Category Archives: Swift Air (USA)

Choice Aire starts operations to Atlantic City with a Swift Air Boeing 737-300

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Choice Aire (Miami) started public charter flights between Miami and Atlantic City on May 21 with the pictured ex-US Airways Boeing 737-3B7 N529AU (msn 24411) (below) operated by Swift Air (USA) (Phoenix).

The travel company is planning to operate additional public charters on the following routes:

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Photo: Choice Aire.

Choice Aire (Swift Air USA) 737-300 N529AU (15)(Grd)(Choice Aire)(LRW)

 

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Choice Aire to launch flights between Atlantic City, Nashville and Miami

Choice Aire (Miami) will debut its scheduled public charter service operated by Swift Air (2nd) (Phoenix) on May 21, 2015 serving new nonstop destinations Atlantic City International Airport (ACY), Nashville International Airport (BNA) and Miami International Airport (MIA).

According to the company, “Choice Aire will offer affordable, convenient, full-service first and economy class flights, with convenient connections from Miami to Cuba, Aruba and Curacao.”

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The five-times-weekly service will be operated by Swift Air, and will use Boeing 737-300 and 737-400 aircraft with 126 and 150 seats, including first class and economy service.

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Schedule:

Choice Aire 3.2015 Schedule

Choice Aire Charters, LLC dba Choice Aire offers Scheduled Public Charter Flights operated by Swift Air, LLC filed under DOT PC-15-043″ “FLA.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Former US Airways Boeing 737-4B7 N447US (msn 24874), now with Swift Air (2nd) as N802TJ (msn 24874), taxies at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto without airline titles.

Swift Air (2nd) aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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Global Air Jets starts weekly charter flights from West Palm Beach to Montego Bay, Jamaica

Global Air Jets (West Palm Beach) started weekly charter flights on Sundays from West Palm Beach to Montego Bay, Jamaica on April 20 using the AOC of Swift Air (2nd) (Phoenix). The public charter company is also planning charter flights to Kingston, Jamaica starting in June on Tuesdays.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4B7 N802TJ (msn 24874) of Swift Air is pictured on the ramp at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Swift Air: AG Slide Show

 

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Florida Express Jet wants to start operations on March 20

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Florida Express Jet (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) is a new charter airline that wants to start scheduled intra-state passenger operations in Florida on March 20 between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando and between Orlando and Tallahassee and return with Boeing 737-400s wet leased from Swift Air (Phoenix).

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The company previously issued this statement:

Florida Express Jet Travel, Inc. d/b/a Florida Express Jet announced that it will inaugurate a low-cost pattern of air service throughout the State of Florida. Initial service will be between Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tallahassee for as low as $69.00 and even includes free Wi-Fi.

Starting March 20, 2014, Florida Express Jet will inaugurate air service and provide vacation packages with Boeing 737-400 jets between Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tallahassee. The prices on the Florida Express Jet flights will be low and without any advance purchase or minimum-stay requirements. “All” coach seats on “all” nonstop flights will be priced at $69.00. This includes all 8 daily flights in the Ft. Lauderdale-Orlando and Orlando-Tallahassee markets. One-stop service between Ft. Lauderdale and Tallahassee will be a flat $99.00. A Better Business Class service with (2-2) first class like seating, extra legroom and free drinks will be a $30.00 add-on. There will be a $25.00 per bag fee to offset ground handling and airport costs but no extra fees for ticket changes, preferred seating, carry-on bags or for snacks or soft drinks.

Flights will depart Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood at 7 am nonstop to Orlando arriving at 7:50 am and continue on to Tallahassee arriving at 9:20 am. The morning return flight will depart Tallahassee at 10 am nonstop to Orlando arriving at 10:50 am and continuing on to Ft. Lauderdale. This pattern will be repeated in the afternoon with a Ft. Lauderdale-Orlando departure at 2 pm that will arrive in Orlando at 2:50 pm and depart at 3:30 pm to Tallahassee. The late afternoon return will leave Tallahassee at 5:10 pm nonstop to Orlando and continuing on to Ft. Lauderdale. The last flight will depart Orlando at 6:35 pm and arrive in Ft. Lauderdale at 7:25 pm.

This pattern of service, which focuses exclusively on flights within Florida, is designed to give travelers in both South Florida and Orlando the opportunity to arrive in Tallahassee by 9:20 am each morning and return at 5:10 pm–a full day in the State Capitol. Residents of Northern Florida will also now have nonstop jet service to Orlando twice daily and 1 stop service to Ft. Lauderdale and South Florida. This service should prove extremely attractive to business and vacation travellers as well as to the many state students and alumni at FSU, the University of Florida; UCF and many other state educational institutions that have had to drive between these cities in the past.

