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XTRA Airways introduces a new livery, completes its move to the Miami area

XTRAirways 737-400 N688XA (15)(Grd)(XTRA)(LR)

XTRA Airways (stylized as XTRAirways) (formerly Casino Express Airlines) (Boise, now Miami) has introduced a new livery.

The charter airline has also acquired ex Airberlin/Orenair Boeing 737-86J now registered as N625XA (msn 32625, Ex D-ABBC/VP-BEZ). The new addition was painted this week at Roswell, New Mexico.

XTRAirways logo

The company recently announced on May 29 that it had completed the relocation of its corporate headquarters from Boise, Idaho to its new home at Coral Gables, Florida near Miami International Airport.

XTRA with the move, had also opened its new Operations Control Center (OCC). XTRA’s new OCC, which includes Flight Dispatch, Maintenance Control, Flight Crew Scheduling and Flight Logistics Support, is now co-located with its parent company (AerLine Holdings, LLC) at AerLine’s existing headquarters at 121 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables, FL.

XTRA Airways, which also operates 150-seat Boeing 737-400 series aircraft (above), was founded in 1987 as an FAA Certified, 14 CFR Part 121 Air Carrier, and was acquired by AerLine Holdings, Inc. in December 2014.

According to the company, “XTRA has operated for over 25 years specializing in providing safe and reliable air travel, while focusing on personalized customer care in the demanding commercial jet charter market.”

Photo: XTRA Airways. Ex-City Airways Boeing 737-4Y0 N688XA (msn 24688) shows off the new look and was leased from AerSale on May 28, 2015.

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XTRA Airways rebrands as XTRAirways

AerSale 737 Charter Jet

XTRA Airways (formerly Casino Express Airlines) (Boise) has rebranded as XTRAirways and unveiled this new livery on this former Sky King Boeing 737-484 registered as N741AS (msn 25417).

XTRAirways logo (2014)

Photo: XTRAirways.

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The proposed return of the Air Florida brand as a public charter carrier

Air Florida (3rd) (St. Petersburg/Clearwater) is the latest return of an historic brand following the return of PEOPLExpress and Eastern. The paper airline has posted this plan and information on their new website:

Air Florida Kiss Us Hello

Air Florida is a privately-held start-up carrier, incorporated as a Florida Corporation In 2014. The company has filed for registration of all logos and indicia of the iconic carrier (Air Florida 1st, 1971-1984), and will operate initially as a public charter carrier.

The carrier Is expected to name the executive team of Aviation Solutions, Inc., of Dallas, TX to manage all phases of operation.

We have reached an agreement In principle with Xtra Airways of Boise, ID for the provision of multiple Boeing 737-400 aircraft (and crews) on an ACMI lease program.

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The carrier is also in discussion for a similar lease arrangement for one McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft for long-haul service, initially proposed to be (Los Angeles-St. Petersburg/Clearwater-San Juan.

While Air Florida will indeed provide leisure travel services from under-served airports In the Northeast and Midwest to various destinations in our home state. Many of the cities in our launch service will become focus cities upon further expansion. The carrier will offer connecting flights and point-to-point service between Northeast and Midwest destinations.

In addition to providing both low-fare leisure and business travel, a key philosophy behind the start-up is a return to the original Air Florida’s K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sweet & Simple) principles. Air Florida does not intend to add hidden or ‘A La Carte’ fees to its fares, but will work to keep fares low while offering our customers what should be expected in air travel.

Air Florida 8.2014 Proposed Route Map

We intend to commence service in early 2015 with service from St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Daytona Beach and Ft Lauderdale/Hollywood to Chicago (Gary), St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Allentown (Lehigh Valley) and Worcester.

The would-be airline is currently in discussions to lease Embraer EMB-120 turboprops as feeder flights for its proposed long-range routes operated with Boeing 737-400s.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. The 1979 blue and green color scheme of the original Air Florida is seen on Boeing 737-2T4 N56AF (msn 22369).

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The new PEOPLExpress wants to start flying to Newark before July 1

PEOPLExpress (2nd) 737 (PEOPLExpress)(LR)

People Express Airlines (stylized as PEOPLExpress Airlines) (2nd) (Newport News/Williamsburg, Virginia) wants to start operations before July 1. No schedules have yet been announced.

