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You know, we really had some high hopes for start-up LCC Air Azul, but after they simply failed to start up and began the sputter into obscurity, we sighed with relief that we had held off buying our tickets.
The anxiety and confusion returns however, as the skeleton of Air Azul dances for us once again to the tune of a new name: JetAmerica. What's this? Has the ghost of Skybus past risen to again claim Ohio as a hub? The Cranky Flier thinks so, and we're inclined to agree seeing as how they'd be most likely to pay attention to cities like Toledo or Lansing.
Compounded with this is the fact that Skybus founder John Weikle had planned on branding his second try at an airline with the name "JetAmerica." Honey, we've got a tangled web of airline histories and mysteries here.
Not too long ago Air Azul jumped onto the scene promising flights from Toledo to Newark. Well before they even had a chance to kick the tires and light the fires, the airline is taking a little break. Instead of starting flights in June, flights are pushed back until at least July.
Originally, their services were going to be offered thanks to a little help from the charter company Sun Country Airlines. However, Sun Country recently sent a letter to all passengers that had booked on Air Azul to let them know that they’d have to rebook as they were no longer affiliated with Air Azul. Thankfully we were still on the fence, and didn’t book that bike trip across Ohio yet.
Usually when we are chatting about Azul we’re talking about an airline south of the equator. However, there’s a new guy in town, and he’s showing some love for the Azul name—unfortunately his new destinations are a little less interesting.
Air Azul is looking to fly from Toledo, Ohio to Newark thrice a week. Don’t expect in flight television here, but they will be offering some cheap flights aboard their 737-800s. Promotional tickets will start at $49 each way, but we can only assume this starting price will be supplemented with add-ons—like a first bag fee of $10.