September 24, 2007

Quick MAXjet Update

In case you were wondering how MAXjet was doing, you can see here that they posted a $31 million loss on $27 million in revenue for the first half of 2007.  Yes, it's difficult to run an airline profitably.

September 24, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 18, 2007

MAXjet Applies for Seattle - Shanghai

It will never happen, but MAXjet has applied to launch Seattle to Shanghai service in 2009.  It would be the only all-business-class airline serving Asia.  No chance they get the nod, but it suggests that MAXjet is looking beyond its London routes if it ever hopes to make a profit.

July 18, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 03, 2007

MAXjet Launches Los Angeles Flights

MAXjet announced that it will begin 4-times-weekly flights from Los Angeles to London with fares that start at $699 each way.  That is stupid cheap for the business class service.  They're also upping frequencies to Vegas and Washington, DC.  The airline has made a huge improvement in its operations over the past 3 months, so, for the sake of all of us cheapskates out there, that they're able to handle this service increase gracefully. 

May 3, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

April 10, 2007

MAXjet Shapes Up

I'll give credit where it's due:  After bagging a bit on MAXjet for their miserable reliability, they've turned things around a bit.  The Cranky Flier has a good (email) interview with a MAXjet exec where we learn that, indeed, they HAVE filed their financial data that I've complained they haven't filed (they don't know why it's not showing up on the DOT website), and that after a miserable reliability record last year, they've only canceled 1 flight in the past 2 months, and they've amassed a 90% ontime record during the same period.

I will give them a ton of credit for pulling the Washington, DC, filghts which allowed them to free up aircraft to provide better service.  Well done.

April 10, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

February 02, 2007

What the Hell Is Going on at MAXjet?

I've finished up my project at Eos, so I feel a bit more comfortable talking about MAXjet now. 

A couple of suspicious things have happened over in MAXjetville...

-- The MAXjet forum over at airlinequality.com is well worth a read.  It would appear (unless ALL of those people are lying.  And they're not.) that they constantly cancel or delay flights for mechanical reasons.  You can also do your own research at flightaware.com to see how often their flights actually depart on time or at all.  It's not pretty.

-- As I didn't mention when it was announced, MAXjet cancelled its 4 weekly flights from Washington to London to add 1 additional flight from Las Vegas to London.  What happened to the plane that was flying the additional frequencies to London?  Is it even in service anymore? 

-- Airlines --both public and private--need to report financial data to the government, which is then published in a consumer unfriendly format here.  If you care, you can find Eos' financials in there.  But more importantly, you will not find MAXjet's financials in there.  Why?  I have no idea.  Though it would be interesting for someone who is a reporter (ie, not me) to do a little digging and find out why they are allowed to not disclose financial data, but every other airline must.  Hm. 

So, not to speculate (oh wait, yes I am speculating), when you add up frequently cancelled flights + inability to serve 3 cities + CEO departing + financials not disclosed, this would suggest a bit of a mess.   There's a story here..

I'm certainly interested in hearing any MAXjet passenger tales if you have them...

February 2, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (3)

October 09, 2006

$999 Business Class Roundtrip from Washington and Las Vegas to London

MAXjet has had a series of really cheap promotions going on lately, and here's another:

Book by October 23rd and fly between November 15 and March 15, and you can get a roundtrip ticket from either Las Vegas or Washington to London for just $999.  That's in business class. The Vegas fare is just insane.  Seriously.  Insane.

October 9, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1)

September 19, 2006

Another Cheap $999 Business Class Fare to London

Since Delta's $999 round trip business class fare from New York to London expired last week, it's time for another airline to come in and fill the void:  MAXjet is now offering the same fare from both New York and Washington to London on its all-business-class 767s.  Its seats are like a comfortable domestic business class, not the lie-flat-and-cashmere-blanket business class, but for $999, it's a great deal.  Book by October 1 and fly between November 1 and February 28.

September 19, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (4)

July 26, 2006

Kingfisher Airlines to Buy MAXjet?

The Times of India is reporting that India's Kingfisher Airlines (named after a beer, mind you) is in talks to purchase MAXjet.  Kingfisher's owner has made it clear that he would like to own an airline in the US, which he can't do since he's not a citizen.  But his kids are, so he's hoping they can buy it.  In any case, he wants a foothold in the US to give him rights to fly to India.  MAXjet is vehemently denying a sale.  I'm shocked -- shocked! -- you can't always believe what you read in the newspaper.

