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LCC's Operating Costs Question  
User currently offlinePolair From United States of America, joined May 2001, 893 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Hi guys. Need some help with school project. I am trying to find out about costs for a start up LCC in Europe. Is anybody familiar with:

- costs of leasing airplanes (737/320)
- costs of registering airplanes
- plane insurance (same types)
- cost of jet fuel in Europe
- wages for LCC pilots/cabin crew
- landing/TO fees at different European airports
- other fees that I am not aware off (prolly bunch)

Thanks a bunch...

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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

I am sorry. I wish I can help. Thank you for posting. Good Luck! Maybe you will start up LCC airline in Europe in the near future!? It is good that you are into airline industry!

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User currently offlineAlb222 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2598 times:

As far as pilot pay:


User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 711 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

Quoting Polair (reply 0):
- costs of leasing airplanes (737/320)

New: $250k/mo
Old 737-200: $25k/mo

Quoting Polair (reply 0):
- plane insurance (same types)

For some reason it is much cheaper than the US...but I am not sure the exact figure. It can be as higher than crew costs in the states.

Don't bring up the NW DC9's unless you have to!
User currently offlineRushed From Australia, joined May 2000, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

Quoting Lrgt (reply 3):
New: $250k/mo
Old 737-200: $25k/mo

is that US dollars or Euro's

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User currently offlineFlybeq400 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

A good article to start is on BBC magazine at:


User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

I used to Lease planes from Boeing Finance. I remember that a M80 was 184,000 Dollars a month, I would bet that a 737-700 would be able to be had for a similiar price since the lease market is so weak right now.

I would bet $150,000 to $210,000 month for a A319/320.

I would bet "old" planes like 737-300/400 could be had much much more cheaply, hopefully someone else will post.

good luck!

User currently offlinePolAir From United States of America, joined May 2001, 893 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

Thank you guys so far.
So how much is gas in Europe?

User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 711 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

Quoting 1MillionFlyer (reply 6):
M80 was 184,000 Dollars a month

Now they (MD-80) are about $35k (US Dollars). Great lease price for an aircraft with a great fuel burn.

If you started up leasing (most purchase with sweet deals from Airbus or Boeing), this would be the type of a/c to go with since it has these low lease rates and only burns 900 gal/hr and carries 174 pax. A320 carries the same and still burns 820 gal/hr. No matter how expensive oil gets, the extra $200k/mo will never be worth it!

Don't bring up the NW DC9's unless you have to!
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