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How Many US Charter Airlines Still Exist?

Mon May 28, 2007 4:50 pm

Hi!

I remember in my younger days that in the summer schedules to LIS there was always a nice blend of US charter airlines that flew regulary bringing lot's of tourists and also portuguese emigrants to visit their loved ones. Airlines like Capitol, TIA ( latter Transamerica ), ONA, Seaboard World, World Airways were common visitors, most flying the "flying cigar" DC-8 Super Sixty. But in our days I was trying to find out if we have that many, I know that ATA and North Americab do that, but do we have any others?


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RE: How Many US Charter Airlines Still Exist?

Tue May 29, 2007 6:21 am

You can add Tower Air to the list of old US charters, too..

Isnøt there something called USA 3000 or something? Isn't that sort-of a charter airline?

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RE: How Many US Charter Airlines Still Exist?

Tue May 29, 2007 6:38 am

ATA in its original incarnation was a charter outfit. They still are to an extent, in terms of military airlift. Then there's Champion Air (partly owned by Northwest), Miami Air International, Pace Airlines, SkyValue (but I believe they went bust recently), SkyKing, Sunwing, and Xtra - to name a few.

Point is the demand for charter outfits in the States is still there, if not growing.
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RE: How Many US Charter Airlines Still Exist?

Tue May 29, 2007 6:44 am

Quoting Kevin777 (Reply 1):

Isn't there something called USA 3000 or something? Isn't that sort-of a charter airline?

They do a mix of scheduled and charter services, which is not uncommon (North American and ATA both do this as well).

Some other US charter airlines:

Omni Air International (OAI)
Ryan International
Miami Air International
Champion Air
Pace Airlines
XTRA Airways

Other than to the Caribbean and Mexico, most US charter airlines don't even fly overseas, with the exception of those with military charter contracts (OAI, North American, World, ATA). In the cases of most of these airlines, they're operating on behalf of a travel company and aren't doing the bookings themselves. Some of these charter carriers also do flights for airlines that need extra capacity for a short period of time (AirTran has used Miami Air Int'l and Ryan Int'l in the past for such service. The Ryan Int'l service was so they could quickly start service to several western destinations prior to longer range a/c being delivered) or in some cases be the provider of service for an entire airline. Examples: Hooters Air (Pace Airlines), SkyValue USA (XTRA Airways), and Myrtle Beach Direct Air (SkyKing, then XTRA Airways).

You really don't have US charter airlines flying Transatlantic service anymore because the scheduled airlines (Both US and European) have the market fairly well covered either with their own service or codeshare service with partner airlines.

In a way, Deregulation caused quite a few charter airlines to go away. Quite a few tried to make the jump from being a charter airline to being a scheduled carrier but failed and either went back to just doing charters, was bought up by another airline, or went out of business
 
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RE: How Many US Charter Airlines Still Exist?

Tue May 29, 2007 7:06 am

Although they have regularly scheduled service, I think maybe SY can fall under this category. They do quite a bit of charter work if I am not mistaken.

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RE: How Many US Charter Airlines Still Exist?

Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:03 am

TZ still does a large amount of civilian and government charter work. Not as much as we used to, but there is at least one of our birds each day dedicated to this sort of work. We even have an over the pond charter coming up from JFK to a few destinations in Eastern Europe featuring our 'new' DC-10s. This is on top of all of the birds we have flying military charter each day.
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RE: How Many US Charter Airlines Still Exist?

Fri Jun 01, 2007 1:52 am

What about USA3000?

And is Allegiant technically a charter airline?
 
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RE: How Many US Charter Airlines Still Exist?

Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:24 am

Quoting Tornado82 (Reply 6):
What about USA3000?

And is Allegiant technically a charter airline?

USA 3000 and Allegiant are both Part 121 carriers (Same as DL, NW, YX, etc.) that happen to have charter programs in addition to their scheduled services

While G4 may look like a charter operation in regards to the way they do their scheduling, the only charter program they have is with Harrah's Entertainment. USA 3000 operates charters on behalf of Apple Vacations, who owns the airline.