Ameristar Jet Charter

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Ameristar Air Cargo, Inc.
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2000
Hubs Addison Airport and Willow Run Airport
Fleet size 8
Headquarters Dallas, Texas, USA
Key people Tom Wachendorfer

Ameristar Air Cargo, Inc. is an American passenger and cargo airline based in Dallas, Texas, USA. It operates passengers and cargo services in the Americas, as well as acting as a broker to other cargo carriers. Its main base is Addison Airport in north Dallas, with hubs at Willow Run Airport, and El Paso International Airport[1]


The airline started operations on 4 September 2000 and is wholly owned by Tom Wachendorfer (airline President), who also owns Ameristar Jet Charter. Passenger operations began with Boeing 737-200 in September 2005.[1] Passengers include sports and entertainment industry celebrities, college athletic teams, and high-wealth individuals.

In 2008, an Ameristar 737-200 was painted for use in the film, The Kingdom.


Ameristar Jet Charter MD-83 approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport. Almost one year after this picture was taken, the aircraft was substantially damaged in a runway overrun incident at Willow Run Airport.

The Ameristar Charters fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[2]

Ameristar Charters Fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-200 2 F56
Douglas DC-9-10F 4 Cargo
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 2 Y152
Total 8

The Ameristar Air Cargo fleet previously included the following aircraft (at December 2011):[1]

Previously operated by Ameristar Charters:

Previously operated: Ameristar Passenger Fleet

  • 1 Boeing B737-200 Classic Airliner
  • 1 DA20 Dassault Falcon Corporate Jet
  • 1 BE9L Beechcraft King Air E90 Turboprop
  • 1 LR25 Learjet 25 Corporate Jet

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

On March 8, 2017, an Ameristar Jet Charter McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (the same plane pictured above) slid off the runway at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti after aborting takeoff in high wind above V1 speed The aircraft, carrying the University of Michigan basketball band, spirit staff, and team to the Big Ten Tournament in Washington DC, came to a rest just past a perimeter road, with the undercarriage significantly damaged and the nose gear broken off.[3] Preliminary information from the NTSB accident investigation seems to indicate that a fault in the elevator system prevented normal takeoff rotation. [4]


  1. ^ a b c "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 75. 
  2. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 37. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ // NTSB Issues Investigative Update on Rejected Takeoff, Runway Excursion

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