ViaAir

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ViaAir
ViaAir logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
VC SRY STINGRAY
Founded 1997
AOC # 4VAA
Operating bases
Fleet size 12
Destinations 12
Company slogan Above and Beyond
Headquarters Maitland, Florida
Key people
  • Irit Vizer (President & COO)
  • Matthew Macri (Vice President of Operations)
  • Kevin Ketterer (Vice President of Technical Operations)
  • Rick Stanger (Director of QCQA)
  • Ernst Andersson (Director of Operations)
  • Pablo Ratti (Chief Pilot)
  • Dominic Acevedo (Director of Safety)
  • Mark Pennachio (Director of Maintenance)
Employees 270
Website www.flyviaair.com

ViaAir is a US domestic regional airline offering scheduled service across the United States. The airline originally focused on scheduled Essential Air Service from Raleigh County Memorial Airport in Beckley, West Virginia, Parkersburg/Marietta in Parkersburg, West Virginia to Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina[1]

History[edit]

Via Airlines was established on March 27, 1997 and operated public and private charter flights for corporations, sports teams, casinos, and air travel functions before expanding to scheduled flight services with ViaAir.[2]

ViaAir began its EAS scheduled flights in December 2014, with the inaugural flight taking place on December 3. Prior to ViaAir taking over the route, it was flown by United Express.[3]

The same day as the inaugural Beckley flight, ViaAir announced it would be operating seasonal unsubsidized nonstop service from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine, Florida, with its inaugural flight taking place on December 19, 2014.[4]

After a seasonal trial, an agreement was reached to continue service to St. Augustine from Charlotte and Beckley.[5] In early November 2015, ViaAir announced it would extend its St. Augustine service into 2016.[6]

ViaAir, with flights operated by the Charter Air Transport fleet, offers additional air travel options with its AirCruise and Air Tours products. ViaAir's aviation products began in 2009 with its Air Tours, and introduced AirCruise in 2011.[7] AirCruise introduced a concept similar to naval cruises, but that transports passengers by plane instead of by boat.[8] While naval cruising is limited to ports, AirCruise is able to reach landlocked destinations.

On November 15, 2017, ViaAir announced two new destinations from Austin (Oklahoma City and Tucson), taking its total destinations from Austin up to four. Coinciding with this information was the announcement that "ViaAir plans to base crews and maintenance at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, positioning its Austin based operations to expand. We will roll out additional cities throughout next year as we hope to be known as Austin’s hometown airline." [9] On February 9, 2018 Via announced two new destinations from Austin (Little Rock and Tulsa), bringing the total of destinations served from Austin up to six.

Destinations[edit]

State City Airport served Notes
Alabama Mobile Mobile Regional Airport [10]
Alabama Montgomery Montgomery Regional Airport [10]
Arizona Tucson Tucson International Airport
Arkansas Little Rock Clinton National Airport
Colorado Hayden Yampa Valley Airport Seasonal service[11]
Florida St. Augustine Northeast Florida Regional Airport Seasonal Service
Florida Orlando/Sanford Orlando Sanford International Airport Focus City[12]
Louisiana Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Begins September 11, 2018
Mississippi Jackson Jackson-Evers International Airport
Missouri Branson Branson Airport Seasonal service
Missouri Kansas City Kansas City International Airport
North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte Douglas International Airport Focus City
Oklahoma Oklahoma City Will Rogers World Airport
Oklahoma Tulsa Tulsa International Airport
Texas Amarillo Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport Begins September 19, 2018
Texas Austin Austin–Bergstrom International Airport Hub
West Virginia Beckley Raleigh County Memorial Airport Essential Air Service
West Virginia Parkersburg Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Essential Air Service

Former destinations[edit]

State City Airport served Notes
Colorado Denver Denver International Airport [13]
Illinois Chicago Midway International Airport [13]
Maryland Baltimore Baltimore–Washington International Airport [14][15]
New York Farmingdale Republic Airport
New York Niagara Falls Niagara Falls International Airport
South Carolina Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach International Airport
Texas Dallas/Ft. Worth Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport [13]
Texas Houston William P. Hobby Airport [13]
Virginia Staunton Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport [16]
West Virginia Clarksburg North Central West Virginia Airport [14][15]
West Virginia Lewisburg Greenbrier Valley Airport

Fleet[edit]

All aircraft used for ViaAir flights are operated by its subsidiary, Via Airlines.

Via Airlines EMB-120 Brasilias
Via Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Total
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia 4 30
Embraer ERJ-145 6 50
Cessna Citation XLS 2 9 Business jet
Total 12 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://cms.dot.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/Subsidized%20EAS%20report%20for%20non-Alaska%20communities-Nov%202016.pdf
  2. ^ "Private Air Charter Company | Charter Air Transport". www.charterairtransport.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  3. ^ Pritt, Pamela. "ViaAir takes off from Raleigh Memorial (W/ VIDEO)". Beckley Register-Herald. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  4. ^ "First ViaAir flight lands in St. Augustine". StAugustine.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  5. ^ "ViaAir says it will continue its service between St. Augustine and Charlotte through 2015". StAugustine.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  6. ^ "ViaAir Extends Flight Service to/from St. Augustine, FL into 2016". 
  7. ^ "ViaAir Tours | A Flight Above the Rest". www.mauivaairtours.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  8. ^ "ViaAircruise". ViaAircruise. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  9. ^ "Austin Announcements". Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Montgomery airport gets direct service to Orlando". The Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved 23 February 2018. 
  11. ^ Davis, Mark. KCI to gain ViaAir flights to Steamboat Springs, Colo., this winter, Kansas City Star, July 26, 2017, Retrieved 2017-08-03
  12. ^ ViaAir (31 October 2016). "ViaAir Announces New Flight Service and Special $99* Introductory Fares". 
  13. ^ a b c d 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "ViaAir schedules May 2017 Branson debut". 
  14. ^ a b Swiger, Darlene J. Via Air to begin flying to Baltimore and Charlotte from NCWV Airport on Oct. 1, The Exponent Telegraph, September 16, 2016, Retrieved 2017-08-03
  15. ^ a b Young, Charles. Official: May 7 last day for Via Air service at North Central West Virginia Airport, The Exponent Telegraph, April 19, 2017, Retrieved 2017-08-03
  16. ^ https://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=DOT-OST-2002-11378-0098&attachmentNumber=1&disposition=attachment&contentType=pdf

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