Now is not really the best time to try to startup an airline in North America. The North American market is oversaturated in terms of the number of airlines, with some of the most popular routes having 3 or more airlines flying on it (Example, JFK
, and AA
fly the route). With several airlines on the brink of collapse, other airlines are taking advantage of it by entering their markets, the impending shakeout does not mean there is room for any start ups. This is not the early 1990s when several major airlines went out of business and a number of startups tried to come in and filled the gap. Some succeeded (Valujet/AirTran, Frontier, Spirit), while others failed (Air South, Kiwi, WestPac, Vanguard, Access Air, TriStar among others). The majors expanded not only through their mainline product, they became heavily dependent on their regional feeders. Compare the operations of EV
today as opposed to 10 years ago. Their operations are many times larger today than they were in the mid-1990s. The rise of the RJ
helped fuel the growth of these carriers, and at the same time, hurt the chances of most future startups. There have been startups that have been in the planning stages for years (Crystal Airways, Legacy/Northern/Project Roam are two such examples), and at the same time, existing carriers have been trying to get investments as well.