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19 Year Old's Airline - First Flight Today  
User currently offlineJoshdean From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 130 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 15019 times:

Saw this on the BBC site:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/4413370.stm

Anybody know why the Oxford - Cambridge route was ditched? I remember reading about that one in the local paper when I used to live in Cambridge.

Anyone know the reg of the aircraft he is using?

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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 14958 times:

I think it is G-CCPW


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User currently offlineYak97 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 14652 times:
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I see he's now looking at EDI & CWL ex IOM. What happened to BLK (as on their website)?

User currently offlineDAYflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 14627 times:

I think it would be a real fun thing to him pull this off with a hefty profit when the US legaicies can't make a buck to save their sorry backsides.


One Nation Under God
User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 14288 times:

Quoting Yak97 (Reply 2):
I see he's now looking at EDI & CWL ex IOM. What happened to BLK (as on their website)?

The article states regular flights aren't starting yet - presumably this was a promotional flight.



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User currently offlineYak97 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 14258 times:
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The website now says both flights (IOM-SOU & IOM-BLK) are starting on 21 Nov. What happened to the 7th Nov start date that was published?

User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 14225 times:

Regardless of what the future holds (and let's hope it's bright), this venture has got off the ground, which is more than most of doom-mongerers predicted.

Well done and fingers crossed!  bigthumbsup 



Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently offlineSunnyb From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 14174 times:

Look what flybe does!!

http://www.flyalphaone.com << look what opens up!

http://www.flyalpha1.com << real AlphaONE web site.


User currently offlineYak97 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 14139 times:
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Cheeky!!

Does that mean they're worried?


User currently offlineSQNo1 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 687 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 14071 times:

May be cheeky, but it is actually out of date. It says april and may megadeals and also the cheapest flight on BE these days costs £20 one-way.

I guess it was a offensive on the eve of alpha one's launch of oxford-cambridge services, which we of course now know, never occured.

With Regards,
Alex.B


User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 12818 times:
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Quote:
Mr Halstead, who secured an air transport licence at the Oxford Air Training School aged 18, is convinced that, despite the sceptics, he will succeed this time.

"Age is just a number. I plan to bring an innovative, 21st Century approach to regional aviation and I also have an older, experienced team to call on," he said.

How old do you have to be to get a ATP in the UK? In the USA it's 21 I think. If not(the UK), are there any loopholes that made it possible for him to get it?
Now this is something I would pay to fly and see him actually do it. He reminds me of Clay Lacy(I wonder if he will be something like him later on in life?)



"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 12607 times:

Well i'll be dammed, never thought it was real... Well congrats to him, and I hope he does very well!


Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 12554 times:

You need to be 21 Years old, you also need the 1,500 Hrs to unfreeze that too but he can fly the twin prop on a CPL which is ok.

Phil
FlyingColours



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User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 12525 times:

Sounds good  Smile

Hope to see how it goes...



Cheers,



Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
User currently offlineIlikeyyc From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1373 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 12288 times:

I do hope that this kid and his business do very well. If I lived in the UK, I would work at Alpha1 or fly it as a passenger, but I would do so with reservations (not seat reservations, you know what I'm talking about).

You have a person who makes fiscal decisions as the boss, and now, as a pilot, will also be making operational decisions. That, in some situations (like- should I push the approach, or divert) can cause a conflict of interest. I hope as a captain he makes the decisions based on the safest option and not based on the cheapest option. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Again, I'm not a pessimist, I do hope he and his company succeed.



Fighting Absurdity with Absurdity!
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 12167 times:

Quoting Ilikeyyc (Reply 14):
Anyone have any thoughts on this?

I think if he's smart enough to launch an entire airline plus he had a compnay at 15, he's not gonna mess around. I think this kid's a smart cookie, and he's gonna take every precaution when it comes to this venture, espically with the critics out there.



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineWGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 12036 times:

Michael Dell started Dell Computer at 19, Steve Jobs started Apple at 19, IKEA's founder started IKEA at 15, and all three of those are now world-leading companies. There are plenty of other examples of young entrepreneurs successfully launching enterprises that go on to become major corporations.

There are only a few business models with barriers to entry that are high enough to keep entrepreneurs like this out, examples being some utilities, banking, insurance and heavy manufacturing. Even these industries can be indirectly participated in by a young entrepreneur, in the form of stock investments, consulting, reselling, or other related services. Every other business is more or less fair-game.

So I think this airline could go places.


