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AerLine Holdings to sell XTRA Airways, fleet shrunk to one aircraft

XTRAirways (Xtra Airways) Boeing 737-484 N430XA (msn 25430) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403409.

AerLine Holdings has entered into negotiations to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary XTRA Airways.

XTRA Airways has operated Boeing 737 aircraft in its charter fleet flying sports teams, rock bands, relief flights from Caribbean Islands including Puerto Rico, scheduled service between Saipan in the U.S. Mariana Islands and China, sub-service for tour operators within Europe, deportees for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and most recently supplying two highly customized executive 737 aircraft for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

XTRA Airways has an impeccable safety record, is one of the few charter carriers having scheduled service (U.S.-flag) authority, is certified to fly within Europe, and is authorized by the U.S. and China to conduct scheduled service between the two countries.

Following the decision to divest of its interest in XTRA Airways, seven of its eight 737 aircraft have been sold, and its fleet will be reduced to just one 737 aircraft before the end of May 2018. 

AerLine Holdings will select a buyer that can offer the best value to the company, its employees and shareholders, and is anticipated to make an award before the end of April 2018.

XTRA Airways is a 31-year-old commercial charter U.S. airline that specializes in group air travel throughout the Americas. The company operates a modern fleet of Boeing 737-400 and 737-800 aircraft, and is certified under the FAA Part 121 Flag regulations designated for all major U.S. airlines. Customers include corporate incentive groups, sports teams, entertainers, civic leaders, students, and other groups. XTRA Airways is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida.

Copyright Photo: XTRAirways (Xtra Airways) Boeing 737-484 N430XA (msn 25430) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403409.

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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.

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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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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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