How to Start an Airline

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Writing by Sam Denby
Research by Sam Denby and Tristan Purdy
Editing by Alexander Williard
Animation by Josh Sherrington
Sound by Graham Haerther
Thumbnail by Simon Buckmaster

Select footage courtesy the AP Archive


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  1. Bekzadbek Nasirakhunov

    Bekzadbek Nasirakhunov5 kun oldin

    Training a dragon was easier

  2. zogworth

    zogworth6 kun oldin

    Implying Branson is somehow human. Bold move Wendover, bold move.

  3. Shato Nyruami

    Shato Nyruami7 kun oldin

    First: Find a few billion dollar....

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  5. BSA_7

    BSA_78 kun oldin

    Step 1) be scummy Step 2) be greedy Step 3) don't give a sh*t about consumers

  6. nick longstaffe

    nick longstaffe9 kun oldin

    Within the personal aircraft community, pilots prefer vehicles with lots of hours at least in my hood.

  7. jared glinka

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  8. AmibivalentAgnostic

    AmibivalentAgnostic14 kun oldin

    2:36 "But it is something that, occasionally, real people actually do." *Shows literal billionaire "real" person* ;)

  9. Default Cube

    Default Cube16 kun oldin

    Whats the point of the certification process and assuring you're 'fit to fly' and know what they're doing when you can just buy an existing one and do what you want? I don't get the logic.

  10. Chespin

    Chespin18 kun oldin

    Next video "How to name your airport" Because "Half as Interesting Airport" doesn't sound as great on paper.

  11. freddy04123

    freddy0412319 kun oldin

    I wish I had this video when I was a senior in business school. Our capstone project was running an airline, and well thankfully our professor said failing at running a company can teach you more than successfully running one can....

  12. Rick K

    Rick K19 kun oldin

    I guess there is a good reason why almost all airlines that are large today started off as government airlines...

  13. cardboard truck100

    cardboard truck10020 kun oldin

    Me: buy a plane and tell people you take them where they want

  14. Slicer Shanks

    Slicer Shanks20 kun oldin

    I'm sadden you breezed over Avelo's launch back in April (hah, get it?). But ever since I started working for the airline on the ramp I noticed a lot of what this video already discussed: destinations are all smaller airports that barely see air carrier service, in many instances we're their first airline, coupled with a business model that makes the tickets super cheap; our hub is a smaller airport in Burbank where we barely see much competition either than from Southwest who are firmly established there and the various other carriers who frequent the place. I'm hoping, and am sure, that the advice given in this video is something the execs have already internalized, because I would like to see success from this and other pioneering airlines like it.

  15. Aa Ason

    Aa Ason23 kun oldin

    What airport is that at 8:28?

  16. danny bonura

    danny bonura24 kun oldin

    How to start an airline Don’t

  17. Carl Soll

    Carl SollOy oldin

    This is amazing

  18. Absolute Zero

    Absolute ZeroOy oldin

    Did anyone else hear the notification sound at 2:41?

  19. Utkarsh Chaturvedi

    Utkarsh ChaturvediOy oldin

    You need to do a video on aviation in India due to its weird nature. I'm sure you could talk about the risk in Indian markets (collapse of Jet Airways, Kingfisher, and Air India?), and also how new airlines like Vistara and Indigo rose to prominence.

  20. João V M L Silva

    João V M L SilvaOy oldin

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  21. Juleko

    JulekoOy oldin

    My airline will be called Lufthansa2.0

  22. Nihonium Mapping

    Nihonium MappingOy oldin

    But I want to start a railway... (OpenTTD players anyone?)

