Aviation’s start-up supremos - Part 1

As even the biggest names in the business continue to struggle, it takes guts to launch a new airline in 2021. In the first of a special two-part report, Tom Batchelor has rounded up some of the boldest new brands from across Europe

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World2fly, a new long-haul airline founded by the Spanish hotel company Iberostar, has taken delivery of the first of two Airbus A350-900s on lease from Air Lease Corporation
YANNICK DELAMARRE

Ina year when many airlines have been forced to scale back services, cut capacity and reduce routes, it is perhaps remarkable that literally dozens of new carriers worldwide have announced plans to launch flights.

From Norway to Nigeria and Brazil to Burundi, start-ups have emerged to fill gaps left by other COVID-induced closures and speculative proposals are betting on a rapid recovery in the aviation industry.

Within this first special report, Airliner World explores the nascent European operators that have sprung onto the scene in 2021, with the second half in our next issue exploring the rest of the globe.

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