July 26, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1)

July 17, 2006

Reporter Takes on MAXjet

Uh, don't piss off a reporter from the Times of London.  A reporter from the paper found her MAXjet flight delayed by 2 1/2 hours and then proceded to write a vicious article attacking the airline and telling people not to fly the airline.  Now, I don't really care whether you fly MAXjet or not, but let's be real: flights are delayed all the time.  She was especially angry that she felt lied to by ground staff and then the airline's CEO.  A 2 1/2 hour delay is not uncommon (though I've also heard that MAXjet has suffered its share of mechanical issues), but a 1000 word attack on the airline is probably not warranted.  And her editors should've known better.  That said, it's a good read.

July 17, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (5)

May 04, 2006

EOS Airlines Lowers Prices to $1475 Each Way to London

EOS Airlines, which flies all first class seats to London from New York, has lowered fares to $1,475 each way.  The airline had originally hoped to get $3200 each way, has lowered prices in a bid to win traffic from the myriad other airlines flying the same route.  EOS' seats and service are at least as nice as anyone's first class, so this is a bargain.  Even so, you can fly the all-business-class MAXjet for about $1000 round trip (sometimes less).  If price is no object, though, EOS is a steal. 

May 4, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 02, 2006

$499 Round Trip Business Class Fare from DC to London (Including Taxes)

Gotta love those guys at MAXjet.  If you can leave on May 6 and return May 7, 8 or 10th, you can get a $499 round trip fare between Washington DC and London.  Including taxes.  In their all-business-class seats.  Insane.  Just enter the code MADMAX at checkout.

(thanks to the Flyertalk guys for this one)

May 2, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

April 18, 2006

A MAXjet Follow-Up

A couple of months ago I wrote a little blurb suggesting that MAXjet was not selling a particularly large number of seats (I estimated they were selling 40something percent of available seats).  I thought I'd give a bit of an update:  the company put out a release saying that March their load factor (their percentage of seats sold) was about 50% (so I probably wasn't that far off in February.  Yay me.) and that their April and May load factors will be in the 70% range.  They've done a fair amount of discounting, and these numbers don't include their newly introduced flights to Washington, but it's a good sign for them, nonetheless. 

April 18, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

April 11, 2006

Yet Another Business Class Airline to London?

A new airline called Silverjet announced that it will launch all-business class service between Newark and Luton Airport in London by the end of the year.  The carrier, which will compete with similar services by EOS and MAXjet, will charge about $1800 round trip for one of its 100 lie-flat seats on a 767.  They also said that they expect to be able to charge as little as $200 round trip for some seats.  You do the math.  Anyway, they need to raise about $45 million before they go out of business, er, launch.

April 11, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 16, 2006

$750 Round Trip in Business Class to London on MAXjet

MAXjet is once again offering a $750 round trip fare from New York to London good through the rest of the year (that INCLUDES taxes, which are almost never included in advertised fares).  Remember---this is in business class.  The price is only good on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but it's valid through the summer, when coach fares are usually higher than that.  If you're even considering a flight to London, these cheap fares are ridiculous.  Enter code JFK06 at checkout.

March 16, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

February 07, 2006

EOS and MAXjet: An Update

You may be wondering how MAXjet and EOS are doing.  You may first be wondering what they are (in which case you probably don't care how they're doing).  The new carriers, flying all business class seating across the Atlantic, have both been offering fare sales regularly.  So, in an OTR first, I've done a bit of an investigation into how their seats are selling, and here's what I've learned:

Looking at the number of seats sold for the next six flights on each airline, the picture isn't particularly pretty, and it's quite ugly for EOS.  MAXjet has an average load factor (percent of seats sold) of 35%, with a high load factor of 49% and a low of 18%.  EOS has an average of 22%, with a high of 42% and a low of 10%. 

Sure, lots of business travelers fly on little notice, so the load factors will improve as the dates get closer, but these dates are pretty close to begin with.  Nobody makes money at 35% or 22%.  Or even at their high levels of 49% and 42%.  Admittedly, winter is slow for travel to London.  But it's mostly business travel on these airlines, and it won't necessarily pick up in summer.

Both of these guys have some cash to burn, so they're not going anywhere anytime soon.  But these early numbers suggest it may be a rough road.

February 7, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (5)