Xtra Airways

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Xtra Airways
New logo for XTRA Airways December 2014.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
XP CXP CASINO EXPRESS
Founded1987
Ceased operations2018
AOC #BJNA472B 1287
Fleet size1
DestinationsVaried
Company slogan"Beyond what is expected."
HeadquartersCoral Gables, Florida, U.S.
Key peopleAndrew Levy, CEO
Andrew Lotter, COO
Jesse Peek, Dir. Maint.
Carlos Llorens, Chief Inspector
Tony Taype, Chief Pilot,
Jorge Espinosa, Director of Safety and Security
Websitextraairways.com

Xtra Airways was a charter airline based in Coral Gables, Florida.[1] The airline was certified by the United States FAA to conduct domestic and international operations, and by the Chile DGAC to conduct domestic operations using Boeing 737 aircraft.

History[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] The airline moved its headquarters in June 2010 to Boise, Idaho.

Xtra Airways changed its livery in 2015 to an executive jet style, displaying flag blue and red stripes consistent with its status as a US-flag air carrier.[4]

Xtra Airways Boeing 737-800 landing at Schiphol
N881XA at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in September 2016 in the custom Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign color scheme

In September 2016,[5] it began operating a Boeing 737-800 (N881XA),[6] repainted in a sky-blue and white livery with "Stronger Together" titles, for the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign. Soon afterward a second aircraft, Boeing 737-400 (N314XA), was also pressed into service for the campaign, painted with a sky-blue cheatline and "Clinton/Kaine" titles.[7]

Xtra Airways Boeing 737-400 parked in Jacksonville, Florida December 2014
Casino Express Boeing 737-200 in 1994

[8]. The XTRA Airways certificate was acquired by Andrew Levy, former CFO for United Continental Holdings and Co-founder of Allegiant. XTRA had sold most of its fleet to Swift Air but kept one Boeing 737-400 to retain its 121 commercial airline certification. The Airline is seeking to raise $100 million and expects to finish fundraising by June. The Florida-based Air Carrier could start service with around five aircraft late 2019 or early 2020 and expects to have 45 airframes by 2023. The Company has not decided on an aircraft type but is leaning toward leasing Boeing Co.'s 737-800, given the worldwide grounding of the company's new 737 MAX.

Destinations[edit]

Xtra Airways operated charters to airports in the contiguous United States, Caribbean, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and operated flights for Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations to leisure destinations in the Western Hemisphere.

Fleet[edit]

Xtra Airways Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Routes Notes
Boeing 737-400 1 68F; 138Y+12F; 150Y Domestic & International Charter
Total 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Xtra Airways." Xtra Airways.
  2. ^ Sept. 15, 1994 OAG Desktop Flight Guide, North American Edition, Elko, NV (EKO) flight schedules
  3. ^ "Casino Express changes name, flies in a different direction: Travel Weekly". Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  4. ^ "XTRA Airways Introduces a New Livery, Completes its Move to the Miami Area".World Airline News
  5. ^ hermes (2016-09-07). "Journalists get to join Clinton on new aircraft". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  6. ^ "Aviation Photo #4005779: Boeing 737-86J - Untitled". Airliners.net. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  7. ^ "Aviation Photo #4009879: Boeing 737-484 - Xtra Airways". Airliners.net. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  8. ^ https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1389969

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