Tb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1460 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5317 times:
I've heard it's one of the hardest things to do is start an airline, either 135 or 121, from "scratch". It's a lot easier to just buy an existing certificate of an airline that has stopped flying. Even then it is a real pain. I wish I would have paid more attention when my company bought and restarted a 121 certificate.
JA From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 526 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5263 times:
I was looking at the Part 121 requirements from scratch and it is pretty substantial. I have looked at the upgrade requirements for when carriers like Great Lakes had to change over and it looked much better. There are several certificates on the market now (121 & 135) and the price points are very different. This is why I'm trying to figure out what is more cost effective.
Dispatchguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1213 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5236 times:
Well, if you are really serious about this, I would suggest getting an appt with your local FSDO, for they would be the ones that would have to sign off on any certificate.
There are consultants who work airline certifications - under no circumstances should you consider doing this on your own. Like I said, I have been involved in a 121 startup of a regional airline - it is VERY involved.