Airship Ventures Ceases Operations
In happier days, here is Eureka over Seattle with Insurance company advertising (not a full time sponsor).
I was privileged to do a 2 hour flight on Eureka around San Francisco in 2009 and it was a great experience.
Lacking Sponsorship, World’s Largest Passenger Airship was Grounded suddenly on November 14, 2012
Airship Ventures, operators of the world’s largest passenger airship, the Zeppelin Eureka, have announced today that despite history-making successes and a stellar performance and safety record, they will be ceasing operations immediately.
Since its founding, the company had faced challenges including the economic recession that impacted regular passenger numbers and demanded the need for a regular sponsorship partner for the company to remain viable. Adding to this, a world helium shortage increased the company’s operating costs and pressure for a long-term sponsor that had not materialized.
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