Ultimate Air Shuttle

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Ultimate Air Shuttle
Ultimate Air Shuttle Logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded2009 (2009)
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Commenced operationsJuly 2009 (2009-07)[1]
HubsCincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport
Fleet size10
Parent companyUltimate Jetcharters
HeadquartersCincinnati, Ohio, USA
Current operator of Taos Air flights

Ultimate Air Shuttle is an airline based in Cincinnati, Ohio.[2] It is the operating name of Ultimate Jetcharters LLC,[3] an FAR Part 135 air charter carrier. Ultimate Air Shuttle services are public charter flights that operate on a published schedule. Its Cincinnati-based flights mostly depart from the smaller Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport. The airline serves key business routes that were reduced by Delta Air Lines and Comair.


Ultimate Air Shuttle Dornier 328Jet at the Purdue University Airport, next to a FedEx Boeing 727

Ultimate Air Shuttle started operations in 2009 shortly after the merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines in an attempt to serve destinations on a time driven basis. The airline launched with flights to New York and soon expanded to Chicago in 2010. In 2012, Detroit and Washington, D.C., were added as destinations, but the Detroit route was discontinued later that year and the Washington, D.C., route was switched to Charlotte in 2013.[4]

On May 12, 2015, Ultimate Air Shuttle announced that it would start flying seasonal service to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; Westhampton Beach, New York; and from Morristown, New Jersey.[5] After a few months of service, the Westhampton Beach destination was cancelled due to a lack of demand. The airline has expressed interest in future markets, such as Indianapolis, Memphis, and Nashville; however, they have yet to be announced as actually starting. In October 2015, Ultimate began service to Cleveland, while additionally announcing that it would add flights to Chicago Executive Airport beginning in 2016. Also, flights to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (Atlanta) and Nashville International Airport were indicated as the next cities with service to be added in the coming year.[6] In May 2016, Ultimate Air Shuttle announced it would move its CVG flights to LUK in order to add an extra daily flight to Chicago-MDW and New York-MMU; however, planned flights to TEB have been delayed.

In January 2017, Ultimate Air Shuttle announced that it plans to launch flights from Lunken to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (Atlanta).

Parent company Ultimate Jetcharters formerly operated flights for OneJet until that company suspended operations in August 2018; OneJet had attempted to acquire Ultimate Jetcharters and Ultimate Air Shuttle but the deal fell through and Ultimate terminated the flights.[3] Ultimate Jetcharters later began operating flights for Taos Air in December 2018.[7][8]


Ultimate Air Shuttle flies scheduled charter flights to the following destinations:[9][10]

Ultimate Air Shuttle route map.
Hubs/Focus Cities
Future Destinations
Terminated Destinations
City IATA Airport Notes
Atlanta PDK DeKalb–Peachtree Airport
Charlotte CLT Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Chicago MDW Chicago Midway International Airport
Cincinnati LUK Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport
Cincinnati CVG Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport terminated
Cleveland BKL Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport
Columbus (Indiana) BAK Columbus Municipal Airport (Indiana) terminated
Currituck County none Currituck County Regional Airport seasonal, starts May 18th, 2019
Detroit YIP Willow Run Airport terminated
Manassas MNZ Manassas Regional Airport seasonal, starts May 18th, 2019
Martha's Vineyard MVY Martha's Vineyard Airport terminated
Nantucket ACK Nantucket Memorial Airport terminated
New York City/Morristown MMU Morristown Municipal Airport (New Jersey)
Pittsburgh PIT Pittsburgh International Airport seasonal, starts May 18th, 2019
Washington D.C. IAD Washington Dulles International Airport terminated
Westhampton Beach FOK Francis S. Gabreski Airport terminated


The Ultimate Air Shuttle fleet:[11]

Ultimate Air Shuttle Fleet:
Aircraft In Service Orders Seats Notes
Embraer ERJ-135LR 1 0 30
Fairchild Dornier 328JET 9 0 30


Ultimate Air Shuttle offers various benefits to passengers that some other airlines do not. These services include no baggage fees, no cancellation fees, and the ability to arrive at the airport 15 minutes before scheduled departures. Ultimate Air Shuttle offers complimentary drinks on all flights, a light breakfast on morning flights and a fruit, cheese and meat tray on evening flights.


  1. ^ Baverman, Laura (10 January 2011). "Charters lead Lunken resurgence". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  2. ^ Keefe, Brendan (9 February 2011). "A legal way to bypass airport security lines". WCPO-TV. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  3. ^ a b Josephs, Leslie (30 April 2018). "Troubled start-up airline OneJet suspends flights". cnbc.com. CNBC. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Our History" (PDF). Ultimate Air Shuttle. Ultimate Air Shuttle. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Ultimate Air Shuttle Announces Three New East Coast Destinations" (pdf). Ultimate Magazine. Ultimate Air Shuttle. 2 (3): 26. May–June 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-11.
  6. ^ Engel, Liz. "Cleveland's ready, but where is Ultimate Air headed next?". WCPO. WCPO. Archived from the original on 9 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Ultimate JetCharters is operating a Dornier 328JET in full Taos Air brand". worldairlinenews.com. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  8. ^ Moya, Jesse. "New charter flight service for Texas skiers generates buzz". taosnews.com. The Taos News. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Destinations". Ultimate Air Shuttle.
  10. ^ "Seasonal Flights". Ultimate Air Shuttle.
  11. ^ "Aircraft flying for Ultimate Air Shuttle (UE / UJC)". Retrieved 17 September 2017.

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