The Florida Express Jet service will be provided with Boeing 737-400 jets that are operated by Swift Air. Swift Air is an FAA-certified large jet operator that currently provides charter flights for major collegiate athletic teams and for the NBA Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks and NHL Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. The Florida Express Jet aircraft will be equipped with 12 Business Class and 138 Coach seats. Free Wi-Fi will be available on all flights. The aircraft will be painted in true Florida colors featuring the Florida sun, water and beaches, palm trees and the state Everglades. All seats on the aircraft are soft blue leather.

Thompson further added, “This new service and low prices are designed to stimulate new travelers to see the great State of Florida and to offer flying that `costs less than driving.'” He further states that “our low cost, unrestricted fares will remind Floridians of the early days of Air Florida, Southwest Airlines and PSA Airlines as they established their foothold with low fares and great service in their respective states of Florida, Texas and California. We will continue to add service as demand warrants to all of the major cities throughout the State of Florida. Like many of the travel companies in Florida that offer regularly-scheduled charter flights and vacation packages to Cuba on a daily basis, Florida Express Jet will focus its attention and service exclusively on markets within this great state.” 

The company describes itself in the following words:

Florida Express Jet Travel is a registered entity with the Florida Division of Corporations and is incorporated in Florida as Florida Express Jet Travel, Inc. The flights and vacation packages offered by Florida Express Jet are intra-state charter flights operated by FAA certified airlines and available to residents of the State of Florida. All services are operated solely within the State of Florida. Florida Express Jet Travel, Inc. is registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel Registration No. ST39101.

The company continues:

Our Heart Belongs to Florida

The magical splendor of Florida is an allure that sticks to you longer than beach sand.

So the saying “home is where the heart is” could not be truer than in Florida. Most native Floridians wouldn’t trade their right flip flop for a homestead in a different state. And for hundreds of years, a similar scene has been playing out among visitors: Folks visit Florida on what starts as a short business trip or vacation, only to discover that their heart turns hostage in this stunning and vivacious state. If those affected don’t move to the Sunshine State permanently, they often buy winter homes or visit regularly.

At Florida Express Jet, we’ve got sand in our shoes too.

Founding Florida Express Jet was a labor of love. And while providing excellence in the Florida travel industry is something that we’re committed to, at its heart, Florida Express Jet is about bringing the remarkably distinct and extraordinary parts of Florida closer together. It’s about making Florida more accessible to all of us.

That’s why our symbol expresses our two most important passions: The fascination of air flight, combined with the beauty and wonder of Florida. Fixed in the shape of a “butterfly heart,” each color symbolizes an important feature of Florida that keeps people love-struck year in and year out.

Florida Sun Florida Sun – The bright yellow sun confers energy and the hope of a new dawn, representing opportunity, transparency and success.
Florida Water and Beach Florida Water and Beaches – A symbol of life, the blue water represents the fun, vibrancy and richness of Florida
Florida Palms and our Everglades Florida Nature and Everglades – Florida’s greenery helps keep the state fertile and healthy, signifying purity, youth and innocence.
We LOVE Florida Florida’s Heart – We’ve reserved the color of passion to symbolize why Florida Express Jet exists. Quite simply, we LOVE Florida!

Let Florida Express Jet put its passion to work for you. With better fares, every flight, every day, we’re on a mission to celebrate Florida and change the way Floridians travel.

It continues again:

The Best Way to Travel the Sunshine State

Breathtaking rosy sunrises… alluring midday azure clouds… magnificent golden sunsets… Every day, the sunny skies over Florida display a magical collection of colors that celebrate the diverse and bustling activities taking place below in the Sunshine State. And now, those inviting skies are also the best pathway to experience any part of Florida you wish.

Welcome to Florida Express Jet, a happy new concept in Florida travel.

Like a sip of fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice, Florida Express Jet is an exciting new flavor of air travel in the Sunshine State. We’re fast, fun and uniquely Florida and we’re able to offer amazing fares on every flight, every day because we specialize only in Florida destinations.

Florida Express Jet was conceived as way to help Florida travelers reach their destinations faster and without the headache of having to drive. While it’s true that no place in Florida is more than 60 miles from the coast, the long, lanky shape of the Sunshine State — which stretches 361 miles wide across the north part of the state and more than 445 north to south — makes it a challenge to drive. And yet, major air carriers have not stepped in with flights to provide real travel choices throughout the entire state.

