Hooters Air was one of the shortest-lived commercial airlines in America, only lasting from March 2003 to April 2006. It didn’t even live long enough to graduate from a 4-year university but it left an indelible mark on America and the legend of Hooters Air will live on.
When Hooters Air shut down in 2006 they reported a loss of around $40 million, and the economic impact of the airline shutting down was pretty devastating on Myrtle Beach, South Carolina which is where the airline was headquartered. Business Insider video put together this great clip which shows the rise and fall of Hooters Air in a fascinating look back at one of the most niche airlines in history:
I was never fortunate enough to fly Hooters Air and if we’re being honest today then I can finally get this off my chest and admit that not flying Hooters Air is quite possibly my biggest regret in life. When the grim reaper comes for me at the ripe old age of 169 years old the doctors will hear me muttering about how I wasted my youth and never flew Hooters Air.
Sadly, in the age of KickStarter and GoFundMe, not ONE PERSON has stood up to try and resurrect Hooters Air from the mid-aughts (middle 2000’s). What’s the point of having multiple crowd-funding platforms with millions and millions of users if we’re not using our collective power to resurrect Hooters Air?