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Is Champion Air Owned By Northwest Airlines?

Fri Jun 18, 2004 1:17 am

N683CA is actually shown as being owned by NW.


http://162.58.35.241/acdatabase/NNumSQL.asp?NNumbertxt=683CA

 
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RE: Is Champion Air Owned By Northwest Airlines?

Fri Jun 18, 2004 1:37 am

It would appear that way. I never new that!


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RE: Is Champion Air Owned By Northwest Airlines?

Fri Jun 18, 2004 1:40 am

To answer your question -- the company is not owned by NW. However, the fleet is made up of ex-NW birds, and may be leased from NW.
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RE: Is Champion Air Owned By Northwest Airlines?

Fri Jun 18, 2004 1:41 am

I thought that at one point they where. Have they even been partially or fully owned by NW?
 
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RE: Is Champion Air Owned By Northwest Airlines?

Fri Jun 18, 2004 2:05 am

Owner sounds like it's Front Page Tours. I had read NWA had some ownership at some point in Champion's history.

From Champion's web-site:

Our Airline

Champion Air is the largest dedicated provider of charter airlift in the airline industry.

Based in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Champion Air currently operates a fleet of twelve Boeing 727-200 aircraft and serves a wide variety of customers that include professional sports teams, corporations and major tour package wholesalers.

Champion Air was originally formed as MGM Grand Air in 1993 by the MGM organization with the purpose of providing trans-continental air travel to the high-end customer (corporate executives, actors/actresses, etc.) at a premium price. As operating results failed to meet expectations, MGM exited the airline industry, selling this division to Front Page Tours, a packager of charter travel targeting attendees of high profile events (e.g. the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl, etc.) and professional sport teams. Current ownership acquired Champion Air in 1997 with a specific purpose in mind - to provide safe, reliable, economical air travel for a range of customers. While our mission has changed, our commitment to providing our customers with a high level of personal service has remained constant. The company's mission statement embodies the principles upon which the airline has been rebuilt:

"Striving to surpass the expectations of our customers by providing a superior travel experience built around safety and reliability at an economical price."


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RE: Is Champion Air Owned By Northwest Airlines?

Fri Jun 18, 2004 3:00 am

I thought we owned part of MG but then we sold the % that we owned. I think we sold the % of MG that we owned a couple of years ago.
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RE: Is Champion Air Owned By Northwest Airlines?

Fri Jun 18, 2004 5:29 am

They fly into NZY once or twice a week normally, and pretty much everytime they head out empty, they return to MSP.
 
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RE: Is Champion Air Owned By Northwest Airlines?

Fri Jun 18, 2004 6:51 am

I'm not sure why, but for some reason, I thought that I saw the Kalitta (Scott) name mentioned with Champion at some point.
 
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RE: Is Champion Air Owned By Northwest Airlines?

Fri Jun 18, 2004 7:17 am

Hmmm... a couple of NW pilots during a lengthy ground delay told me Champion
was owned primarily by NWA INC, like a division of. As Vinnie Barbarino used to say....."I'm so confused!!!!........."

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RE: Is Champion Air Owned By Northwest Airlines?

Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:58 am

Front Page Tours was a tour operator which leased 5 727s from Express One .
MGM Grand Air was a scheduled airline operating upscale service. Since the scheduled operation wasn't going well they went into the sports charter business. In 1994 MGM sold the airline to a company called Grand Holdings which was then bought by Connie Kalitta (Scott's dad). he bought the company mainly for it's 3 DC-8-62s. Front page tours acquired an 80% interest in Grand Holdings and they renamed the airline Champion Air. In 1997
60% of Champion was bought by Carl Pohland and the remaining 40% by Northwest. I don't know if Northwest has sold their interest or not. A large portion of Champion's business comes from MLT Vacations which is owned by Northwest.
 
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RE: Is Champion Air Owned By Northwest Airlines?

Fri Jun 18, 2004 9:33 pm

They are probably leased from NW like what Boeing757/767 said.
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RE: Is Champion Air Owned By Northwest Airlines?

Sat Jun 19, 2004 5:21 am

NZY ?
North Island Naval Air Station San Diego. California?
Is that a military charter? What military facilities in MN warrant such traffic? To be honest, I can't even think of a military base in MN. Or could it be a contracter?
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