Fiji Airstrip (Photo: Thinkstock/iStock)
American West Jets
Still more Vegas: The idea with American West Jets seems to be to start by flying from Las Vegas to Fiji, Pago Pago, and Sydney. Some reports say the airline also plans to fly from Orlando-Sanford to several countries in West Africa and the Caribbean. Fares, schedules, and such are not even close to settled. One plane pictured on the website is a 747-400 and the other is a Lockheed L1011—an Eastern Air Lines L1011, which is a model that has been retired from commercial service worldwide. And nothing in the industry media seems to indicate what the airline's specific business plan might be. It did buy out the operating certificate from Ryan International, however, so it doesn't face huge paperwork requirements.
Prognosis: It seems like vaporware for now—and maybe also for later.