1 JUNE 2009
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JET AMERICA is a new airline about to make its first flight in spite of the severe economic situation. On 13 July it will begin services from Toledo (Ohio) to Newark (New Jersey) and Melbourne (Florida) with Minneapolis-St Paul (Minnesota) added the next day. The airline says that it will charge 50%-70% less than the major carriers. As a promotion it is offering up to nine seats per flight available at a USD9 fare. The airline is to operate 189-seat single class Boeing 737-800s. A beverage and meal service and audio and video entertainment are all purchasable on board. CEO is John Weikle whose previous airline venture, SkyBus, ceased operations in April 2008, after less than one year in business. SkyBus offered ten USD10 one-way tickets per flight. Jet America was originally scheduled to take off on 1 June, but under a different name, Air Azul. The name was changed earlier this month, citing internal changes. www.jetamerica.com
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