Primaris Airlines

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Primaris Airlines
Primaris Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2002
Ceased operations 2009
Fleet size up to 3
Destinations various
Headquarters Enterprise, Nevada
Key people Mark Morris, Don Bowman

Primaris Airlines was an American charter airline located in Enterprise, Nevada, in the United States. It operated domestic and international services. Its main base was McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas.[1]


The airline was established in 2002 and started operations on June 1, 2004.[2] It had 140 employees (at January 2008).[1] It achieved an FAA certified Part 121 certification in June 2004 as a Domestic, Flag and supplemental operator. It achieved 180 minute ETOPS certification November 3, 2006.[3] Primaris suspended operations December 2, 2008 due to a lack of available funding.

Primaris was Boeing's first US airline customer for its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, with an order for 20 aircraft. Primaris planned to use these aircraft to expand its services internationally, but canceled its intent to purchase the new Boeing aircraft in June 2006.[4] No reason was given for the order cancellation.

Primaris operated the "Kona Shuttle" for a few years from Oakland, CA (OAK) to Kona, Hawaii (KOA).

On October 10, 2008, Primaris Airlines filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in U.S.Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona. After several months attempting to secure continuation funding, the CH.11 trustee moved to convert the filing to CH.7 liquidation on March 30, 2009.[5]


Due to lack of scheduled service funding Primaris Airlines remained a small charter airline.


Primaris Airlines Boeing 757-200 at Faro Airport (August 2007)

The Primaris Airlines fleet included the following aircraft (as of 1 December 2008) [1]:

Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
Boeing 757-200


  1. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 65. 
  2. ^ FAA Air Carrier Certificate
  3. ^ Company Website
  4. ^ Wallace, James (2006-07-06). "Boeing customer cancels order for 787s". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ U.S. Bankruptcy Court Case 2:08-bk-14060-RJH

External links[edit]

  • Primaris Airlines domain name expired on 09/26/2009 and is pending renewal or deletion