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Amerijet International is an American cargo airline headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. It operates all-jet cargo services to destinations in Central America, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Amerijet operates from its primary hub at Miami International Airport.
The airline was established and started operations in 1974. It was founded by David Bassett (Chairman and Chief Executive) and a partner with one leased aircraft,a Cessna 401, operating passenger and cargo services between the USA and the Bahamas. In 1976 Amerijet became a freight only carrier. In late 1978 courier contracts were taken from Purolator, FedEx, UPS, DHL and from Airborne Express in the early 1980s. In 1982 Bassett bought out his partner and created Amerijet International.
Amerijet has been a target internationally of animal rights activists for their transportation of animals for experimentation purposes in later years, particularly in conjunction with the Miami-based company Primate Products. Amerijet has been coming under increasing pressure in South Florida, with monthly demonstrations in front of its Fort Lauderdale office, and some of Amerijets upper management have even been protested at their homes. To date, two activists have been arrested in front of Amerijet's office. On Valentine's Day 2011, Amerijet ended their involvement in the primate trade with these words, "Amerijet has ceased transporting primates for any and all purposes."
Amerijet operated under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from 22 August 2001 until 31 December 2001, from which it emerged after financial restructuring. Amerijet International is owned by HIG Capital (66%) and David Bassett (34%) and has 577 employees. Amerijet and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) reached an agreement on September 14, 2009 on a new four-year labor contract covering flight crew employees.
Amerijet International operates freight services to the following international scheduled destinations (as of February 2010): Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Barcelona, Belize City, Cancún, Ciudad del Carmen, Curaçao, Dominica, Fort-de-France, Freeport, Georgetown, Grenada, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, Kingston, Las Piedras, Lima, Managua, Maracaibo, Mérida, Mexico City, Montserrat, Monterrey, Nassau, Nevis, Panama, Paramaribo, Pointe-à-Pitre, Porlamar, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, San Juan, San Salvador, San Pedro Sula, Santiago (DR), Santo Domingo, St Kitts, Saint Lucia, Sint Maarten, St Vincent, St. Thomas, Tegucigalpa, Tortola.
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- "Contact Amerijet." Amerijet. Retrieved on August 28, 2009.
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- Michael J., Mooney (Feb 14, 2011). "Amerijet Says It Will Stop Shipping Monkeys". Broward County New Times. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
- IBT Local 769
- Amerijet International
- Endres, Gunter G (1982). World Airline Fleets 1983. Feltham: The Aviation Date Centre. p. 261. ISBN 0946141029.
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