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PEOPLExpress faces eviction at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) 737-400 N745VA (14)(Grd) PHF (PEOPLExpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress (2nd) (Newport News/Williamsburg) is facing eviction from its home airport due to over $100,000 in unpaid fees according to USA Today.

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The second airline to use the name commenced scheduled passenger operations using the wet leased aircraft and crews of Vision Airlines on June 30, 2014. The airline suspended operations on September 26, 2014.

On October 9, 2014 the company issued this statement from CEO Jeff Erickson:

PEOPLExpress today is providing an update on our plans to resume operations as part of our commitment to share as much information as possible as we work to restore much-needed air service.

We currently have a tentative agreement with an additional aircraft provider, which will enable us to enhance our platform, including the addition of a third aircraft as a spare. This will alleviate the service issues we have experienced.

A number of steps need to be achieved before we can resume service, among them some regulatory approvals. In order to ensure that we always have enough planes and crews, we are obtaining approval to operate as an Indirect Aircraft Carrier (known as Part 380). This will allow us to obtain planes from a number of providers if necessary for service stability. We met with the U.S. Department of Transportation this week and we are in the process of providing them with information they requested.

Since we cannot open reservations until we receive government approvals we therefore cannot commit to our previously announced date to resume service.

All customers holding existing reservations will be receiving full refunds. As before, we offer our heartfelt apologies for the inconvenience to our loyal customers. Once we have established a date to resume service, customers with travel dates beginning with the resumption date and beyond will be contacted to offer them the option to rebook their flights for the same dates of travel at the same fare, if they choose.

While our resumption is later than we had anticipated and hoped for, with this approach we will be able to restore a full schedule with exceptional operational integrity, supported by an adequate number of aircraft and crew members. We remain focused on getting back into the air as soon as possible and building the reliable service that our customers have asked for and deserve, with an unwavering focus on safety.

Since this announcement no further details has been provided by the company concerning the alternative operator or a resumption date.

Images: PEOPLExpress.

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PEOPLExpress will not be able to resume operations on October 16, wants to add an additional aircraft provider

PEOPLExpress (Vision) 737-400 (14)(Grd)(Peoplexpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress Airlines (2nd) (Newport News/Williamsburg) as previously reported, announced on September 26 it was temporarily suspending service and was planning to re-launch on or about October 16. The airline also announced it still intended to launch previously announced service to Orlando and Charleston, West Virginia starting on October 16. This has now changed.

Today the company announced this update:

PEOPLExpress today (October 9) is providing an update on our plans to resume operations as part of our commitment to share as much information as possible as we work to restore much-needed air service.

We currently have a tentative agreement with an additional aircraft provider, which will enable us to enhance our platform, including the addition of a third aircraft as a spare. This will alleviate the service issues we have experienced.

A number of steps need to be achieved before we can resume service, among them some regulatory approvals.

In order to ensure that we always have enough planes and crews, we are obtaining approval to operate as an Indirect Aircraft Carrier (known as Part 380). This will allow us to obtain planes from a number of providers if necessary for service stability. We met with the U.S. Department of Transportation this week and we are in the process of providing them with information they requested.

Since we cannot open reservations until we receive government approvals we therefore cannot commit to our previously announced date to resume service.

All customers holding existing reservations will be receiving full refunds. As before, we offer our heartfelt apologies for the inconvenience to our loyal customers. Once we have established a date to resume service, customers with travel dates beginning with the resumption date and beyond will be contacted to offer them the option to rebook their flights for the same dates of travel at the same fare, if they choose.

While our resumption is later than we had anticipated and hoped for, with this approach we will be able to restore a full schedule with exceptional operational integrity, supported by an adequate number of aircraft and crew members.

We remain focused on getting back into the air as soon as possible and building the reliable service that our customers have asked for and deserve, with an unwavering focus on safety.

Photo: PEOPLExpress. The two Boeing 737-400s operated by Vision Airlines for PEOPLExpress are now likely to be operated on other services by Vision.

PEOPLExpress suspends operations, plans to return around October 16

PEOPLExpress (2nd)(Vision) 737-400 N745VA (Grd)(PE)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress Airlines (2nd) (Newport News/Williamsburg) today (September 26) announced that it is temporarily suspending service effective immediately and plans to re-launch on or about October 16.

The airline stated; “Recent aircraft and crew availability and maintenance issues, including an aircraft recently damaged by a vendor’s truck, an engine change and a lack of a planned spare aircraft, have made it challenging to operate a full schedule, preventing us from delivering the passenger experience we are striving for.”

The airline is currently processing refunds for passengers for flights booked through October 15, which will take five to seven business days. For reservations beyond October 15, passengers will receive a notification by e-mail as soon as our service resumption plans are in place.

According to the airline, PEOPLExpress successfully served 55,000 passengers on 817 flights since launching service on June 30, demonstrating the need for additional nonstop air service to underserved markets as a result of airline industry consolidation.

PEOPLExpress still intends to launch previously announced service to Orlando and Charleston, West Virginia starting on October 16.

