“Global Airlines”: New startup wants to take off with the A380

With a fleet of over 100 widebodies, the airline Global Airlines wants to bring back “the golden days of air travel”. The startup reportedly already owns three A380s. Wondering where they are from. But that’s not the only question that arises.

It’s summer, it’s hot – and it’s high season for crazy ideas. The airline startup “Global Airlines” can confidently be described as such. This is by no means meant to be disrespectful, after all, many success stories have been based on a proverbial “crazy idea”. However, the plan behind Global Airlines seems bizarre in several respects – and leaves, at least for the time being, far more questions than answers.

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So far, the Global Airlines A380 only exist on renderings – with quite distorted proportions.

Three A380s to take off

By 2025 Global Airlines wants to be no less than “the only premium carrier of choice for transatlantic flights”. In order to achieve this noble goal, the startup’s fleet should include “over 100 wide-bodied jets” by then. Global Airlines leaves it open which patterns should be included. However, the An-225, whose silhouette is stored in the (still very short) timeline “Story” on the website, is unlikely to be there. However, the same timeline proudly claims that by 2022 they will already own three Airbus A380s.

This is strange insofar as there are still a number of used A380s that are standing around unemployed and some are advertised for sale. However, even usually well-informed sources seem unaware that three of them are set to fly for an airline called Global Airlines in the future. The fact that you have to use renderings (of rather third-rate quality) instead of real photos to illustrate the website suggests that those responsible for the startup are not (yet) in physical possession of the three superjumbos mentioned.

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The destinations in the route network shown on the website do not always shine with geographical accuracy.

From London to Guantanamo?

Global Airlines cites London Gatwick Airport as the basis for their central endeavor to save “the golden era of air traffic” into the future with a modern face. How an additional widebody armada of over 100 aircraft should find space there is of course not explained in detail. Not to mention the coveted slots, which are traditionally in short supply in London. Even if Britain’s second-biggest carrier Virgin Atlantic doesn’t return to Gatwick, things are likely to get tight in the truest sense of the word.

Speaking of Virgin Atlantic: The airline of billionaire Richard Branson seems to have a certain role model for global airlines. At least the route network presented on the website is very similar to that of Virgin. The difference, of course, is that Virgin doesn’t fly non-stop from London to Sydney (apparently Global Airlines wants to get involved in Qantas’ Project Sunrise). Incidentally, when it comes to geography, the designers of the route network world map do not seem to be great lights – they locate Los Angeles, for example, on the other side of the border with Mexico. In Cuba, next to Santiago de Cuba in the south-east, Global Airlines seems to be headed for an airport near Guantanamo rather than Havana. There is actually an airfield there, but it is not suitable for widebody use.

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With the so-called “Gamer Class” Global Airlines wants to encourage passengers with a passion for computer games to travel.

“Gamer Class” for gamers

But let’s not dwell on the little things – let’s focus on the Global Airlines inflight product! It comes up with a very special finesse: in addition to huge, opulently designed first class suites with a double bed and private bathroom, a business class as well as premium economy and “wood class” seats, the future premium carrier also offers a special “gamer Class” on. Ambitious gamers can let off steam here to their heart’s content and immerse themselves completely in the virtual cosmos of computer games during their intercontinental journey. Xbox and Playstation 5 consoles, ergonomic chairs and the option to compete against other passengers in multiplayer mode should leave nothing to be desired by gamers. We do not know whether Microsoft and Recaro, whose logos Global Airlines placed prominently in this context, actually know about the cooperation. Inquiries to both companies have so far remained unanswered.

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Admittedly, if a real Global Airlines A380 should ever take off, we too will be amazed at the airport fence.

No stranger

Overall, Global Airlines’ website feels more like a carelessly cobbled together student project than a well-planned business venture. It is interesting, however, that a young entrepreneur named Jason Asquith, who “Global Airlines Ltd.” is named as the responsible doer. Apparently already registered as a trademark in Great Britain last year. Asquith, on the other hand, is not only in the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest person to have traveled to every country in the world, but is also considered a successful entrepreneur. He is the founder and head of the “Holiday Swap” platform, on which participants can swap their houses and apartments for vacation purposes.

Whether this qualification is sufficient for founding and managing a successfully operating intercontinental airline naturally remains just as open as the question of the wherewithal for the project. Perhaps today more than ever, the old bon mot still applies: If you want to make a small fortune with an airline, you should first have a big one.