Judah 1: The World’s First Christian Airline

Judah 1: The World’s First Christian Airline

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Over the years we’ve seen a few religious airlines emerge. They’ve almost all failed. The reason they’ve failed seems obvious enough — most religious people don’t have needs so specific that it’s worth tailoring an airline to them while alienating a large percentage of your potential customer base.

While we’ve seen some religious airline startups, we haven’t yet seen a Christian one (unless we’re talking about all the prosperity gospel ministers with private jets). About two years ago, in late 2018, plans were announced for the world’s first Christian airline, and it looks like that’s now closer to becoming a reality.

Details of the world’s first Christian airline

In 2018 plans were revealed for Judah 1, the world’s first Christian airline, with the slogan “Your Hands, God’s LOVE, Our Wings.” The company’s goal is to “have the freedom to transport as many different churches and mission organizations as [it] can.”

Also, according to the company’s CEO, the Lord is behind this airline:

“The Lord spoke to me about using my passion for aviation – specifically large aircraft, I saw rows and rows of aircraft, full of food and supplies, lines of them.”

Judah 1 has already operated some private flights for small groups of missionaries to disaster areas and mission fields, but in 2021 Judah 1 plans on becoming a “real” airline. Judah 1 is allegedly in the process of applying to become a Part 121 carrier, meaning that it could operate commercial flights.

While the airline was initially going to be based at North Texas Regional Airport, the plan is now for the airline to be based at Shreveport Regional Airport in Louisiana.

Judah 1 fleet plan

For the past couple of years Judah 1 has had an MD-80. The airline suggested that this is what the livery would look like:

However, in reality here’s what the Judah 1 MD-80 livery looks like:

The cabin may look familiar to people, and that’s because this is a former American Airlines MD-80, and it doesn’t look like they’ve changed up the interior.

While the airline will continue to operate an MD-80, it looks like the airline is now primarily focused on 767s. As Judah 1 CEO Everett Aaron describes the plan for the airline:

“By the end of next year, we would like to have three to four large planes. As of yesterday, we now have being added to our fleet a Boeing 767-200ER. It seats 238 people and can go anywhere in the world with one-stop. It carries 30 tons of cargo.

We will be non-scheduled and we do not have to have approved routes. So, that means we can go where we want when we want, unlike most airlines that have to have certain schedules that they fly, have to have certain routes. We don’t have to do that.”

Judah 1 business plan

What’s going to set Judah 1 apart? The airline won’t charge luggage fees. Per the CEO:

“We will have to charge regular ticket prices just like you do for the [other] airlines. This is not available for just the general public, you have to be part of a mission team. It will be very competitive with the airlines. The advantage is there’s no luggage fees. Absolutely none. All your cargo travels with you as well. So that’s the biggest thing.

About 50 percent of missionaries lose their cargo when it travels via container and that’s one of the problems we have. I know some of the trips we have been on ourselves with other missionary groups traveling, they ship their stuff via container and medical supplies and stuff either get tied up in customs, food spoils, some things it just gets lost.”

That’s truly strange — 50% of cargo that missionaries send is lost? And what exactly is the limit on how much luggage people can bring?

Here’s a video the airline published in 2015 (this was when Judah 1 was trying to just be a private operator, rather than a commercial one):

If this airline does get approved, it sounds like it would primarily offer charter service, and perhaps even scheduled charter service, where different mission and church groups can book the same flight.

Bottom line

I don’t know what to make of Judah 1. Personally I can’t make sense of the business model. The airline is only targeting Christian travelers, and there seem to be two things that set the airline apart:

  • First of all, the airline will have no luggage fees
  • Second of all, the airline may sell individual seats or group tickets on scheduled flights to destinations that may be popular with missionaries

I would have assumed this wasn’t a serious concept (or at least one that wouldn’t get funding), except the airline is continuing to acquire planes, and it has operated at least some flights privately.

I guess we’ll find out soon enough how this works out. The airline is significantly delayed though — when I wrote about the airline in 2018, the plan was to launch by 2019, and now it’s two years later, and the airline still hasn’t launched. It has acquired its first wide body plane, though.

I’m not going to lie, I sure would love to fly an ex-American Airlines MD-80…

What do you make of Judah 1?

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  1. JC1 Guest

    On board catering could be good: feed the whole plane with a few loaves & fishes.

    Cost savings with water being changed into wine help with the ULCC business model.