  23. me

    meOy oldin

    9:08 what the hell is the Bible doing here

  24. Siddharth Nair

    Siddharth NairOy oldin

    I'm late to this video but, India has a couple of airlines that were made in 21st century, SpiceJet, Indigo and Vistara... 2004 and 2006

  25. Miguel Hidalgo & Company

    Miguel Hidalgo & CompanyOy oldin

    Howdy Wendover Productions! I enjoy watching your videos. I am also an admirer. However, many of the assumptions are not entirely accurate. That is because I have many years as a pilot, formal training, and practical experience starting a commuter airline; and working for national and foreign carriers. I had excellent connections with the great legendary airlines and their leadership. I am in the R&D stages to launch another one. It would be great to establish a friendship with you? Take care!

  26. NextInLine

    NextInLineOy oldin

    just in case

  27. Carson

    CarsonOy oldin


  28. Russell Welch

    Russell WelchOy oldin

    What you’ve missed about ‘Crisis’ stress testing and levelling the playing field is that governments have stepped in. And different governments with different amounts mean the international nature means no levelling has occurred or will occur.

  29. Valentine Taylor

    Valentine Taylor2 oy oldin

    5:53 Chandler Bing likes this

  30. thesecretgames

    thesecretgames2 oy oldin

    Sounds like you are speaking from experience

  31. Justin

    Justin2 oy oldin

    Wendover should do a collab with the guy from Half as Interesting

  32. Noah Austin

    Noah Austin2 oy oldin

    Can you do a video on the aircraft refueling industry

  33. Brick Life

    Brick Life2 oy oldin

    flag carriers are good

  34. Zhi Han Lee

    Zhi Han Lee2 oy oldin

    Greater Bay Airlines (headed by Cathay Pacific's former CEO) is probably trying to do a Virgin Australia now by applying to take over the 100+ routes of the now defunct Cathay Dragon (formerly DragonAir)

  35. owhie

    owhie2 oy oldin

    What a great time to start a airline!

  36. srreventon

    srreventon2 oy oldin

    The prices of jet fuel has hurt the industry

  37. srreventon

    srreventon2 oy oldin

    Jet blues MINT SERVICE is an example of trying something new😇😇

  38. Victor

    Victor2 oy oldin

    I think the biggest problem to airlines is state owned airlines who don't need and often don't make profits and reglementation designed around such a state company that doesn't need to make profit

  39. Infidellic

    Infidellic2 oy oldin

    Just going to point out that immediately pre-pandemic Air India was flying Amritsar London Stansted

  40. kushwahass

    kushwahass2 oy oldin

    In 2005 Indigo airlines was born and in 2006 commenced its operation. Biggest airline of India with a fleet size of close to 300. So your research around no airline came in existence in last decade was little off. Thanks

  41. Dustin Hayes

    Dustin Hayes2 oy oldin

    How tf do you misspell Tulsa...

  42. Grayson :D

    Grayson :D2 oy oldin

    Watch Mr Beast be like watch this

  43. Iz

    Iz2 oy oldin

    Have lots of money and be ready to lose it all. That’s it

  44. Justin Golden

    Justin Golden2 oy oldin

    That's exactly what I would do: Find the routes that don't currently have nonstop service from major airlines, and provide them as cheaply as possible with profit margin

  45. Holden Grissett

    Holden Grissett2 oy oldin


  46. Chandler Bryant

    Chandler Bryant2 oy oldin


  47. Tyler Hendrix

    Tyler Hendrix2 oy oldin

    2:26 _bum dum tis_

  48. Gamemotronix G

    Gamemotronix G2 oy oldin

    Imagine if someone searched this up and really wants to start a airline

  49. Boxster📦 Game👾 Clips▶️

    Boxster📦 Game👾 Clips▶️2 oy oldin

    Thx I learned about airlines and I’m planning on opening one

  50. Tahmeed Rahman

    Tahmeed Rahman2 oy oldin

    Great video. Really learnt how to start an airline with my toy planes

  51. Shy Despi

    Shy Despi2 oy oldin

    Title: how to start an airline? Wendover: YOU CAN'T

  52. Aniket K

    Aniket K2 oy oldin

    VIDEO IDEA... make a similar on shipping

  53. Gabriel nishren

    Gabriel nishren2 oy oldin

    At 0:15 lines are moving but not cars

  54. Ergzay

    Ergzay2 oy oldin

    Sounds like we need to deregulate the airline industry in the US more.

