British teen launches low-cost airline

A British teenager said Monday he had launched a low-cost airline from his bedroom, becoming possibly the youngest airline boss in the world.

"I started flying lessons when I was 16 and my friends started joking about us buying a plane together and flying people around the world," said Daniel Reilly, an 18-year-old student, from Maghull, in Merseyside, northern England.

"It was just a joke really but I took it a bit more seriously and decided to look into it," he said.

Reilly decided to explore how to establish an airline as part of a business studies course that he was taking as part of his high school A-Level subjects.

"I called round a few airlines and asked how they had done it and I slowly realised it was quite achievable," he said.

Daniel, who attends Deyes High School in Maghull, showed his project for Nexus Airline to a financial adviser who found backers for the business.

Initially Nexus will operate services from an airport in Liverpool, northern England, to the Spanish Canary Island destinations of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Customers will be able to book flights ó which cost from 50 pounds (87 dollars, 73 euros) one-way ó from Friday, with the first flights scheduled to take off on November 1.

In the meantime, Reilly was awaiting the results of his A-Levels in business studies, English language, sociology and general studies.

"Most of my school friends are now going off to university but Iím in charge of an airline," he said. "I donít know if I will be the next (Virgin boss) Richard Branson but I certainly wouldnít say no."


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