With no traffic, no tolls and no speed limit, Florida Express Jet is on a mission to change the way Floridians travel. Currently, we offer flights to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Pensacola, and Tallahassee, establishing the first layer in a network that will eventually connect every region in state. Coming in 2014, we plan to open flights to Jacksonville, Tampa, Key West and Daytona. Ultimately, Florida Express Jet will be the most economical, fastest and most enjoyable way to travel Florida.

Why Fly Florida Express Jet?

Smart Fares, Smarter Schedules – Florida Express Jet is the Sunshine State’s only point-to-point jet service featuring smart schedules, transparent pricing and world-famous Florida fun. By focusing resources and expertise within Florida, Florida Express Jet creates efficiencies that translate into a faster and more affordable air travel experience than a typical large airline. Well-planned schedules get you where you need to be, when you need to be there. And at $69, you could hardly drive to your destination for less.

Sky’s the Limit on World-Class Amenities

Don’t let the $69 rate fool you. Our fleet of Boeing 737s is loaded with all the “essentials” a Florida traveler could want. Sink into cozy leather seats, stay connected with free in-flight Wi-Fi and stretch out with ample legroom. When you Fly Florida!, it will be easy to finish that business presentation or keep the kids entertained until you land.

The Ultimate in Travel Convenience

The happiest flying experience means no hassles and no surprises, so every Florida Express Jet passenger receives one carry-on or checked bag for free. In addition, we’ve streamlined the boarding process to make it quicker and easier to fly anywhere in Florida. Our so-simple-it’s-ingenious boarding process will make your Florida Express Jet trip so enjoyable, you’ll never want to drive again.

Let Florida Express Jet Help you Celebrate Florida

When you fly Florida Express Jet, be prepared for an entertaining travel experience you won’t soon forget. You’ll encounter the perfect blend of Florida hospitality that combines southern charm and casual tropical comfort, with the enchantment of a theme park and a dash of South Beach chic. We promise to exceed your expectations.

It’s time to stop arguing with the GPS, kick back and relax … and Fly Florida.

All images by Florida Express Jet.

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Route Map:

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Swift Air to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in mid October

Swift Air (USA) (Phoenix) now plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in mid October following the approval of the bankruptcy court. The Part 121 supplemental airline filed for bankruptcy reorganization in June 2012. The airline issued this statement:

On October 2, 2013 the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona granted final approval to Swift Air’s proposed plan of reorganization, thus paving the way for the company’s emergence from bankruptcy protection by mid-October. The company’s reorganization plan was overwhelmingly supported by the company’s creditor constituencies.

Swift’s CEO Jeff Conry said that “this is an important milestone in the company’s continuing steps to complete its financial restructuring and emerge from chapter 11 in the very near future. We are gratified to have the support of our plan sponsor, Nimbos Holdings, as well as the Official Creditors’ Committee.”

Ken Woolley, the principal behind Nimbos Holdings and the plan’s financial backer, said, “We are very excited about the company’s upcoming emergence from chapter 11, and look forward to a very successful future with the company.”

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. The former US Airways Boeing 737-4B7 N802TJ (msn 24874) is pictured parked at San Francisco International Airport in the current livery, available for charter work. The aircraft was formerly painted and operated for the John McCain presidential campaign.

Swift Air: AG Slide Show

Swift Air prepares to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization

Swift Air LLC (USA) (Phoenix) has signed a definitive Plan Funding Term Sheet with NIMBOS LLC that provides for a substantial capital infusion and paves the way for the company to emerge from Chapter 11 by late September concluding its thirteen month reorganization.  The company has filed a motion with the bankruptcy court for approval of $1.4 million in additional funding by NIMBOS as part of the steps to emerge from Chapter 11.

Swift Air LLC, has been best known for its 14 years of incident free operations, transporting presidential candidates like Senator John McCain, professional sports teams, and the world’s biggest music acts.  Dealt a significant blow from the NBA lockout in the 2011-12 season, followed shortly thereafter by the NHL lockout in the 2012-13 season, Swift Air filed for bankruptcy in June of 2012 and has explored multiple exit strategies, before entering into this new arrangement with NIMBOS. The company has renewed its commitment to its sports charter line of business and is looking forward to the start of the NHL and NBA seasons, which will be the first uninterrupted seasons for these leagues in the past 2 years.

