A Big Oops

 

A Big Oops

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines was founded in 2005 by Rev. Dr. Raymond C. Lee and his wife, Priscilla Hwang Lee. The business model was to create a carrier offering low-cost fares a la JetBlue and RyanAir, but over long distance routes. The initial foray was to be round-trip flights between Hong Kong and London for as little as $209 one way. At the Hong Kong International Airport on Oct. 25, more than 300 passengers, including top executives from the company, boarded one of the two refurbished Boeing 747s—purchased from Singapore Airlines for $100 million—for the inaugural flight to Gatwick. After sitting on the tarmac for over