Northeast had a contract (ACMI) with Worldwide Charters (a Canadian company) to fly Hajj trips. According to Eric Paillet (sp?), the president of Northeast, 2 weeks ago, Worldwide wired money to Northeast. The money never arrived. Worldwide sent Northeast a copy of the wire and realized that it had been sent to an account that was one digit off. Well, there really was no wire. Worldwide has never paid any of the landing fees, etc. for any of the flights that have been flown, in addition to never paying Northeast. The FBI, various embassies and the State Dept have all gotten involved. Sure, Northeast never got paid, but that has NOTHING to do with the crew. They don't have a piece of the company. And Northeast still continued to fly trips on the contract, even though they had been defrauded. The airport in OUA is owed over 150K for the accrued fees. And the crew is stuck in a place that under no circumstances could be thought of as a resort area. My husband has had a 32 hour duty day, followed by a 19 hour duty day, to fly 17 hours. It took them 18 hours to load the plane in Jeddah at the start of his 32 hour duty day.
As to the question of the other aircraft, Hamilton says it is ready to release it on March 21.
How a company could allow its employees to be treated in such a manner is inconceivable to me. When Northeast realized there was no money coming from Worldwide, they should have stopped flying on the contract.