Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Primaris Still Around But...

It's old news now, but Primaris has canceled its Boeing order. Any startup that allocates the significant resources that it takes to deal with Boeing and Airbus to the point of placing an order before raising its capital does not understand how to build an airline (not to mention that they tried to get publicity to create "buzz" in an attempt to raise capital...there is nothing more lame than that). The signs are not good and we are not at all fond of the business plan, but we wish them luck.


At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Primaris founder Mark G. Morris was behind the Air One that failed in the mid 80's.

At 3:34 PM, Blogger jeff fonner said...

air one actually was a pretty good company overall and had a good healthy route system.....that fuel thirsty 727 aircraft which wasnt great but they had a good concept

At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Tucano Bandeirante said...

Here's an update on our friends at Festival Airlines.

Airport to announce international service at Friday event

By Heath Hixson

ROCKFORD — Chicago/Rockford International Airport officials have scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. Friday at the airport to discuss “international air service.”

They would not comment beyond a one-sentence statement released to the public Wednesday afternoon.

But recent announcements seem to indicate the news conference could involve startup carrier Festival Airlines. Officials from the airline announced in March that they planned to start service this year from Rockford to several leisure destinations, including international vacation spots in Mexico and the Caribbean.

At the time, Festival Airlines executives said that the airline would base its headquarters in Chicago, its back-office operations in Rockford and its maintenance facilities in Pensacola, Fla. Calls and e-mails to the airline Wednesday were not immediately returned.

Adding to the notion that Friday’s event could involve Festival is a June announcement by the airport wherein airport Executive Director Bob O’Brien said, “Festival is gearing up to announce the first round of destinations sometime in early July.”

O’Brien is later quoted in the release as saying, “Some destinations will be year round, others will be seasonal based on popular travel periods.” The statement came after more than 5,000 people completed a survey for Festival Airlines that asked which destinations they most desired.

Chicago/Rockford International Airport officials also have placed an item on the airport’s Web site, www.flyrfd.com, that states the airline’s initial destinations would be “announced soon.”

Some of the potential destinations listed on the Festival survey sent by e-mail to members of the airport’s MilesAhead customer program included domestic vacation spots in Florida, Arizona and California, as well as Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.

Festival executives said in March that their goal was to initially fly to several destinations from Rockford and price round-trip flights from $150 to $350. Backers of the privately funded startup are expected to invest at least $140 million over three phases in the coming years to get the airline off the ground, Festival Airlines Chairman and CEO Carl George said at the time.

Festival officials also said they expected to add 100 aviation office-type positions at its operations base in Rockford over the next few years.

Chicago/Rockford currently features commercial passenger service from Rockford to Denver, Las Vegas and Orlando. Seasonal service to Cancun is also offered.

Staff writer Heath Hixson may be reached at 815-987-1343 or hhixson@rrstar.com.

At 9:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rockford blogger. The announcement yesterday was that Apple Vacations is expanding the number of flights it is offering to Cancun Mexico this fall and winter. Flights will commence in November rather than February. I believe I am correct in saying that the number of total available seats this winter to Cancun will triple from last years level.

Festival is still planning to announce their destinations and plans in the near future according to reports. Phoenix appears to be at or near the top of this list.

One of the local TV stations also reported that a meeting is to be held later this month with United regarding an additional (third) daily flight to Denver and the initiation of twice daily flights to Washington Dulles. Additionally, international flights to London & Paris are being worked on (maybe in the form of charters ?)

It is also has been reported previously than RFD is actively courting JetBlue and I am sure has talked to others including AirTran as well


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