    1. Kj Guest

      All your ability is to receive oxygen and convert it to carbon dioxide.

  2. Raleigh Truitt New Member

    @Jamie. It's Jesus take the "yoke" (not yolk). Or were you just eggs-agerating?

  3. Quo Vadis? Diamond

    I also question whether the business case/market is sufficiently large for this airline to succeed, but reading some of the anti-Christian comments here is entertaining. If Jesus rose from the dead (as all of his disciples testified and suffered persecution/death for), then there is your proof of life after death. If you don't believe in life after death, then your other option is to eat, drink and be merry while you can, because your hourglass...

    I also question whether the business case/market is sufficiently large for this airline to succeed, but reading some of the anti-Christian comments here is entertaining. If Jesus rose from the dead (as all of his disciples testified and suffered persecution/death for), then there is your proof of life after death. If you don't believe in life after death, then your other option is to eat, drink and be merry while you can, because your hourglass is steadily draining.

    Funniest comment = “Jesus take the yolk”
    Probably better if Jesus takes the [airplane] yoke rather than the egg yolk, but then again maybe it's breakfast time. :-)

  4. Mark in Sydney New Member

    I’ve always thought a Hindu airline would be a good business proposition - GaneshaAir perhaps. Why?
    1. There are lots of Hindus
    2. The class system is well established - 1st caste Business caste and Untouchables
    2. You wouldn’t have to spend any money on maintenance or insurance because all the passengers would already believe in reincarnation and basically forfeit compensation in the case of death.

  5. Indopithecus Guest

    Perfect timing for Judah 1 --- they can be the Official Airline of MAGAland with the p**ssy-grabber-in-chief as purser and Ayatollah Pence as pilot. All aircraft will be 737MAX. With God as co-pilot no need to worry.

    1. Alex Guest

      I saw in your comment and show that you are a religious extremist and sectarian, politicized. You are not American or you are a spy sent to America. Your opinion completely shows that you are anti-God and anti-American.
      you are pursuing your own stupid goals.
      I'm an atheist, but I'm sure you're not an atheist.
      I'm sure you are anti-Christian.
      you have fake religion maybe you are comunist or other religions and your fake religion is antichrist.

  6. D3kingg Diamond

    20,000 people attend church services at some of these mega churches down here in the south and Texas. I think they can fill a md80 over a weekend.
    Praise Jesus. My lord and savior.

  7. dan Gold

    Such hate coming from the peanut gallery. People actually feel they have a calling to help others through good deeds. For every multimillionaire telepastor, there are thousands helping their fellow humans. I can see this work for many groups. So before you bag on people for doing good, what have you personally done to help humanity? Giving a few coins to a panhandler or buying girl scout cookies don't count.

  8. Stephen Morrissey Member

    This is the funniest post, and comments, I have ever read!

    Thank you Ben/Lucky.

  9. Ryan New Member

    David Miscavige called... he said he wants to start an airline too. First route: Clearwater to LAX ;)

  10. John S Guest

    Oh Stewardess, I’ll have the homophobia, with a side of racism.

  11. snic Diamond

    The Lord spoke to me, too. He told me, "If anyone tells you the Lord spoke to them, run away."

  12. Bill Guest

    @DeltaBoomer -- time for your meds

  13. VitaliU Guest

    Why would anyone fly with an airline founded by a guy who says: "Lord spoke to me....". Who know what other voices are in that head and what they may tell him to do?

  14. Jay Guest

    Their slogan is "Jesus is my co-pilot"

  15. Eric Member

    The most religious airline I've been on is Saudia Airlines from Jeddah to LA. Their IFE media is heavily censored. I remember, there was a string of flags in a movie, but certain country's flags were blurred out. Then I watched 'Friends' and Rachel's knees were blurred out since she was wearing a skirt. Upon arrival at LAX the plane parked right next to El Al haha

  16. Bill Guest

    @Delta757Fan Thanks for your outright bigotry.

  17. Jay Guest

    It's sad to read stereotypes, of any kind, but especially the religious kind. There are plenty of decent Muslims, I know several of them. And there are plenty of decent, non-delusional Christians, me being one. I hope none of you anti-Christian readers ever hit hard times and end up reliant on a Christian run food pantry, or healthcare for your child at a hospital like St. Jude's...you know, the one founded by a Lebanese-American Catholic.

  18. Bill Guest

    these articles from the archives are great!

