Airship Ventures has ceased operations and grounded the airship Eureka — a Zeppelin NT — effective immediately.
The company operated Eureka since 2008, giving passenger rides in the San Francisco Bay area and carrying advertising for companies including Farmers Insurance, Disney, and genetics-testing company 23andme. The company has struggled financially and was apparently unable to find a new corporate sponsor.
To Airship Ventures co-founders Brian and Alexandra Hall we offer both condolences and congratulations; we are sad to see Eureka grounded, but we congratulate you on four safe and inspiring years in the air. Thank you for bringing a zeppelin back to American skies for the first time in 75 years. We wish you and your team the very best.