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.