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7JetSet7 Code: BLR
Status: Currently Not Operational
Country: USA
Employees 4000
Web: flyi.com
Email: info@flyi.com
Telephone: +1 (703) 650 6000
Fax: +1 (703) 650 6299

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BLR-2005 9 MTHS

Established and started operations in 1989. Scheduled, regional, passenger, jet airplane services.

45200 Business Court, Suite 100,
Dulles, Virginia, 20166, USA

USA (United States of America) was established in 1776, it covers an area of 9,363,123 sq km, its population is 280 million, its capital city is Washington DC, and its official language is English.

April 2003: 4,000 employees.

Subsidiary of Atlantic Coast Holdings.

Atlantic Coast Airlines (BLR) is a regional carrier operating as both United Express and Delta Connection. The United Express hubs are at Washington Dulles and Chicago O'Hare. The Delta Connection hubs are at New York LaGuardia and Boston Logan.

(BLR) was the 1st regional airline to equip its fleet with the Aircraft Communications Addressing & Reporting System (ACARS) and the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Parent organization: Publicly held (100%).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Akron/Canton; Albany New York; Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton; Bangor; Binghampton; Birmingham; Boston; Buffalo; Burlington Vermont; Charleston South Carolina; Charleston West Virginia; Charlotte; Charlottesville; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbia South Carolina; Columbus Ohio; Dayton; Des Moines; Detroit; Fargo; Grand Rapids Michigan; Greensboro/Highpoint; Greenville South Carolina; Harrisburg; Hartford; Indianapolis; Jacksonville Florida; Knoxville; Lansing; Lexington; Louisville; Madison; Manchester; Memphis; Nashville; New York; Newburgh; Norfolk Virginia; Oklahoma City; Peoria; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Portland; Providence; Raleigh/Durham; Richmond; Roanoke; Rochester New York; Saginaw; Savannah; Sioux Falls; South Bend; Springfield Missouri; State College; Syracuse; Tri-Cities Regional; Tulsa; Washington; Westchester County; & Wilkes-Barre.

International, Scheduled Destination: Montreal.

October 2003: EMB-120ER (198, N267AS) sold to Lakeland Air Transport.

November 2003: $1.4 billion, 20 orders A319's, 132 economy (Y) passengers (PAX), 33-inches pitch, & 5 orders A320's, 156Y PAX, 33-ins pitch, to form a new low-cost airline to be named "Independence Air" (BLR) based at Dulles. Will have 44 gates and expects to start operating >325 daily flights in 1st half of 2004 with at least 112 jets: 20 A319's, 5 A320's, & 87 CRJ's.

Independence Air (BLR) was amazed to receive >400,000 hits on its website in the 1st 24 hours it was active.

December 2003: Atlantic Coast Airlines continues to fight a takeover by the Mesa Air Group in the US District Court in Washington. Kerry Sheen, CEO sent a letter to shareholders asking them to vote against Mesa Air's takeover bid, and highlighted plans on the low-cost carrier, Independence Air (BLR) operations.

Dallas - Knoxville. In January 2003, Chicago - Allentown, Albany, Cleveland, Columbus. Dallas - El Paso, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Wichita.

January 2004: 4th Quarter = +$13.7 million. 2003 = +$82.8 million (+$39.29 million) (net profit).

CL-600-2C10 (10132, N723EV), delivery.

February 2004: Cincinnati - Fayetteville. In April 2004, Chicago - Detroit, Richmond.

March 2004: In May 2004, Cincinnati - Champaign, Traverse City (weekends).

Independence Air (BLR) named Rick Pelc, Senior Director-Washington Dulles Airport, ex-US Airways (USA), where he will oversee "all operational elements" at the hub.

April 2004: Independence Air (BLR) selected Rockwell Collins to provide the avionics for the 35 A319/A320's with option for +50 airplanes.

Selects McClier, a wholly owned subsidiary of AECOM to provide extensive renovations of Terminals A & B at Dulles International Airport (IAD) along with additional projects at other selected airports in the US. (BLR) intends to be operating >300 daily flights by Labor Day.

