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Hooters Air, with hot pants, takes off

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by beardo, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. beardo

    beardo Guest

    caddy shack in the sky


    Hooters Air, with hot pants, takes off

    ATLANTA, March 6 — If any of the passengers who boarded an aging Hooters Air 737 in Atlanta on Thursday had a fear of flying, none showed it. Perhaps it was the thought of attractive young women in hot pants and tank tops that set their minds at ease.

    IN A THROWBACK to an era when airlines sought to titillate as well as transport their male clientele, Hooters Air joined the growing ranks of low-cost U.S. airlines on Thursday with the start of scheduled service between Atlanta and the resort town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Its approach is decidedly less stuffy than the no-frills image of, say, JetBlue Airways Corp. , the New York-based low-cost airline.
    Hooters Air, whose owner Robert Brooks also is chairman of the Hooters of America restaurant chain famous for its spicy chicken wings and scantily clad waitresses, believes that droves of mostly male golfers and sportsmen will pay good money to rub shoulders with its beauties at 30,000 feet.
    Two “Hooters Girls” in skimpy orange-and-white outfits will help serve snacks and drinks to passengers.
    “A lot of people today don’t have a lot to smile about,” Brooks said during a ceremony celebrating its inaugural flight at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.
    “We want to transcend that,” said Brooks, who added that the airline was more than a mere marketing tool for Hooters’ Atlanta-based chain of more than 300 restaurants in 43 states and 10 countries. The privately held restaurant chain celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

    Hooters Air admittedly is starting off small. It will fly one retrofitted plane between Atlanta and Myrtle Beach for the next two weeks. A second route from Newark, New Jersey, to Myrtle Beach via Atlanta will be added on March 20.
    The airline hopes to make up in comfort what it lacks in scope. Its orange-and-white jets, operated by Pace Airlines of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have been retrofitted with 112 leather seats. Hooters Air claims the seats provide more leg room than those of its competitors.
    Fares are in line with other airlines flying between Atlanta and Myrtle Beach and do not change regardless of when they are purchased, which the airline hopes will draw last-minute golfers with an urge to play the links in Myrtle Beach.
    One-way fare between Atlanta and Myrtle Beach is about $130 per person.
    Hooters already has four restaurants serving the South Carolina golfing mecca of Myrtle Beach.

    ‘I expect Hooters Air to bounce along until they go bust ... It is proof that there is no shortage of stupid ideas in the airline business.’
    Forrester Research But airline analysts say that Hooters Air faces a daunting challenge making a go of it in the financially ailing industry.
    Major U.S. airlines have lost billions of dollars since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States threw the industry into an unprecedented financial crisis. Wall Street estimates the major U.S. carriers lost between $8 billion and $10 billion in 2002.
    Henry Harteveldt, an airline analyst for Forrester Research in San Francisco, described Hooters Air as a novelty idea that would not give established carriers such Delta Air Lines, which operates on the same route, anything to worry about.
    “I expect Hooters Air to bounce along until they go bust,” Harteveldt said. “They will never be a major factor in the scheduled market. It is proof that there is no shortage of stupid ideas in the airline business.”
    Harteveldt said it would make more sense for Hooters to concentrate on the charter and corporate shuttle market, rather than try to compete on regularly scheduled routes.
  2. !@#$%

    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

    Joined: Oct 1, 2002 Messages: 18,517 Likes Received: 622
    .......and i thought terrorists loved to hijack planes before they were loaded with hookers in skimpy outfits!!
  3. beans

    beans Member

    Joined: Nov 18, 2002 Messages: 745 Likes Received: 0
    ...not a big fan of hooters, they need a new color scheme and need to lose the pantyhose. i can just see the hooter girls flying the plane, too funny.
  4. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
    when southwest started, 'sex' was their whole angle. the girls all wore hot pants and go go boots. they had all sorts of little sexual inuendo's in all their advertisements and shit. its a pretty funny story actually, the whole history of southwest. well, funny being a relative term of course.
    im not bored at all.
  5. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    I doubt there will be a shortage of old golfers that want to stare at young hotties tits and ass. I remember hearing about some brothel in the air somewhere. I'll see if I can't find some info on it.
  6. bigpoppa.k

    bigpoppa.k Elite Member

    Joined: May 2, 2001 Messages: 3,151 Likes Received: 17
    so when are they coming to canada?
  7. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    I heard the same thing Steve.

    It's a plane that flies out of LasVegas airport
    and loops around the city for 2 hours. It has
    personal cabins so you can do whatever you want
    in privacy. I didn't hear about the hookers... but hell... it's vegas!
  8. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    I can't find anything on it, but I'll keep looking.
  9. A Fire Inside

    A Fire Inside Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 5, 2001 Messages: 1,836 Likes Received: 0
  10. TEE_rase_war

    TEE_rase_war Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 6, 2001 Messages: 1,717 Likes Received: 1
    i'm flying down to Oz.

    i would like to see what those girls look like after an 18 hour flight.

    All saggy in spots
  11. SleepAnDream

    SleepAnDream Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 2, 2002 Messages: 3,078 Likes Received: 0
    i love me some hooters girls...its like paying for sex...just not.
  12. sans sheriff

    sans sheriff Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 20, 2003 Messages: 1,269 Likes Received: 42
    McAllister: "Arr, matee, narry a warning light to be seen. Clear
    sailin' ahead for our precious cargo."
    Sailor: "Uh, would that be the hot pants, sir?"
    McAllister: "Aye, the hot pants."
  13. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

    Joined: May 12, 2000 Messages: 6,952 Likes Received: 6
    i took a girl to hooters once and as soon as we went in all the girls started chanting "Application, Application, Application." I thought it was mad funny.
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  15. Intangible

    Intangible 12oz Legend

    Joined: Jul 9, 2001 Messages: 17,479 Likes Received: 6
    You gotta think what fucking idiots will be flying your plane! I think when flying, seriousness and professionalism doesnt encompass the word "Hooters Air."