Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Out and About

We don't have good access to the internet this week, so the posts are likely to be sparse. We've certainly taken notice of Hooters' negative signals. We also hear that this report that we referenced in this post seems to overstate the chances of Hooters' growth of its "network" (in quotes because it really isn't a network, is it?).

14 Comments:

At 6:43 AM, Anonymous Tucano Bandeirante said...

Please! Once the novelty wore off I was surprised that Hooters has even lasted as long as it has. Best way to check the health of a start-up? Call the airports they serve and one, see if the bills are being paid and two, check the boarding figures at said airport. This can be checked long before the airline starts announcing cuts in the cities served.

Hooters has two problems -- one, it doesn't have enough critical mass to serve all the cities that passengers want. Two, as long as the legacy and more successful (and larger) LCCs are out there (along with their massive frequent-flyer programs), people are less likely to fly on Hooters.

I mean, look at their route map - http://www.hootersair.com/destinations/route_map/.

No offense to these cities, but these aren't exactly destinations that people are clamouring to visit. Let's see how they're doing by the end of 2006...

 
At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooters Air will be gone by April 2006.

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any guesses on who's purchasing them???

 
At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

theres alot of potential bidders, from Airborne Express, to John Travolta. BTW....noone wants hooters air they want PACE airlines.

 
At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about that new start up out of Rockford?

Don't they need a cert?

 
At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like i said anything is possible at this point. Everything is kept top secret with this company, we have been waiting for the big annoucement for weeks now. The only guess we have is Team Jet. They are the only ones that we think is buying PACE. But who knows, we even herd Aviation Advantage, HEHE .....everything is all rumer.

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Emerging Airlines said...

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At 10:41 AM, Blogger Emerging Airlines said...

Above deleltion due to my spelling typo...

If Hooters corporate wants them to survive, then they will survive. Assuming that is the case, our take is that they are most likely to be transformed to serve the new Hooters hotel.

 
At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here the catch, The Hoters casino isnt owned by Robert Brooks, it is owned by the 6 original guys that started the restaurant chain. R. Brooks owns PACE airlines Inc., which he is selling, he owns Naturaly Fresh Inc., Hooters Air LLC., the Hooters TM(such as the Owl, colors, etc.), He owns alot of restuarants, excluding the ones owned by the 6 orginal owners. But he has nothing to do with the Casino. However once PACE is sold, we will go back to what we do best which is Charters. Thats were the money is at anyways. Mr. Brooks didnt want to listen when the PACE folks in INT was telling him to do more charters.

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger Emerging Airlines said...

Great comment...

It sounds like you are saying he is absolutely intent on selling. We did not hear that. Does Brooks have a suitable buyer? If no, then what?

We are under the impression that the relationship is sound and that those behind Hooters Casino would try to work with Pace/Hooters to get the lift to the hotel. It would require (presumably) a similar type of transaction that it did to get Brooks behind using the logo on the hotel, would it not?

 
At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right now, the only suitable buyer is TeamJet. Brooks is such a prick he knows what he has in his possesion and he is just waiting for the right bidder. PACE airlines has there own heavy maintence HDQ in INT(Winston-Salem, NC), we have ETOPS , and we just Received Operational Certification to Begin 145 Repair Station Contracting. These are the valuble aspects of the airline that he know people will pay for rather than start from scrach.
Mr.Brooks has been a bad owner from since day 1. PACE airlines has lost alot of contracts just because of HOOTERS. At one point PACE airlines post a profit on only adhoc charters and Hooters Air post a negative. But yet, no matter what you tell Brooks, he does not care, he then wanted everything to become Hooters Air, and went crazy with everything, to the point were his own son who is head of Hooters Of America denied any loans to the airline. Bills started to rack up, and the next thing you know, planes started to get repoed because Brooks didnt pay the bills. Or should i say refused to pay the bills. He basically ran the company into the ground. Talk about EGO!!!!! I guess this will be a great tax write off I assume. In 1 week PACE lost 5 airplane including our only ETOPS 757. What a Shame. All of the Employees at PACE are praying for a purchase but still no news. He still owns us. As of today, Hooters Air last flight will be April 16,2006. That can change tomarrow. HEHE. Until then we just have to stick around and take it day by day.

POTENTIAL BUYERS for PACE not H1
1. TEAM JETS
2. Airborne Express Air
3. Aviation Advantage
4. ANYBODY hehe WHO knows, the company doesnt tell us anything, the first three are just the rumers that we know. thats it.

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger Emerging Airlines said...

The sharp changes in direction over the last 6 months have been startling. It's unfortunate that the people of Pace have to endure the negative consequnces of that lack of focus.

Best of luck to you as the company goes through these changes.

 
At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in the Rockford, IL area.
Hooters Air did relatively well at RFD and even expanded service while they were here. When United Express announced in November that they would commence service to Denver (which Hooters Air was also serving) Hooters threw a fit and announced they would pull out. Reason: RFD secured a govt grant to be used toward securing and marketing the United service to DEN. I am told that the quality of Hooters service declined sharpely in the last few months here and numberous flights were cancelled.

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems that Pace was sold today.

 

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