Independence Air (BLR) will begin its new low fare service in June 2004, from Washington Dulles (IAD).

1st Quarter = +$3.6 million (+$2 million): 737.9 million (RPM) traffic (-1.1%); +2.9% (ASM) capacity; 65.1% LF load factor (-2.7); 1.86 million passengers (PAX) (-2.97%).

+2 orders (April 2005) A319 (ILF) leased.

May 2004: Independence Air kicked off a $30 million marketing campaign in Washington DC by announcing a summer schedule that will offer 300 daily flights to 35 cities. Ultimately will >700 daily flights to 50 US destinations. Will start with a fleet of 87 CRJ's.

June 2004: Roll-out schedule from Washington Dulles (IAD): - Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Newark (EWR), Raleigh/Durham (RDU); Columbia, South Carolina (CAE), Norfolk (ORF), Portland, Maine (PWM), White Plains, New York (HPN); July 2004: Jacksonville (JAX), Nashville (BNA), Syracuse (SYR); Birmingham, Buffalo (BUF), Charleston, South Carolina (CHS), Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP), Lansing (LAN), Rochester, NY (ROC); Albany, New York (ALB), Charleston, West Virginia (CRW), Knoxville (TYS), Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT); August 2004: Bradley (Connecticut) (8/day nonstop); Cleveland (CLE) (9/day nonstop), Greensboro (GSO), New York (JFK) (13/day nonstop), Savannah (SAV)/Hilton Head (6/day nonstop); Columbus, Ohio (CMH) (8/day nonstop), Dayton (DAY) (8/day nonstop), Hartford (BDL), Indianapolis (IND) (7/day nonstop); Detroit (DTW), Louisville (SDF), Pittsburgh (PIT), Providence (PVD), & Winston-Salem (9/day nonstop); & September 2004: Stewart/Newburgh, New York (SWF).

Parent company, Atlantic Coast Holdings plans to change its name to "FLYi Inc" this year.

Starts service with 30 CRJ's, with plans for +56 by August 2004, and starts taking delivery of 22 A319's, 5 A320's (with live TV) in September 2004.

July 2004: Denise Womble, VP Reservations, ex-US Airways (USA).

Washington Dulles (IAD) - Yeager (West Virginia) Airport (6/day); - Albany (7/day); - McGhee Tyson (Tenn) Airport (6/day); & - Manchester (New Hampshire) (9/day).

Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings, (parent) 2nd Quarter = -$27.1 million (+$45.7 million): due to start-up expenses for Independence Air, as well as charges for early retirement of its Jetstream 41's plus airplanes and parts write-downs. 1st 6 months = -$23.5 million (+$47.7 million). 2003 = 5.35 billion (RPK) traffic (+17.4%); 71.7% LF load factor; 8.42 million passengers (PAX) (+17.5%).

August 2004: Washington Dulles (IAD) to Pittsburgh, Detroit Metropolitan, & Providence (TF Green Airport) (all 8/day), and to Louisville (6/day). In October 2004, (IAD) - Huntsville (6/day nonstop); - Charlotte (8/day nonstop). Knoxville & Columbus - Orlando (2/day nonstop).

Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings, parent of Independencce Air, officially transitioned its corporate name to FLYi Inc. As a result of the name change, a new trading symbol was issued by the Nasdaq market and shares of the company now will trade as FLYi.

+1 order (March 2006) A319, 132 PAX.

September 2004: In October 2004, Columbia/Knoxville - Orlando. In November 2004, Washington Dulles (IAD) - Orlando & Tampa (A319, 3/day nonstop).

Will deploy Lufthansa (DLH) Systems' flight management system navigation database.

1st A319-132 (2277, N803BR), (TCI) leased, delivery.

October 2004: Selected four Stratus Technologies ftServer W Series 3300 fault-tolerant servers to run its maintenance and scheduling systems.

3rd Quarter FLYi Inc = -$82.7 million (+$21.3 million). 9 months = -$106.1 million (+$69.1 million).

