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Wandering Aramean
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February 14, 2012 2:26 am  

Apparently there is someone out there convinced that they have the next brilliant idea: Take an out of the way airport, gas-guzzling planes and a questionable employee role definition policy and make a new airline out of the deal. What is even more ironic is that the COO is a guy who was around in the original PEOPLExpress days, so he knows that the end result is a company that couldn't make a go of it. Of course the old version was the originator of unbundling and fees, while the new one promises to avoid them in most cases.

There's also the part where they only expect to fly 12 departures from Newport News - their hub - daily at launch, scaling up to 25 in a few years. And they're buying 737-400s, the least fuel-efficient of the 737 product line. They're jamming 158 seats inside, leaving passengers with a soul- and knee-crushing 28.5" pitch on average and requiring a 4th FA to meet FAA staffing minimums.

It is almost hard to believe that they are serious. But apparently they really are.

Read more:
http://boardingarea.com/blogs/thewanderingaramean/2012/02/peoplexpress-to-make-a-comeback/
http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/post/2012/02/peoplexpress--to-be-revived/627058/1

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HaveMilesWillTravel
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February 14, 2012 2:46 am  

Well, "their" website is already taken. http://peoplexpress.com/

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February 14, 2012 2:55 am  

To answer the questioning the thread title: I never flew them before and I certainly do not plan to do so now, if their reincarnation gets off the ground, pun intended.

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Wandering Aramean
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February 14, 2012 2:56 am  

HaveMilesWillTravel, post: 1205738 wrote: Well, "their" website is already taken. http://peoplexpress.com/

Indeed.

The airline is running from www.flypex.com.

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February 14, 2012 3:15 am  

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/low-cost-airline-familiar-name-222655442.html

Morisi said a CEO has been selected, but won't be publicly named until April because that person is a former CEO for another airline.

Anyone taking bets that it's Glenn Tilton? 😉 Maybe he didn't want to torpedo the launch by associating it with Glenn... yet.


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February 14, 2012 3:17 am  

HaveMilesWillTravel, post: 1205738 wrote: Well, "their" website is already taken. http://peoplexpress.com/

This sounds suspiciously like the company that ran the SF Bay van shuttle airport service that later became SuperShuttle.

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February 14, 2012 3:19 am  

unavaca, post: 1205818 wrote: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/low-cost-airline-familiar-name-222655442.html

Anyone taking bets that it's Glenn Tilton? 😉 Maybe he didn't want to torpedo the launch by associating it with Glenn... yet.

There are a number of former airline CEOs who are not currently gainfully employed.

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February 14, 2012 3:58 am  

I flew them a few times...

They lost my bag in 1983 on their BUF-EWR service ... I'm still waiting for it to be delivered to my house... 😉

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HaveMilesWillTravel
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February 14, 2012 4:18 am  

NYBanker, post: 1205927 wrote: I flew them a few times...

They lost my bag in 1983 on their BUF-EWR service ... I'm still waiting for it to be delivered to my house... 😉

Maybe contact them here: http://www.flypex.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=pubDsp.dspContact

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February 14, 2012 9:08 am  

wasnt this airport 1 of the ones that FL flew into but WN is CXing?

I can understand why someone may try to start up a carrier based out of there


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February 14, 2012 9:28 am  

Wandering Aramean, post: 1205653 wrote: They're jamming 158 seats inside, leaving passengers with a soul- and knee-crushing 28.5" pitch on average and requiring a 4th FA to meet FAA staffing minimums.

"Our goal is to make flying fun again," PEOPLExpress COO Mike Morisi

Something is not really adding up there 🙂

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February 14, 2012 10:04 am  

SirRagnar, post: 1206220 wrote: Something is not really adding up there 🙂

Fun...for amputees...

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Wandering Aramean
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February 14, 2012 12:10 pm  

craz, post: 1206212 wrote: wasnt this airport 1 of the ones that FL flew into but WN is CXing?

I can understand why someone may try to start up a carrier based out of there

Yes, it is one of the airports FL/WN is dropping, but I'm not so convinced that's enough to build an airline hubbed there from.

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February 14, 2012 3:16 pm  

My knee needs hammering. Alas, I can't find a decently priced positioning flight to Newport News. 😉


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February 14, 2012 3:28 pm  

Wandering Aramean, post: 1205653 wrote: Apparently there is someone out there convinced that they have the next brilliant idea: Take an out of the way airport, gas-guzzling planes and a questionable employee role definition policy and make a new airline out of the deal.

I suppose this isn't that far from Allegiant's business model? They fly MD-80s between secondary airports. Though, they seem to be able to make it work by targeting leisure travelers with travel packages and O&D routes, as opposed to a hub-spoke model.


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