Friday, April 04, 2008

In Case Of Failure, Your $10 Seat Can Be Used As A Floatation Device

My father is a genius. Just the other night he said, "I don't think SkyBus is going to make it."

He was right. This evening, the following text is the only thing found on SkyBus.com

Skybus Airlines will cease all operations effective Saturday, April 5.

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.

Passengers holding reservations for Skybus flights scheduled to depart on or after Saturday, April 5, 2008 should contact their credit card companies to arrange to apply for a refund. More information for customers and others will be made available on the Skybus web site (www.skybus.com) as it becomes available.

All flights for Friday, April 4 will be completed. Passengers holding reservations on flights for Friday, April 4 should check in for their flight at a Skybus kiosk at the airport instead of the Skybus website.
There is something ironic about an air company like Net Jets that caters to millionaires expanding, and an affordable airline for the rest of us failing. Sign if the times I suppose.

5 comments:

Brian said...
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Brian said...

Dam, we had tickets for a family reunion in New England this May, which cost only $89. I flew on SkyBus all this winter and was very happy with the airline. Dam!

"The Father" said...

The odds are against start-up airlines in the best of times. With the current economy and fuel prices they just don't really stand a chance. Too bad as they did offer some pretty cheap transportation.

BTW Brian - a Dam is a thing that holds back water, if you are upset it is "Damn"!

Ben said...

I never flew it, but those that did that I know always had good things to say.

Anthony said...

So the company flew places people wanted to go, had good prices and provided good service. How did they ever think they'd survive?

...laughing