A319-132 (2296, N804BR), CIT (TCI) leased.

November 2004: Has deferred delivery of 10 A319's from 2005 to 2007.

Washington (IAD) - West Palm Beach.

A319-132 (2335, N805BR), delivery. Will sell its 4 owned CRJ200's to raise cash.

December 2004: In March 2005, Fort Myers - Washington Dulles (A319, 3/day nonstop).

4 CL-600-2B19's (7799; 7801; 7850; 7852), sold to Skywest.

January 2005: 4th Quarter = -$86 million (+$13.7 million). 2004 = -$192.2 million (+$82.8 million).

A319-132 (2362, N806BR) delivery.

February 2005: Independence Air (BLR) parent, FLYi completed its financial restructuring to provide greater financial flexibility to execute its low-fare business plan. Reached consensual lease terminations on 24 CRJ's and 21 ofits 30 J-41 turboprops. Almost all of the CRJ's will be returned in the 1st & 2nd Qtrs of this year, while the Jetstreams were retired previously from the operating fleet.

Selected Lufthansa Systems' Profit Line/Yield to provide revenue management. In addition to software, Lufthansa Systems will provide consulting and support services.

In 4/05, Washington Dulles (IAD) - Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego, Seattle, San Jose (all daily), & San Francisco (SFO) (2/day).

2 A319-132's (2383; 2396) deliveries.

March 2005: Washington Dulles (IAD) - Las Vegas.

2 A319-132's (2404, N809BR; 2414, N810BR), (ILF) leased deliveries.

April 2005: Offers digEplayer personal inflight media player to passengers (for $10 charge) on all flights from its hub at Washington Dulles to Las Vegas and San Diego. In 5/05, will be available on flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Jose.

FLYi 1st Q = -$105M (+$3.6M): -46% RPM; -8.4% ASM; -5.6 LF. Ended Q with just $106.9M in cash (-36.8%) ($169.2M). Says it will only have around $5M cash by year end, which is "inconsistent with continued operations."

9 CL-600-2B19's (7462; 7594; 7599; 7601; 7652; 7723; 7737; 7759; 7768), returned to Bombardier.

May 2005: Independence Air (BLR) is a low-fare airline operating services from Washington Dulles to destinations up and downn the East Coast, Florida, the midwest, and West Coast.

(IATA) Code: DH - 480. (ICAO) Code: BLR - BLUE RIDGE.

Parent organization/shareholders: Publicly held (87.5%); SAC Capital Advisors (7.5%); & Newcastle Partners (5%).

Hub: Washington Dulles International (IAD).

Domestic, scheduled destinations: Albany, New York; Atlanta; Boston; Buffalo; Burlington, Vermont; Charleston, West Virginia; Charlotte; Chicago; Cleveland; Columbia, South Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Fort Myers; Greensboro/High Point; Greenville, South Carolina; Hartford; Huntsville; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Florida; Knoxville; Louisville; Manchester; Nashville; New York; Newburgh; Norfolk; Orlando; Pittsburgh; Portland; Providence; Raleigh/Durham; Rochester, New York; Savannah; Suracuse; Tampa; Washington; West Palm Beach; & Westchester County.

2 A319-132's (2467, N814BR; 2468, N815BR), (ILF) leased.

June 2005: Celebrates its one year anniversary with its 5 millionth passenger.

July 2005: (FAA) proposed to fine Independence Air parent, Atlantic Coast Airlines, $1.5M for maintenance violations including operating an airplane for approximately 455 flights beyond a required "C" check in fall of 2004. Also alleged the carrier operated several airplanes on more than 7,400 flights last year without replacing expired emergency locator transmitter batteries and several mmoreairplanes on morethan 3,600 flights without performing required inspections and tests on a variety of systemms and components.

1st 6 months = -$202.2M (-$23.5M): 1.48B RPM, 2.2B ASM; 67.1% LF. FLYi 2nd Q = -$98.5M (-$27.1M). 2004 = -$55.5M (-$14.1M): +37.5% RPM; +41.9%ASM; 72.6 LF (-2.3).

