OneJet had been flying on an operating certificate held by Ultimate JetCharters. OneJet is now pursuing its own certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration and will suspend scheduled services during that process, Maguire said. “The result of this transition will be a more robust and reliable operation for our customers from the fourth quarter forward.” He did not immediately comment on the lawsuit or the company’s financial health.
Henry Harteveldt, founder of the travel consulting firm Atmosphere Research Group and a former airline executive, said the damage could be lasting.
“When an airline exits a market it loses credibility with the traveling public,” he said. “I wonder if we ever see OneJet take to the skies again.”
Some OneJet customers complained about canceled flights and difficulty in getting money back. In an interview this spring, Maguire said: “Certainly, when you’re growing an airline, there are growing pains.”
OneJet isn’t the only upstart that has been trying to scoop up well-heeled passengers in smaller airports. JetBlue has invested in JetSuite and is selling seats aboard its scheduled West Coast charter service JetSuiteX. On the other end of the spectrum, JetBlue’s founder, David Neeleman, is exploring starting a new low-cost airline.