Skybus Early Web Buzz-o-Meter
In any event, Skybus is redefining no frills by selling ad space on the outside of their aircraft and telling you to bring your own book--all in the name of offering $10 airfares. On May 22nd Skybus will go wheels up, however their website, which is the only way to get in touch with the skimpy airline, is already busy booking passengers.
This first group of passengers will no doubt set the Skybus buzz to positive or negative, so what are they saying? Here's what we have heard thus far from tipsters and airline boards around the web:
· I'm scheduled for the inaugural GSO-CMH on May 29th, returning on the 30th. All in, it was $36, and I then added $6 for trip insurance since Skybus will not pay for food or lodging if a flight is cancelled for any reason.
· I'm going to try and sneak a water bottle on board May 22nd and see what they do.
· I live in Virginia Beach, so it will be almost a 2 hour drive to RIC, so we'll see if it will be worth it in the long run, assuming on future flights I can snag the $10 seats (I did on the ones I booked)
· I am going to Seattle for a great price, how much on board selling (beside soda and food) will I have to go through (ie clothing, perfumes etc). Otherwise I am excited to see this get off the ground. I hope the pilots and crew will be happy, though which has me a bit concerned; the Airline BBSs seem to say everyone will be underpaid, the pilots by half of the average wages for A319s.
·They're cheap - 156 seats on a 319 - yikes.