August 2005: In 9/05, Washington Dulles - Jacksonville (3/day, 2 with A319'S & 1 CRJ).

October 2005: Independence Air (BLR) expects to eliminate some -600 jobs in the coming weeks, representing -18% of the workforce, as it matches employment levels to a reduced number of airplanes and daily departures. "As a result of the change in our operations, our overall employment will go from 3,400 to 2,800," said spokesperson Rick DeLisi. "This will be accomplished through a variety of methods." In addition, the current 350 daily departures will be reduced to 230. At startup the carrier had up to 600 daily departures. DeLisi said Independence Air (BLR) hopes to achieve some reductions by keeping unfilled positions open, consolidating some job titles and asking for voluntary furloughs from employees before seeking involuntary separations. The job cuts will be across the board. "Our job is to reduce fuel consumption and drive down our operating costs," he said. Last week, (BLR) said it would end service in five markets and cut the CRJ200 fleet to 57 aircraft from 87 as it concentrates on the operations of its dozen A319s. "We are anticipating operating fewer CRJs with the new schedule but we have not been more specific," DeLisi said. He said all West Coast service is being downsized, noting that Friday was the last day of flights to Los Angeles. By the end of October, San Diego service will be eliminated, followed by service to San Francisco and Seattle by Nov 28. "Las Vegas will be our only West Coast destination," he said. (BLR) also announced last week that new daily nonstop service between Dulles and San Juan will be launched Dec 16.

Independence Air (BLR) will launch daily nonstop service Dec 16 from its Washington Dulles hub to San Juan using A319s. San Juan is the carrier's first Caribbean destination.

(BLR) flew 243.9 million RPMs (traffic) in September, a +75% increase over the same month last year. ASMs (capacity) were up +19% to 373.9 million and load factor soared 20.8 points to 65.2% LF. For the nine months ended Sept 30, the company reported 2.3 billion RPMs, 3.4 billion ASMs and 4.2 million passengers carried.

Independence Air (BLR) announced the departure of CFO Richard Surrat, who "resigned in order to pursue other opportunities." His replacement is David Asai, a seven-year veteran of the company who served most recently as VP, controller and assistant secretary.

November 2005: Independence Air (BLR) parent FLYi, which filed for bankruptcy Monday, has little chance of surviving without new investors, Standard & Poor's said yesterday as it cut its corporate rating on the company from CC to D. Noting that the carrier has just $24 million in cash and entered Chapter 11 without arranging any debtor-in-possession financing, S&P analyst Betsy Snyder said in a report that "absent new investment to support a reorganization, the company likely will be liquidated."

FLYi, parent of Independence Air (BLR), reached tentative agreements on labor cost reductions with its flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, and its mechanics, represented by Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, as the carrier worked through its first week of bankruptcy. "The overall goal of the company is to drive down operating costs to the lowest possible level to be the lowest cost operator of the airplanes we fly," FLYi spokesperson Rick DeLisi said.

Meanwhile, the bankruptcy court set a timetable for sale of the company or some of its assets. Expressions of interest must be registered by Dec 1 and final submissions need to be in by Dec 16. FLYi (BLR)'s common stock has been delisted from NASDAQ, an action the company said it will not appeal.

December 2005: Independence Air (BLR) inaugurated nonstop service from Washington's Dulles Airport to San Juan. The airline will operate daily flights with an A319. On Jan 5th the frequency will be reduced to 6x a week with no flight on Wednesday.

Independence Air (BLR), also known as FlyI, continued to trim its sails by announcing the elimination of service to four more cities effective Jan 5.

Chicago, Jacksonville, Buffalo and Manchester (New Hampshire) will be dropped and frequencies will be reduced in "almost all of our markets," spokesperson Rick DeLisi said. He said approximately -50 jobs at the four locations are being eliminated.

The bankrupt carrier is operating a dozen A319s and 30 of its original 87 CRJ200s. It filed for bankruptcy in November. As part of the bankruptcy proceedings, Independence (BLR) is "in the process of terminating the leases" on CRJs that are now parked, DeLisi said.