  19. Dan Guest

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z46yKaPvAf0

  20. Ryan Member

    The Lord spoke to me and told me I should always be upgraded when I fly Judah Air.

  21. Adam Guest

    Some of those missionaries will be like “Oh, actually the Lord already spoke to me and said I should book Qsuites...”

  22. henry LAX Guest

    @GoAmtrak : what Mike Pence ? His airline would be more like JUDAS 1.

  23. GoAmtrak Gold

    What a coincidence that MOM Air "folded" today. Paging Mike Pence...

  24. Ray Guest

    They like their missionaries, do they? I know a thing or two about that. Perhaps I should give them a demonstration ;)

  25. JBR Guest

    Perhaps Judah 1 can become the flagship airline of the Red States of America if Trump and his GOP and evangelical minions actually overturn the popular vote of enough states (in the Presidential Election) and split the country apart as a result. Seems like a good fit to me!

  26. al croker Guest

    JESUS WOULD TURN THE FUEL JET INTO WINE! WOW!

  27. Anonymous Missionary Guest

    I'm a missionary serving in China. For that reason, I'm posting this anonymously (it's illegal to be a missionary in China). I'd love for this to be a "thing." But the problem we face is we pack up all of our belongings into a few 50 pound suitcases and move ABROAD. Many airlines still give us free bags for those flights. When not using points and miles, we usually fly Southwest if we're in the...

    I'm a missionary serving in China. For that reason, I'm posting this anonymously (it's illegal to be a missionary in China). I'd love for this to be a "thing." But the problem we face is we pack up all of our belongings into a few 50 pound suitcases and move ABROAD. Many airlines still give us free bags for those flights. When not using points and miles, we usually fly Southwest if we're in the States (with young kids, we can board early enough to sit together still). I can't imagine these flights being any cheaper. Taking more bags would be nice, but then we'd have the problem of transporting them to and from the airport. That seemed to be the approach they were gearing towards, till the mention that they were going to focus on domestic flights. Other than whenever there's a flood of people rushing to help out with hurricane relief, when is there going to be demand? But I can't imagine them having big enough planes to pull off long flights that would be full enough to be profitable. Another niche market would be seasonal flights transporting the "missionaries" in China to conferences in Thailand each February.

  28. John ampton Guest

    Wow, some of the comments on here are beyond belief. So much anti Christian hate and bigotry. This airline exemplifies why half of the country is not compatible with the other. We’d all be happier if each group had its own countries and own space to have a society they want according to self determination. The U.S. is just too big and has too many different groups whether racial, ethnic, religious, political, ideological, etc. for...

    Wow, some of the comments on here are beyond belief. So much anti Christian hate and bigotry. This airline exemplifies why half of the country is not compatible with the other. We’d all be happier if each group had its own countries and own space to have a society they want according to self determination. The U.S. is just too big and has too many different groups whether racial, ethnic, religious, political, ideological, etc. for anyone to be happy. We are all tying each other down and holding back happiness.

    Regarding the Christian missionaries, yes, they mostly are wasting their effort and resources. They ought to focus on raising their own families and building their own communities and network for the likeminded instead of traveling 5000 miles away or 300 miles away providing artificial assistance that doesn’t help but guarantees dependence. Think sending clothes to Africa is great. It’s not. The textile industry in subsahara Africa has declined by 50% in the last 30 years taking away a lot of jobs that could have allowed many to be self supporting. And then with food and other temporary aid from the West people have more kids than they otherwise could afford and they grown up without jobs, dependent on aid and often turn to violence. The missionaries are better off spending their time and money raising happy families (good food, international travel, nice homes, etc) and being productive at home.

  29. Patrick D New Member

    Remember, when Jesus is your Co-Pilot, you can always blame any crashes on him.

  30. Jason Brandt Lewis Member

    Two words: oy vey!

  31. Steven M Guest

    "And to Networkplanner as well – this blog has always covered pieces like this, and I can’t say I’ve noticed it increase by much over the years. I think you two just don’t pay attention… I for one find this FAR more interesting than a second A380 to London…"

    Amen.

  32. Miguel Guest

    The hell you say, no God damn luggage fee? Hell must have frozen over!

  33. Leeza1 Guest

    @Endre: You should start your own blog.
    onehateratatime
    All about your paid first class tickets, your 8h layover at your loved The Wing in HKG, and everything you know we all love so much about you.
    Can't wait to not start following it.

