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World Airways operates its last flight

World Airways‘ (Atlanta) CEO John Graber informed staff today (March 27) the company would cease operations immediately. In addition, North American Airlines (New York) will see a reduction in flying. World operated its last flight yesterday (March 26). The company was not able to obtain further funding to keep it flying.

World Airways issued this statement:

“Today (March 27) World Airways announced that the company operated its last flight on Wednesday, March 26. World Airways was founded in 1948 and operated cargo and passenger charter flights using Boeing 747-400 and McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft. The U.S. Military was their primary customer.

Global Aviation Holdings and many of its subsidiaries, including World Airways, began restructuring on November 12, 2013. World Airways has been in the marketplace for some months seeking funding to help it restructure in chapter 11 bankruptcy, and has been unable to secure that financing. Tuesday, World Airways’ first lien holder declared World in default on its loan and stopped providing the airline funding. World Airways has started the process of winding down its operations. Today the company laid-off 325 employees, including 109 pilots and 146 flight attendants.

Eric Bergesen, World Airways’ Chief Operating Officer, said, “The battle to save World has been difficult. A lot of people have worked hard to try to save our airline. Despite this regrettable outcome, I sincerely thank each of our employees for their dedication and continued support as we attempted to build a future for the company.”

North American Airlines will continue operations with plans to emerge from bankruptcy in the near future. North American was founded in 1989 and operates passenger charter flights using Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.”

World Airways has been a long time operator going back to May 1948.

Previously on November 12, 2013, parent Global Aviation Holdings and its subsidiaries, including its two operating airlines World Airways and North American Airlines, filed voluntary petitions again for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for Delaware. During the reorganization, Global Aviation Holdings announced it intended to continue to operate.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. It has been stormy skies for World Airways lately. McDonnell Douglas MD-11F N382WA (msn 48411) arrives at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

World Airways Slide Show (aircraft through the years): AG Slide Show

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The parent of World Airways and North American Airlines files for Chapter 11 reorganization

Global Aviation Holdings Inc., the parent company of World Airways, Inc. (Atlanta), North American Airlines, Inc. (New York) and other subsidiaries, yesterday (February 5, during Super Bowl day) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

The holding company announced “that to achieve a cost and debt structure that is industry competitive and continue to provide outstanding service to its customers, it has commenced a financial restructuring through the voluntary filing of petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. During the restructuring, the Company and its subsidiaries will continue to operate as normal, without interruption.

The Company’s Board of Directors determined that a Chapter 11 reorganization provides the most effective and efficient means to restructure with minimal impact on the business, and is in the best interest of the Company, its stakeholders and customers.

Global has filed motions with the Court seeking interim relief that will ensure the Company’s ability to continue all of its normal operations, including the ability to provide employee wages, healthcare coverage, vacation, and other benefits without interruption; honor customer programs; and pay vendors and suppliers for post-petition goods and services. Such motions are standard and the Company anticipates receiving approval from the Court within the next several days. Vendor and supplier invoices incurred prior to the commencement of the Company’s Chapter 11 case that have not been paid will be resolved through the Company’s Plan of Reorganization, which requires Court approval and has yet to be submitted.

Global, through its subsidiaries World Airways and North American Airlines, is the largest provider of military transport services through the Air Mobility Command. World Airways was founded in 1948, and received its first government contract to provide supplemental airlift to the U.S. military in 1951 during the Korean conflict. North American, founded in 1989, also flies for the U.S. military, as well as international and domestic charter services to a broad customer base that includes major U.S. corporations, domestic and international airlines, presidential campaigns, the White House press corps, entertainers and production companies.

Global’s lead counsel in connection with the restructuring is Kirkland & Ellis LLP and its financial advisor is Rothschild.”

Copyright Photo: Wade DeNero.

North American Slide Show: CLICK HERE

World Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

 

Allied Air extends contract for two World Airways MD-11F freighters

World Airways (Atlanta) has extended its cooperation with Allied Air Cargo for the lease of two McDonnell Douglas MD-11F aircraft beginning in January 2012 for service between Europe and various cities in Africa. World Airways, a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings Inc., began operating aircraft for Allied Air in October 2008.

Allied Air is a Nigerian all-cargo airline operating four Boeing 727 freighters in addition to the two MD-11 freighters leased from World Airways. Allied works closely with its worldwide sales agent, ANA Aviation Services, to provide scheduled flights and ad hoc charter services. Allied Air carries more than 400 tons per week of fresh flowers and vegetables from both Kenya and Uganda to the major European markets in Holland and the United Kingdom.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen.