The bankruptcy court previously set a timetable for the sale of the company or its assets. DeLisi said he could not comment on whether anyone has stepped forward to purchase all or part of the carrier.

A year ago, FlyI (BLR) operated up to 600 daily flights. It now operates 210, which will be cut back to 170 in January.

United Airlines (UAL) bid to buy an unspecified portion of FLYi, parent company of bankrupt Independence Air (BLR). The bid was filed under seal in USA Bankruptcy Court, according to media reports. FLYi still is seeking damages from its former Washington Dulles partner but does not have precedence over other unsecured creditors. It will put its assets up for auction on Jan 3 unless an investor is located. Mesa Air Group also is reported to be a bidder.

Independence Air (BLR) received court permission to terminate the leases of 6 CRJ-200s on Dec 30th. This is on top of 30 other leases Independence (BLR) asked the court to terminate when it filed for bankruptcy in Nov.

Shuts down all operations.

While some analysts are forecasting a spike in airfares out of Washington Dulles as a result of the shutdown of Independence Air (BLR), others believe the departure of the carrier formerly known as Atlantic Coast Airlines will cause barely a ripple. "There is no vacuum created by the elimination of this airline," analyst Mike Boyd said. "This was clearly excess capacity in terms of need." Boyd said FLYi (BLR) routes with fares as low as $29 to destinations like Portland, Maine, or Charleston, West Virginia, will not be missed; "You won't have another carrier rushing in to fill that Charleston route."

Indeed, even other low-fare airlines like AirTran (CQT) and JetBlue (JBL) have been highly critical of Independence Air (BLR)'s fare management, which was seen as destroying the growing pricing power of the industry throughout 2005.

Parent company FLYi (BLR) entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy Nov 7 with few unmortgaged assets with which to raise financing. Unable to find a buyer or a white knight, it announced that it would be forced to shut down. Thursday will be the last day of work for more than 2,600 employees.

"We continued to hope there would be an offer put forth that would warrant the continued operation of the airline, but none ever materialized," spokesperson Rick DeLisi said.

Approximately 180 people will remain to tie up loose ends. DeLisi said the company has appealed to the bankruptcy court to create a package of benefits for workers losing their jobs. It will park 30 CRJ200s and a dozen A319s, all of which are leased, upon completion of the Thursday schedule.

It is a bitter end for Independence Air (BLR), which operated successfully as a feeder to United Airlines (UAL) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) until 2004, when it rebelled against (UAL)'s plans to cut its fee-per-departure rate and decided to rebrand itself as a low-fare carrier. Most analysts doubted it could find a market overnight and few had confidence in an (LCC) model built on 50-seat regional jets. They were right - - FLYi (BLR) began losing money the day it started operating. "It was a misfire from the beginning and they kept pulling the trigger," Boyd quipped.

January 2006: FLYi, parent of Independence Air (BLR), grounded its fleet Jan 5 following its last flight, an A319 from Tampa that landed at Washington Dulles. Some 2,700 workers were left unemployed by the shutdown. The low-fare carrier, formerly known as Atlantic Coast Airlines, made the decision Jan 2 to cease operating after failing to gain financial support from outside investors.

Last week, a federal bankruptcy judge approved a $3.2 million bonus plan to retain 171 employees to finalize details of the airline's closure, according to news reports. The judge also approved an $11 million package of bonus and severance pay for union and nonunion FLYi (BLR) employees.

Last March, Chairman and CEO Kerry Skeen renegotiated his contract, accepting a -15% pay cut in exchange for a deal aimed at salvaging some $3 million in deferred compensation, according to The Washington Post. The funds were invested into a life insurance policy controlled by Skeen, protecting them from the Chapter 11 filing, but the maneuver still could be challenged in court.