Swift Air is a certificated FAR 121 Air Carrier and operates a fleet comprised of Boeing 737 and Boeing 767 passenger aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. The former US Airways Boeing 737-4B7 N802TJ (msn 24874) is pictured parked at San Francisco International Airport in the current livery, available for charter work. The aircraft was formerly painted and operated for the John McCain presidential campaign.

EZjet Air Services suspends operations, strands passengers

EZjet Air Services (Georgetown, Guyana) has suspended operations. The charter company was operating flights from Georgetown to New York (JFK), Toronto (Pearson) and Port of Spain, Trinidad since December 2011. Lately a wet leased Boeing 767-238 ER N250MY (msn 23306) operated by Swift Air (USA) (Phoenix) has been flying for EZjet with titles. Swift Air specializes in operating charters, especially sports charters. Swift Air stopped flying for the Guyanese company due to the non payment of the lease charges and the U.S. Department of Transport (DOT) suspended the license for the company to operate in the United States. According to this report by the Stabroek News, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) cancelled the AOC of the company on Friday (November 9). EZjet claims it has not suspended operations but the website is now closed down and the airline issued the following statement:

“The story behind the suspension”

By now rumors are spreading all over the media and social networks about EZjet’s current state of operations. EZjet wishes to present the relevant facts. First and foremost, EZjet has NOT shut down. We were forced to cancel all flights because Swift Air – who owns and operates the aircraft – took off without any notification and left EZjet without a carrier. In response to instructions received from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), EZjet suspended its operations.

Several factors led to the suspension of services. On October 23, 2012 Swift delivered to EZjet a notice of cancellation. EZjet responded to Swift Air disputing the notice of cancellation. The notice of cancellation indicated that EZjet owed Swift Air money, when in fact Swift Air owed EZjet over US$630,000 in open invoices as well as another US$200,000 for amenities provided to passengers such as hotel, meals, and other charges relating to delays that were attributed to Swift Air. EZjet has consistently asked Swift Air to pay these invoices as the funds were needed to pay for EZjet’s continued operations. As of today Swift Air has not paid ANY of EZjet’s invoices nor has it received a response to the dispute relating to the notice of cancellation.

Swift Abandoned Passengers

On Friday November 2 and Saturday November 3, Swift Air abandoned EZjet’s passengers at the JFK airport and then in Georgetown to take another job of flying the Boston Celtics basketball team within the United States using EZjet’s fuel and airport services. No advance notification was provided to EZjet and we could do very little to avoid this action of Swift Air. Swift felt there was no need to inform EZjet and its passengers of its actions. They did not want the DOT to learn of this cancellation and now EZjet is paying the price for Swift Air’s action.

On Wednesday, November 7, Swift Air put out already onboard passengers at Port-of-Spain, and then stranded JKF-bound passengers in Georgetown, in order fly their empty aircraft to Buffalo, New York, again utilizing EZjet’s fuel and airport services to do so. After the aircraft took off, Swift Air contacted the US DOT and TICO (in Canada) and notified that they intend to stop flying. No advance notification was provided to EZjet.

On Thursday November 8, the DOT delivered to EZjet an email indicating that “EZJet Air has failed to act consistently with the requirements of 14 CFR Part 380. In the circumstances presented, we are requiring that EZJet Air Service Express must immediately cease advertising and operating flights filed under PC 12 119.” The DOT issued this after receiving false and misleading information from Swift Air. Swift lied to the DOT in order to protect themselves from the liability of having to return all U.S. passengers that they took to Guyana.

According to the DOT, in accordance with CFR 14 Part 380.12 and 34, they should have also been notified by both parties regarding this cancellation. Consequently, they were consulting with the US DOT General Counsel’s office as to whether this notice will be accepted after the fact.

EZjet has written to the DOT stating the facts and challenging Swift Air and is currently awaiting a reply.

Payment and Financial Differences

The media carried allegations of Swift Air, without any foundation or facts, that EZjet did not pay them. While Swift Air claims it has not been paid, EZjet believes Swift Air owes EZjet over US$800,000+ relating to various charges that remain unpaid. EZjet paid US$89,000 to Swift Air within the past week as the carrier requested, and EZjet offered to pay US$205,000 more to Swift Air on Wednesday of last week, providing only that Swift Air would state whether it planned to continue or stop flying. There was no answer. While Swift Air’s executives, on one hand, were advising EZjet about flying the next flights, on the other hand, Swift Air’s crew quietly deplaned and stranded EZjet’s passengers then flew their empty aircraft to the US on Wednesday. Their action was unknown to EZjet’s management.