  55. Marcus

    Marcus2 oy oldin

    Well you can bet your bottom dollar that no airline has experienced this situation before because we didn’t have aeroplanes during the last global pandemic lol

  56. Solino_Oruki

    Solino_Oruki2 oy oldin

    I wanna see the universe in which Sam from Wendover started his own small airline.

  57. Ibrahim Ali

    Ibrahim Ali2 oy oldin

    People in Sialkot, Pakistan just followed your steps and they launched their own airline; Air Sial.

  58. CryptoMasta

    CryptoMasta3 oy oldin

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  59. Sunny borah

    Sunny borah3 oy oldin

    Always wanted to know how to do this. What a weird thing to know. Please make a video on how to start a hedge fund.

  60. JOGaming

    JOGaming3 oy oldin

    Should do a video on the rise of the middle east as a Transport Hub Between Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania

  61. Gabbi Smith

    Gabbi Smith3 oy oldin

    7:56 Aislinn is pronounced ASH-lin. please look up irish pronounciations for irish names

  62. PrezidentHughes

    PrezidentHughes3 oy oldin

    Jetblue did a pretty good job starting from scratch and competing straight away with a better product and better price, unlike some other carriers which start with a compromised product and a price to match the lower quality.

  63. PrimeMatix13

    PrimeMatix133 oy oldin

    UZnick: recommends me a “how to start an airline” Me: well well well, let’s find out

  64. Soliform

    Soliform3 oy oldin

    louisville to LA actually existed for a bit before the pandemic, infact my mom took a plane on that route

  65. Jake Howie

    Jake Howie3 oy oldin

    start up costs and safety regulations make new airline start-ups impossible, particularly long-haul

  66. Mudhaffar Adhwa

    Mudhaffar Adhwa3 oy oldin

    The skills learned here will be good for airline manager 😂

  67. Brandon Harry

    Brandon Harry3 oy oldin

    So, when is Wendover Airlines launching.

  68. Luke Von Kaenel

    Luke Von Kaenel3 oy oldin

    Woah I’ve heard real engineering say that so many times that when you said it in a different voice then Brian it literally made my brain stutter.

  69. LegendMeadow

    LegendMeadow10 kun oldin


  70. Seagull Man

    Seagull Man3 oy oldin

    I thought i was listening to Half As Interesting

  71. Blizzard

    Blizzard3 oy oldin

    Can't wait for Wendover Airways


    EATSLEEPJD3 oy oldin

    If you are starting a new Airline you want a name for yourself, not any investor would do this. Perfect example is Kingfisher Airlines. What I am waiting for is an Airline with a fleet of Supersonic Aircraft's like the Concorde. No matter what Airline it is now everyone is using the tube and wing design. Time to push the envelope out instead of seeing who can fly the longest route. It was getting ridiculous with 17 hour non stop flights etc. Now a worthy start up would be to Start a Cargo Carrier, Amazon has been buying up old AA 767's and adding to their fleet. During the pandemic their fleet size increased by almost 50% !!. Another major beauty of a Part 121 carrier is that most of their out of scope/manual repairs and things can be accomplished by their own Engineering group instead of going back to the OE for everything.

  73. Nakul Dalakoti

    Nakul Dalakoti3 oy oldin

    Well ... I am happy playing my Aerofly fs flight simulator. Also the nearest airport from my house can accommodate only small turboprops. I would like to operate A220 and A321neo instead 🤣🤣.

  74. Josh Knight

    Josh Knight3 oy oldin

    *Ansett was the only major full service carrier, other than Qantas the market leader. Virgin Australia collapsed because they had a ex-Qantas CEO who want to go head to head, rather then a more budget slim downed option. Also leasing all your plant and equipment is always a great idea....

