Sunday, March 05, 2006

Rockford, Ryan International, and Festival Airlines

We haven't heard anything to substantiate this connection, but we find it very interesting that that those who bought Ryan International in 2004 year are based in Rockford and have 757s.

The fact that Festival Airlines has:
1. indicated that they may be using another carrier's certificate (such as Ryan) to start flying before they attain a certificate on their own
2. said that they are using Rockford as their initial base
3. said that they are planning to use 757s

...seems to be a bit more than a coincidence to us.

By the way...
Ryan International is not the Ryan Air of Ireland. They are based in Wichita, KS and are a charter/contract flyer that usually works with travel companies that market their flights under a brand name and use Ryan International on a wet lease basis or use Ryan for operations that an established or even new carrier doesn't have the ability to fly. An example of the former would be Funjet Vacations. They sell vacation packages to customers and instead of using the traditional airlines as the air portion of the vacation package, they often decide to work with Ryan International who will generally have more scheduling flexibility and be more cost effective. An example of the latter is Ryan's deal with AirTran. Air Tran wanted to fly longer-haul while waiting for the delivery of their new 737 aircraft. Ryan international flew those routes on A320s for Air Tran during that period. That is why if you flew on a longer haul Air Tran flight in 2003 it read on the schedule that the flight was being operated by Ryan International d/b/a Air Tran. When they started taking delivery of the new aircraft the contract with Ryan expired soon thereafter and Air Tran began flying the 737s on their own.

(edited for correction regarding the aircraft type Ryan used to serve the routes for Air Tran)


At 7:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir it was the A320 that Ryan used for FL until they got their 737-700. I like your blog but check your facts.

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Emerging Airlines said...

We haven't gotten many comments, so we were just testing whether anyone was reading / paying attention.

Just kidding....we goofed. The correction has been made. Thanks for the heads-up.

At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word out of these guys lately?

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard that Ryan International has greatly reduced its flying for one of its major tour wholesalers has anyone heard this rumor?


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