With regards to this topic (http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/758314
; When Starting Airline System, What To Look For...?) I came up with the question:
Has Sep 11th created an opportunity for new airlines? Many large carrier have drastically cut back, both domestic and long-haul services, some have went out of business. Routes have been "freed" up, often because the equipment employed before Sep 11th (B737-200,300,700, F100, A319) is now by far too big an scope clauses limit the use of small regional jets.
My point of view is that we will see a number of new carrier starting point-to-point flights in the next 12-18 months with equipment smaller then 100 seats, most of them in Europe and the USA, to a limited number in Canada and Asia. Maybe in Australia, too, but there the consolidation process has only recently begun.
I´ve prepared a small list of rumoured start-ups, maybe this can prove my point of view:
Millenium Airlines (Italy) with Avro RJ
Speedair (Sweden) with CRJ700
Intersky (Switzerland) with Dash 8-300
Undisclosed airline (Malaysia) with two ATR 72-200
Norcanair Airlines (Canada) with Metros
Jet Netherlands (Netherlands) with F100
Unfortunately I´ve no update about potential start-ups in the US, maybe someone else can provide some info here? What do you think?