Just to reiterate, there is no VARA 700 fleet, they will all be on the VAA AOC.
I've been hearing chatter/rumors across the wider community on other forums that the the existing VARA A320s (alongside the all Y 73Gs) and the VAi registered 738s will all eventually come under the one VAA AOC.
Will be interesting to see how VA makes this work.
A single AOC is pretty simple to make work, provided you don’t have a battle with the unions.
The duplicate costs, of multiple AOC’s out weigh the benefits.
If you look at NZ over the past 10 years, have ditched all there sub AOC’s. The 77W, 789s, A321/320s, ATRs and Q300s are now all on the main “Air New Zealand” AOC.
If you look back around 10 years ago, they had.
Air New Zealand - 777,767,744,733
Zeal 320 (was Freedom Air, before that) a320s
Mount Cook - ATR’s
Air Nelson - Q300s
Eagle Airways 1990s
Each of these AOC’s had to have there own chief pilot, head of engineering etc… to be the requirements of a AOC.