Hooter's Air ?

Bluestreak

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I can't make this stuff up.....If they start hiring,I'm appying.

Hooters Chairman to Spend $50,000 Per Week While Considering Vanguard Airlines Bailout
By Josh Freed Associated Press Writer
Published: Aug 14, 2002
__KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Robert H. Brooks, who runs Hooters
restaurants, is thinking about buying Vanguard Airlines, the Kansas City-based discount carrier that shut down and filed for bankruptcy last month.
A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved a plan by Brooks to give Vanguard $50,000 per week for the next three weeks. The money will keep a skeleton staff at Vanguard to work on plans to get the airline flying again.
The cash also buys time for Brooks to examine the company's books to see if he wants to invest in it or buy it outright, according to A.J. Block, an Atlanta attorney for Brooks.
Brooks started a company called Hooters Air Inc. to make the payments. "What he's doing is investigating toward some investment or acquisition relating to Vanguard," Block said.
Vanguard spokeswoman Elizabeth Cattell said it's too soon to know what a revamped Vanguard might look like under Brooks and Hooter Air, Inc. "If it'll be 'Hooters girls' flight attendants, it's too early," Cattell said.
But she didn't dismiss the idea.
Cattell called Hooters a "fresh product." She said there's more to Brooks than Hooters. After all, she said, he's a successful businessman who helped build Hooters into a successful, national chain. To Vanguard, he would bring financial strength, "which is what we've needed all along," she said. Vanguard suspended flights, laid off 90 percent of its employees and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 30. Even though it has been looking for a bailout, Vanguard president and chief executive officer Scott Dickson told employees in a letter that "it is likely this is a permanent shutdown."
Vanguard attorney Dan Flanigan said Brooks' interest came out of the blue.
"He came out of such an unusual place - no one would have predicted it would be him we would be talking to at this point," Flanigan said. If Brooks doesn't buy Vanguard, it's not immediately clear whether the airline is likely to find any other suitors. Flanigan said he believed discussions are happening with other potential investors, although he said he did not know details of those discussions. Analysts have expressed doubts, however, about Vanguard's prospects for getting financial help.
Vanguard served Myrtle Beach, S.C., where Brooks lives. "So he is very much a supporter of Myrtle Beach, and the termination of Vanguard was disturbing to all of Myrtle Beach," Block said. Brooks also has a strong interest in aviation and owns an airplane, although he doesn't fly it himself, Block said.
Brooks is chairman of Hooters of America Inc., which owns or franchises 315 beach-themed restaurants known as much for the orange short-shorts and tight T-shirts of its waitresses as for its cuisine. He founded Eastern Foods Inc. in 1966, which makes dressings and sauces. Vanguard had never shown a yearly profit. But Sept. 11 made its problems worse, and it became one of three airlines to file for bankruptcy since the terrorist attacks. The others were US Airways, on Sunday, and Midway Airlines.
Meanwhile, several airlines said Tuesday they will honor tickets held by Vanguard.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation said other airlines must honor the tickets while charging a minimum fee, generally no more than $25, as long as there was space available on flights. Many customers had complained that other airlines were forcing them to buy new tickets.
 

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I'd like to see those flight attendants!

Sorry, I couldn't resist
 
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An innovative entrepreneurial approach may be the ticket to revive or run the operation. It has certainly paid dividends for Herb's troops at SWA.

I know that the FA's would have nothing short of the cabin's undivided attention when giving the safety briefing. During an emergency when the FA yells "Everybody calm down and look at me!", she will get results.

Personally, I want to be on one of those flights during severe turbulence. :cool:
 

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Can't wait to see the paint on the planes- SWA has Shamu and Vangard would have hooters.
 

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We would have to come up with a good excuse to fly them, we couldnt use the ole' "they have good cheap wings".
 

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The greyhounding of the airline industry

Time to get out of aviation before it gets any more dumbed down.
 

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Surely you jest. If anything, this would be the time to get in.

Formerly we heard the trite sayings such as "To make a small fortune in aviation, start with a large one," and so forth. At least now, one can retort, "Yeah, but look at them hooters!"

In an industry where the chief premise for manipulating the airplane is pulling back to make the houses grow smaller, and pulling back more to make them grow big again, I don't see superior intellect at the top of job requirements. Dumbing down just isn't an issue. Now, hooters, on the other hand...
 

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hey avbug,

you still working the fires?


Hope all is well. :)
 

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Yes. I'm on a scheduled day off today, the first in a long time, with nothing better to do than pay bills, lounge about irresponsibly, and play spin-the-litterbox with my new cat.
 

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Holy Crapola!

If he makes the FA's Hooters girls then he would make a killing!

Hell, I'd work there for less than I make now (which ain't much).

:D

Skeezer
 

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Already there

We already had "Hooter's Girls" at ACA, they just had to wear a less revealing uniform.

Several times on the PVD overnights we gave servers the contact information for HR.

I am for anything that keeps the Vanguard pilots off the street.

Humble
 

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Those Vegas flights will no doubt be outragous. Lets face it, $ex sells in every other industry, commercial aviation will be no different. This ones got huge potential!
 

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Count me in!

This is hysterically funny, and not the worst idea I've ever heard.

Where do I sign up to be a flight attendant? Screw air traffic control... *chuckles*

Stephanie
 

Hugh Jorgan

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skeezer said:
Holy Crapola!

If he makes the FA's Hooters girls then he would make a killing!

Hell, I'd work there for less than I make now (which ain't much).

:D

Skeezer
If they put Vanguard F/A's in Hooter's uniforms, they're sure to sink like a lead zeppelin!
 

utahpilot

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let's see, call sign 'juggs' I'm guessin?
 

ShawnC

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Oh god, Juggs, ROFL....

Chicago Cetner this is Juggs Six Niner with you...
 

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...and the inflight meal will be wings and beer! :D
 

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GO FOR IT......................

just wait till you order dinner,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, do want any blue chesse, what about fries,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

The before you leave the plane wanna by a t-shirt, yea take yours off,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Hope it works out they mite even make some money,,,,,,,,,,,,,,:rolleyes:
 

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Let's see... The guy who runs Hooters is going to save an airline that went "bust!" (Get it... BUST?):D
 

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I wonder if they have ever had a sexual harassment suit at a Hooters? And wasn't Hooters sued by some guy that wanted to work there? How could they keep up their "standards" of who they hire for FA's?
 
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