Final disposition is pending the outcome of the auction next week of course, but it sure looks like they’re going to sell just a few pieces of the airline and shut down.
A thread at ACA-LOUNGE.COM, a bulletin board for the airline’s employees (and a place rife with rumors), indicates that pretty much everyone has gotten their furlough notices:
- Dear Flight Attendant ######:
As you know, FLYi, Inc, the holding company for Independence Air, has been actively engaged in securing inverstors in, or purchasers of, the Company as it attempts to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankrupcy Code.
The Company expects that is it is unable to secure significant external investment or a sale of all or substantially all of its operations before January 7, 2006, it will permanently cease all operations and seperate all employees at all locations sometime during the period January 7-21, 2006.
In accordance with Section 16.A.4 of the collective bargaining agreement between the Company and AFA covering flight attendants, this letter shall constitue notice that you will be furloughed effective January 7, 2006. The Company retains the right to ament or rescind this notice of furlough.
Vice President, Employee Services
Everyone pretty much confirms receiving this all around, flight attendants and pilots alike, whether assigned to regional jets or Airbus aircraft.
While the airline is still offering tickets for sale on its website, I wouldn’t buy any tickets.