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Air Transport Business Development, Inc.

Skybus is the next generation of low-fare carriers

Santa Monica — California — April 26, 2007 — For immediate release

Skybus Airlines

Air Transport Business Development, Inc. (ATBD) is pleased to announce its role as advisor to Skybus Airlines, Columbus, Ohio in the selection, negotiation and acquisition of its Airbus A319 fleet and support contracts since December 2005.

Skybus has sixty-five firmly ordered Airbus A319s and a further ten A319's via operating leases to support its entry into revenue operations in May 2007. ATBD advised Skybus on acquisition and support contracts from Airbus, General Electric, CFM, Thales, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, Goodyear, Bucher and Recaro. Aircraft operating lease contracts have included, ILFC, Skyservice and Virgin America.

Skybus is the next generation of low-fare carriers, based in Columbus, Ohio, flying new, fuel efficient Airbus A319 jets. "ATBD's extensive experience in aircraft and equipment evaluation and selection was invaluable to Skybus," said Skybus President Ken Gile.

"ATBD is proud to have Skybus as a key ATBD customer. We have advised Skybus from the earliest days of their fleet acquisition decisions in 2005 through to the start of revenue operations. Skybus ultra-low fares will bring air transportation within reach of a new market of air travelers. We wish them every success for the future," said ATBD CEO Dave Hopkins.

About ATBD

ATBD comprises professionals from the airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers and lessors, with more than three hundred years of combined experience. This experience is derived from designing, evaluating, launching and operating most major types of jet aircraft and engines. The company supports airlines, lessors and equipment manufacturers requiring seasoned airline experience.

About Skybus

Skybus is the next generation of low-fare airlines. It will begin service May 22 from its base in Columbus, Ohio, to the Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay, Seattle/Vancouver, Kansas City, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Richmond and Greeensboro, NC markets. Skybus offers "outrageously low fares", with at least 10 seats at $10 on every flight, every day.

For further information contact Dave Hopkins, CEO at (310) 990-2045.

Air Transport Business Development, Inc.
171 Pier Avenue, #191
Santa Monica, California 90405 USA

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