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:
Miami Air Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today voted 93 percent to ratify a new contract. The 5-year agreement provides immediate pay raises and per diem, and improved work rules for over 100 Flight Attendants.
“Miami Air Flight Attendants stood together throughout negotiations and a year ago, authorized a strike if necessary. Today, we ratified a new contract that will provide much needed wage increases for Flight Attendants and their families,” said Natasha Glasper, AFA Miami Air President.
Negotiations began in January 2015. The the National Mediation Board has overseen negotiations through mediation since December 2015. Flight Attendants overwhelmingly authorized a strike in October 2017.
Miami Air is a charter airline, privately owned by TSI Holding Company of St. Louis, MO, operating flights for vacation tour companies and major sports teams including for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers, Miami Dolphins and Heat, Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Miami Air): Miami Air International Boeing 737-8HX WL N749MA (msn 36434) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 940186.
Miami Air International (Miami) is now operating a twice-weekly roundtrip charter flight from Oakland to Kona, Hawaii. The flight is dubbed the “Kona Shuttle”.
Kona Shuttle is a private all first-class charter service that flies from Oakland International Airport in California to Kona International Airportnear Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. It was started as a private club for the members of exclusive developments on the North Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Kukio.
Flights operate twice a week, using this Boeing 737-7BX N737KA (msn 30740) operated by Miami Air. Initially, flights were operated by Primaris Airlines and later by Ryan International Airlines.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. N737KA departs from a murky OAK on November 21 bound for the Big Island.
JetAmerica (2nd) (St. Petersburg and Toledo) has delayed its start-up from July 13 to at least August 14 due to problems obtaining slots at Newark.
JetAmerica (2nd) (Toledo) is the latest idea of John Weikle, the founder of defunct Skybus Airlines (3rd) (Columbus, OH). The new paper airline was established on November 26, 2007. JetAmerica will be modeled after ultra low-cost carrier Ryanair that Skybus had also adopted but failed (Spirit Airlines also uses this model). This time Weikle will initially wet lease two 189-seat Boeing 737-800s from Miami Air International and will fly to some cities that will be EAS federally funded. Fares will be 50 to 70 percent lower than major airlines. Toledo (near Detroit and Cleveland) has been selected as the base. Initial routes will span out to South Bend, Lansing, Melbourne/Vero Beach, Newark and Minneapolis/St. Paul. In addition Cincinnati, Columbus, OH and Pittsburgh are being considered for future expansion. Colors will be red, white and blue.