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New 125 - Indianapolis

Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:32 pm

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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RE: New 125 - Indianapolis

Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:37 pm

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
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RE: New 125 - Indianapolis

Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:20 am

Excellent. Yes, Part 125.

Many thanks for that info!  
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RE: New 125 - Indianapolis

Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:54 am


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

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RE: New 125 - Indianapolis

Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:40 am

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.
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RE: New 125 - Indianapolis

Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:55 am

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!  
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RE: New 125 - Indianapolis

Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:42 am

Try Flight Safety for the aircraft type training.

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