The United States-based carrier Avatar Airlines still sees huge value in the jumbo jet. Despite many airlines retiring the aircraft, the ultra-low fare airline start-up is relying on the Boeing 747 to serve its future flights.
What’s the plan?
CH-Aviation reports that on November 19, the firm filed its latest application with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). It seeks a certificate of public convenience and necessity in order to establish itself as a scheduled air carrier. This follows a series of failed attempts at approval this decade.
The company is also seeking an investment of $300 million to help fund the acquisition of the B747-400s. Additionally, the airline hopes to have thirty B747-8s within its fleet via an initial public offering (IPO).
The airline’s initial routes are planned to be between Los Angeles International, Las Vegas McCarran, New York JFK, and Miami International. These would be served by the carrier’s first two 747-400s.
Furthermore, the airline expects to serve at least five million passengers within its first year of operating. Thereafter, its fleet would have grown to 14 planes. These airliners would serve an extended network to Phoenix Sky Harbor, Orlando International, Chicago O’Hare, Philadelphia International, Tampa International, San Francisco, and Dallas/Fort Worth.
Despite its ultra-low-cost model, Avatar plans to use the Queen of the Sky as its choice of aircraft. This iconic four-engine jet is not the first aircraft that one would associate with an ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC).
Moreover, Avatar has made some bold claims when it comes to its service. For a minimum price, passengers are set to be getting features that many full-service carriers are starting to charge for.
“Imagine: an airline with no bag fees (up to 2 free), no seat selection fee, “Free” Wi-Fi and everyday fares as low as $19,” Avatar says on its website.
“As an ultra-low fare airline, once certified Avatar expects to shake up the entire airline industry by offering fares of 50% or lower than current airlines.”
An Avatar spokesperson informed Simple Flying that they are already in talks about the order for 30 B747-8 jets. In addition, the airline feels that these planes will work out best for the long-term on its services.
“Our future lies with the 747-8 and we are currently talking with Boeing regarding an opening order of 30 of these aircraft to be delivered in a passenger configuration,” the spokesperson told Simple Flying.
Avatar will be eager to hear about the outcome of its application. It has been trying to get off the ground for several years now and with its bold business plan, it will be raring to go.
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