  75. BurntToast7

    BurntToast73 oy oldin

    5:54 "Tusla"

  76. S.O.L

    S.O.L3 oy oldin

    So you are the wendover guy i have been hearing so much about! Your rival at HAI sends you an insult

  77. Dragonzaka

    Dragonzaka3 oy oldin

    Step 1. Buy air

  78. Adithya Das

    Adithya Das3 oy oldin

    Does a used airplane's price increase?

  79. Jonathan Hawks

    Jonathan Hawks3 oy oldin

    Avelo based out of Houston and Burbank looks to get going this year too

  80. migwheels

    migwheels3 oy oldin

    West jet got purchased from Air Canada a couple weeks ago

  81. Soviet Union’s Most Notorious KGB Agent

    Soviet Union’s Most Notorious KGB Agent3 oy oldin

    Airplanes: *Exist* Sam: I can milk you

  82. Dan Liu

    Dan Liu3 oy oldin

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  83. The high school scientist

    The high school scientist3 oy oldin

    Can you make a detailed video on how to take your small local business to a international one (I mean how to ship my products internationally without going bankrupt)

  84. first name

    first name3 oy oldin

    Is Wendover the same guy from Half As Intresting?

  85. DiamondDemon

    DiamondDemon3 oy oldin

    u sound liek the guy from half as interesting

  86. James Bond

    James Bond3 oy oldin

    Love how the tesla won at the beginning of the video

  87. Sean Sola

    Sean Sola3 oy oldin

    Wendover: "Makes another video about Airplanes" Me: "How 'bout another video about Bricks?"

  88. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty3 oy oldin


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    Agent Sheenx3 oy oldin

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  90. Talele Family

    Talele Family3 oy oldin

    12:59 that person on the image is the defence minister of india not the aviation minister.

  91. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty3 oy oldin

    10 years later: How a Pandemic Caused Wendover Air to Monopolize the Airline Industry

  92. Arun JK

    Arun JK3 oy oldin

    Next up :- How to crash towers with airplanes...

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  95. Aeturnalis

    Aeturnalis3 oy oldin

    Here's the easy way: lead a revolution, overthrow the state, seize and nationalize all airlines. Now you have an airline, and without corporate greed running the show, those plane tickets will be cheap, so you can dominate the international market as well.

  96. Eavy Eavy

    Eavy Eavy3 oy oldin

    Republican be like: but thats SocIAlisM

  97. Cárdenas R.

    Cárdenas R.3 oy oldin

    I don't know Rick, state owned airlines tend to be black holes of debt and in many cases, very inefficient

  98. J Sixx

    J Sixx3 oy oldin

    It’s a bad idea. I know.

  99. John K

    John K3 oy oldin

    instructions unclear, ended up with a railroad

  100. Abby Alder

    Abby Alder3 oy oldin

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  101. Tomato

    Tomato3 oy oldin

    in summary: * You can't

  102. blackhawk9812

    blackhawk98123 oy oldin

    Hey, I'm not sure if it's in your best interest, but I would love to see a "Making of a Wendover video" where you show how you get the idea, make the research and put it in the most presentable way. Regardless, thank you for making such informative videos!!

  103. Damian De

    Damian De3 oy oldin

    Bro!! You got me a great idea!

  104. fgrion

    fgrion3 oy oldin

    i must say in this video he's talking lot of rubbish (as usual) thinking that airlines cannot be funded: there are so many developing countries and setting up an airline there can be easier. moreover, there are not so man startups in the cargo aviation which, in my opinion, can be profitable too. he just wants to make it sound like starting an airline is impossible and in the end he launches his sponsor that has no connection with the whole video.

  105. fgrion

    fgrion3 oy oldin

    @sehhi vooty eh? your comment is not related

  106. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty3 oy oldin

    ensures or protects. We are in the age of information and these things should be shared freely