
 
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:49 am

Quoting Aviateur (Reply 6):
This is a somewhat pointless thread because there are literally dozens of airlines every year that never get past the proving runs stage, or in many cases never exist beyond some paperwork and a mailing address. Check out the cancellation pages of the JP Fleets index some time.

But here's one: Jet Train! They were a short-lived DC-9 operator based, I think, out of DTW in the mid-1990s.


PS

Ok, I guess the title is misleading in that sense. So...

What are the shortest lived airlines that actually took off?

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:55 am

Roots air from Canada I think only lasted 28 days or something like that
Also VG Airlines from Belgium, about 2 months??
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:59 am

Jet Train (originally called, and painted as Air Train) was based out of PIT, flew to EWR, MCO. One DC-9-31, N8927E. Timeframe: 1996

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:02 am

All-biz OZjet operated only from 11/2005-02/2006 (thereabouts), MEL-SYD. There were even talks of expanding to PER ad BNE soon after the launch. They still do some charters, but that could hardly be considered an airline.
 
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:04 am

Quote:
Roots air from Canada I think only lasted 28 days or something like that
Also VG Airlines from Belgium, about 2 months??

VG is VLM, which is still going strong and one of the most healthy Regional airlines in Europe  Smile
 
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Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:09 am

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When researching this picture I found somewhere this Yak was previously owned by an airline from Moldovia, 'Air Wings', which apparently undertook one flight before being closed down. That information is no longer online, however. Maybe someone knows more.

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:18 am

Quoting MauriceB (Reply 12):
Also VG Airlines from Belgium, about 2 months??

VG is VLM, which is still going strong and one of the most healthy Regional airlines in Europe

There was actually a VG Airlines in Belgium which started with 3 A-330s to the USA. They were renamed Delsey in the process.
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. They flew in 2002 and their bad business plan, weird boss and ultimate failure was discussed a lot here and on belgian TV.
There are also loads of airlines which only flew a few days before running into problems. In Ireland there was Jetgreen with operated with a leased 757 from 1 to 12 May 2004, maybe only making a few flights.
Trans Caribbean Airways wanted to fly the CVR-990 from Ostend to Surinam in may 1990, pax boarded the first flight and I believe they took off but had to return due to landing rights not fixed, and they never flew again.
I read more about an airline flying only 1 or 2 revenue flights before getting into trouble but obviously these names didn't stick in our memories.
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:21 am

Air Turquoise

A Reims (Champagne) based airline that ran for just one day (maybe a little more!) on July 18 this year before going into liquidation!

http://www.airturquoise.com/page-home-us.html

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:26 am

Quoting Luisca (Reply 9):
Roots air from Canada I think only lasted 28 days or something like that
Also VG Airlines from Belgium, about 2 months??

Yeah, I think Roots Air may have possibly been the shortest lived airline at 41 days.

Can anyone confirm this?

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:42 am

Quoting Carduelis (Reply 15):
Air Turquoise

A Reims (Champagne) based airline that ran for just one day (maybe a little more!) on July 18 this year before going into liquidation!

Hi,

That's not entirely correct I think. In late June Air Turqoise moved its operation from Reims-Champagne to the hopeless airport of Chalons-Vatry, where I took this picture.

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I got the impression that they did operate for some time from Reims, though I'm not entirely sure. Also don't know if any flights were actually made from Vatry - maybe on July 18?
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:04 am

Can anyone remember Air Manchester? I think they were part of the Sureways group. They opearted charterflights using a BAC1-11.

I was always under the impression that they only operated 2 or 3 flights. One flight had only 5 pax onboard.

How long did they last? a few days I would say!

Does anyone have any more information on Air Manchester?

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:07 am

Must be OzJet

McClain back in the 1980s, Ultrair 1980s, Braniff 3 in 1992.

Accessair was about 1year
 
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:16 am

I remember in the 90s there was an airline that catered to smokers only. I think they actually flew a few flights. I don't remember their name or where they flew, but I rememeber reading about them in the newspaper. Does anyone remember them, they couldn't have lasted long.
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:22 am

How about Pride Air a 727 operator based in MSY back in the 80s. I think it was formed by ex-Braniff employees. I actually still have a timetable!  Smile Believe they only lasted a few months. Had a cool logo!
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:56 am

Quoting Globalflyer (Reply 21):
I think it was formed by ex-Braniff employees

Continental employees.
The name "Pride" was a takeoff of the former Continental slogan, "The Proud Bird with a Golden Tail".

Others off the top my head:

Frontier Horizon..
Air Atlanta..
Duo..
Mesa (FTW)
AirOne (STL)
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:06 pm

Quoting Stirling (Reply 22):
and Sierra *something* based out of OAK.

Sierra Expressway, with J31s from OAK,ACV, SMF,MRY,TVL,MFR, and maybe RDD ,also.
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:40 pm

I recall Win Airlines from Long Beach to Oakland had a short life span; also, Community Air out of Stockton, CA.
 
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 1:59 pm

What about VistaJet which operated in Eastern Canada for like 3 weeks..or Greyhound Air which operated for a short period as well...
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 2:13 pm

May be not the winner, but there was a PRESIDENTIAL AIR based at IAD in the 80s.
They had less than one term.
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 2:24 pm

This certainly wasn't the shortest, but Air South started in August 22, 1994 and ended August 28, 1997. Poorly run airline out of South Carolina.
 
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 2:51 pm

Back in 2005 a man tried to start up an airline that was pure luxury. It didn't have any real economy the worst class was going to have a 2-4-2 across the 747. and in the nose of the airplane they were going to have a master suit with a bed and a whirl pool. It was also going to have showers onboard as well as in the cargo bay an area to put dogs and horses. it just seemed unreasonable. It was one guy putting it together (or so it seemed).

so that airline never even got its wheels off the ground.
the website isn't up anymore but heres the link to the thread about it on A.net: http://airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/2241132
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 3:28 pm

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 28):
d a whirl pool. It was also going to have showers onboard as well as in the cargo bay an area to put dogs and horse

some people do this just to collect investors money and then make a hit an run.

