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
"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,"
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
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
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."