Canada has seen a number of airline startup recently.

Basics of Royal Canadian Airlines

Royal Canadian Airlines claims to be a startup that will begin operations in the year 2023. One of Canada's premier carriers offering non-stop direct services to destinations in the Middle East and Asia is what the airline says it is.

Royal Canadian Airlines logo

The business plan calls for nonstop flights from Toronto Pearson Airport to the following destinations on a scheduled, non-scheduled, and charter basis.

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

It becomes more interesting than that. Goderich Municipal Airport is a small airport with no commercial air service and is where the company will be based. The company is planning to:

  • Operate an air taxi service
  • Operate a maintenance facility
  • Operate a pilot academy and flight school

The company's owner signed a 40-year lease with the airport to be able to run his different business models out of the airport. The company has 12 acres of land dedicated to the company's future growth at the airport, as well as the entire airport terminal building.

The picture on the airline's website shows what appears to be very unhappy passengers with an easyJet plane in the background.

Royal Canadian Airlines’ website

Who is in charge of the airlines? Waseem was a person named Waseem. What is that person? I don't know. I see a couple of different Canadian profiles with the same name, but neither mentions the airline, nor has there been any connection to aviation.

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

I get a thrill out of airline startups even if they are not real. I think airline startup fall into one of a number of categories.

You have fake airlines that don't exist, don't really try to find investors, but instead consist of someone with too much time on their hands. The airline was never going to be launched, as it was obvious.

There are airline startups that are intended to steal from investors with no intention of actually launching operations. The airline sought investors for over 30 years, with no real intent to ever start operations. Many people were deceived by this scam.

There are airline startup that aren't very well thought out, but where people are investing a lot of money and there are some legitimate people behind it. Airbahn was founded by the same person behind Airblue who flew an A320 to the US to begin operations. It didn't materialize.

Airbahn never actually launched operations

There are legitimate airline startup like Avelo.

Royal Canadian Airlines falls on this scale. The town's mayor is excited that the company has entered into an agreement for space at a small municipal airport, so the airline is further along than ever before.

I don't think the airline will go any further than that. I don't know what the reason is for all of this.

Bottom line

Royal Canadian Airlines is an airline startup that plans to fly in the highly competitive Hamilton to Najaf market. The company plans to offer a flight school, maintenance facility, and air taxi service in addition to that.

It should be an interesting airline to follow.

What do you think of the airline?

It was a tip to Michael.