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User currently offlineElliott From Greece, joined Mar 2000, 56 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2215 times:

Dear all,

(not sure if discussed before, but nothing found)

I am looking for a list of airlines founded in order to operate “Casino Flights”. Like Air Vallee in Italy etc.


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User currently offlinenkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2793 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

I know Spirit Airlines was originally founded as a charter company running casino charters out of Atlantic City to Detroit and Providence.. it was originally named Charter One.

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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2081 times:

Xtra Airways here in the US started out as Casino Express, and still primarily focuses on casino junket charters as it's core business.

Back in the 50s and into the early 1960s, several of the casinos in Las Vegas operated their own airlines to shuttle passengers to/from Las Vegas. Hacienda Airlines' was the biggest of the bunch (The Thunderbird Hotel and the Dunes also provided air service as well.) and the Civil Aeronautics Board ended up grounding the casino airlines, which were bringing in more folks into/out of LAS than the commercial airlines were. At it's peak, Hacienda Airlines boasted a 30 a/c fleet that included DC-3s, DC-4s, and Lockheed Constellations.


Such charter services still exist, but the casino operators have a charter airline operating the flights for them. In some cases, the junket operators just buy a block of seats on a scheduled flight to that casino destination.

User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6307 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2030 times:
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Las Vegas Sand owns a Tri-Star and a 747SP. They use them to bring in some real high rollers.

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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 3):
Las Vegas Sand owns a Tri-Star and a 747SP. They use them to bring in some real high rollers.

Las Vegas Sands also owns several 737s, 757s, and 767s, but since these a/c are not available to the general public, I would not put them in the same category as a charter operator that flies casino junkets.

User currently offlineburnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7723 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

Allegiant basically is casino flights.

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