Executives’ Bonus

In a similar situation to EZjet, on April 6, 2012, Saipan Air entered into an Aircraft ACMI Charter Agreement with Swift Air relating to the charter of two Boeing 757-200 aircraft and one Boeing 737-400 aircraft. The aircraft were to be delivered to Saipan Air on or before July 1, 2012, to transport tourists from China to various locations in Japan and China to and from the CNMI.

On June 24, 2012, Saipan Air received a letter from a Swift executive – the same who wrote EZjet’s termination letter – dated June 21, 2012, stating that “Swift hereby provides notice to Saipan Air that the agreement is hereby terminated and canceled without further notice or effect.” On June 27, 2012, Swift Air filed for bankruptcy petition. This is the same stunt Swift pulled on EZjet.

It needs to be known that four executives of Swift Air, the supposed partner of Saipan Air Inc., received large bonuses and other payments from Swift Air prior to the company’s filing of bankruptcy protection. Two of these executives were directly overseeing EZjet’s flights. The amended $50-million racketeering lawsuit still named the four executives as defendants along with 10 unnamed co-defendants for allegedly conspiring to obtain money and other property from Saipan Air Inc. The lawyer exposed the alleged large bonuses in the Saipan Air Inc.’s filing in federal court of its first amended complaint against the four executives.

Swift and EZjet show-down at Piarco

There was a show-down in Port-of-Spain on Wednesday November 7. Whist Swift was attempting to fly off with all their crew onboard, EZjet’s management advised the handling company at Piarco not to pushback the aircraft as Swift Air was escaping and leaving our passengers stranded. EZjet’s management gave order to block the aircraft from flying off and told Swift Air that they will not be pushed back until they fly all of our passengers back to Georgetown and complete other obligations to our passengers. Swift managed to utilized another service provider in Trinidad to push back the aircraft and flew off to the US, stealing fuel paid for by EZjet, stranding our passengers and jeopardizing all of our other flights. It was that day that EZjet learnt that Swift Air informed the DOT that that was their last flight. EZjet knew nothing of this. And the DOT took action against EZjet without as much affording us the courtesy to reply to Swift Air’s letters and actions.

Swift Air replaced Dynamic Airways after Dynamic suspended its operations owing EZjet over $1.5 million dollars which includes an $800,000 cash security deposit. EZjet is in the process of seeking legal action against Dynamic Airways for recovery of the sums owing.

The second reason that led us into this situation is poor collection of ticket sales. Currently, over US$2.5 million are held among several travel agencies. These monies were collected from passengers but not yet handed over to the airline. This put a financial strain on the airline that is requested to pre-pay for its flights and fuel.

We want to make it very clear to all of Guyana and our passengers in the US, Canada and Trinidad, that it was not EZjet but Swift Air that led us down this road.

To our passengers, EZjet cares deeply about all of you. We changed the entire landscape just to bring you the best prices and benefits which before you did not enjoy. We are the reason many people flew for the first time and why many of you can fly as many times as you want. We bore all the high prices without any financial assistance from anyone just to make flying affordable to everyone. We never meant for this to happen. We tried our best to avoid it. And we are hurt about the way the situation has turned out.

In order to better serve you and avoid the mistakes of the past, we need time to make changes internally. Regrettably, those changes cannot be made under these present circumstances. We need time to do this. For this reason, we have, most regrettably, suspended the operations. All passengers will be given full refund for the unused portions of their tickets. We know this is an undesirable outcome and we humbly apologise for it. We are asking the passengers to be patient with our staff and bear with us as we process the refunds. To get their refunds, passengers need to contact our Headoffice at 23 Brickdam, Georgetown or call us on 225-7597, 225-9791, 225-7585 or 225-7599 or email us at ezjetairlines@gmail.com

We will take time to regroup and come better. And by this we mean that plans are being explored to recommence operations soon. This is in light of the fact that carriers have already hiked up their airfare prices by some 30% to 50% since EZjet’s suspension. We value you our passengers. We thank you for your loyalty to us and for staying with us even in trying times over the year. Because we value you, we want to continue serving you. We are going to make those changes necessary to serve you better. We are going to come again.

Thank you for choosing EZjet as your preferred carrier. We will see you again and look forward to your continued support.

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Copyright Photo: Nigel Steele. Former Maxjet Airways Boeing 767-238 ER N250MY departs from Georgetown, Guyana.