The rise of the Brave (or Foolhardy)Back to Forum
We have had a well-supported thread up for the past several months documenting airline difficulties and failures and I thought it perhaps an interesting idea to look at the other side of this coin.
If nothing more to engender a little optimism into the proceedings.
A ten minute look around the internet revealed a number of optimistic start-ups some which look to me to probably succeed once we get back to something approaching normal and others 500-1 outsiders.
In my opinion likely to succeed:
Starlux – Taiwan -started by one of the former major shareholders of Eva Air. Already flying and well funded.
Sanya International Airlines – China government funded or at least supported and unlikely to fail.
OWG – A startup out of Canada with a fleet of 737-400s. 1st September launch tourists to Cuba and beyond. Looks well funded.
FlyBair – Swiss startup. Tourist airline out of Bern flying to Greece and Spain. Has already an Embraer 190. No launch date announced. A maybe?
Thai Summer Airways – A LCC out of Pattaya. Start date January 2021 with it seems a fleet of 737-800 flying to everywhere in Asia
Thai Easter Jet – Thai franchise of the Korean parent that carried 3 million passengers in 2019. Start date put back from April 2020 to 2021. Parent operates newer 737s
Unnamed – Out of Brisbane flying 757s and A340s. Not a lot known other that they intend to service the Pacific Islands. Advertising for staff.
Certainly there are many more airline startups scheduled with several out of South Africa alone rumored.30 Jul 2020
There is also Bamboo Airways, set up by a travel group in Vietnam. Airbus short haul planes in service since 2019, and an ambitious plan to fly long haul using Boeing 787s
And a new subsidiary of Wizzair in Abu Dhabi in 2020, planning to fly short and medium haul (up to 6 or 7 hours) using A320 new family aircraft1 Aug 2020