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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:27 pm    Post subject: Zoom Airlines in trouble If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Transatlantic budget carrier Zoom Airlines is seeking protection after having two planes seized on the orders of creditors in 24 hours, reports David Millward at The Telegraph.

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For the time being Zoom plans to operate as normal with a number of flights due to leave Britain for North America over the next 48 hours.

But the airline said that it was seeking "creditor protection" during what it described as "acutely difficult" trading conditions in the industry.

It is still involved in talks with potential investors in the hope of raising money to enable it to stay in business.

Zoom's problems were compounded by technical difficulties with another of its aircraft, which arrived late at Gatwick, delaying its return departure to Vancouver by more than nine hours.

But with two planes out of commission, this has left Zoom with a fleet of only five aircraft.


Source: Passengers stranded as airline seeks protection
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

If Zoom goes down, it will be the fourth Transatlantic airline to have failed since December 2007, after Maxjet, Eos and SilverJet.

That will just leave L'Avion and BA's OpenSkies for business travellers looking for low cost business class flights from Paris to the USA.

Budget low cost travellers will still have a choice, however, between:

1) Air Berlin
2) Condor
3) Fly Globespan
4) Aer Lingus

Though... I don't think any of these four offer flights as cheap and as reliably often as Zoom currently does.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:38 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

That's it.

Zoom Airlines has suspended its operations.

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All flights scheduled to depart from have been cancelled and Zoom's aircraft have been grounded.


Source: Zoom Airlines Customer Announcement
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:48 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

For anyone who has a flight booked with Zoom Airlines and is wondering how they might now get their money back, Ginny McGrath at The Times has written a short but useful primer:

Q&A: getting a refund from a bankrupt airline
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:07 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Okay, The Times has published a follow-up on who will and who won't get their money back:

Zoom Q&A: Will I get my money back?

In Scotland, The Herald has published a similar article:

So what do I do now? Your questions answered
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:03 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

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Virgin and BA offers for Zoom passengers

Virgin Atlantic and British Airways are offering stranded Zoom Airlines passengers special fares on selected routes.

Clients can book one-way fares in Virgin Atlantic economy from London Heathrow to New York, Boston and Washington for £199; Heathrow to Miami and Chicago for £219; London Gatwick to Orlando for £219; and Heathrow to Los Angeles for £249.
Zoom ticket holders, stranded by the suspension of services, must be booked and ticketed on a Zoom flight departing between 27 August and 30 September 2008 to qualify.
British Airways is offering a special one-way fare of half the usual return price for customers who have been stranded.
The fare is available to those customers mid-way through their travel plans who are booked to travel from 28 August either to the UK or all North American gateways and Bermuda.
The airline is also offering a discount from its current World Offer fares to those passengers booked on Zoom but yet to travel.
www.ba.com; www.virginatlantic.com.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:18 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

attitudetravel wrote:
If Zoom goes down, it will be the fourth Transatlantic airline to have failed since December 2007, after Maxjet, Eos and SilverJet.

That will just leave L'Avion and BA's OpenSkies for business travellers looking for low cost business class flights from Paris to the USA.

Budget low cost travellers will still have a choice, however, between:

1) Air Berlin
2) Condor
3) Fly Globespan
4) Aer Lingus

Though... I don't think any of these four offer flights as cheap and as reliably often as Zoom currently does.


Has there been any news lately on Ryanair's Transatlantic plans? With current fuel prices I guess those plans might be on hold for now, but on the other hand it might be the perfect time to really increase the pressure on the few remaining low cost transatlantic airlines.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:24 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

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Has there been any news lately on Ryanair's Transatlantic plans? With current fuel prices I guess those plans might be on hold for now, but on the other hand it might be the perfect time to really increase the pressure on the few remaining low cost transatlantic airlines.


A timely and excellently perceptive question.

It looks like you anticipated Ryanair's plans perfectly, Konangrit.

Let's continue here: Ryanair reviews Transatlantic Plans
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