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At BFP we are looking forward to REDjet’s March 1, 2011 first flight and we hope they succeed in the long run. With fares starting at BDS$20, REDjet will shake up intra-island travel to the benefit of the people. Our own Robert has good things to say about REDjet’s aircraft and he’ll be writing a technical article about the MD-80 and REDjet’s two aircraft that he calls “Well proven, well maintained Good Wings”)
What’s really the objective behind the proposed Airone/Redjet low cost airline?
- Is it practical to operate MD82, old generation, aircraft on a 15 minute route structure?
- Are $9.99Bds fares realistic or practical?
- Can REDJET compete with the heavily subsidized LIAT?
- Will the FAA grant the airline access to the proposed USA market?
- Why did Jamaican Government not allow Airone to set up operations in Jamaica?
- Who is the major Barbadian investor listed in the USA Exception Application?
- Does Barbados Government Civil Aviation organization have the expertise, experience, regulations etc. to approve, monitor and regulate a heavy commercial passenger carrier?
- Are two proposed aircraft sufficient to operate an on time scheduled passenger service considering weather, mechanicals, maintenance etc.?
- What Liability Insurance has Barbados demanded of RedJet?
The above questions cause me some concern; as the saying goes – “If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.”
I can envision several questionable reasons to setup such an operation, however most of them involve some sort of shady, illegal, graft or other unethical motives. If Airone/Redjet is indeed trying to setup a legitimate low cost passenger service out of Barbados I would hope, hope, hope that the Barbados Authorities, as licensing agents, have carefully reviewed REDjet’s Business Plan.
A single major aircraft accident with loss of life would no doubt come back to haunt the licensing authority, The Barbados Government, in both reputation and financial repercussions.
Possible Future Passenger