Xtra Airways

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Xtra Airways
Founded 1987


Hubs San Antonio International Airport
Fleet size 4
Destinations Varied
Company slogan "Beyond what is expected."
Headquarters Boise, Idaho, USA
Key people Lisa Dunn, President
T'resa Ferguson, CFO
Joshua Weinshank, Dir Ops
Marv Morrill, Dir MX
Roger Mount, CI
Brian Felter, Chief Pilot
Website xtraairways.com

Xtra Airways is a charter airline based in Boise, Idaho, USA (BOI).[1] The airline is certificated by the United States FAA to conduct Domestic, Flag, and Supplemental operations and by the Chile DGAC to conduct Domestic operations using Boeing 737 aircraft.


  • Established in 1987 as Casino Express Airlines; started operations in 1989 using Boeing 737-200 aircraft flying exclusively for the Red Lion Hotel and Casino. Casino Express operated B737 jet service from Elko, Nevada nonstop to many cities in the U.S. Casino Express Airlines operated one Boeing 737-200 jetliner for new start-up airline Tahoe Air which provided scheduled passenger air service from the South Lake Tahoe Airport nonstop to Los Angeles International Airport in southern California and also nonstop to San Jose International Airportin northern California. It quickly expanded its customer base to include sports teams, government agencies, foreign dignitaries, press corps, other gaming properties, and other types of public and private charters. It changed its name to Xtra Airways on December 8, 2005, to better reflect its broader focus. The airline moved its headquarters in June, 2010, to Boise, Idaho.[2]


Xtra Airways operates charters to airports in the contiguous United States, Caribbean, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and operates flights for a wide variety of clients to myriad locations in the Western Hemisphere.


A Xtra Airways Boeing 737-400, registration N42XA performing a charter flight on January 29, 2009 from Alexandria,LA to Laredo,TX (USA) reportedly carrying immigration prisoners, declared emergency and diverted to Houston,TX after the crew received a fire alert for the APU. The landing was safe. [3]

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined Xtra Airways $300,000 on July 27, 2012 for violating rules protecting passengers when their public charter flights are suddenly canceled, and ordered the carrier to cease and desist from further violations. The consent order is DOT-OST-2012-0002. [4]


Xtra Airways livery
Casino Express Boeing 737-200 in 1994

Xtra Airways fleet (as of August 2013)

Aircraft In Service Notes
Boeing 737-400 5[5]

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