Friday, April 14, 2006

Festival Airlines Looking at Mesa

Embedded in this article about Vision Air's inaugural flight is a quote from the Mesa COC saying prelim discussions with Festival have begun about flights to Rockford and Pensacola.

By the way, there are still no filings about Festival in the dockets.

22 Comments:

At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was waiting for this little nugget to show up here. I love how these guys have kept this thing so far under the radar, that nobody even mentions them. I had the priveledge of catching the presentation in Rockford, and think these guys really do have a good concept. I would be curious to see how much financing is really behind this thing, because after all, that will ultimately be the driving force. I think they are to announce their routes at the end of April, so I wouldn't expect any announcements within the next two weeks.

If anybody has uncovered any of their inner secrets, I'd love to hear more about them. Very tight lipped group indeed!

 
At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Tucano Bandeirante said...

If I had a dime for every start-up airline presentation I've seen in the last 10 years, I could stay at home and watch "The Jerry Springer Show" all day.

My grandmother could throw together a PowerPoint presentation together on starting an airline and probably could sucker some communities into giving her money.

I don't even bother considering startups anymore until they have at least gotten their DOT fitness certificate. it doesn't guarantee that they will actually take to the skies, but it shows they are more serious than those who put up crappy web sites -- like CQ Air -- and make all kinds of ridiculous claims.

 
At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree on your startup philosophy, but there are exceptions.

I'd like to see the business plan in greater detail, and also would like to see the financial picture. I like the management team thus far, as each person brings a wealth of experience in his niche.

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger Ytown Fan said...

Would anyone here at the Emerging Airlines Monitor know of either Festival or Skybus considering Akron [CAK] or Youngstown [YNG] as a city on their list of destinations?

Akron has said there is a slim shot of bringing a new carrier in this year considering the new terminal in reality has only 4 jetway gates, as they plan on demolishing their entire OLD Terminal.

Akron's Krum said of YNG, for them to grow like CAK, they need a low cost carrier not present in the region, and I believe those 2 could very well fit nicely at YNG and compete with AirTran and Southwest..

And also any news on TBI Management coming to YNG?

 
At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the idea of either of these going into CAK, but I would lean more towards Festival. If in fact they operate as a vacation airline, it would be a nice spill-over from the larger airports (CAL dominated.)

I have not seen a proposed route map, but with the expanse I read in the paper(35 cities I believe), they are destined to hit one of the smaller Ohio airports, and Akrn should fit nicely into this plan.

I read somewhere Akron was one of the fastest growing areas in Ohio, this certainly bodes well for future air carriers.

 
At 11:20 PM, Blogger Ytown Fan said...

Growing Areas, I don't really think so, Growing Airports, YES.

Any Hope for YNG?

 
At 5:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

uh.....no

 
At 9:47 AM, Blogger Ytown Fan said...

Well we will see. Allegiant, this summer, is one of Allegiant's highest booking markets..

YNG needs SkyBus or Festival to compete with AirTran at CAK.

 
At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does need help. Unfortunately, neither has a filing yet.

 
At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Tucano Bandeirante said...

Sorry, but SkyBus and Festival will NOT be what YNG needs to compete with CAK. YNG needs a better location and CAK's ability to be innovative and creative in getting airlines to come in with CLE only 30 miles away. But hope springs eternal for YNG...

 
At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think either will look at YNG. I think CAK will be an interesting fit for an outfit like Festival, but CMH works a little better for Skybus in my opinion.

It will be interesting to see how these two progress.

 
At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any idea of when a filing may occur?

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger Ytown Fan said...

SkyBus... Will it go to Port Columbus or Rickenbacker....

That question alone makes me wonder about this carrier.

 
At 2:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys, i herd Ryan Air Internations is planning on hiring 80 F/A's for a RFD base. I wonder if this is for FESTIVAL airlines.

 
At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting!

I think Ryan and Festival will make a good fit to start. Perhaps a buyout is in the works, and thus they aren't faced with the time constraints of a new filing?

 
At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

80 seems like a lot for a few flight a week!

I guess it will depend on their potential schedule.

 
At 8:59 AM, Blogger Emerging Airlines said...

See our post about Ryan and Festival in the archives.

http://emergingairlines.blogspot.com/2006/03/rockford-ryan-international-and.html

 
At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was report in March that Ryan International had offered relocation packages to its Wichita employees to relocate to Rockford.
Both the Wichita and Rockford media reported this though there has been no official announcement to my knowledge. I would agree that Ryan and Festival could fit well together but no indication of any kind right now of any sort of buyout, merger, etc.

 
At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't forsee a merger or buyout between Festival and Ryan, but think Festival is pursuing an existing certficate (Pace?)

Any info on when the F/A's are to be trained, and more importantly, on what equipment?

 
At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday's Rockford Register Star (4/23/06) had a classified ad for Ryan International Airlines. They are looking for flight attendants for their Rockford Illinois operation as described in their ad.
They have two informational sessions scheduled this week and limiting seating to the first 100 applicants.

Kudos to the earlier blog. That person was correct about this.

One other possibility not mentioned previously would be the restart of Ryan Int'l's public charter airline (Sunship1 Airlines). No indication of that but at the same time, no one, including Rockford airport officials has even stated that Sunship1 was done and would not come back at a later date.

 
At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a recent write-up about Festival execs in talks with Niagra Falls tourism board.

Interesting destination choice!

I'm not really sure how big that market is, but interesting nonetheless.

 
At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A survey just went out with I believe 16 possible destinations to be served out of RFD. The top 7 will be announced soon.

 

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