JetAmerica (2nd) (Toledo) is the latest idea of John Weikle, the founder of defunct Skybus Airlines (3rd) (Columbus, OH). The new paper airline was established on November 26, 2007. JetAmerica will be modeled after ultra low-cost carrier Ryanair that Skybus had also adopted but failed (Spirit Airlines also uses this model). This time Weikle will initially wet lease two 189-seat Boeing 737-800s from Miami Air International and will fly to some cities that will be EAS federally funded. Fares will be 50 to 70 percent lower than major airlines. Toledo (near Detroit and Cleveland) has been selected as the base. Initial routes will span out to South Bend, Lansing, Melbourne/Vero Beach, Newark and Minneapolis/St. Paul. In addition Cincinnati, Columbus, OH and Pittsburgh are being considered for future expansion. Colors will be red, white and blue.
Skybus Airlines (Columbus, OH) has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by former employees according to the Columbus Dispatch. The lawsuit alleges the airline failed to give the required 60 days notice of its shutdown. The ultra low-fare airline abruptly ceased operations on April 5, 2008 and has been in bankruptcy protection since April 7, 2008. The settlement is subject to approval of the bankruptcy court.