Xtra Airways

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Xtra Airways
New logo for XTRA Airways December 2014.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1987



Miami International Airport[1]

Secondary hubs San Antonio International Airport[2]
Fleet size 9
Destinations Varied
Company slogan "Beyond what is expected."
Parent company AerLine Holdings LLC
Headquarters Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Key people Frank Visconti, President & CEO
Michael Hackert, VP Sales
Jose Amaro, VP Finance
Mike Gray, Dir Operations
Mike Wampler, Dir Maintenance
Christian Garcia, Chief Inspector
Website xtraairways.com

Xtra Airways is a charter airline based in Coral Gables, Florida.[3] The airline is certified by the United States FAA to conduct Domestic, Flag, and Supplemental operations and by the Chile DGAC to conduct Domestic operations using Boeing 737 aircraft.


Established in 1987 as Casino Express Airlines, the air carrier began operations in 1989 using Boeing 737-200 jetliners flying exclusively for the Red Lion Hotel and Casino in Elko, Nevada. Casino Express operated 737 jet service from Elko Regional Airport nonstop to many cities in the U.S. In 1994, Casino Express was operating scheduled weekend only flights nonstop between Elko (EKO) and Portland, OR (PDX) and Seattle (SEA) with McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jetliners.[4] Casino Express Airlines also operated one Boeing 737-200 jetliner for new start-up airline Tahoe Air which provided scheduled passenger air service from the South Lake Tahoe Airport nonstop to Los Angeles International Airport in southern California and also nonstop to San Jose International Airport in northern California. It quickly expanded its customer base to include sports teams, government agencies, foreign dignitaries, press corps, other gaming properties, and other types of public and private charters. It changed its name to Xtra Airways on December 8, 2005, to better reflect its broader focus.[5] The airline moved its headquarters in June, 2010 to Boise, Idaho,[6] and again in May, 2015 to Coral Gables, Florida.[7][8]


Xtra Airways operates charters to airports in the contiguous United States, Caribbean, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and operates flights for a wide variety of clients to myriad locations in the Western Hemisphere.


Xtra Airways Boeing 737-400 parked in Jacksonville, Florida December 2014
Casino Express Boeing 737-200 in 1994
Xtra Airways Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Routes Notes
Boeing 737-400 6 138Y+12F; 150Y Domestic & International Charter
Boeing 737-800 3 168Y Domestic & International Charter, 1 stored
Total 9


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