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Airline Closures (3 in a week!)

Wow. Well, I guess there is a lot to write about over the past few days…  I have just read from varying sources that there have been a few airline closures accross the pond. 

Aloha Airlines was the first victim of the week on March 31st, stating on their website that:

Unfortunately, unfair competition has succeeded in driving us out of business, bringing to an end a 61-year-old company with a proud legacy of serving millions of travelers in the true spirit of Aloha. We realize that this comes as a devastating disappointment to our frequent flyers and our loyal business partners who have supported this company for many, many years

ATA is the second victim on April 2nd, stating on their website that:

After filing for Chapter 11 on April 2, 2008 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis, IN, ATA Airlines has discontinued all operations and cancelled all current and future flights. Following the loss of a key contract for our military charter business, it became impossible for ATA to continue operations. Unfortunately, we were not in a position to provide our customers or others with advance notice.

Skybus was the third of the week on April 5th, stating on their website that:

Skybus struggled to overcome the combination of rising jet fuel costs and a slowing economic environment. These two issues proved to be insurmountable for a new carrier.

We deeply regret the impact this decision will have on our employees and their families, customers, vendors, suppliers, airport officials and others in the cities in which we have operated. Our financial condition is such that our Board of Directors felt it had no choice but to cease operations.

The Aloha and Skybus closures in particular are worrying as Aviation fuel costs and ever more aggressively priced competition (in their case, most likely go!) are threatening issues for all airlines; though I understand that poor management decisions and route planning were also a factor for the latter of the closures. 

I cant really add much more in the way of a comment to this news, except that if you were connected to any of these airlines, I offer you my condolences and wish you the very best of luck for a more stable future.


2 Responses to “Airline Closures (3 in a week!)”

  1. As far as skybus goes.. their business model was so flawed from the beginning, it’s rather amazing they made it as long as they did. Sorta along the lines of Hooter’s Air if you recall… I too amm sorry for the families affected, however, I can’t imagine it was a great company to work for anyways.

  2. Haha! I just Googled Hooter’s Air. I can’t believe I never even knew it existed!!!!!! Yes, cant imagine why that failed…! I heard that the route planning was dire for Skybus, you know, competing routes with start and stop points that made it faster and more convenient to drive than fly!

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