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User currently offlineRACSOME From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 46 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

Hi folks,

I am starting up a 125 here in KIND, and am curious about a few things as I price out my 125 business plan.

I am leasing a MD80 and would need to cert my CAP and FO. Any good suggestions as to who to go with to get them certified? I didn’t want to just Google it and risk anything.

Second, leasing a MD80 is much cheaper than a 73. Who leases MD88s in the US, and would be willing to talk to a small start-up guy?

I’ve got many more questions, but any ideas would be great.



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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

I'm assuming you're talking Part 125?

As for training, almost all airlines do contract training. So in this case you may want to get in touch with either AA or DL, seeing they fly the type.

As for leasing, try here: http://www.globalplanesearch.com/vie...EALMcDonnellDouglas180AdsPage1.htm

User currently offlineracsome From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

Excellent. Yes, Part 125.

Many thanks for that info!  

User currently offlinepmk From United States of America, joined exactly 17 years ago today! , 664 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2166 times:


The best way to make a small fortune operating a Part 125 carrier is to start with a large one.


User currently offlineTZTriStar500 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1526 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

I would try www.speednews.com. I found 89 MD-80's for sale/lease/charter. You will have to register for free to see the particulars though. Also, Boeing Capital lists available aircraft and they have several MD-88s listed:


I'm also aware that beginning late in 2008 some ex-ATA Indianapolis employees where working in their spare time to attempt the same thing you are researching. From what I understand, it was going to be associated with Montgomery Aviation. I am not sure how far they got, whether they are still meeting, or if it never worked out as nothing has become of it so far. In this economic environment, to say it would be difficult is an understatement.

35 years of American Trans Air/ATA Airlines, 1973-2008. A great little airline that will not be soon forgotten.
User currently offlineracsome From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2125 times:

Yea, I heard about that too TZ and spoke to the guy who is helping that along. They're looking for $$ as far as he knows, and will be a 121. Ours is a different direction.

Thanks for the help!  

User currently offlinefreeze3192 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

Try Flight Safety for the aircraft type training.

Can I be your FO?


"A passenger bets his life that his pilot is a worthy heir to an ancient tradition of excellence and professionalism."
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