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SkyOne Now Open for Business (Press Release)

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Boston, Mass. (December 1, 2004) - After running a limited schedule for the last two months, SkyOne Airlines will commence operating a full schedule today. SkyOne recently accepted its second ATR-72-212A which will allow the airline to operate all flights that they originally proposed over four months ago when they announced their conception. "In our first months of operation, we completed all of our flights, with 96.7 percent of them arriving on time. We only delayed 6 bags, and all of them were reunited with their owners within two hours of their original arrival, and we carried 52,318 passengers - a load factor of 78.4 percent, which is unprecedented in a start-up airline's first months of operation," proclaimed Dan Walloch, CEO and co-founder of SkyOne. SkyOne will enter in to the month of December, with bookings at a 83.2 percent load factor, as well as a frequent flier program, which, at the time of press has in its first 6 hours, already had 783 enrollments. Over the next three months, SkyOne will receive two more ATR-72s and will receive their first of five Embraer 145 aircraft. With the announcement comes news of the winter schedule, which is soon to be published and includes rumored changes in the 737 and Beech 1900 fleet, as well as possibly pulling out of the Denver market. "We started envisioning a small, realistically run airline, and with all the sub-fleets we are starting to outgrow our roots. We need to sit down, crunch the numbers, and see where things will go. The Denver service has been profitable, with little competition, however the code-share we were scheduling our flights around was inconvenient to the passengers, and relations with the other partner fell through," mentioned Walloch. Jim Sciano, a ramp worker in Boston for SkyOne mentions, "It amazes me how smoothly this operation runs. Its like clockwork. None of the other airlines I have worked at have even come close to being this much fun to work at, nor has management gotten their hands dirty like Dan and Patrick, sometimes working 10 hour days on the ramp, not because they have to, but because they want to."SkyOne will continue operations tomorrow with its 5:05 departure from Burlington, Vermont and in the course of the day, will carry 1943 passengers. Related Links:www.FlySky1.com

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