  34. Endre Guest

    Callum, sweetheart, unlike others here does my income not depend on successful referrals and clicks.

    Therefore I don’t have to sell anyone quality contents online and can still fly paid first class at any given time.

    Peace and love for you

  35. ChrisC Guest

    No flights on a Sunday then as that’s the lords day and the day of rest.

    They say a fool and his money are soon parted (like the Red Sea?) in this case it will be quicker then most before they try to write it off as a tax loss!

  36. Fonzi Guest

    Their statement makes no sense. 50% cargo of missionaries lost? Really? Probably not in US. And they will fly domestically. Usually i thought missionaries go little further then within US so this argument is weird and i doubt old MD-80 will reach all those exotic destinations where the missionaries will be heading.

  37. Callum Guest

    Endre - I think most of us would say the same about your comments...

  38. jeff Guest

    why would missionary trips within the us be neccessary? granted that they are one of the largest economies in the world wouldnt it be more sensible to expand internationally to destinations that actually need help? (not that i agree with the missionaries' way of helping but it would be a smarter business choice)

  39. Henry Young Guest

    Just what we need - mixing up cultish medieval superstition (aka religion) with the airline industry !

  40. Endre Guest

    I totally agree with NetworkPlanner!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and concerns. You aren’t the only one feeling the content quality dropping over the span of a year or two.

  41. Dt Guest

    You can ask for water and it'd turn to wine

  42. brteacher Guest

    SFO-FF,

    You said, "Big missionary groups are a common thing for your standard southern mega-church and I can see them jumping on this type of setup if it means a direct flight to a third-world area that it would be hard to get 30-100 people to and they can get all of their cargo there."

    But they aren't planning to fly internationally!

  43. Peter Guest

    @Michael +1.

    Mind blowing to see people defending radical Islamism as the protagonist in today's iteration of the ongoing Marxist dialectic. We've apparently learned nothing since 1989. SMH.

    Interesting how not quite as much is said against the Middle Eastern airlines which openly broadcast difficult-to-ignore Islamic travel prayers.

  44. Jen in Calif Guest

    I think they are trying to fill a need they’ve observed (e.g., containers with medical supplies not arriving on mission trips, etc.). Good for them. I hope it succeeds.

  45. JRMW Guest

    The only benefit to this airline is no baggage fees
    Which will sink them (financially and aeronautically)

    I brought 300+ pounds of supplies to my medical relief trip in 1997
    (Sent separately from my passenger flight)

    Imagine a missionary team, 30-100 people. Each with hundreds of pounds of supplies/donations

  46. Jack Member

    Marketing religion in the airline business, even when it's not the branding itself, is tricky. As Alaska Airlines' former CEO and president wrote to customers in 2012 when the airline stopped offering prayer cards on meal trays (a concept that originated with Continental), "Some of you enjoy the cards and associate them with our service. At the same time, we’ve heard from many of you who believe religion is inappropriate on an airplane.” The prayer...

    Marketing religion in the airline business, even when it's not the branding itself, is tricky. As Alaska Airlines' former CEO and president wrote to customers in 2012 when the airline stopped offering prayer cards on meal trays (a concept that originated with Continental), "Some of you enjoy the cards and associate them with our service. At the same time, we’ve heard from many of you who believe religion is inappropriate on an airplane.” The prayer cards were also creepy--perhaps suggesting that everyone should pray there's no crash. OK, maybe move that message to the safety card on some airlines....

  47. The Value Traveler Guest

    Waiting for Bakr al-Bakr to commence....(ready for it?)....Jihad-1.....no luggage fees...AND lie flie seats.

  48. glenn t Diamond

    I agree 110% with @Ray's comments above. American (so-called) Christians are the most un-Christian people on the entire planet.
    I hope this new airline's first flight bursts into flames and crashes in a fireball, preferably on one of their whacko churches.

  49. Elijah Gold

    @networkplanner

    Go and start your own blog then you twat.

  50. Michael Guest

    It is interesting to note that over time the AVERAGE blog reader, also like FACEBOOK posts, etc. will rally around the negative when it has to do with Christianity, including the authors. I agree that this is a questionable proposed airline but do we need to have so many posts to come out and hit on Christianity or joke about it's theology? I imagine if this were a non-Christian airline the posts would be supportive...

