Royal Canadian Airways: Weird Airline Startup

Canada has seen fairly a couple of airline startups currently, although nothing fairly like this…

Fundamentals of Royal Canadian Airways

Royal Canadian Airways claims to be an airline startup that may launch operations in 2023. The airline describes itself as “a Canadian-owned and operated airline within the certification course of to develop into one in every of Canada’s premier carriers providing continuous direct companies to locations within the Center East & Asia.”

Royal Canadian Airways emblem

The marketing strategy is allegedly to fly Boeing 777-300ERs nonstop from Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) and Hamilton Airport (YHM) to the next locations on a scheduled, non-scheduled, and constitution foundation:

  • Amritsar and Chandigarh, India
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait Metropolis, Kuwait
  • Lahore, Pakistan
  • Najaf, Iraq

Nevertheless it will get extra fascinating than that. The corporate will probably be primarily based at Goderich Municipal Airport (a tiny airport with no business air service), as a result of flying 777s to lengthy haul locations is just a part of the marketing strategy. On high of that, the corporate plans to:

  • Function an air taxi service
  • Function a upkeep facility
  • Function a pilot academy and flight college

The corporate’s proprietor has allegedly signed a 40-year lease with the airport, to have the ability to run his 4 completely different enterprise fashions out of the airport. The corporate additionally allegedly has “all the airport terminal constructing” for its use, has bought the most important hangar, and has “12 acres of land on airport grounds” devoted to the corporate’s future development.

The airline has chosen a relatively uncommon image for its web site, exhibiting what appears like very sad passengers with an EasyJet airplane within the background.

Royal Canadian Airways’ web site

So, who’s behind the airline? Somebody named Waseem Javed. Who’s that? I’m… not precisely positive? I imply, I see a few completely different Canadian LinkedIn profiles with that identify, however neither mentions the airline, and neither has any apparent hyperlink to aviation.

Isn’t the world of airline “startups” enjoyable?

I positive do get a thrill out of airline “startups,” irrespective of how actual or pretend they could be. Basically, I are likely to assume airline startups fall into one in every of a number of classes.

On one finish of the spectrum you have got utterly pretend airways that don’t exist, don’t actually attempt to discover buyers, however relatively simply consist of somebody with an excessive amount of time on their fingers. World Ghana Airways is an instance of that, because it was apparent the airline was by no means going to launch.

Then you have got airline “startups” which are primarily simply meant to steal from buyers, with no intention to truly launch operations. BALTIA is the prime instance of that, because the airline sought buyers for round three many years, with no actual intent to ever begin operations. And amazingly and sadly, so many individuals had been fell for this apparent rip-off.

Then you have got airline startups that actually aren’t very effectively thought out, however the place individuals are investing a major amount of cash, and the place there are some semi-legitimate folks behind it. Airbahn is an instance of that, because it was based by the identical particular person behind Pakistani airline Airblue, and so they even flew an A320 to the US to start out operations. That didn’t find yourself materializing, although.

Airbahn by no means truly launched operations

After which you have got reputable airline startups, like Avelo, Breeze, and so on.

So, the place does Royal Canadian Airways fall on this scale? Properly, I imply, the corporate has allegedly entered into some kind of an settlement for area at a small municipal airport, and the city’s mayor is happy, so the airline is additional alongside than World Ghana Airways ever obtained.

Nonetheless, personally I don’t see the airline going a lot additional than that. I’m nonetheless unsure what the motive is behind all of this, although.

Backside line

Royal Canadian Airways is an airline startup that plans to fly Boeing 777s within the extremely aggressive Hamilton to Najaf market, or one thing. That’s solely a part of the corporate’s enterprise mannequin although, because it plans to additionally provide a flight college, upkeep facility, and air taxi service.

This ought to be an fascinating “airline” to comply with…

What do you make of Royal Canadian Airways?

(Tip of the hat to Michael)

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