Following the flight paths of Sir Richard Branson and David Neeleman, the 18-year-old Brit is launching his own airline, alphaOne airways. Halstead, whose first business — at 16 — was designing flight simulation software, has partnered with a plane operator in his hometown of Oxford to provide service between Oxford and Cambridge. It’s a common route for academics that isn’t connected by rail service and hasn’t had regular flights since the 1930s.
If the airline takes off — no small if, of course — maybe Halstead will get around to what most teenagers his age consider a major accomplishment: flying the coop. “My parents were gobsmacked at first, but now they see it’s a serious business propsition, not just a whim,” he told the BBC.
I confess, I’m a little gobsmacked myself.