    It is interesting to note that over time the AVERAGE blog reader, also like FACEBOOK posts, etc. will rally around the negative when it has to do with Christianity, including the authors. I agree that this is a questionable proposed airline but do we need to have so many posts to come out and hit on Christianity or joke about it's theology? I imagine if this were a non-Christian airline the posts would be supportive and any naysayer would find themselves crucified against the blog page in negative posts. Come on readers, is it really necessary to vent your religious anger here or voice your personal opinions on faith? This is a travelers blog! The subject was just bait from Lucky and most of you bit.

  51. Nick Guest

    On a wing and a prayer...

  52. schar Guest

    This actually sounds like a great idea. There are countless missions trips every year, why not have a specific airline just for that? Sounds great!

  53. Shawn Guest

    Religion is the greatest man made con.

  54. Stuart Diamond

    It's too bad Hooters Air failed some years back. Would have been a hoot watching the two of them compete on routes.

  55. DJ Guest

    I am all in favor of helping people and going on missions (I have done them myself), but I think there is going to lot of cost overhead. Like the article, I can see them as a charter, but not a regular commercial like Delta or even Allegiant.

  56. [email protected] Guest

    @networkplanner if you think you can do this blog better than go start one. It’s easy to sit in your desk chair in Europe and whinge on your keyboard about the fact there’s an aviation blog that reports on news all over the world including places like Australia. But guess what, there are readers of this blog from Australia too. Lots of us. The world doesn’t revolve around Europe and the garbage low cost Airlines...

    @networkplanner if you think you can do this blog better than go start one. It’s easy to sit in your desk chair in Europe and whinge on your keyboard about the fact there’s an aviation blog that reports on news all over the world including places like Australia. But guess what, there are readers of this blog from Australia too. Lots of us. The world doesn’t revolve around Europe and the garbage low cost Airlines you peasants fly on over there for an hour here and an hour there. Zzzzz

  57. TravelinWilly Diamond

    What @Callum said.

  58. Dvm Guest

    This is something for Miss. Betty Bowers

  59. Kevin Guest

    How many people click on this article just to read the comment section! ‍♂️

  60. Callum Guest

    Nate - Give it a rest. This is NOT a premium blog, so stop claiming it is then throwing hissy fits because it's not premium enough.

    And to Networkplanner as well - this blog has always covered pieces like this, and I can't say I've noticed it increase by much over the years. I think you two just don't pay attention... I for one find this FAR more interesting than a second A380 to London...

  61. Nick Guest

    1) I could see them flying the 767 at least 2-3 days per week to Israel from different US cities
    2) If they appealed to Roman Catholics there are all sorts of destinations they could fly both within North America on the MDs and internationally on the 767 for pilgrammes. Folks underestimate religious tourism—it’s huge.
    3) From April-Oct they could probably fly at least once a week with the 767 to Spain for...

    1) I could see them flying the 767 at least 2-3 days per week to Israel from different US cities
    2) If they appealed to Roman Catholics there are all sorts of destinations they could fly both within North America on the MDs and internationally on the 767 for pilgrammes. Folks underestimate religious tourism—it’s huge.
    3) From April-Oct they could probably fly at least once a week with the 767 to Spain for the Camino de Santiago.
    4) The MDs could be used to connect to the 767.

  62. Jordan Guest

    @Leeza1 - Bwahahahahahahahahaha. Brilliant!!!

  63. Donna Diamond

    It’s a flawed business plan, even if just for the charters. It’s expensive to run a small fleet and this provides little to the faithful other than a means to get from Point A to Point B. Clearly, in today’s world, there are plenty of inexpensive air travel options that would satisfy this very small market segment and probably be able to do it better and cheaper. Doomed before it gets off the ground.

  64. Thomas Geier Guest

    Will we have to pray for water to turn into wine?

  65. CraigTPA Guest

    Is there really that much demand for domestic "missions" that they'd need a specialized carrier?

  66. Christian Guest

    If they offer free unlimited wine to honor the water to wine miracle, they'd likely have some pretty full flights.

  67. HokieFan87 Guest

    Interesting to say the least. When I have gone on mission trips, we have flown commercial (economy ;p ) even if we had 30+ people going. It depends on where the airline would start flying from if they want to sustain because I think a lot of people going on mission trips would just fly commercial rather than have to fly (or drive a longer distance) to an airport that has these planes.