World Slide Show: CLICK HERE

World Airways to operate a Boeing 747-400F freighter for Asiana Airlines

World Airways (Atlanta), a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings Inc., has reached an agreement with Asiana Airlines (Seoul-Incheon) to operate one Boeing 747-400F freighter on a full-time basis beginning in September 2011. World will provide additional capacity for Asiana’s cargo network, connecting its hub at Incheon International Airport near Seoul, South Korea, with West Coast markets in the United States.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer.

World Airways extends the contract for two MD-11Fs with Etihad Crystal Cargo

World Airways (Atlanta) has extended to December 2012 an agreement with Etihad Crystal Cargo to provide two MD-11 cargo aircraft operating on international freighter routes.

World Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Please click on the photo for additional details.

World Airways extends its Boeing 747-400 freighter lease with Cargolux

World Airways (Atlanta) is extending its lease agreement with Cargolux to operate one Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft on a full-time basis beginning in July 2011.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer.

World Airways to operate a Boeing 747-400F freighter for Saudi Arabian Airlines

World Airways (Atlanta) (subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings) has reached an agreement with Saudi Airlines Cargo Company (SACC) to operate one Boeing 747-400 freighter on a full-time basis beginning in June 2011. Under the agreement, World will provide capacity for SACC’s expanding network in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

World Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Wade DeNero. Please click on the photo for the aircraft details.

World Airways to start flying for Finnair Cargo effective June 15

World Airways (Atlanta) will begin operating MD-11F all-cargo flights serving Helsinki, Shanghai and New York (JFK) beginning on June 15, 2011. The new service is to operate twice a week using World’s traffic rights.

World Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Please click on the photo for additional information.

World Airways to operate a Boeing 747-400 freighter for Emirates SkyCargo

World Airways (Atlanta) (subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings Inc.) has reached an agreement with Emirates SkyCargo to operate one Boeing 747-400 freighter on a full-time basis beginning in April 2011. Under the agreement, World will provide scheduled services linking Dubai with Frankfurt and Sao Paulo twice a week, with an additional weekly round-trip flight between Dubai and Frankfurt.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. Please click on photo for additional information.

World Slide Show: CLICK HERE

World Airways retires and sells its last McDonnell Douglas DC-10

World Airways (Atlanta) has retired and sold its last McDonnell Douglas DC-10.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Please click on the photo for additional information.

World Airways to fly the Polar Route under its new authorization

World Airways (Atlanta), a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings Inc., now offers Polar route service for its customers after receiving authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Polar authorization allows World to eliminate intermediate stops for several routes, reduce flight times and save fuel. This new authority affects mainly its MD-11 flights.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer.

World Airways extends MD-11 freighter contract with Etihad Crystal Cargo

World Airways (Atlanta) has extended a contract with Etihad Crystal Cargo (Abu Dhabi) to provide two MD-11 cargo aircraft into 2011, operating on scheduled routes to Europe, Asia and Africa.

Etihad introduced all-cargo services in February 2005. It currently operates a fleet of regional freighter aircraft including two Airbus A300-600RF aircraft and its first A330F.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Previously operated by Delta, World painted this McDonnell Douglas MD-11 N803DE (msn 48474) in the classic 1960 livery. The airframe is now with UPS.

World Airways to operate a Boeing 747-400 for Jade Cargo

World Airways (Atlanta) has signed a one-year agreement with Jade Cargo International (Shenzhen) to operate one Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft on a full-time basis for air cargo service beginning in October 2010. Subject to final government approvals, the aircraft will connect Shanghai and Yantai with Chicago (O’Hare). The three weekly flights will then continue to Amsterdam and return to Shanghai on a “round-the-world” flight pattern.

World recently announced the addition of two Boeing 747-400 freighters, which will bring World’s 747-400 fleet to four aircraft, in addition to nine McDonnell Douglas MD-11 freighters.

Jade Cargo International Company Ltd. was founded in October 2004 as a joint venture between Shenzhen Airlines (51%), Lufthansa Cargo AG (25%) and the German development finance institute DEG-Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (24%). Jade started flight operations on August 5, 2006 and operates six Boeing 747-400s.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. Jade Cargo’s Boeing 747-4EV ERF B-2422 (msn 35173) stops at Nuremberg.