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 11045 times:

Quoting WGW2707 (Reply 16):
IKEA's founder started IKEA at 15

I will tell that to my kids, 15!!! Impressive stuff!


User currently offlineCbphoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1555 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 10981 times:

I know this Kid personally, he is an extreamly bright kid and knows what he is doing. I wish him the best of luck!!
CC



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 10924 times:

Just an afterthought, isnt this the same 19 year olds airlines that wanted to get a leased 737 for services to tenerief(spelling)?


Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineHZ747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1676 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 10119 times:
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He's up and running before Virgin America,...he's better than Branson.


Keep on truckin'...
User currently offlineAZA330 From Italy, joined Feb 2004, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9841 times:

I wish I was able to do the same  Smile

User currently offlineMD80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2660 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9457 times:

He bought all this with money he made selling scenery for Microsoft Flight Simulator? Jeesh, I guess I am in the wrong business.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 9166 times:

I hope it does well.Will encourage a lot of youth.
Whats the latest.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineFaroeFlyer From Faroe Islands, joined Aug 2005, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 9015 times:

I'm probably the only airline boss in the UK who will actually fly the planes.

signed

Martin Halstead, airline boss

that is funny  Smile



Cast your dancing spell my way...
25 Yak97 : Cadet 57 wrote: Just an afterthought, isnt this the same 19 year olds airlines that wanted to get a leased 737 for services to tenerief(spelling)? No,
26 Dsa : This teenager is a different one from the one who wanted to run those Tenerife services! Happy Posting DSA
27 Post contains images Atco2b : This lad has completed an a.net member's wildest dreams! Well done to him, and all the best. Great news for SOU too
28 Yak97 : Not good. Problems with the website/call centre. Website has a message that call centre will be closed this weekend. Thought they were starting Monday
29 Crosscountry : The guy has been in talks with management at BLK. They are still confident of a launch later this year...but I've heard all that before. BLK-IOM is a
30 David_itl : Errr...can I say start delayed YET AGAIN! It's now 14th December IOM-EDI!. Has he? BLK's owner denied ALL knowledge of their plans when Monarch (a REA
31 Yak97 : Website I thought this guy was a wizz-kid on computers etc..... So why is the website for Alpha one still all "under construction" after being on line
32 Jetset7E7 : Just looked on G-INFO UK register and the aircraft G-CCPW, is registered to: KEEN LEASING (IOM) LTD 6 BRADDA VIEW, BALLAKILLOWEY COLBY, CASTLETOWN ISL
33 GVWOW : This is really amazing! I hope it's successfull! Airlines require a lot of money to start up (obviously). I wonder if he's flying the flights because
34 Dogfighter2111 : I hope to see it here in EDI and the EDI route has been well known. As i said in a previous post where the member ScottishLadie quotes me as wrong, we
35 TXKF2010 : This is encouragement for all, obviously mostly for the young...Air Bermuda is currently in the works by a 21 yr old!
36 MichaelJP : I've known Martin for 5 years now and he's a fantastic chap. He's doing and done really well for himself so far and I wish him the best of luck. He st
37 Vfw614 : With Eastern Airways pulling the IOM-LBA route, this might be another market for him.
38 RootsAir : is he also an a.netter?
39 Post contains images Solnabo : Sidenote; Founder of IKEA is Ingvar Kamprad. Micke
40 Mhodgson : His site has dropped all mention of BLK from it. Odd!
41 Post contains links and images PipoA380 : View Large View MediumPhoto © Stuart Haigh - topjetpix Looks really cool! He made a nice colorscheme too, seen in the background of the BBC pictu
42 Drinkstrolley : Rumour has it at SOU landing fees not paid, but we shall see.
43 Crosscountry : Cityhopper (owners of BLK) are very odd in that way! The guy who does the PR for Blackpool airport is also a real oddball. He did confirm to someone
44 Mhodgson : Thats good - I was worried the route may struggle, but that news is excellent!
45 7LBAC111 : I wonder. Is Keen leasing anything to do with FlyKeen? If so, FlyKeen used to operate BLK-IOM and BLK-BHD. These routes are now serviced by former Fl
46 JBirdAV8r : It's actually 23 for the US ATP... You can still take the test before turning 23, but you have issued a "letter of competency" just saying you took/p
47 Yak97 : From CH News (03/12) "Alpha1 Airways (4J/Cambridge) has delayed its launch until further notice" I had thought they had actually started selling, even
48 Jamesontheroad : A particularly bitter post from a 'captain' apparently with the leasing company providing the ac (J31 G-CCPW???) for the first flights today (yes, the
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