THE untimely demise of airline 1time has many a passenger fuming, while for others it is "like losing a family member".
According to Fin24 user Braam van Vuren
, 1time was outclassing the rest by miles and "it feels like I lost a family member".
"I commuted with 1time between Johannesburg and Cape Town since 2008. What a pity this happened.
"(I'm) not looking forward to using the only other option as Mango and SAA will not see me even at half the price."
Another Fin24 user, Joleen
, wrote: "I will personally miss you, 1time! It was always a pleasure to fly with you. Never had any complaints.
"From booking on your website, which was easy and clear, to pre-booking your seat, all the way and back! We could afford flying with you. WE WILL MISS YOU!"
"I flew the ariline a few times during 2007 and 2010 and it was better than many others," writes Guillermo Lapidus
"Good and fiendly service, pilots that knew 'how to land properly', on time, clean airplanes. A good value for the money.
"I'm sorry to see a business like this going down," said Guillermo.Themba Masuku
said he will miss the air hostesses' Macarena dance.
This is heartbreaking news, wrote Alicia Myburgh
. "My prayers, my heart and thoughts go out to all the employees. I always flew with you. Smiles for miles.
"Nothing too much to ask for. However shall I get to Johannesburg next month?
"I pray that you all find good jobs soon, or that some miracle happens and 1times survives. They gave so much."
In a comment on the article Bankrupt 1time files for liquidation
, Colin Fryer
said CEO Blacky Komani tried very hard and ran with a good business plan to secure a future for 1time.
"He brought transparency, a will to listen and an ethic feel through the entire airline.
"This is one reason so many folk found resonance when flying this airline." Noel Maddison
considered 1time staff a class above many airlines that charged a lot more. He describes what it was like on probably the last 1time flight.
"I think I was (probably) on the last flight of 1time. We left Port Elizabeth at 3.21pm (on Friday).
"I had a window seat and the pilot was hugging the ground crew team, one lady from 1time was crying. It was very sad to see but at this time I never knew they had been liquidated but all the crew must have been told the bad news by the pilot.
"The flight back to Cape Town was very professional with the crew not showing any sadness.
"The pilot landed that plane so well that it felt like we were still flying, so smooth.
"I really liked flying with 1time, even in the bus from the plane to the airport passengers were talking about how well the flight went with good service etc.
"No one knew yet that they went under, (it) was around 4.20pm. Looks like it was the last landing for 1time!
"I really feel sad for all the staff because they really were in a class above many airlines that charge a lot more."