Bruce, I have been following this very closely, & the other day there was an article about Beauvais stating he could buy the certificate of another carrier & get the operation going much sooner than what it would normally take. (He did this very thing at HP
, when he bought the operating certificate of Hawaiian Pacific Airlines) Apparantly this city of PIT
is letting him write his own ticket there, and will provide him with gates to operate his new airline.
I have copied the previous article I saw below.
Proposed discount airline will raise $100 million, officials say
November 06, 2003 5:03 PM
One of two executives wanting to bring a low-cost airline to Pittsburgh International Airport says he and his partner expect to raise more than 100 million dollars.
The two also believe they'll get fast-track regulatory approvals and will have jets flying by June.
Although it generally takes about 18 months for the Federal Aviation Administration to approve a new airline's operating license, executive Travis Tanner says he and Edward Beauvais (boo-VAY') can get one sooner by acquiring another airline's license.
F-A-A officials say they've heard nothing about those plans since Tanner and Beauvais announced the new airline on October 14th.
Beauvais co-founded America West Airlines and served as its chairman from 1981 to 1992 -- a year after America West filed for bankruptcy. Beauvais left Western Pacific in 1996 and the airline liquidated in 1998 after filing for bankruptcy.