World Airways to lease two Boeing 747-400 freighters

World Airways (Atlanta), a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings Inc., has entered into an agreement to add two leased Boeing 747-400 freighters to its fleet. The aircraft, scheduled for delivery in December 2010 and February 2011, will grow World’s B747-400 freighter fleet to four aircraft.

World is also in the process of reactivating a MD-11 freighter that it had placed into storage in 2009. This aircraft will enter revenue service in September 2010, and will return World’s fuel efficient MD-11 freighter fleet to nine active aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Wade DeNero. Boeing 747-4H6 (F) N740WA (msn 25700) lands at Miami.

World Airways expands its contract with ANA-Allied Air Cargo

World Airways (Atlanta) has expanded its cooperation with ANA-Allied Air Cargo to include a second MD-11F aircraft for service through December 2011 between Europe and various cities in Africa. World Airways, a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., began operating aircraft for ANA-Allied Air in October 2008.

Allied Air is a Nigerian all-cargo airline that operates four Boeing 727 freighters in addition to the two MD-11 freighters leased from World Airways. Allied works closely with its worldwide sales agent, ANA Aviation Services, to provide scheduled flights and ad hoc charter services. Allied Air carries more than 400 tons per week of fresh flowers and vegetables from both Kenya and Uganda to the major European markets in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. McDonnell Douglas MD-11F N279WA (msn 48756) prepares to depart from New York (JFK).

World Airways to operate a Boeing 747-400 freighter for Cargolux

World Airways (Atlanta), a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., has signed an agreement with Cargolux Airlines International (Luxembourg) to operate one Boeing 747-400 freighter on a full-time basis for air cargo service beginning October 2010 through June 2011.

Cargolux currently operates 15 747-400Fs.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. Boeing 747-4H6 (SF) N741WA (msn 25702) stops at Nuremberg.

World Airways to operate a Boeing 747-400F for Asiana

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World Airways (Atlanta), a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings, Inc.,  has signed an agreement with Asiana Airlines (Seoul) to operate one Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft on a full-time basis for air cargo service beginning February 23 through the remainder of 2010.

Atlas Air to replace World’s “Houston Express”

Atlas Air (New York-JFK) according to the press release “has been selected to operate an outsourced premium passenger private charter service for the U.S.-Africa Energy Association (USAEA). The Agreement to operate the charter was reached with SonAir – Serviço Aéreo, S.A. (SonAir), acting as agent for the USAEA.

Atlas will operate the charter service with two newly customized Boeing 747-400 aircraft provided by SonAir’s parent company, which are being reconfigured into largely business and executive class configuration. The charter service, which has become known as the “Houston Express”, includes three dedicated weekly non-stop flights between Houston and Luanda, Angola. While it is not open to the public, it provides USAEA members with a premium non-stop transportation link to support complex long-term projects in the West African energy sector.

SonAir is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sonangol Group, the multinational energy company of Angola and a member of the USAEA. USAEA’s members include many of the leading U.S. energy companies involved in the exploration and development of petroleum resources in West Africa.”

Atlas Air will replace World Airways which is operating a McDonnell Douglas MD-11 on the Houston (Bush Intercontinental)-Luanda “Houston Express” route for the same group.

Here is the full press release:

finance.yahoo.com/news/Atlas-Air-Announces-Planned-bw-1407046400.html?x=0&.v=1

World Airways add a passenger MD-11

World Airways (Atlanta) has added an ex-Finnair passenger McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (N270WA, msn 48449, ex OH-LGA) to its growing fleet. The company operates both cargo and passenger versions of the type.

Press release:

finance.yahoo.com/news/World-Airways-Adds-MD11-prnews-672715131.html?x=0&.v=1

World Airways extends contract with Allied Air

 

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World Airways (Atlanta) has extended its contract with Allied Air Cargo (Lagos) to operate a McDonnell Douglas MD-11F freighter now through December 2011. The MD-11F operates on a cargo route from Ostend to Lagos onward to Nairobi and then return for Allied. Allied currently operates four Boeing 727-200F freighters. The contract started on October 1, 2008.

 

Press release:

finance.yahoo.com/news/World-Airways-Extends-prnews-332390974.html?x=0&.v=1

Arrow Cargo wet leases 2 World MD-11Fs

Arrow Cargo (Miami) has wet leased two McDonnell Douglas MD-11F freighters from World Airways (Atlanta). One is already is in service and a second will be operated from July through December 2009. The aircraft are expected to be operated in World colors.

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