North American Airlines
Global Aviation Holdings
|Key people||James Casbarro(COO)|
North American Airlines, Inc., is an American airline with its headquarters in Building 141 on the grounds of John F. Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, USA. Prior to May 2008, it operated scheduled international services from the USA to Africa and Guyana. Today, it operates domestic and international charter services and wet lease services. Its main aircraft and maintenance base is Tampa International Airport.
North American Airlines is a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., formerly Global Aero Logistics, Inc. Unlike the other airlines that are or were a part of Global Aviation, ATA Airlines (now defunct) and World Airways, North American was founded after airline deregulation in the United States.
North American was established in 1989 and began operations on January 20, 1990. It was founded by Dan McKinnon, former head of the then-Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), mainly to provide feeder services to El Al gateways in North America, and to provide services for Club Med. The cooperation with El Al lasted until the early 2000s when El Al signed a codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines and began shifting some of its feeder business to Delta instead, while also increasing the use of its own equipment in intra-US travel. El Al held a 24.9% stake in the airline until it sold it back to McKinnon in July 2003. The airline was acquired by World Air Holdings in April 2005.
It began by flying charter flights on Boeing 757 aircraft. The company grew during the 1990s, adding flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico, various spots in Mexico and other destinations. North American also started a scheduled flight from Los Angeles International Airport to JFK to complement El Al's existing Tel Aviv-JFK-LAX run and provide the Israeli airline with more passengers. North American also opened operations in Newark, New Jersey, and Oakland, California, at that time. In addition to their original 757s, North American also operates Boeing 767s for long-range, high-density charter flights.
On April 5, 2007, New ATA Holdings, Inc., bought out North American Airlines parent company World Air Holdings, Inc. and promptly changed the name of the holding company to Global Aero Logistics, Inc. to reflect the worldwide desires of the latest owners. The same firm, MatlinPatterson recently divested themselves of Varig at the end of March 2006, although they still maintain financial interests at its former cargo subsidiary VarigLog (LC). The company was renamed Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., on Feb. 26, 2009.
North American Airlines discontinued all scheduled operations in May 2008. At the time of this shut down, the airline operated scheduled passenger flights to the following destinations:
- Santa Cruz de la Sierra - Viru Viru International Airport [on behalf of AeroSur to Miami] Service ended mid-2010
- United States
- Baltimore - Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Focus City Service ended May 20, 2008
- Miami - Miami International Airport [on behalf of AeroSur]
- New York City - John F. Kennedy International Airport Hub Service ended May 20, 2008
- Tampa - Tampa International Airport
Announced on February 19, 2008, North American Airlines planned on discontinuing all scheduled service in May 2008 in favor of concentrating on charter operations. According to a news release on northamericanair.com, "What makes NAA's scheduled service operations untenable is the rising cost of fuel, with jet fuel costs increasing 60 percent since 2005. This was a difficult decision, especially in light of the continuing support we have received from the governments and the traveling public in these markets. NAA's modern Boeing 757/767 fleet is in high demand and NAA will redeploy these aircraft profitably in the charter market".
North American Airlines discontinued service to Hawaii as of September 1, 2005. Prior to Delta Air Lines establishing service between New York City and Accra, Ghana, on December 11, 2006, NAA's New York-Accra and Baltimore-Banjul services were the only scheduled non-stop service between the U.S. and West Africa operated by a U.S. airline for several years..
Earlier scheduled service included Aguadilla in Puerto Rico, Santiago and Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic. Each of these routes was canceled after JetBlue Airways began competing on these routes. According to conversations with Dan McKinnon and Steve Harfst (former COO), there was no desire for the company to compete with the low fare cost structure of JetBlue.
North American's charter operations make up the bulk of its business: resorts such as Club Med and tour operators in Hawaii and the Caribbean charter North American's aircraft on a regular basis. Since discontinuing all scheduled service in May 2008, North American Airlines continues to operate today as solely a charter airline.
As of May 2013, the North American Airlines fleet included 5 aircraft:
As of May 2013, the average fleet age of North American Airlines was 18.1 years.
As a certified United States Department of Defense air carrier, NAA provides military personnel and their dependents air transportation to destinations not served by commercial airlines. North American was the first airline to provide the capability of the Boeing 767 aircraft to the United States Military in 2002. NAA operates military transport flights out of Dallas/Ft.Worth Airport and other locations.
The carrier maintains a long-standing wet lease relationship with Air Jamaica, providing wet-leased 767 aircraft and crew for the airline's Kingston-New York service. In the summer of 2007, Air Jamaica increased its dependence on North American Airlines' services as the Jamaican company struggled to cope with higher-than-expected demand.
- "Contact Us." North American Airlines. Retrieved on May 4, 2010. "Contact Us CORPORATE OFFICE North American Airlines Building 141 Federal Circle JFK International Airport Jamaica, NY 11430 "
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 56.
- "North America Airlines Route Map," [sic] North American Airlines
- NAA to discontinue all scheduled service
- North American Airlines Fleet Info
- North American Airlines Fleet Age
- Gordon, Susan (2007-08-10). "Air Jamaica spends millions on 'wet leasing' - Airline struggles to cope with summer traffic". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
- "US Flight arrives in Gibraltar". Gibfocus.gi. 2007-05-16. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
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