In the 1961 Doris Day comedy "Lover Come Back," Rock Hudson mounts
an advertising campaign for a product called "Vip." The catch is
that Vip doesn't exist. Hilarity ensues.
Nearly as entertaining is a virtual product that's being hawked
on line as I write: Crystal Airways is strictly an on-line airline. It has
no flights. It has no fleet! No pilots, no slots, not a
single flight attendant nor one smoked nut.
It does have a chairman, president & CEO, in the name of one
Timothy L. Rivers. I assume he exists, because his picture is on
the Crystal Airways Web site. Oh yes, they have a Web site, replete
with proposed routes (many), sample fares (low), pictures of planes
(new) and seats (huge), all of it angled to fan the flames of
passengers' disenchantment toward the major carriers and generate
cash for Crystal.
You see, Mr. Rivers is still seeking funding for his airline. He
hopes one day to get a plane. Who knows? Maybe somebody will get
mad enough at the other guys to buy him one. Meanwhile, he has a