The fact that they had to bring in Nick Sabatini as an outside consultant during their crisis, and their announcement that they are upgrading to "Part 121-style" operations and maintenance safety programs do not give me a fuzzy feeling.
This has all the indications of a company that has been trying to run a wanna-be big time fractional operation with poor resources, organization, and control. And I doubt they have made a dime of profit. Way to go.
The long term question now isn't if they can get back in the air at all, but what the current owners decide to do when it comes time to renew. I have also heard that some aircraft are flying - but that there is no explanation as to who gets a call back and who doesn't. It could be in seniority order - many have no idea what is going on till today.
But even if everything is ok - what do you think will happen when its time to renew - do you keep investing into an airline that left you stranded? Do you as a client worth a considerable amount of money care more about the money or your feeling of safety?
There are a lot more questions than answers at this time - I still worry about my friends and coworkers (ex workers actually) - I know they are not all well off and living the good life. Times like these can be very tough on people financially speaking.
Also - If Avantair knew it was only going to be standing down for a couple of weeks and it would recall everybody, why furlough everyone, if it was gonna be a fast 2 weeks - wouldn't the management want to keep employees paid as a sign of good faith? If avantair couldn't afford to pay- what does that say about the companies money situation?