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Michael Morisi, former president of PEOPLExpress Airlines, is sentenced

Michael Morisi, the former president of the second version of PEOPLExpress Airlines, was sentenced to two years in prison for fraud.

Read more from the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily.

People Express Airlines (stylized as PEOPLExpress) (2nd) commenced operations on June 30, 2014 from Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport, as a no-frills budget scheduled airline.

The airline took its name from the original PEOPLExpress Airlines, but was not related.

The company ceased operations on September 26, 2014.

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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.

The new PEOPLExpress wants to start flying to Newark before July 1

PEOPLExpress (2nd) 737 (PEOPLExpress)(LR)

People Express Airlines (stylized as PEOPLExpress Airlines) (2nd) (Newport News/Williamsburg, Virginia) wants to start operations before July 1. No schedules have yet been announced.

The new airline has been in funding phase. The first route is planned to be from Newport News/Williamburg, VA (PHF) to Newark (EWR) with six flights a week using Boeing 737 aircraft. Previously in June 2013 PEOPLExpress announced its intention to acquire Xtra Airways (Boise) but this prospective deal appears to be on hold.

Jeffrey Erickson is the current CEO after founder Michael Morisi resigned from the position. Mr. Morisi remains as an advisor.

Founded in 2012 as we have previously reported, the new version of PEOPLExpress the prospective airline describes itself this way:

After an over 25-year absence, the airline synonymous with low-cost fares and a focus on customer service is preparing to return to the skies. By applying the attributes of value, integrity and ingenuity that the original PEOPLExpress™ was known for, we will address the rising level of consumer frustration and disappointment with air travel today, and we are confident that the new PEOPLExpress™ will once again become the airline of choice.

While reviving an iconic brand in aviation is a part of our heritage, we’re not looking to the past to find our success. Led by our experienced team of professionals, our forward looking product development efforts have helped us to develop a service product which we are confident will be warmly embraced by today’s air travelers and will ensure a total customer experience unlike any other. An experience where personal attention and technology each play a role and an experience that has been designed from the outset to surprise customers and surpass their expectations. We will be making travel exciting and fun again!

PEOPLExpress is about People – the people who work for us, and the people who fly with us. We are building the Smart Alternative.

Our mission is to provide affordable, nonstop jet air service between cities that are underserved by major carriers in the United States.

PEOPLExpress will offer the best value and most enjoyable customer experience in air travel.

Note: People Express Airlines, Inc. has applications pending with the U.S. Department of Transportation and is not yet a certificated airline.

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