OpsGuy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 57 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2839 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.
Ts-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3315 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2823 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.