SkyBus

  • 2008: Skybus airline begins operations in Greensboro and is expected to create as many as 375 jobs and invest more than $350 million in aircraft and other equipment in the Triad. The airline was lured to PTI with an incentives package that could possibly total more than $56.8 million.
  • Jan 15, 2008: Begins service from its new hub at PTI. The first 10 seats on every flight are $10.
  • Mar 13, 2008: Begins offering flights to 11 cities, including New York, Chicago and Philadelphia areas. Skybus pilots attempt to unionize, with more than 80 percent favoring a vote by next month to join the Teamsters.
  • Mar 19, 2008: Announces plans to cut five daily flights out of Piedmont Triad International Airport as the low-fare carrier wrestles with rising oil prices and focuses on more profitable routes.
  • Mar 24, 2008: Announces the resignation of the chief executive officer, Bill Diffenderffer. He will be replaced by CFO, Mike Hodge.
  • April 2008: Vice president for operations, Bud Sittig announces plans to leave the company. Sittig joined Skybus in December 2004 and was one of the company’s founders.
  • April 2008: Company files for bankruptcy; 85 employees in Greensboro are laid-off.
  • June 2, 2009: Employees who said Skybus Airlines didn't give them proper notice before it shut down will receive about $1,800 each in a settlement from a class-action lawsuit filed by former workers. Skybus agreed to the settlement in and the deal was approved the last week of May by a bankruptcy court. The Skybus estate will pay $925,000, including more than $613,000 to be distributed among 342 ex-employees covered by the suit.

2008 Officers:
Charlie Clifton – Board of Managers
Mike Hodge – Chief Financial Officer
Floyd Nickerson – Vice President, People
Toney Quillen – Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering
Bill Diffenderffer: Chief Executive Officer


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