Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19022 posts, RR: 53 Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1934 times:
I'd highly recommend the far more cost-effective turboprops for point-to-point flights, particularly the ATR-42, than costly jet aircraft, unless the routes served are beyond the range of such aircraft. They're comfortable and, again, cheaper to operate.
"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
ARGinMIA From Argentina, joined Nov 2001, 487 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1889 times:
I'ts allways easyer to start small and then grow...starting with a 777-200 is kinda impossible unless you have tons of money.. literally tons.. I did a business plan for a small regional airline in argentina And I neeede 250.000 USD just to do the first month of flying.. and this is with very low wages .. imagine with us wages and with an airplan 100 times larger.. (J31 versus 777!)
HZ747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1627 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1830 times:
We did a study in a management class at ASU my senior year in 1997. We took a look at UA airlines and determined that it was a strong airline, and could maintain its position because of high barriers to entry on its key long haul routes.
The professor disagreed and said he knew for a fact he could lease a second-hand 747 for $300,000 year with a crew. And he said for $1M, he could have an operation up and running within a few months.
I did not believe him. I still don't. As I think that you could even lease a 737 for $300k/year with a crew, right? An internet search on Google taught me as much.
If you had $100M and knew you could get 80% load factors, which are both really hard to obtain (see JetGreen), then I would say your best bet would be a regional airline offering unique, but popular routes. I would go with a fleet of 737's, offering service from Austin, TX and Pittsburgh, PA. No flight would be longer than 3hrs, and each aircraft would perform at least three R/T's per day. For cabin staff, I would use child labor. Cute kids pushing lemonade would attract more customers!