Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – In the late 1970s, the U.S. government lifted controls on the airline industry, removing federal controls on tariffs, routes, and market entry for new airlines.
As a result, a wave of new airlines appeared in the 1980s, and many of them were particularly unusual. Here are 5 of them:
Airline for pets
Pet Airways, founded in 2009 in Florida, USA, was an airline dedicated exclusively to pets such as cats and dogs.
The animals were placed in the main cockpit of the modified aircraft after the seats were replaced by pet carriers.
Each aircraft had a capacity of approximately 50 pets, with “pet companions” checking them every 15 minutes.
The animals were given the opportunity to stroll before the flight and bathe in the specially designed airport lounges.
The idea focused on concerned pet owners who preferred to put their pets on a flight with a dedicated airline instead of taking them with them on their flight to the scene, a practice that the website of the airline described it as “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 American cities.
Prices range from $ 150 to $ 1,200 depending on the size of the animal.
In 2012, the airline faced financial problems and began canceling flights before completely shutting down operations the following year, after transporting about 9,000 pets.
However, its website remains active and a message says that flights will start after the COVID-19 pandemic, with employees hoping to launch by mid-2022.
In 2002, Hooters President Robert Brooks bought Pace Airlines, an airline with a fleet of eight private jets to charter, most of which were Boeing 737s.
A year later, Brooks transformed the company into Hooters Air, an airline based in the restaurant chain.
What stood out was the presence of two “Hooters” girls on board the plane to mingle with passengers and organize fun games with prizes.
The girls wore a sleeveless shirt and orange shorts, the “dress” that made the restaurant chain popular.
The airline was headquartered in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a holiday hotspot known for its golf courses and seaside resorts, but which lost direct air traffic during the overall commercial aviation restructuring after 9/11.
With its pricing and direct connections to American cities like Atlanta, Newark and Baltimore, Hooters Air attracted passengers of all kinds, most 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 was served on board, only religious films were shown, and a quarter of the prize money for missionary activities was a unique feature of The Lord’s Airline, which was founded by New Jersey businessman Ari Marshall in 1985 when he bought a Old “DC”. -8 “which was supposed to be the sole carrier of the airline.
The plan was to carry out three weekly flights from the American city of Miami to Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, which would provide a direct route to Jerusalem.
By 1987, the airline had failed to qualify for a license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) due to incomplete modifications and aircraft maintenance work.
Smoker Express and Cement Air
The Federal Aviation Administration banned smoking on all domestic flights to the United States in 1990, but two counties Brevard, Florida, entrepreneurs William Walts and George Richardson, were not happy about it.
In early 1993, the two decided to avoid the base by creating an airline based on a private club.
The company required a membership fee of $ 25, which was only available to people over the age of 21.
The airline was supposed to be based at Florida’s Space Coast regional airport and the plan was to serve steaks and burgers on board with free cigarettes.
Almost a year after it was announced, the airline was still unlicensed and without aircraft.
Although the two founders had more than 5,000 memberships, organizers refused to license the Smokizer Express to operate, causing it to disappear without being able to launch.
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 of Dusseldorf, home to a large number of Japanese immigrants, and the European offices of hundreds of Japanese companies.
However, Cement Air suffered the same fate as the Smokers Express, as it failed to raise the capital needed to start operations and never rose.
MGM Grand Air
Launched in 1987, the MGM Grand Air was just a first-class luxury airline, initially flying in one lane, using 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 using normal settings.
The airline promised not to wait for passengers due to queues or luggage and offered an optional limousine service.
The private lounges at both airports offered luxury equipment and concierge service.
The cabin crew consisted of 5 flight attendants. The plane included a bar and private meeting spaces.
Complete food services with fine wine and champagne were always available and the bathroom had gold taps.
And the company offered all this for a higher price for a first class ticket compared to other airlines.
At first, known by celebrities and the rich, the airline opened more routes, but it was trying to fill all 33 seats on its planes.
Its operations slowed in the 1990s as private jets became more prevalent.
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.