GlobalX (Global Crossing Airlines) (Miami) is the new airline venture of Ed Wegel (below, with his wife) formerly of the second version of Eastern Air Lines.
The new airline is proposing to commence passenger charter operations with a single, leased, Airbus A320. GlobalX will offer this aircraft, and a second aircraft scheduled for delivery later in 2021, for public and private passenger charters in domestic and foreign markets.
The company is in the process of obtaining its AOC.
The new airline announced its has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320-214 (ex Frontier N223FR (msn 2695), to be re-registered as N276GX):
Global Crossing Airlines Group, Inc., operating as “GlobalX”, on January 19, 2021 announced it took delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft, marking the beginning of the new passenger and cargo airline.
“WE ARE THRILLED TO TAKE DELIVERY OF OUR FIRST A320 AIRCRAFT HERE AT OUR BASE AT MIA. WE ARE BUILDING OUR AIRLINE AROUND AIRBUS WITH THE A320 AND 321 IN PASSENGER CONFIGURATION, AND LATER THIS YEAR WITH THE FIRST OF MANY A321 CARGO AIRCRAFT. WE HOPE TO OPERATE THE AIRBUS A330 AIRCRAFT AS WELL. TODAY IS A TESTAMENT TO THE OUTSTANDING WORK OF THE GLOBALX TEAM AS WE CONTINUE TO CERTIFY AS A US FLAG CARRIER,” SAID ED WEGEL, CHAIRMAN AND CEO.
The aircraft arrived at its new base, Miami International Airport, on Sunday afternoon and was welcomed with a ceremonial water cannon salute upon landing. This marks the first delivery of two aircraft scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.
GlobalX’s first A320 aircraft came freshly painted in its signature blue and green livery. The aircraft comfortably accommodates 180 passengers in an all Economy Class configuration, and features a large cargo hold capable of accommodating generous passenger baggage allowances. Upon completion of its FAA certification which is expected by late first quarter 2021, the A320 aircraft will immediately begin passenger charter operations throughout the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America.
GlobalX will provide charter airlift for major airlines, tour operators, professional and collegiate sports teams, casinos, and corporate groups. It will also operate direct to consumer charters under its own Part 380. The airline will operate from two bases at Miami International Airport (MIA) and Atlantic City International Airport (ACY).
About Global Crossing Airlines
GlobalX is a new entrant airline now in FAA certification using the Airbus A320 family aircraft. Subject to FAA and DOT approvals, GlobalX intends to initially fly as an ACMI and wet lease charter airline serving the US, Caribbean, and Latin American markets.
The new entrant describes its activities:
Global Crossing Airlines, doing business initially as Global X in the United States, will be an affiliated group of airlines operating both narrow and widebody aircraft in mature and emerging growth markets around the world, utilizing the efficiencies of an Airbus A320/330 fleet, and centralized purchasing, planning and management. The Global family will incorporate all that has been learned about charter, low cost scheduled and long haul low fare operations.
Global X is the first airline, now being certified in the US as a part 121 domestic and flag carrier airline using the Airbus A320. Global X will operate wet lease and ACMI flights for airlines and charter operations for tour operators, professional and college teams and other groups requiring a 150 seat aircraft capable of flying up to six hours. Global X plans to grow to a fleet of ten (10) to fifteen (15) A320 aircraft and will then add wide body A330 aircraft to our FAA certificate, to provide dual capability and optionality to our clients in long range charter and ACMI/wet lease operations.
Airbus A321-200 ES-MLS (msn 2480) has been painted and remains stored at Tallinn.
GlobalX has signed with Vallair for lease of ten (10) Airbus A321 freighters:
Global X is led by a strong and highly experienced 119 team – the five (5) mandated positions of Director of Operations, Maintenance, Quality and Safety and the Chief Pilot have over 150 years of commercial aircraft operating experience. Our Director of Maintenance was the co-founder and Director of Maintenance for the certification of Virgin America, our Director of Safety was the FAA’s subject matter expert and wrote much of the SMA (Safety Management System) policies and procedures, our Chief Pilot has operated many aircraft types including the 747 in worldwide charter operations, our Director of Operations has flown narrow body aircraft worldwide for over 20 years and our Director of Quality served in the same position for Delta Airlines and has been an FAA Principal Inspector for the past ten years.
Future Global Crossing operations are planned for Ecuador and Canada.
Top Copyright Photo: GlobalX Airbus A320-214 N223FR (N276GX) (msn 2695) MIA (Ken Petersen). Image: 952680.