Cheetajet From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 44 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5328 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!!
Ejmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5250 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"
Boeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5180 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")
Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5127 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.
Cessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4963 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...
VgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1526 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4835 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.