How can ATA get away with accepting airfare knowing they were going under? Then to have the nerve (to put it lightly) to call a residence asking for more money the day before this came to be known. Now these people have to fight to get their refunds...that's criminal activity.
Direct the class action lawsuit to the hedge fund company finanacial investment firm Matlin Patterson's Global Oppurtunties Fund II. They could have directed their other companies flight operation to accomodate the stranded passengers by rerouting them on World Airways or North American Airlines charter aircraft.
AMR and American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines do this for their stranded passengers all the time and even on other none owned airlines
It's so sad for the passengers and even more for the employees..I wish them the best and to find a new and better jobs...
American Airlines really helped us out as we attempted to get to Midway after our flight was canceled from HONOLULU as ATA call it quits...Thank American Airlines
That is kind of you. I am aware of a few people who are involved with this through my consulting work.
Thanks AAers... TZ frontline (;
i understand the loss to these people with the jobs. I think the company should have done more for the customers though. My husband was enroute home after being deployed to Iraq and he is sitting, waiting for a flight home. the airline posted a sign saying there should be a flight sometime monday (72 hour hold)but if they are shut down, how is that going to happen. with his cercumstances, he cannot fly a normal flight, so how will he get home? his military orders and tomorrow.
From personal knowledge of ATA Airlines... I know the employees of this company would have done anything in their power to have reunited you with your loved one. I have routinely heard of stories of crews being about aircraft with military passengers for longer than 22 hours when weather or mechanical issues intervene.
This was a Matlin Patterson Global Aero Logistics decision.... the inconvinience could have been prevented.
stop raggn on the poor uninformed pax. ATA mngt should have told everyone the were ending operations in 24 hrs like PAA did. But why should mngt care anyway, they aren't walking away empty like the employees.
well at least you still have a job as we the ata employees who knew nothing about our airline going out of business do not, and united and has the same fare as we did!
So sorry to hear of this. I am sure your individual commitment and pride the people and employees of ATA displayed will carry you a long way in your future endeavors. Have faith and remember the good times
I nearly cried yesterday listening to NPR's interview of an ATA pilot who didn't know he had lost his job until he showed up at Midway and his access badge didn't work.
...and now the ATA execs are telling both the employees and the passengers to suck it up, while they make out gangbusters. Since when did "people before profits" become fighting words in this country?
I am sure American Trans Air employees are greatful for your compassion