For those of you who still care about train-wreck-waiting-to-happen JetAmerica, The Airline Blog has posted an interview with the airline’s PR guy. It’s worth a read simply for the cluelessness contained therein. For example:
(On comparing JetAmerica to Allegiant): “In terms of analogies, you’re comparing apples to oranges. We’re running 737s and they’re running MD80s. Totally different animal.” (Right, that’s the only difference).
“Ryanair is the most successful airline in the world. The reason that is is because they’re using Boeing 737 jets; they’re not using 747s, for example.”
“I have seen consultants make forecasts that say that we have a good shot because we’re a start-up and we’re coming in at a time when there are a lot of cutbacks.”
“We’re not as heavily financed as jetBlue.”
“I point to somebody like Allegiant that’s running MD-80s… some of these aircraft are twenty years old. Granted, Allegiant is the most profitable airline in the US right now, but who wants to ride on those planes? Maybe the leisure traveler who’s willing to get from point A to point B on a Greyhound bus. We’re not a Greyhound bus, we’re an a-la-carte carrier,”
(Thanks, Tom, for the heads up…)