  68. raksiam Diamond

    that's a lot of planes for some mission/church trips

  69. brady Guest

    @Ray - Yes! So much more laudable and respectable to behead innocent victims than derangely want to go around feeding and helping the poor. Imagine if the whole world had that type of mental illness. Nobody would be hungry and no wars. Outrageous! (speaking of mental illness...)

  70. brady Guest

    Always fun to see all the religi-phobes in your audience that these types of Christian-related posts bring out. lol

  71. Ray Guest

    Missionaries are some of the most delusional people on the planet. At least radical Islamists fight for the cause of protesting western neo-colonialist meddling in their countries' politics. Christian missionaries do deranged stuff like this for no reason other than the fact that they have some crazy belief in a magical sky fairy and they think that everyone who doesn't share this belief should go to hell. Christianity is truly a mental illness.

  72. Gene Diamond

    @ Ben -- Can you imagine the IFE? FoxNews on all channels.

  73. Carter Guest

    No need for maintenance when you've got the power of prayer

  74. Tommy Trash Gold

    Direct flights from Waco, TX to Branson, MO. Really can’t think of any other viable market.

  75. Ryan Guest

    I want to create a competing airline "Judas 1". Our slogan: "when we lose your luggage, you can treat it as a betrayal."

  76. James Guest

    Will they be offering non stop service to North Sentinel island? I hear they are short of missionaries.

  77. Nate Guest

    Lucky. This is a premium blog. Stick with that. Oh wait! You need to fill spaces with junks like this and not PE?

  78. DaKine Member

    Christophobia!

    And what I am guessing will be a terrible business...

  79. Brian S Guest

    Their slogan is “Your Hands, God’s LOVE, Our Wings, Science's Physics.”

  80. SFO-FF Guest

    So, coming from the south and growing up in a religious family I actually can totally see how there might be a true market for this. The concept in the no baggage fees is not just about your two standard bags, it's about a cargo load worth of bibles and/or supplies that you intend to travel with.

    Big missionary groups are a common thing for your standard southern mega-church and I can see them...

    So, coming from the south and growing up in a religious family I actually can totally see how there might be a true market for this. The concept in the no baggage fees is not just about your two standard bags, it's about a cargo load worth of bibles and/or supplies that you intend to travel with.

    Big missionary groups are a common thing for your standard southern mega-church and I can see them jumping on this type of setup if it means a direct flight to a third-world area that it would be hard to get 30-100 people to and they can get all of their cargo there.

    If I were to bet, I would bet it would fail, but, this is no Baltia - there is at least the appearance of a market for this.

  81. Jamie New Member

    “Jesus take the yolk”

  82. UA Guest

    Goody, some other delusional religionist claiming that their imaginary sky fairy friend "spoke to them".

    Who in their right mind would be part of an organisation with a CEO who is demonstrably mentally ill and/or delusional?

  83. Hobby Lobbyist Guest

    Will we be able to transfer UR points to their frequent flyer program? Will they have a spend requirement for elite status? Co-branded credit card not subject to 5/24?

  84. Kent Member

    Why not save convert all of the expenditure and capital required to ferry people/goods to providing monetary aid for the local NGOs ? Religious organizations still operate on the principle that we live in the 1200s....

  85. David Guest

    I think this could work. The savings in catering alone could finance it. One fish, one loaf of bread, and a bottle of wine.

  86. Eskimo Guest

    @Michael Lyons

    It’s been tried before. Xenu Gave it a go around 70 million years ago flying a DC8. It ended predictably, which is to say, by South Park?

  87. Leeza1 Guest

    At least we know who's gonna be in charge of maintenance
    https://onemileatatime.com/televangelist-healed-plane-corrosion/

  88. NetworkPlanner Guest

    Okay @Ben, at this point I really have to ask couple of questions about the future of this blog.
    I understand that you need to fill in space from time to time with some funny non aviation-related, non frequent-flyer related news (which is kind of what initially set this blog apart) but lately these kind of articles seemed to have become a norm. Are you trying to tell me that news about express restaurant...

