Category Archives: Miami Air International

The resurrected Miami Air adds its first Boeing 737-800

The original Miami Air International (1st) ceased operations on May 8, 2020, as previously reported. The company had previously entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 25, 2020.

Tomas Romero, owner of World Atlantic Airlines, acquired the assets of the bankrupt company including the AOC. This deal did not include any aircraft.

The new Miami Air intends to restart charter operations with a single Boeing 737-800.

On October 20, 2020 the new airline leased a Boeing 737-800 (N770MA, msn 28647, ex HL7567) from GECAS.

Assets of Miami Air are sold to Tomas Romero

Tomas Romero, CEO of World Atlantic Airlines, has been successful in his bid to acquire the assets of defunct Miami Air International.

The Southern District of Florida approved the sale of the assets on May 29, 2020.

According to World Atlantic:

“World Atlantic Airlines was originally born as Caribbean Sun Airlines in September of 2002 in Ft. Lauderdale Florida.  In January of 2003, flight operations began utilizing Bombardier Dash 8-100 aircraft. The airline was set up out of necessity to increase the presence of the partner company, Caribbean Star Airlines.

On January 9, 2007 the airline announced that it would shut down operations by month-end.  After ceasing operations, the company tried to start operations once more under different leadership as Merengue Airlines Dominicana.   The attempt was unsuccessful by the then management team.

The company was sold to industry veteran Mr. Tomas Romero.  The new airline model also included a new branding name “World Atlantic Airlines” and  utilizing the McDonnell Douglas MD-83.  After many months of a very detailed re-certification process, World Atlantic Airlines applied for a new Airline Operating Certificate in August 2010, began proving runs and was certified as a 14 CFR Part 121 Supplemental Carrier in September of 2010.”

Miami Air ceases operations, to be liquidated

Miami Air International on May 8, 2020 decided to cease all operations. All employees were informed by CEO Kurt Kamrad that the bankrupt company seeking reorganization was unable to find an interested partner or a viable plan to become successful again during the COVID-19 crisis and the downturn in air travel, especially sports charters.

As a result, the company changed their Chapter 11 reorganization to liquidation of its assets.

History of Miami Air:

In August 1990 a group of 15 airline industry veterans, headed by George Lyall and Ross Fischer, launched Miami Air. The team set out with modest intentions for the carrier to operate two aircraft around the Caribbean for vacations, but the airline has expanded with service across the globe and a premier product line that is customizable for virtually any private group.

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 Airlines was President. Miami Air International was established in August 1990 and started operations in October 1991 using two Boeing 727-200 aircraft.

By 2000, the fleet had grown to 8 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. The fleet was refreshed with new Boeing 737-800s, as the 727s were slated for conversion to cargo aircraft, operating under the Quest International name. The events of September 11, 2001 drove changes in the industry, resulting in significant decline in cargo demand, and the company’s exit from cargo service.

At the same time, there was a significant increase in demand from the military business, enabling The Company’s passenger business to thrive, as it also grew in a number of customer segments. In 2005, TSI Holding Company, already one of the company owners, bought the remaining shares of the company.

Today, Miami Air International with its fleet of Boeing 737-800s remains a leader in what is known as “ad hoc charter.” The broad base of customers includes sport teams, corporate incentive groups, the entertainment industry, and various governments and agencies. The company is also the carrier of choice for cruise lines, tour operators, schools, and community organizations. Its Boeing 737-800s are configured with 68 First Class seats, 168 luxury-coach seats, or any combination seating. Its operations are worldwide covering every continent except Antarctica and it lands at more airfields annually than any other US carrier.

Miami Air aircraft photo gallery:

Miami Air International files for Chapter 11 reorganization

Miami Air International filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and reorganization on March 24. The chapter 11 filing was filed in Florida Southern Bankruptcy Court.


Miami Air International is wholly owned by TSI Holdings.

The charter airline, which commenced operations on October 15, 1991, currently was operating six Boeing 737-800s.

However it was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic which stopped all sporting events and team charters.

Miami Air aircraft photo gallery:

CNN: Pilot and air traffic controller were concerned about weather before Miami Air Boeing 737-800 slid into the St. Johns River

From CNN:

“Snippets from the conversation between an air traffic controller and the pilot of a plane that slid into the St. Johns River upon landing in Jacksonville, Florida Friday night may give insight into why the aircraft landed on a different runway than planned.”

