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How To Start An Airline.  
User currently offlineCheetajet From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 44 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 4984 times:

How in the world does someone start an airline? Besides money....who do you contact? Where does it all begin......? I have a great idea and I think it would be very profitable........I need to win the super jackpot like yesterday.....

I push a beverage cart, so don't go break'n my heart!!
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User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 4954 times:

~"I need to win the super jackpot like yesterday....."~

That's how you start...  Big grin

Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 4929 times:

Well- I would follow Delta! Remember when they first started out they just said "we want to be a small airline", and they never had any plans to expand.

And now look, they're like one of the biggest major U.S. airlines!

You can search google or go to Delta's website, http://www.delta.com , and they will probobly have a "history" part of their site, which explains how their whole airline got started.

User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 4906 times:

The best way to start an airline is to buy a bunch of CRJ's and run them in high traffic low yield routes with direct competition from more financially stable carriers that fly more cost effective equipment. Kind of like Indy air...........or Comair?

"If the facts do not conform to the theory, they will have to be disposed of"
User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 4894 times:

since when are United & USAirways, both in bankruptcy, more stable than an airline NOT in Chapter 11??

::: user scratches head :::

intelligence reigns on airliners.net!! stay tuned for more armchair CEO statements of the year!

User currently offlineBoeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 4836 times:

1. Have a lot of cash.
2. Have a different product than your neighbor.
3. Do some market research (You'd be amazed how many airlines refer to putting a plane in a market to see how it does as "Market Research")

User currently offlineWGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 4794 times:

I asked this same question almost one year ago to date. Eerie coincidence...

You might want to do a search.


User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 4783 times:

Air Nostrum in Spain was founded because such an airline was non-existent in Spain, ten years ago. They provide connecting services to the Madrid and Barcelona hubs and fly point to point routes between regional airports, and added to that provide an excellent service. They started with some Fokker 50´s and now have a fleet of 55 aircraft. They recently ordered an additional 20 CRJ´s. But yes, they started with strong financial backup of a big investor... basically you need a strong basis, others have the money.

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 15 hours ago) and read 4745 times:

Win the lottery and pray like hell that nothing happens. By nothing I mean terror attacks or SARS etc...

User currently offlineLatinAviation From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1279 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 4687 times:

Here's the link for information on how to obtain US DOT Economic Authority:

User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 4619 times:

I recently read a book about a year ago about how Horizon Air started up with a few Fokkers flying out of shared gates with Eastern Airlines out of Seattle...and how by serving certain markets and providing good service, they swept up the competition and bought out Cascade (I think that was the name) and other carriers and are now the leading Pacific Northwest carrier. Of course the investor owned a travel club (ATA still has one of those), and had a few bucks to spare. Or at least that's how I remember the story.

It all comes down to having enough bucks to start it off with, bascially. Then you need to apply for a few licenses, and I hear that is a lot of sarcastic fun with the FAA...

Save the whales...for dinner!!!
User currently offlineVgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1515 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months ago) and read 4491 times:

Comair started off with just a few props and now (even before bought by DL) we had grown quite a bit, and that was all operating with codeshares... we never had, and still don't have, our own res. system.

DL is also a good example tho, and if you read some of Branson's books he talks about how he started VS.

Work Hard. Fly Right. Continental Airlines
User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9518 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months ago) and read 4487 times:

A hope, a prayer, a dream, a large wallet, and a great set of lawyers.

if assumptions could fly, airliners.net would be the world's busiest airport
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