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Name: SKYBUS AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: SKS
Status: Operational
Region: NORTH AMERICA
City: COLUMBUS
Country: USA
Employees 450
Web: skybus.com
Email: info@skybus.com
Telephone: +1 (614) 246-8800
Fax: +1 (614) 246-8804
Sita:
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SKS-LOGO
SKS-MAINT-OCT07
SKS-MAINT-OCT07-A
SKS-MAR08-A
SKS-MAR08-B
SKS-MAR08-C
SKS-MAR08-D
SKS-MAR08-E

Formed in 2006 and to start operations in 2007. Low-fare, scheduled & charter, domestic & regional, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
4181 Arlingate Plaza
Columbus, Ohio, USA

September 2006: Skybus Airlines (SKS), a new low cost airline to be based at Columbus Ohio, announced it hopes to start operations in March 2007 and is looking at 25 cities in the USA. The airline has been looking at the A319s and wants to start with 2 airplanes, increasing later to around 15 to 20.

Governor Bob Taft announced that Skybus Airlines (SKS) has chosen to expand its operations at Port Columbus International Airport, enabling the airline to offer flights to major markets from Port Columbus in the spring of 2007. The project is expected to create +886 new jobs.

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Fleet:
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SKS-A319

April 2016:

12 ORDERS A319-100:

2 +1 ORDER A319-100 (CFM56-5B) (3171, N553SX), 2007-06; 3309, N554SX, 2007-11).

0 A319-112 (CFM56-5B) (1853, N571SX), (PSS) LSD 2007-11. RTND (ACN), LST (SDM) 2008-08.

1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B) (1884, C-GTDT), (SKB) WET-LSD 2007-05.

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Management:
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SKS-CEO
SKS-VP ME

ROBERT KIDDER, CHAIRMAN.

MIKE HODGE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) (2008-03).

WILLIAM DIFFENDERFFER, CEO, RESIGNED 2008-03.
September 2007: Skybus (SKS), a four-month-old USA startup, is building up a national route system, by looking for airports that are in effect alternatives to the established alternatives. Take for instance its East Coast destinations: Skybus (SKS) serves Richmond, about 100 miles south of Washington, rather than Baltimore/ Washington International, that has been the low-fare alternative to the two main Washington airports. In New England, rather than choosing an established alternative to Boston Logan, such as Manchester, as Southwest (SWA) did a decade ago, Skybus (SKS) instead chose Pease airport in Portsmouth, more than >50 miles from Logan.

Skybus (SKS) CEO & co-founder, Bill Diffenderffer (see photo) explains: “We’re creating new markets. We believe our fares are so low, that we are attracting people, who have very often never flown before, and who are willing to drive to a new and unfamiliar airport.” The airline’s selling point and appeal to the public, is that fares start at $10 each way, and it reserves at least 10 seats on each flight for tickets at that price, while its other fares do resemble traditional airline pricing structures, with very few are higher than $100 each way.

He says that fares run about -65% below legacy fares, and are also competitive with fares on Southwest (SWA) – which also serves Skybus (SKS)’s home base at Columbus, Ohio, and some of its other markets. Skybus (SKS)’s strategy is to “get people who didn’t want to fly, to fly. We keep telling the big airlines like Southwest (SWA) or AirTran (CQT), that we’re not trying to steal their passengers, that the people we want, are new customers and new business”.
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