When Eos Airlines launched its first flights in 2005, the startup carrier named for a Greek goddess came with enthusiastic business travelers...

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ATLANTA — When Eos Airlines launched its first flights in 2005, the startup carrier named for a Greek goddess came with enthusiastic business travelers looking for more space who didn’t mind hefty fares for premium service across the Atlantic.

The airline reconfigured Boeing 757s meant for 220 passengers with 48 seats that could extend into a fully flat bed. Flights served wine, champagne, cocktails and gourmet foods. There were individual DVD players, and helicopter rides to the airport were offered to some travelers.

The price for the New York-to-London flights, which it offered twice a day, ranged from $3,500 to $9,000 round-trip.

They came to an end Sunday as Purchase, N.Y.-based Eos ceased operations after filing for bankruptcy protection, the latest casualty of a credit crunch and a money-losing airline industry

The airline plans to immediately eliminate the jobs of most of its 450 employees.