info sketchy, but heard group of unemployed pilots, are starting a virtual airline.
A virtual airline is when someone, or a travel agency or tour operator, gets an existing airline to operate flights on their behalf, perhaps on a direct route not flown or when there's not enough seats at right price, perhaps in busy season, just like a charter flight, but not just one & ongoing.
This is a little bit different, as it looks like the pilots want to fly the existing airlines aircraft.
So, if it were a number of ex Virgin Australia pilots who are now unemployed, could they then fly Virgin Mark 2 aircraft, just not as employees ?
Aircraft owners lease their aircraft to airlines on a number of differences basis, as I understand it, dray lease (aircraft only), wet lease(crew included), ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance & insurance). ACMI often used when an aircraft has unexpected maintenance issues & must be fixed straight away, which can take time - eg. airlines who had 737 max's that were grounded.
This idea seems a little bit different, if in fact it is ex Virgin pilots, wanting to fly Virgin mark 2 aircraft. Sure they were qualified to fly the aircraft before Virgin went into admin.
Told that funds for all airfares sold would go into a secure trust account, so no one can spend funds until flights operate, which is probably as secure as funds can be.
With Virgin mark 2, apparently not going to fly any international routes for years, might be scope for such an airline.
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