The new airline has been in funding phase. The first route is planned to be from Newport News/Williamburg, VA (PHF) to Newark (EWR) with six flights a week using Boeing 737 aircraft. Previously in June 2013 PEOPLExpress announced its intention to acquire Xtra Airways (Boise) but this prospective deal appears to be on hold.

Jeffrey Erickson is the current CEO after founder Michael Morisi resigned from the position. Mr. Morisi remains as an advisor.

Founded in 2012 as we have previously reported, the new version of PEOPLExpress the prospective airline describes itself this way:

After an over 25-year absence, the airline synonymous with low-cost fares and a focus on customer service is preparing to return to the skies. By applying the attributes of value, integrity and ingenuity that the original PEOPLExpress™ was known for, we will address the rising level of consumer frustration and disappointment with air travel today, and we are confident that the new PEOPLExpress™ will once again become the airline of choice.

While reviving an iconic brand in aviation is a part of our heritage, we’re not looking to the past to find our success. Led by our experienced team of professionals, our forward looking product development efforts have helped us to develop a service product which we are confident will be warmly embraced by today’s air travelers and will ensure a total customer experience unlike any other. An experience where personal attention and technology each play a role and an experience that has been designed from the outset to surprise customers and surpass their expectations. We will be making travel exciting and fun again!

PEOPLExpress is about People – the people who work for us, and the people who fly with us. We are building the Smart Alternative.
Mission

Our mission is to provide affordable, nonstop jet air service between cities that are underserved by major carriers in the United States.
Description

PEOPLExpress will offer the best value and most enjoyable customer experience in air travel.

Note: People Express Airlines, Inc. has applications pending with the U.S. Department of Transportation and is not yet a certificated airline.

Read the full story from the Daily Press: CLICK HERE

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Bahamasair to start new flights to Miami, Havana and Birmingham

Bahamasair (Nassau) will again add the Freeport-Miami route on June 6, operating two days a week (on Fridays and Sundays). Additionally the carrier will start a route linking Nassau with Havana three days a week commencing on June 3.

In other news, Bahamasair has contracted with Xtra Airways (Boise, Idaho) to operate a summer seasonal charter service to Birmingham, Alabama. The first charter flight departed from Birmingham to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island on May 3. The seasonal charter flights will operate to Freeport through August 6 and is bookable through VacationExpress.com.

Read the full account from AL.com: CLICK HERE

In addition, Bahamasair is back at Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and Richmond (RIC) for its summer charter program. Xtra Airways will again be operating the flights for Bahamasair. The first or second weekly charters will be operated with Xtra’s N43XA in Xtra colors. However N279AD is being painted at this time and will take over the BWI/RIC flights in a hybrid Bahamasair/Xtra Airways livery that N42XA carried last summer.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Xtra Airways has operated for Bahamasair in the past. Boeing 737-429 N42XA (msn 25729) is seen in the past at Baltimore/Washington with Bahamasair titles (currently the aircraft still displays Xtra Airways titles for the Birmingham flights).

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Xtra Airways is operating two Boeing 737-400s for One Airlines of Chile

Xtra Airways (Boise, Idaho) is now operating two of its Boeing 737-400s (N279AD and N42XA) for newcomer One Airlines of Chile.

One Airlines (Santiago) began charter operations on October 25 linking Santiago with Concepción in southern Chile and also to cities like Antofagasta and Calama in the northern part of the country, where the main mining investments are located.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 N279AD (msn 26279) rests between assignments at Santiago. The airliner is fully painted in the colors of the new charter airline. N279AD was formerly operated for DirectAir.

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Cal Jet Air to drop all service to Mazatlan early on February 5

Cal Jet Air (operated by Xtra Airways) (Minneapolis and San Antonio) has abruptly dropped all charter flights to Mazatlan, Mexico effective on February 5 instead of the planned April 7. The public charter company blamed a decision made by The Sinola Group in Mazatlan that was contracting the company to fly these flights operated by Xtra Airways. The Sinola government ended ended the support due to low bookings.

Cal Jet Air launched flights to Mazatlan on January 13 from Los Angeles, Denver, Oakland, Houston and San Antonio.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Formerly operated for Bahamasair by Xtra Airways until their two new Boeing 737-500s arrived, the pictured Boeing 737-429 N42XA (msn 25729) rests between Cal Jet Air charter flights at Los Angeles.

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