Omni Air International
|Parent company||Omni Air International, Inc.|
|Headquarters||Tulsa International Airport
|Key people||Rob Coretz (Founder/Chairman) Jeff Crippen (CEO/President)
Trisha Frank (Sr. Director)
Omni Air International, Inc. is an American charter airline with its headquarters in Hangar 19 on the grounds of Tulsa International Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. It operates international and domestic passenger charters, as well as wet leasing.
The airline was established under the name of Omni Air Express and started operations in March 1993. Passenger operations began in December 1997. It has a little under 1,000 employees (at July 2007).
Omni began operation as a U.S. Part 135 operator in 1983. In 1993, Omni became a Part 121 air carrier operating Boeing 727F equipment in the narrow body cargo market. Customers included many of the industry's largest integrated shipping companies such as BAX Global, DHL, Emery Worldwide and UPS.
Building on success in cargo operations, in 1997 Omni entered the passenger charter market with DC-10-10s. In 1998 the company sold its B727F fleet to permit it to focus exclusively on its growing passenger business. The next step in Omni's development came during 1998–2000 when the company acquired three long range DC-10-30s from Lufthansa/Condor and began providing international charter service to wholesale companies, cruise lines, wet lease ACMI for other airlines and the Department of Defense. Since 1999, Omni has operated charters worldwide.
April 2003 saw the addition of the Boeing 757-200ER passenger aircraft. The B757-200 fleet was approved for extended range over water operations. With the addition of these aircraft to its fleet, Omni was awarded 180-minute ETOPS approval by the FAA. This was the 2nd time in the history of US Aviation that immediate 180-minute ETOPS approval was granted (Hawaiian Airlines was the 1st). Boeing 767-300ER aircraft were added starting in August 2009, and Boeing 777-200ER aircraft began operating in April 2011. In addition, Boeing 767-200ER aircraft previously operated by Continental Airlines were acquired as well.
The company's customers include leisure wholesale companies that provide vacation packages to the Caribbean, Florida, Las Vegas, Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, and Asia; cruise lines that transport customers to sailing ports in Europe, South America and the South Pacific; and Government Entities worldwide. In addition Omni has become a leader in wet lease ACMI operations for airlines worldwide.
Unlike MatlinPatterson and Global Aero Logistics, Omni, which previously was with the Fedex team, has managed to steer clear of any conflict of interest issues since the economic upheaval of 2008, by competing solely upon one military bidding team. In 2012 Omni allied itself with the "New Patriot" AMC contracted airlift team rather than risk uncertainties of working with Federal Express as it had done in the past, and face difficulties similar to those that ATA Airlines found itself in, when its teaming contracts were unexpectedly cancelled by the aerial logistics giant.
Omni Air International has retired all 5 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30's as of 2012
- "Contact." Omni Air International. Retrieved on January 29, 2011. "Headquarters Omni Air International, Inc. PO Box 582527 3303 N Sheridan Road, Hangar 19 Tulsa, OK 74158."
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. pp. 58–59.
- "History" in Omni Air International. Retrieved May 20, 2008.
- "Flight Attendant Job Market" in Cabin Managers. Retrieved May 20, 2008.
- Omni Air Intl official fleet page
- Omni Air International fleet list at planespotters.net
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