There were actually two different Skybuses befere the current carrier came into existence.
Skybus Mk I is the Skybus you see in the photo. According to the book "Airlines Remembered" by B I Hengi, their plan was to start service out of FTY
, but the NIMBYs killed the plans. So they bought the operating certificate of defunct Frontier Horizon Airlines in 1985 (a Frontier Mk I subsidiary that didn't last) and moved their HQ
(the old Stapleton). As mentioned, they were a charter carrier, flying B737s, DC-9s, and B727s. They ceased operations in November 1986.
There was also a Skybus Mk II
, started in September 1992. Tom M. Norwood's "Deregulation Knockouts: Round Two" said that this Skybus was initially a public charter based out of FLL
, flying FLL
. Other cities such as MDW
, and LAX
were later added. Most of the flights were operated by Private Jet or Express One. The plan was to go scheduled, and they tried to buy the operating certificates of Braniff Mk III and Key Airways to no avail... they even hired 85 pilots who had to spend $10,000 for training (no classes were ever held). Charters ended in late June 1993.
So, the current CMH
-based Skybus is actually Skybus Mk III. Let's hope that the third time's the charm...
B721/722/731/732/733/735/73G/738/739/742/752/753/762/763, A300/319/320, DC-9/10, MD-82/83/88/90, ERJ-140/145, CRJ-200/700, Q200, SF340, AS350