The rise of the Brave (or Foolhardy)

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  • cwoodward

    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.

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    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 aircraft

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