Meanwhile JetBlue Airways has offered to help any stranded passengers. For those PEOPLExpress customers previously scheduled to fly within existing JetBlue markets (Boston – New Orleans, Tampa or West Palm Beach; Newark – Tampa or West Palm Beach) between September 26 and October 5, call JetBlue at 1-800-JETBLUE to explore alternate travel options.

Copyright Photo: PEOPLExpress. The Boeing 737-400s are operated by Vision Airlines.

PEOPLExpress to start Charleston, WV-Orlando flights

PEOPLExpress 737-400 (Nose)(PEOPLExpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress Airlines (2nd) (Newport News/Williamsburg) today announced new, nonstop service between Charleston’s Yeager Airport and Orlando International Airport effective on October 16.

Service between Charleston and Orlando will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with Boeing 737-400 aircraft operated by Vision Airlines.

Charleston is the first destination to be added outside the PEOPLExpress base at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.

PEOPLExpress launched service June 30 to Newark, N.J., Boston and Pittsburgh from Newport News and has since added West Palm Beach, Florida, Atlanta, New Orleans and St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida.

Copyright Photo: PEOPLExpress Airlines.

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PEOPLExpress is coming to Orlando on October 16

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) 737-400 N745VA (14)(Apr)(Peoplexpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress Airlines (2nd) (Vision Airlines) (Newport News/Williamsburg) has announced new, nonstop service between Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and Orlando International Airport effective on October 16.

The popular Florida destination will be the eighth city served from its Newport News base and the first new city since PEOPLExpress announced its initial destinations in May.

PEOPLExpress launched service June 30 to Newark, New Jersey, Boston and Pittsburgh from Newport News and has since added West Palm Beach, Florida, and Atlanta. Service to New Orleans starts on August 28 with St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida, on August 29 to complete its initial growth.

Since its inaugural flights, PEOPLExpress has carried nearly 40,000 customers on more than 450 flights.

Service to Orlando begins on October 16 with flights on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Introductory fares start at $89 each way. Reservations are now open for the new route.

Copyright Photo: PEOPLExpress. Operated by Vision Airlines, Boeing 737-405 N745VA (msn 24271) is now being operated in PEOPLExpress (2nd) colors.

Expanded Route Map:

PEOPLExpress (2nd) 8.2014 Route Map

 

PEOPLExpress lands in Atlanta

PEOPLExpress (2nd) 737-400 (PEOPLExpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress (2nd) (Newport News/Williamsburg) touched down today (August 1) with its new service connecting Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia.

“Atlanta was an important destination for the original PEOPLExpress in the 1980s and we’re delighted to return with the same great low fares and convenient non-stop service,” said Jeff Erickson, a long-time airline executive leading the start-up. “People have been very receptive and supportive of our service. From the very beginning, PEOPLExpress was designed to provide a fun, creative and innovative approach to air travel to dispel the myth that low air fares have to mean low service or an impersonal experience. PEOPLExpress is restoring the concepts of respect, value and excitement to the air travel experience. It’s time to Fly Smart!™”

The Boeing 737-400 service operates daily, arriving from Newport News at 11:50 a.m. and departing Atlanta at 12:50 p.m.

Airport officials today welcomed PEOPLExpress with a water cannon salute and ribbon-cutting at the gate.

PEOPLExpress launched service June 30 to Newark, N.J., Boston and Pittsburgh and added West Palm Beach, Florida, to its route map on July 14 and has carried nearly 20,000 customers in its first month of service. On Aug. 28, PEOPLExpress begins service to both St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida, and New Orleans.

PEOPLExpress has developed a low-cost, a la carte service model that enables customers to create a customized travel product reflecting their individual wishes and budgets. Customers can choose to fly at an ultra-low price with friendly and attentive service but minimal frills or they can opt to purchase extras they want to make their trip more enjoyable, such as priority boarding, pre-assigned seating or an upgrade to a Living Large™ seat with more personal space.

Top Copyright Photo: PEOPLExpress (2nd).

Bottom Copyright Photo: Atlanta Airport. The first flight arrives at the gate at ATL.

PEOPLExpress 737-400 arrives in ATL (ATL)(LR)

The PEOPLExpress name returns to the skies

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) 737-400 N745VA (14)(Apr)(Peoplexpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines, dba PEOPLExpress) (Newport News/Williamsburg) yesterday (June 30) returned to the skies with low-fare service from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport to three cities: Boston, Newark, and Pittsburgh.

The new name will expand to other destinations including West Palm Beach (July 15), Atlanta (August 1), and St. Petersburg/Clearwater and New Orleans (August 28).

Vision Airlines will fly Boeing 737-400 aircraft bearing the logo of the popular 1980s carrier of the same name but with a fresh, green livery.

Copyright Photos: PEOPLExpress.

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) 737-400 Cabin (Peoplexpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) Banner

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) Ticket Counter and Staff (LRW)

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) Cake (LRW)

Current Route Map:

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) 6.2014 Route Map

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