After many months, the end is near for Independence Air. Their last flight will depart IIRC Buffalo at 7PM on Thursday. Shame to see them go. I flew them just once, to Chicago, and could not have been happier with them. I hoped that they would make it through, so I could have used them this year. A little background. Flyi started out about 18 months ago, after their contract with United as a regional operator went away. At the time they only operated CRJ200's (only to add Airbus 319's (IIRC) for their long distance flights to SFO, LAS, and the such). They started out with something like 600 flights a day IIRC. They had only one hub, Dulles (IAD). And that may have led to their early death. As well as predatory practices by better financed airlines, even those in bankruptcy. They were a fun, and quirky airline. The safety tape played on my Chicago flight made me pay attention, and even gave me a chuckle and smile here and there. Even walking out on the tarmac to step aboard my flight, made me wistful of days gone by. On my return flight from Chicago, the captain came on the intercom asking for two people from the first 5 rows to move to the center or rear of the plane for better balance. No one moved. About 5 minutes later he came back on the intercom and said, "I asked a few minutes ago for two passengers to move their seat assignments so we can get underway. Well, I will only ask once more. For you don't want me to get out of my seat, now do you?". Shades of cars trips with my Dad! Not to mention not having to fight 150 to 200 other fellow travelers to get to my seat (the CRJ200 seats only 50). My trip to Chicago was one of the most enjoyable on Flyi. MacDawg will understand better the human/personal impact of this passing. At this time 2700 will lose their jobs. I like to think that these 2700 stayed around because they believed in their jobs, their company, and their customers.