Flyi, the parent company of now defunct Independence Air (BLR) said in a court filing that United Airlines (UAL) had submitted the best bid for some of the bankrupt carrier’s assets at Washington Dulles International Airport. The $4.3 million deal struck with Independence (BLR), in which United (UAL) would take control of 35 Dulles gates, is subject to approval by the USA Bankruptcy court. UAL Corporation said this week that it plans to make United (UAL)'s East Coast hub at Dulles a major gateway to Europe, Latin America and South Africa.

March 2006: Northwest Airlines (NWA) confirmed that it "executed an agreement to purchase FLYi (BLR)'s air operating certificate (AOC) and related assets" subject to certain conditions. According to the Associated Press, which cited a FLYi (BLR) bankruptcy filing, (NWA) paid $2 million for the certificate, which should enable it to expedite the startup of a new subsidiary that will operate 76-seat regional jets using furloughed mainline pilots. FLYi, which operated as Independence Air (BLR), shut down in January.

May 2006: Turkish Airlines (THY) leased two A319-100s, formerly operated by defunct Independence Air (BLR).

September 2006: The USA Department of Transportation (DOT) approved the transfer of the air operating certificate (AOC) of defunct Independence Air (BLR) to Northwest Airlines (NWA), moving it closer to launching its new Regional subsidiary "Compass Airlines." The proposed new service from Washington Dulles could begin as early as October. "We tentatively find that the introduction of Compass' service will likely enhance competition in the domestic airline industry, particularly in light of the recent cessation of Independence Air (BLR)'s operations at Washington Dulles International Airport, where Compass will base its new service," (DOT) wrote in a show cause order issued this week. "We also tentatively conclude that the proposed transfer will benefit Compass in its ability to initiate and sustain its proposed service."

(DOT) further determined that Compass would "enhance air service in a variety of small and medium size markets and provide those communities and passengers with convenient connections to Northwest's domestic and international markets." (DOT) spokesperson Bill Mosley said the ruling is followed by a 14-day public comment period. (NWA) said in its filing it will begin with scheduled service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Washington Dulles (IAD) with a single 50-seat CRJ. It plans to begin taking delivery of 76-seat RJs in March. During its first year of operation, Compass would operate up to four airplanes.


March 2006:

0 A319-132 (V2500-A5) (2277, N803BR, 2004-09; 2296, N804BR, 2004-10; 2335, N805BR 2004-11; 2362, N806BR, 2005-01; 2383, 2005-02; 2396, 2005-02; 2431; 2433), 2 LSD. ALL RTND. 2277 ST (ARZ) 2006-03. 2296 ST (TCI), LST (AZU) 2006-04. 132Y.

0 A319-132 (V2500-A5) (2404, N809BR, 2005-03; 2414, N810BR, 2005-03; 2467, N814BR; 2468, N815BR, 2005-05), (ILF) LSD. ALL RTND. 132Y.

0 ORDERS A320 (V2500-A5), 5 CANCELLED. 156Y.

5 CRJ200ER (CL-600-2B19) (CF34-3B1) (7179, /97 N620BR; 7772, /03 N695BR), 7799; 7801; 7850; 7852; ST SKYWEST 2004-12. 7295; REPOSSESSED 2005-02. 7462; 7594; 7599; 7601; 7652; 7723; 7737; 7759; 7768; RTND BOMBARDIER 2005-04. 15 RTND (GEF) 2005-06. 7527; 7528; 7553; 7572; 7652; RTND (GEH) 2005-07. 7544; 7740; RTND 2005-09; LST (ACN) JAZZ. 21 RTND 2006-01. 3 RTND 2006-02. 50Y.

1 CL-600-2C10 (10132, N723EV), 2004-01.

00 B AE 4101 JETSTREAM 41 (TPE331-14HR-802H) (41012, /93 N301UE "BLUE RIDGE HIGHLANDER;" 41101, /97 N333UE), OPS IN UNITED EXPRESS COLORS, ALL 30 RETIRED. 29Y.

33 FAIRCHILD DORNIER 328JET (PW306B) (3145, /00 N401FJ; 3197, /01 N500FJ), OPS IN DELTA CONNECTION COLORS, 32Y.


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