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CBS: Miami Air pilots made last-minute runway change, left-hand thrust reverser was inoperative

Flight GL 293 from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Jacksonville Naval Air Station, FL with 136 passengers and 7 crew members, overran runway 10 and ended up in the St. Johns River on May 3, 2019 (WO)

According to CBS News, Miami Air’s pilots on Friday night made a last minute runway change in order to land to the east at NAS Jacksonville. However runway 10 (9,000′ long) was essentially limited to 7,800′ landing east due to arresting gear.

In addition, the left-hand thrust reverser that was reportedly inoperative.

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Miami Air International issued this statement:

Miami Air International was notified of an incident involving Flight BSK293 on Friday, May 3, 2019 at approximately (9:55) pm EDT. The flight was a military charter operation which departed Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Jacksonville, Florida.

Upon landing at approximately (9:42) pm EDT, the aircraft slid off the end of the runway into the St. Johns River. All passengers and crew members were evacuated from the aircraft after it came to a stop resting in water. There were 136 passengers and 7 crew members aboard the flight. According to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, 21 individuals were transported to local hospitals due to minor injuries. Miami Air International is providing support to the passengers, crew and their families that were affected by this accident.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, was manufactured in 2001 and had last been through a scheduled maintenance check which was completed on May 1, 2019.

Miami Air International has notified the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and is cooperating with the authorities on the investigation. We would like to thank all the responding agencies for their support especially, the men and women of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue.

Top Copyright Photo: Miami Air International Boeing 737-81Q WL N732MA (msn 30618) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103751.


USA Today: Pets presumed dead from Boeing 737-800 plane that crash landed in Jacksonville, Florida

From USA Today:

At least four pets were checked in the luggage department of the ill-fated Miami Air International Boeing 737-800 charter flight that ended up partially-submerged in the St. Johns River after running off the runway at NAS Jacksonville Friday night.

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Miami Air flight from Guantanamo Bay ends up in the St. Johns River in Jacksonville

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Miami Air International military charter flight GL 293 from Guantanamo Bay Naval Air Station, Cuba to Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Florida (south of downtown) with 136 passengers and seven crew members, overran the runway 10 and ended up in the St. Johns River at 9:40 p.m. on May 3. All passengers and crew members were safely rescued from the wing.

At least 21 were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries.

There were reported thunderstorms in the area at the time of the landing. An estimated 3/4 of an inch of rain had occurred before the flight landing according to News 4 JAX.

Read more from News 4 JAX: CLICK HERE

Photos: Office of Sheriff – Jacksonville Police.

The aircraft involved is the pictured Boeing 737-81Q N732MA (msn 30618) which is unlikely to fly again

Top Copyright Photo: Miami Air International Boeing 737-81Q WL N732MA (msn 30618) MIA (Brian McDonough). Image: 903868.

Miami Air aircraft slide show:


A NTSB team is flying from Washington to Jacksonville today to investigate the accident.

Fiji Airways leases a Boeing 737-800 from Miami Air

Miami Air International Boeing 737-81Q WL N732MA (msn 30618) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103751.

Fiji Airways has made this announcement:

Fiji Airways has leased a Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Miami Air to cover some of its schedules due to the temporary grounding of its two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The chartered Miami Air aircraft will operate some flights on behalf of Fiji Airways between Nadi and Auckland, Apia, Christchurch and Brisbane (subject to regulatory approval).

The aircraft has 166 Economy Class seats in a single cabin configuration. The leased aircraft will operate with its own cabin crew and pilots, with a Fiji Airways Purser or Senior Flight Attendant onboard to oversee the cabin experience.

Fiji Airways made the decision to lease an aircraft for the upcoming peak period to limit any disruptions to guests’ travel plans. While the airline recognises that the onboard experience and facilities will differ from its usual offering, it will do everything possible to ensure that guests continue to enjoy a comfortable experience. Fiji Airways will contact Business Class guests booked on flights which will now be operated by the leased aircraft to provide travel options.

Miami Air is a charter company based out of Miami in the United States, and have leased aircraft to airlines like British Airways, Air France, and TUI, among others.

Top Copyright Photo: Miami Air International Boeing 737-81Q WL N732MA (msn 30618) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103751.

Miami Air aircraft slide show: