Silverjet will be profitable in a "couple of months", I heard Silverjet CEO Lawrence Hunt say on the UK's breakfast business programme on Radio 4 this morning. Cynics might say "if you are still around!".
He was commenting on the survival prospects for all-business class carriers following the demise this weekend of EOS Airlines. So far Hunt's Silverjet, the London Luton Airport UK outfit, has outlasted its US-based competitors. MaxJet of course went pop on Christmas Eve. In Europe only French carrier L-Avion remains alongside Silverjet.
Hunt commented that over the past year the carrier has been able to raise fares by about 20% which has partly compensated for rising fuel prices.
So, good luck Lawrence, we know it is incredibly tough and that some are skeptical about your survival. But keep battling on.