brilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 3175 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8250 times:
With the large sum of $500,000 I am guessing that it might be, well AA and they would assume its entire debt. Other wise I would guess that it might not be any major carrier. I just had a thought, they might be purchasing AA's new livery which I am sure would be over paying in some minds.
srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 10, posted (3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8012 times:
I'm thinking Vision Airlines, as they have become a bare-bones operation and currently operate the 734.
Quoting kingcavalier (Reply 2): My money is on Ryan International Airlines. They just ceased operations on January 11.
That's a possibility, but they haven't had the 737 in their fleet in a number of years and other than some seasonal leases of 734s and 738s, they never operated anything other than the 732. It makes more sense to acquire an airline that already operates the a/c type you wish to use since they already have all of the operational elements in place for the type.
TZTriStar500 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1420 posts, RR: 9 Reply 20, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3526 times:
Quoting srbmod (Reply 10): That's a possibility, but they haven't had the 737 in their fleet in a number of years and other than some seasonal leases of 734s and 738s, they never operated anything other than the 732. It makes more sense to acquire an airline that already operates the a/c type you wish to use since they already have all of the operational elements in place for the type.
Ryan should have all the historical data to add the fleet type since they had at one point.
Quoting oflanigan (Reply 12): Who owns the USA3000 certificate and why wouldn't just purchasing that be the best option?
The USA3000 certificate has been surrendered and no longer valid.
Quoting davescj (Reply 19): Seirously, could they be buying small charter company? Say Great Lakes or some such?
Or how about everyone's favorite deduct airline: All South or Skybus?
Purchasing Great Lakes would require a massive re-write of their ops spec and creation of manuals to operate the 734. Adding a new fleet type to a 121 certificate is not a quick and easy task. Its normally a 6-9 month undertaking.
As a greater explanation, the certificates of defunct carriers generally do not last long as they become dormant if not used. In order to keep it, generally the positions defined in 14 CFR 119.65 must be filled and at least one aircraft remain on their ops spec. If there is an intent to either re-start operations or an effort to sell the certificate, some of the necessary positions have been waived at the discretion of the FSDO that oversees that certificate.
As with USA3000, the Skybus certificate is long gone. There is a possibility the estate of Ryan International may be trying to sell its certificate since it was very recently still in use.
35 years of American Trans Air/ATA Airlines, 1973-2008. A great little airline that will not be soon forgotten.
ridgid727 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 915 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1633 times:
All indications point to Xtra Airways.
Xtra had a contract to provide charter services for Cal Jet air to Mazatlan from various US Cities that was supposed to run into April sometime. However that has been suspended and will only operate until the first week of Feb.