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If I Was Looking To Startup An Airline, I Would...  
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3113 times:

Just what it says. Say I was looking to start an airline, what is the first thing I would do? Where would I go for financing, and how would I go about getting employees and operating certificates?

(Don't read anything into this post)


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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3059 times:

You would need to win the lottery 10 tiimes over my friend. It is a very expensive thing to do  Big grin

User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

...seek professional counseling, and quick!

Best way to make a small fortune in the airline business? Start with a large one!



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

Yes thanks I'm already aware of that. I thought I could turn to a.net for useful answers, thanks for telling me what I already knew in the first place.

Anybody else?


User currently offlineOpsGuy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

Very simply stated, you would have to come up with a business plan to present to possible investors to secure funding. The business plan has to include everything from routes and aircraft, down to what type of food and drinks you would serve. I'm not sure how they do it overseas, but in the states, once you have secured funding you can apply to the Federal Government for certificates.

The government will look at your business plan and ensure that you have a product that is financially healthy and that won't fold right as soon as it starts. The DOT (Department of Transportation), and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) review the proposal and approve or deny certification. You also need to work with potential airports you would like to serve in order to acquire space, and forget about the slot controlled airports they are very hard to get into.

Like I said earlier, this is very simply stated, and there is a lot more that goes into it. The DOT will post applications for new airlines on its website for public comment. You can review the dockets section of http://www.dot.gov for some interesting and sometimes dry reading.

Virgin America is going through this process right now. You should check out their website http://virginamerica.com and see what info you can dig up on them.

OpsGuy

[Edited 2004-12-09 07:43:07]


Is this the Delta House?
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3013 times:

You are the man! Thanks OpsGuy, that's exactly what I wanted.

User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

When I clcoked on this thread i thought it was about finishing the line of "If I Was Looking To Startup An Airline, I Would..."

Since this is not the case and having prepared myslef to reply to this I am going to say it anyway:

If I Was Looking To Startup An Airline, I Would... be laughed out of my bank for asking for a loan!"



Equally Cursed and Blessed.
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3007 times:

Meh, I guess there will always be naysayers.

And yes, Finishing the line was the case, in that OpsGuy finished said line quite well.

And if you think i'm dumb enough to go to my hometown bank and ask for that kind of money, think again.


User currently offlineTs-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3410 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3007 times:


With a strong and convincing business plan, you can convince financial institutions to give funds. Once you have reached the necessary operating amount of money, established the official administrative status of the company, contacted lessors for aircrafts...at that time you can have your AOC.


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