I used to think Avatar Airlines was a run of the mill pump and dump securities scam, but now I believe Avatar Airlines is running a job fraud scam, too.
Avatar is a project that’s supposedly been trying to get off the ground for over 30 years. They used to call it Family Airlines. The idea has been to fly Boeing 747s domestically with cheap fares. The founder even went to prison for tax and securities fraud in connection with raising money for the venture.
During the pandemic they’ve been out trying to raise money on the idea of flying a 747 from Albuquerque to Las Vegas in the middle of the week. What differentiates them? Since they aren’t really an airline, they haven’t been losing money. That didn’t stop them from applying for government airline subsidies, of course!
This has been the proposed route map:
Every few months there’s a new idea like hunting for used Boeing 747s on social media offering to take British Airways Boeing 747-400s being retired off the U.K. flag carrier’s hands in exchange for stock and suggesting they’d supplant American Airlines as BA’s U.S. domestic partner.
Avatar says they “plan[..] to be valued at” over $1 billion “before [their] first flight leaves the ground.” I’m not sure what it means to plan to be valued at a certain amount.
One way they’re trying to do it, apparently, is by selling pilot jobs for their make-believe airline.
We are currently looking for 747-400 Type Rated pilots with a minimum of 10,000 flight hours. This would require a USA FAA issued Airline Transport Pilot certificate, Class I Medical certificate, and legal status to work in the USA (citizen, work visa, etc). Those with similar aircraft experience will likely be considered for copilot positions to begin.
Please note: in addition to the above requirements, you are required to invest in Avatar Airlines under the terms of its private equity offering…and invest a minimum of $75,000 (recommended at $150,000). Your seniority number will be based on the date your investment funds are received.
Avatar wants to hire pilots that – instead of getting paid – will pay them money and they cannot promise when these newly-hired 10,000 hour widebody captains will even begin flying.