The reason why I bring SkyEurope back into the spotlight is simple, this company managed to teach many Slovak’s, Hungarian’s, Czech’s and Pole’s the idea of flying for cheap rather than taking the train, bus, boat in extreme cases. This is something we cannot forget. RIP SkyEurope Airlines.
SkyEurope a pioneer low-cost company in eastern and central Europe
SkyEurope managed to connect Bratislava, Prague, Budapest and Warsaw; the capitals of newly joined European union member states. For the first time in the airline industry, an airline company had international hubs and each nation had their designated aircraft that operated under one company in eastern Europe. This was almost like a revolution that nobody expected to work out, and yet it did. SkyEurope was founded by Alain Skowronek (Chairman) and Christian Mandl (Chief Executive) in the year 2001. The first flight was carried out between Kosice and Bratislava (connected two biggest cities in the Slovak Republic). The flight was operated by a turbo-prop Embraer 120 ER Brasilia. During the course of time, SkyEurope managed to update its fleet from the Embraer 120 to a set of Boeing 737-500 and later it updated to the Boeing 737-700NG and it was the first lowcost company in eastern and central Europe ,that used the Boeing 737-700NG series.
More Milestones/Interesting Facts
- On September 27,2005, the airline went public on the Vienna and Warsaw stock exchanges. The initial public offering price was 6 EUR, valuing the company at 120 million euro
- In 2006, SkyEurope announced it would cut ticket prices to minus 10 koruna(ex-slovak currency before the euro adoption), claiming to become the first airline that pays people for flying with it.
- According to a survey by Skytrax Research of London between August 2007 and July 2008, SkyEurope was the best low-cost airline in Eastern Europe and 3rd best low-cost airline in Europe.
This article was written by our resident aviation editor Roland Ondrus.