http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/startup-airilnes-follow-familiar-models/story?id=13157411 Note: Click link to read entire story Several Startup Airlines Have a Variety of Plans and Prospects Ed Perkins SmarterTravel Contributing Editor March 17, 2011 The airline business is profitable again -- at least for most domestic lines -- and plenty of good flyable airplanes are available at bargain prices. This combination is likely to lure some of the wannabe companies that seem to be attracted to the airline business like moths to a lamp. One reader asked me: "Now that the airline business looks good again, what are the prospects for some interesting new startups?" The short answer is: "Only two recent startups are operating, but three more claim to be close." Three of the five basically follow the Allegiant model – emphasizing smaller cities and avoiding direct competition with the biggies. The other two focus on Las Vegas.