Whoever believes such a business plan should rather go to LAS, at least that would be more fun losing your money. A fire place on board of a plane, nice, but horses in the cargo bay which is 160 cm high, not even a pony would be really comfortable in there, that proves that this was a scam.

May be that guy just trys to start a smokers airline from DUS.
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:31 pm

Platinum Jet based at Calgary didn't live long in 2004.

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Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:45 pm

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:54 pm

In 1981 an airline called Travel Club New Zealand leased a Viscount to compete with Air New Zealand on NZ domestic flights - at that time NZ had a legal monopoly and all passengers were edeemd to be members of a 'club', and therefore not covered by the legislation. The Viscount flew its first passenger carrying sector AKL-WLG. While it was in the Air NZ obtained a court injuction to ground it, so the return leg was never flown and the Viscount returned to England.
 
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:08 pm

What about Primaris Airlines?

Then there is Skybus and Festival
 
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:40 pm

AlphaOne? I think they made one flight - nothing heard of since
 
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:46 pm

Quoting Bewley747 (Reply 18):
Does anyone have any more information on Air Manchester?

The operation was certainly short lived - they certainly had one 1-11 which was painted in their own c/s.
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I believe there was also another 1-11 that never entered service - can't remember the source of that aircraft (may be an ex Laker 1-11?)

Operational difficulties saw the original 1-11 leased to British Air Ferries (so BAF's first jet a/c), but even those ops were fairly short lived - I believe the aircraft was stored (or at least parked) at CWL at some stage.

A couple of my favourite short lived airlines...

Globe Mediterranean - formed to operate from MAN during summer 1991. The plan to acquire a 737 fell through so the airline subcharted Liberian 707s. The UK CAA didn't like this, and they had to cease operations after only a few days.

This is a bit vague, but there also an airline that operated a single flight from BRS to Florida using an Amercian registered 707.

There are literally dozens of airlines whose operation lasted from a few days to a few months before bad planning or bad management or bad luck (or some combination of the 3) took its toll...
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:53 pm

How about changing the thread's title to "airlines that flew no longer than 6 months in service".

One airline in mind is during the apartheid, a country that is only recognized by South Africa as independent is Transkei. In the 70s, this country acquired a CV990 jet and was actually delivered from Belgium to Bophutatswana complete with livery of Transkei International Airways. But just sat at the airport and did not take any revenue flights and then it became history.
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:17 pm

Quoting Bewley747 (Reply 18):
Can anyone remember Air Manchester? I think they were part of the Sureways group. They opearted charterflights using a BAC1-11.

I didn't think anyone else on here would have known about Air Manchester!
 
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:30 pm

Maybe not the shortest lived one ,but one of them:
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:22 pm

hi'now' airlines of luton, england never even got off the ground but the concept was there for a while and they had printed all of the safetycards and stuff ready for launch so they kind of count, other than that VG Airlines was the second on my list

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Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:04 pm

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:08 pm

Quoting COSPN (Reply 5):
Palau Micronesia Air Operated for about 1 month or so to Guam, and 2 months Palau to Manila, Yap, Pohnpei and Darwin...

I have to agree with you there. I know alot of people in PNI who had tickets with them and when they went belly up they never got a refund. Alot of people who managed to fly them to MNL got stuck there and had to pay for an Air Mike ticket back to PNI. The ones that couldn't afford one lost their jobs it was a real mess.

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Sat Sep 09, 2006 1:24 am

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
Alianza Summa only lasted a couple of years, although two of it's member airlines, AV & MM, still fly and are in a better position now

Well Alianza Summa was never an airline but just that, an Alliance between three airlines: AV, VX and MM. The alliance failed when VX declared bankruptcy and it was liquidated.

AV (and MM its parent company) was the major component of that alliance and as you correctly said, it is not only in good position now but it is also the second oldest commercial airline in the world (circa 1919) after KLM.
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Sat Sep 09, 2006 1:24 am

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Sat Sep 09, 2006 1:30 am

Quoting Snn2003 (Reply 43):
Boeing Air Transport

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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Sat Sep 09, 2006 1:57 am

Capital city air of Edmonton city centre airport (CYXD) didnt last long.Money was being made but a dispute between the owners lead to the company being shutdown....
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Sat Sep 09, 2006 2:02 am

Quoting Luisca (Reply 9):
Roots air from Canada I think only lasted 28 days or something like that

Only time I'm happy an airline goes down!

I chopse RootsAir as my fantasy airline name back in 2003 without even knowing a Roots air existed
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Sat Sep 09, 2006 4:03 am

There was an airline that operated out of Luton in the 50's I believe.

Its innaugural flight crashed and it ceased operations. One day.

Now I wish I could find the book that it was in to get the name of the airline.


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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Sat Sep 09, 2006 4:23 am

Independence doesn't count because it flew on the same certificate as ACA for almost 2 decades.
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RE: What's The Shortest Lived Airline?

Sat Sep 09, 2006 4:24 am

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 20):
I remember in the 90s there was an airline that catered to smokers only. I think they actually flew a few flights. I don't remember their name or where they flew, but I rememeber reading about them in the newspaper. Does anyone remember them, they couldn't have lasted long.

I think it was called Freedom Air. And it only had one flight -- with twice as many reporters on board than passengers. It's only flight was flown using a 727; however, a 1011 was originally planned but they had to down-size when they didn't get enough bookings and even not enough media expressed an interest to help fill a 1011.

Talk about a "stinky" idea!
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