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Miami Air
Miami Air International
MiamiAirLogo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
LL BSK BISCAYNE
FoundedAugust 1990[1]
Ceased operationsMarch 2020[2]
AOC #MYWA994S[3]
Hubs
Fleet size6
Headquarters
Key peopleTomas Romero
Websitemiamiair.com

Miami Air International was an American charter airline based in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States.[4][5] It operated worldwide passenger charter flights for diverse groups including cruise operators, professional sports teams and the United States military. It was based at Miami International Airport.[6] Miami Air's customers included incentive groups, sports teams, Fortune 500 companies, major cruise lines, entertainers, political candidates and the United States government. Under the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program, Miami Air was contracted by the United States Air Force Air Mobility Command (USAF AMC) for transporting troops and cargo.[7]

History

A former Miami Air International Boeing 737-400

The airline was established in August 1990 and started operations in October 1991[8] using Boeing 727-200[9] aircraft on lease from Xerox Credit Corporation.

George Lyall who had a long career at Eastern Air Lines and Pan Am World Airways was Chairman and Ross Fischer who had run System Operations at People Express and Eastern was President. These executives were the primary shareholders and founders, which also included a variety of former Eastern personnel, a former "Big 8" partner with extensive industry audit experience, an upcoming Miami lawyer and several former People Express operations personnel. By 2000, the company had grown to 8 owned Boeing 727 aircraft and revenues in excess of $100 million.

That year, a consortium led by Eagle Global Logistics purchased a majority stake in the company, primarily from retiring shareholders and embarked on converting the company's Boeing 727s to cargo aircraft to operate its cargo hub in Austin, Texas under the Quest International name. Simultaneously, new Boeing 737-800s were leased to provide the passenger service of the converted Boeing 727s. In 2001, the events of September 11th and the awarding of the postal contract to FedEx Express caused lease rates and values of Boeing 727s to plummet and in early 2002 EGL stopped utilizing Quest cargo aircraft and they were sold off.

Meanwhile, in large part due to the huge jump in the military business, Miami Air's passenger business thrived and the company grew to 8 Boeing 737-800s and 2 passenger Boeing 727s by 2005. At that time one of the existing shareholders (TSI Holding Company) expressed a desire to purchase the entire company and bought out the other EGL consortium and remaining original shareholders.

For some time, Miami Air International with its Boeing 737-800s remained an ad hoc charterer with a wide customer base. The military, sports teams, cruise lines, tour operators and incentive groups were the main customers. Its operations were worldwide covering every continent except Antarctica[]. The Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers secured charter services for the 2017 season.[10]

Miami Air International was wholly owned by TSI Holdings and had 405 employees (at March 2007).[6] The airline's IATA code was changed from GL to LL due to Air Greenland's use of the same code; Air Greenland was the first one to use the code.

On March 24, 2020, Miami Air International filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection and ceased operations on May 8, 2020. All leased aircraft from TUI fly Belgium were returned to Brussels.[11][12]

Tomas Romero, the owner of Caribbean Sun Airlines, Inc. d/b/a World Atlantic Airlines, acquired Miami Air International, including all of its certificates and trademarks, in late May for USD3.3 million, during a recent bankruptcy auction. A "new" Miami Air would operate with the same aircraft type and employ the same key personnel as the bankrupt firm, as well as some new experienced employees. [13]

Fleet

Miami Air International Boeing 737-800

At the time of closure, the Miami Air International fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[14]

Miami Air International fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers
(Business/Economy)
Notes
Boeing 737-800 6 168Y --
48B/70Y
Total 6

Incidents

See also

References

  1. ^ Norwood, Tom; Wegg, John (2002). North American Airlines Handbook (3rd ed.). Sandpoint, ID: Airways International. ISBN 0-9653993-8-9. Archived from the original on 2016-11-28.
  2. ^ https://www.businessinsider.com/miami-air-international-liquidate-coronavirus-cares-act-2020-5?r=US&IR=T#:~:text=Miami%20Air%20International%20is%20set,11%20bankruptcy%20on%20March%2024.
  3. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". av-info.faa.gov. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2012-02-19 at the Wayback Machine." Miami Air International. Retrieved on February 9, 2012. "Corporate address: Miami Air International, Inc. 5000 NW 36th Street, Suite 307 Miami, FL 33122"
  5. ^ "Zoning Map." City of Hialeah. Retrieved on May 27, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 50.
  7. ^ Civil Reserve Air Fleet January 2007
  8. ^ "StanWing.Com - Insignia of the U.S.A." www.stanwing.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "History of Miami Air | SeatMaestro.com". SeatMaestro.com. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Jaguars secure new airline for charter flights in 2017". Jaguarswire.usatoday.com. 2018-11-07. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Miami Air International files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection". aeronewsx.com. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "Miami Air International Liquidates". onemileatatime.com. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "Miami Air International eyes restart with new owner". ch-aviation.com. 2020-07-02. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Miami Air International Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Boeing 737 with passengers skids off runway into Florida river". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 3, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "Boeing 737 slides off runway into Florida river, 21 hurt". Reuters. May 3, 2019. Retrieved 2019.

External links

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