Two LCCs, Low Cost Carriers are in the works. Each using a familiar name – PeoplExpress and Pan American. Are Western New York leaders pursuing either? Each are planning on entering service within the next 12 months.
Three days ago Global Travel Industry News reported:
Pan American Airways has entered into an operational agreement with a premiere consultancy boutique, that will provide comprehensive in-depth services to complete a formal reintegration plan for the Pan American brand into many LCC and Charter markets as a provider of US Part 121 scheduled services, with a projected point of entry taking place in late Q4 of 2013 through late Q1 of 2014
Pan American is currently active in pursuing hub locations throughout various southern tier states, and will release decisions through upcoming media press statements in future content
according to Pan American Airways Global USA’s Facebook page it is ” based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is an airline holding company that owns the brands of Pan American Air, Pan Am Airways, Pan American Global Airways, Pan Am 21, Blue Sky Airlines, Pan Air, and Clipper Cargo Air Freight.”
The new PeoplExpress Airlines ia based in Newport News, VA and has already announced it first destination airports:
Five days ago the Pittsburgh Business Journal reported
PEOPLExpress, the discount airline that wants to fly to Pittsburgh and a handful of other cities, said it’s one step closer to starting.
The Virginia-based airline said over the weekend on its Facebook page it had a “firm purchase agreement to acquire an existing certificated airline that will serve as a solid foundation for the launch of our scheduled model.”
Mike Morisi, president of PEOPLExpress, said in the post that he expected to be able to announce the acquisition “over the coming weeks” but didn’t offer any more details.
As mentioned in the Business Journal Pittsburgh is one of the startup cities along with Newport News VA, Providence RI, and West Palm Beach FL. Pittsburgh is also promoting itself as a future hub.
PeoplExpress plans to get in the air through the purchase of a yet unnamed charter airline. This would give it FAA flight certification.
At the moment I am awaiting a response from PeoplExpress if anyone locally has been in touch with it about service to Buffalo-Niagara or Niagara Falls International Airports.
Note: (4/28/13) – Mr. Morisi has responded to my inquiry. He says “…we have talked with them and will be looking at opportunities for those markets later this summer as we structure our route plan. Thank you for your interest.”