    Okay @Ben, at this point I really have to ask couple of questions about the future of this blog.
    I understand that you need to fill in space from time to time with some funny non aviation-related, non frequent-flyer related news (which is kind of what initially set this blog apart) but lately these kind of articles seemed to have become a norm. Are you trying to tell me that news about express restaurant and chicken takeaway from earlier today is more important than i.e. couple of new lounges that opened/renovated in Europe in the last month?
    At the same time aviation related topics seem to be getting more and more US/AU oriented. I do understand that's where you guys are from but if you are running a global-oriented blog you cannot tell me that launch of a random US route is more important than (and these are only announcements from today) - Budapest being the first destination where FlyDubai will complement Emirates (covering bank that EK was missing) or SQ launching additional A380 frequency to LHR, etc... There are actually interesting route launches from non-US airlines daily but that somehow gets minimal attention.
    I feel the need to mention this since I can clearly feel the difference in content (and content quality) year and a half ago and now. It used be pretty much globally oriented (covering major news from all continents), factual (I think at some point this blog was my first point of information for industry-related news) with pretty interesting and always-different reviews and now it seems that it goes like this: Some random (usually roll-eye) aviation non-related topic, route launch in US or Australia (with a unnaturally big attention to BA as well), generic reviews, complaining about AA...

    Don't get wrong, it's your blog - you get to do whatever you want with it, I am just wondering is this gradual decline in quality something you noticed or not...

  89. Icarus Guest

    Another American religious nut job trying to milk gullible people

  90. snic Diamond

    I think it would be really cool if they flew the TLV-JED route.

  91. chub Guest

    There’s another airline based in Texas that doesn’t charge bag fees, so it’s nothing special.

  92. Eugene Member

    If the airline even gets off the ground, I promise you all 100%, that I will bring aboard satanic themed baggage and clothing.

    They are a common carrier, soooo

  93. Bryan t Member

    Jokes aside, that tail design is pretty dope.

  94. cbw New Member

    Can we please see the full OMAAT Legitimacy scale? I think you need to make that official and rank every new start-up that you write about on the scale. High potential for the acerbic humor we all enjoy so much on this blog.

  95. Michael Lyons Guest

    It's been tried before. The Lord's Airline. Gave it a go around 1985-1987 flying a DC8-52. It ended predictably, which is to say, by shutting down.

  96. Steven M Guest

    Only the most modern equipment for Missionary Air, MD-80's and 767's. These simple old planes for the true believers contrast sharply with the lavish televangelist air ops:
    "Well, Pat Robertson's Operation Blessing planes were transporting diamond-mining equipment for the African Development Corporation, a Robertson-owned venture initiated with the cooperation of Mobutu Sese Seko—the Congolese dictator who paid for lobbying to seek entry into the US. Virginia's consumer affairs office found that Pat Robertson “willfully...

    Only the most modern equipment for Missionary Air, MD-80's and 767's. These simple old planes for the true believers contrast sharply with the lavish televangelist air ops:
    "Well, Pat Robertson's Operation Blessing planes were transporting diamond-mining equipment for the African Development Corporation, a Robertson-owned venture initiated with the cooperation of Mobutu Sese Seko—the Congolese dictator who paid for lobbying to seek entry into the US. Virginia's consumer affairs office found that Pat Robertson “willfully induced contributions from the public through the use of misleading statements” secretly using funds for cargo planes to aid refugees from Rwanda to transport diamond-mining equipment for his business venture." etc
    https://www.twitter.com/annalecta/status/1072209806897889282

    And of course there are plenty of news stories about other televangelists and their e.g. $54 million private aircraft
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/01/jesse-duplantis-televangelist-new-orleans-jet

    We wish Judah 1 well. And hopefully they'll be open-minded and also offer kosher and halal meals.

  97. Michael Lyons Guest

    It’s been tried before. The Lord’s Airline. They had a DC8-52. Gave it a go around 1985-1987. It ended predictably, which is to say, in a shutdown.

  98. LNYC Gold

    hmmm....used and well worn aircraft and discrimination with a side of pretzels and a full can of soda? No thanks.

  99. Alex Conway Guest

    Ben - do you think that Creflo Dollar, that guy who wanted a Gulfstream G650, so that he could transport more cargo than the plane even weighed, may have something to do with this ?

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Alex Guest

I saw in your comment and show that you are a religious extremist and sectarian, politicized. You are not American or you are a spy sent to America. Your opinion completely shows that you are anti-God and anti-American. you are pursuing your own stupid goals. I'm an atheist, but I'm sure you're not an atheist. I'm sure you are anti-Christian. you have fake religion maybe you are comunist or other religions and your fake religion is antichrist.

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Kj Guest

All your ability is to receive oxygen and convert it to carbon dioxide.

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JC1 Guest

On board catering could be good: feed the whole plane with a few loaves & fishes. Cost savings with water being changed into wine help with the ULCC business model.

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