A ll business class airlines came onto the
aviation scene in late 2005 with much fanfare. With premium service and low
prices they hoped to attract both cost-conscious business travellers and high-end
leisure passengers. By 2008 however, both high oil prices and a severe economic
crisis brought the demise of the independent all-business carrier.
Let's take a look back and compare the 3 all business class airlines - EOS Airlines, Maxjet and Silverjet - which were operating transatlantic flights from the UK to the US.
EOS Airlines was the most exclusive and expensive of the 3 airlines, the nearest to a first class service. Flew a regular London Stansted STN to New York JFK service.
Maxjet was the real budget option with return prices as low as £430 / $750 return. Flew from its London Stansted base to New York JFK, Washington IAD, Los Angeles LAX and Las Vegas LAS. However its service was not in the same league as EOS or Silverjet and technical problems with aircraft sometimes caused passengers severe delays.
Silverjet was reasonably priced and had an excellent product. Silverjet had its own dedicated terminal at London Luton where it served New York Newark EWR and Dubai DXB. Silverjet's only operational drawback (like Maxjet) was any maintenance issues with their relatively old aircraft fleet could cause timetable cancellations or delays.
|First Flight||18th Oct 2005||1st Nov 2005||25th Jan 2007|
|Shut Down||27th Apr 2008||24th Dec 2007||30th May 2008|
|Fleet||6 Boeing 757s||5 Boeing 767s||3 Boeing 767s|
|Seat Config||48 seats 2-2||102 seats 2-2-2||100 seats 2-2-2|
|Seat + Pitch||Lie Flat 78"||Cradle 60"||Angled Flat 75"|
|Frequency LON-NYC||22x weekly|
|Typical Return Price||£1,171 / $2,350||£863 / $1547||£999 / $1,955|