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09JUN2013: PEOPLExpress v2.0 takes one step closer to resuming operations
Xtra Airways (XP, Elko) has been acquired by a group of investors as part of their plans to resurrect the long defunct PEOPLExpress brand. The agreement now gives PEOPLExpress (Newport News) "the immediate ability to operate aircraft under the FAA certificate issued to XTRA". While no exact details on the agreement were divulged news paper reports claim PEOPLExpress was able to finance its purchase of XTRA thanks to a short-term USD500'000 loan from a local development authority. Michael Morisi, president of People Express, said to "expect more announcements in the coming weeks as to when 737s under the PEOPLExpress banner will begin taking to the skies." Morisi also stated that the XTRA brand would not be retired, but will be incorporated into his company as a charter wing. PeoplExpress (1980) (PE, Newark) was a major player in the US domestic market during the 1980s but was forced into merging with Continental Airlines (CO, Houston Intc'l) in 1987 when heavy debt burdens coupled with a failed integration with Frontier Airlines (1950) (FL, Denver Stapleton) proved too much. Plans to relaunch were first announced in February 2012, but snags in financing delayed the start of operations.
03FEB2013: All Mazatlan flights cancelled by Cal Jet Air from February 5
Cal Jet Air (Minneapolis/St. Paul) has announced that it has decided to cancel all remaining public charter flights between its US departure airports and Mazatlán from February 5 due to a decision by its Mexican partner Sinaloa Group. The public charter operator did not elaborate further on the exact reason of the cancellation of all future flights that were planned until early April. Cal Jet had only launched in late December offering non-stop services and vacation packages from Denver Int'l, Houston Intc'l, Los Angeles Int'l, Oakland and San Antonio Int'l to Mazatlan using B737-400s chartered from Xtra Airways (XP, Elko). It is unclear if Cal Jet Air plans to resume operations at a later stage.
05DEC2012: Vision Airlines fined for not operating Direct Air charters
Vision Airlines (USA) (V2, Las Vegas McCarran) has been fined by the US Department of Transportation for not operating flights on behalf of public charter carrier Direct Air (D1, Myrtle Beach) back in March when Direct Air had run out of funds and been forced to suspend operations. According to US legislation, the operators of such public charter flights are not allowed to cancel flights less than 10 days before scheduled departure and need to have security arrangements with the charterer to ensure they are paid for these flights. Vision just like World Atlantic Airlines (K8, Miami Int'l) and Xtra Airways (XP, Elko) had just immediately cancelled all Direct Air flights leaving customers stranded violating these rules. The two other carriers had been fined by the DOT earlier already.
28SEP2012: Bahamasair completes B737 fleet renewal, retires B737-200s
Bahamasair (UP, Nassau Int'l) has phased out its remaining B737-200 Adv.s and now only operates two B737-500s besides its five Dash 8-300s. Its B737-500s are currently mainly used on routes from Nassau to Fort Lauderdale Int'l, Havana Int'l, Miami Int'l and Orlando Int'l. Bahamasair has also given up its leisure oriented non-stop flights from Freeport to US cities with a B737-400 that it had wet-leased from Xtra Airways (XP, Elko).
28SEP2012: Cal Jet plans public charters to Mazatlán from four US airports
Cal Jet Air (Minneapolis/St. Paul) has announced plans to offer scheduled public charter flights between the United States and Mazatlán from December using B737-400s chartered from Xtra Airways (XP, Elko). It plans to initially operate from Los Angeles Int'l, San Francisco, CA, San Antonio Int'l and Seattle Tacoma Int'l offering a total of 12 weekly services. It only faces competition on the route from Los Angeles currently also served by Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l).