The Miss America Contestants Flew an Airline No One Has Heard Of
53 crowns were placed in the overhead bins on a flight yesterday, as the contestants holding state beauty pageant titles headed from Washington-Dulles Airport to the Miss America pageant destination of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The winner of the Miss America title won't be decided until September 14, but Atlantic City's Airport is already celebrating their arrival, which was onboard a PEOPLExpress Boeing 737.
Okay, so maybe we exaggerated a little in the title by saying no one's heard of the airline; perhaps a few thousand travelers have flown the ultra-low-cost PEOPLExpress since their launch at the end of June, but it's still quite the small sample. The carrier is a reboot of a 1980s airline by the same name, which was eventually absorbed into Continental. Alas, everyone had pretty much forgot about them until this summer.
The exposure around the pageant would be great for the re-start-up airline, except for the fact that they don't even fly the route on the regular. The Miss America plane was a charter, flying from Washington-Dulles to Atlantic City, New Jersey, packed only with Miss America contestants and officials.
The closest PEOPLExpress' actual routes come to that would be from their hub at Newport News/Williamsburg to Newark, NJ. Should this sound up your alley, fares for this specific one-way average $99 per person on their official website.
[Photo: AC Intl Airport]