May 27, 2009
JetAmerica to launch modestly in July
Chicago's latest airline JetAmerica says its modest business plan involved low fares and a focus on avoiding the competition.
The first nine customers for JetAmerica flights will be offered a super-low fare of $9 per seat, while the standard fare will hover around $199, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.
Our goal is to stay away from the competition, said founder John Weikle, who was involved with low cost carrier Skybus, which went under in May last year after less than a year in business.
Aviation industry researcher Vaughn Cordle said the airline's timing
is actually pretty good, but the airline's size would work against it.
Unfortunately, airlines serving those small markets very rarely make it. He will not get economies of scale or scope, Cordle said.