Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – In the late 1970s, the US government abolished control of the airline industry, removing federal control over fares, routes and market entry for new airlines.
As a result, a spate of new airlines arose that began in the 1980s, and many of these were particularly unusual. Here are 5 of them:
Founded in 2009 in Florida, USA, Pet Airways was an airline dedicated exclusively to pets such as cats and dogs.
The animals were placed in the main cabin of the adapted aircraft as the seats were replaced by pet carriers.
Each aircraft had a capacity of about 50 pets, with “pet companions” checking them every 15 minutes.
The animals were given the opportunity to visit and bathe in the specially designed airport lounges before the flight.
The idea centered on concerned pet owners who prefer to put their pets on a flight with a dedicated airline rather than take them with them on their own flight in the cargo hold, a practice that the airline’s website calls ” described “dangerous” due to the high temperature. differences, lack of Proper lighting.
The airline has been in service for nearly two years and has served dozens of U.S. cities.
Prices range from $ 150 to $ 1,200, depending on the size of the animal.
In 2012, the airline experienced financial difficulties and began canceling flights before ceasing operations completely the following year, after transporting about 9,000 pets.
However, its website remains active, and a message reads that flights will start after the COVID-19 pandemic, with employees hoping to start in mid-2022.
In 2002, Hooters president Robert Brooks acquired Pace Airlines, an airline with a fleet of eight private jets to rent, the majority of which were Boeing 737s.
The following year, Brooks transformed the company into Hooters Air, an airline based on the restaurant chain.
What distinguished it was the presence of two “Hooters” girls on board the plane to mingle with the passengers, and offer entertainment games with prizes.
The girls wore a sleeveless shirt and orange shorts, the “outfit” that made the restaurant chain popular.
The airline is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a vacation hotspot known for its golf courses and coastal resorts, but which lost direct air traffic during the general restructuring of commercial aviation after 9/11.
With its prices and direct connections to American cities such as Atlanta, Newark and Baltimore, Hooters Air attracted passengers of all kinds, the majority of whom were golfers, tourists and even families.
But it was not successful enough to make money, and the company went out of business in early 2006 due to rising fuel prices following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
No alcohol served on board, only religious films shown, and a quarter of the prize awarded for funding missionary activities were the unique features of The Lord’s Airline, presented by New Jersey businessman Ari Marshall in 1985. was established, when He bought an old “DC”. -8 “which was supposed to be the airline’s sole carrier.
The plan was to operate three weekly flights from the U.S. city of Miami to Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, which would provide a direct route to Jerusalem.
By 1987, the airline could not qualify for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) license due to incomplete modifications and maintenance work on the aircraft.
Smoker Express and Cement Air
The Federal Aviation Administration banned smoking on all domestic flights in the United States in 1990, but two Brevard County, Florida, entrepreneurs, William Walts and George Richardson, were not happy about it.
In early 1993, both decided to avoid the base by creating a private club-based airline.
The company required a $ 25 membership fee, which was only available to people over 21.
The airline was supposed to be based in Florida’s “Space Coast” regional airport, and the plan was to serve steaks and burgers on board with free cigarettes.
Nearly a year after it was announced, the airline was still without a license, and no aircraft.
Although the two founders had more than 5,000 memberships, the organizers refused to license Smokizer Express to operate, making it disappear without a chance to start.
In 2006, the idea was renewed by German businessman Alexander Schopmann, who announced his intention to launch Smoker’s International Airways, or Cement Air for short.
Schopmann, who smoked 30 cigarettes a day, wanted to start a daily service between Tokyo and his hometown, Düsseldorf, home to a large number of Japanese expats, and the European offices of hundreds of Japanese companies.
However, Cement Air suffered the same fate as Smokers Express, as it failed to raise the capital needed to start operations, and never took off.
MGM Grand Air
Launched in 1987, MGM Grand Air was just a luxury first-class airline that initially flew single-track with Boeing 727 and Douglas DC-8 aircraft.
The rule was that there were no flights with more than 33 passengers, even though the planes could accommodate 100 passengers or more when the normal settings were used.
The airline promised not to wait for passengers due to queues or luggage, and offered an optional limousine service.
The private lounges at the two airports provided luxury amenities and a concierge service.
The cabin crew consisted of 5 flight attendants. The aircraft included a bar and private meeting rooms.
Full board services with good wine and champagne were always available, and the bathroom had gold taps.
And the company offered it all for a higher price for a first-class ticket compared to other airlines.
Initially, popular with celebrities and the rich, the airline opened up more routes, but it struggled to fill all 33 seats on its aircraft.
Its operations slowed down in the 1990s as private jets became more common.
The airline was sold in 1995, changed its name to “Champion Air”, and offered charter flights to sports teams and government agencies.
It was completely closed in 2008.