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  1. Kerwin
    Kerwin 11 November 2012 at 2:35 pm |

    Just what the U.S. needs another scheduled service airline? Good grief!

  2. Steven
    Steven 11 November 2012 at 2:49 pm |

    So, what you’re really saying is the people behind this have a lot of money that they would otherwise just throw into a paper shredder or fireplace, but they’ve instead decided to blow it on an airline doomed to fail because that’s more fun.

  3. Runway1R
    Runway1R 11 November 2012 at 2:55 pm |

    At least the aircraft type somewhat fits the route profile. They could have chosen to fly an A320 or something crazy.

  4. Runway1R
    Runway1R 11 November 2012 at 3:03 pm |

    I give their operation a life expectancy of about 2 weeks. And that’s being generous. But it will be nice to see a new livery here while they do fly.

  5. colleen
    colleen 11 November 2012 at 4:52 pm |

    Perfect. It worked out so well for DirectAir….

  6. Stacey @VeryGoodPoints
    Stacey @VeryGoodPoints 11 November 2012 at 5:55 pm |

    I wonder what their uniforms will look like.

  7. colleen
    colleen 11 November 2012 at 6:11 pm |

    @Stacey – well, we can agree that the Hooters model didn’t work to carry an airline!!! LOL…

  8. RakSiam
    RakSiam 11 November 2012 at 7:06 pm |

    As some one who went to school in Melbourne and now lives in the DC area it kind of appeals to me. I haven’t been back there in like 20 years because there was no easy way to get there.

    Melbourne is home to some aerospace companies and FIT has a well-regarded flight program based at MLB. I could see some traffic between aerospace workers in the Dulles corridor and Melbourne.

    But if the target market is snowbirds I am not sure there are enough of them here. Or that MLB is a useful destination for very many of them. If you are making a connection anyway the US flights via CLT probably make more sense.

  9. Chris
    Chris 11 November 2012 at 7:39 pm |

    Probably trying to catch some of the defense contractor business too. Harris Corp, Patrick AFB and the (admittedly dying) space industry are all more easily served by MLB than MCO.

  10. Ryan
    Ryan 11 November 2012 at 9:29 pm |

    Wait let me check my calendar… hmmm, too soon for April Fool’s day pranks.. seriously, the Devil’s Chariot!? Wow, I think I’d rather just drive, or possibly hitch-hike. At least when forced to fly the CR2 on UA, etc. I’m earning miles for it. Hard to see the attraction with this. But good luck to them…they’ll need it.

  11. Runway1R
    Runway1R 11 November 2012 at 10:19 pm |

    @Rak you’re likely the only one that particular scenario applies to. And you make a good point. I think they have this whole idea all wrong when it comes to a target market. If they want snowbirds, they need to fly from somewhere like Ft Myers to more northern cities like those in New England.

  12. Oliver
    Oliver 12 November 2012 at 1:37 pm |

    @Rak — “I haven’t been back there in like 20 years because there was no easy way to get there”

    Really? Beachline from MCO to I-95, then go south. 64 miles. About 1 hr drive.

  13. RakSiam
    RakSiam 13 November 2012 at 7:48 pm |

    That would be the Beeline. :-)

    There are actually a lot of FIT alumni in the DC area. But not enough to make the airline profitable.

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  15. Joelfreak
    Joelfreak 18 November 2012 at 1:43 am |

    Base an airline in ISP or HPN. Fly DIRECT, on nicer planes to business and leisure markets. There is enough disposable income here in the NY suburbs that would pay 50-100 bucks more for a flight to NOT have to deal with JFK/LGA/EWR, parking, city traffic, etc…I’m not saying I would bankroll it, but it sounds like a better gamble than this. :-)

  16. Steve
    Steve 14 December 2012 at 8:44 pm |

    Don’t expect much from this airline. This is the same management team that ran short-lived Las Vegas-based charter Primaris Airlines. Remember their website and wetdreams: Coast-to-Coast and international First Class scheduled operations? First U.S. carrier to order the B787 Dreamliner, and 20 of them to boot! They ended up with a couple of B757s operating limited charter flights and wet-leasing a 757 to rag-tag Venezuelan carrier Santa Barbara Airlines.

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  18. Billy Bob
    Billy Bob 29 May 2013 at 10:44 am |

    Looks like they are up to something

  19. Cindy
    Cindy 22 August 2013 at 9:37 am |

    They are hiring Flight Attendants on Aug 28th,2013 with a class date of Sept.9th in Melbourne. Is it worth my time & energy to attend ?

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