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FORMED IN 1985. REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
4500 NW 36TH PLACE
MIAMI, FLORIDA 33166, USA
USA (United States of America) was established in 1776, it covers an area of 9,363,123 sq km, its population is 280 million, its capital city is Washington DC, and its official language is English.
DECEMBER 1995: TO SOUTH, AND CENTRAL AMERICA: BOGOTA, CALI, CARACAS, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA CITY, GUAYAQUIL, LA PAZ, LIMA, MANAGUA, PANAMA CITY, QUITO, SAN JOSE (COSTA RICA), SAN PEDRO SULA, SAN SALVADOR, SAO PAULO, AND MANAUS.
1 DC-8-73F (N873SJ), SOUTHERN AIR TRANSPORT (STT) LEASED.
FEBRUARY 1996: 1 757-200PF (24635) EX-(GUL), (AWW) LEASED, NOT EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) EQUIPPED.
MARCH 1996: TO BRUSSELS (DC-10-30).
JULY 1996: OPENED NEW CARGO FACILITY, 165,000 SQ FT AT MIAMI (MIA).
JIM GARY, DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE, RESIGNED, REPLACED BY ISRAEL AMARO.
OCTOBER 1996: SOLD 707-330C TO SKYMASTER (SKA), SAO PAULO.
JANUARY 1997: DAVID MULLIGAN, VP OPERATIONS & TECHNICAL SERVICES, EX-SOUTHERN AIR TRANSPORT (STT). PREVIOUS VP, DUKE PORTER RESIGNED TO BECOME DIRECTOR OF AVIATION FOR MAGIC CARPET AVIATION (MCI).
1996 = 181.4 MILLION (FTM) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (171.4 MILLION).
MARCH 1997: CLYDE LINGAR, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL RESIGNS TO JOIN (HCL).
JULY 1997: PARTIAL 1996 = -$7.84 MILLION (-$.67 MILLION).
AUGUST 1997: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) FINES CHALLENGE AIR CARGO (CHA) $60,000 FOR UNTIMELY STATISTICS REPORTS.
SEPTEMBER 1997: 1 DC-10-30F (47929), GEMINI AIR CARGO(GMN) WET-LEASED FOR 3 YEARS.
NOVEMBER 1997: ROBERT MAZAROWSKI, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE, EX-(PAG), REPLACES JOE HOLT.
DECEMBER 1997: NOW OPERATES 3 757-200F'S, LEASED, & 1 707-300F TO 19 CITIES IN 15 LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES.
MOST OF 1997, LEASED 2 DC-10-30'S FROM GEMINI AIR CARGO (GMN), AND STILL OPERATES 1, WHILE POSSIBILITY OF BEING LAUNCH CUSTOMER FOR OMEGA (OMG) DC-10-40, EX-JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL), ($170 MILLION, 20 AIRPLANES) FREIGHTER-CONVERSION PROGRAM, WITH ACQUISITION OF 2/3 AIRPLANES IN 1998 2 767-316F'S (29881, PR-ABB; 34245, PR-ABD, 7/05), (LCO) LEASED. FREIGHTER.
JANUARY 1998: (http://www.challengeaircargo.com).
APRIL 1998: 800 EMPLOYEES.
MAY 1998: REMOVES 707 FROM AIRPLANE OPERATIONS CERTIFICATE (AOC) - FOR SALE. WAS LAST COMMERCIAL 707 OPERATING IN USA (83,724 HOURS, MAY 1969).
JIM SHROYER, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL, EX-PAN AM (PAA) REPLACES DAN FREEMAN.
1ST 4 MONTHS = 101 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+8.7%).
JUNE 1998: NEW 205,000 SQ FT WAREHOUSE & DISTRIBUTION CENTER AT DALLAS/FORT WORTH (DFW) OPENS IN SEPTEMBER 1998, TO BE SHARED WITH UNITED PARCEL SERVICES (UPS). TO BE THE 2ND HUB.
PLANS FOR FIRST DC-10-40, "10-40" LEASED, OPERATES IN AUGUST 1998.
SEPTEMBER 1998: 1ST DC-10-40F (46920) CONVERTED BY AERONAVALI (ARP).
OCTOBER 1998: 1997 = +$6.65 MILLION (-$8.26 MILLION). 586 EMPLOYEES (FULL +1/2 PART-TIME).
NOVEMBER 1998: TO VIRACOPOS, BRAZIL USING WET-LEASED UNITED PARCEL SERVICES (UPS) 757F'S, TO BE EXTENDED TO URUGUAY, AND ARGENTINA.
2ND DC-10-40 (3RD IN JUNE 1999).
JANUARY 1999: 707-300C (20124) SOLD TO OMEGA (OMG) (TO BE USED FOR TEST BED FOR "SEVEN Q SEVEN" RE-ENGINED 707 (JT8D-219'S).
APRIL 1999: 780 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 64 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
SITA: MIAHQWE. MIATXWE.
DC-10-40 (46966, N142WE) DELIVERY.
MAY 1999: PLANS TO RETURN 757-200'S TO LESSOR BY FEBRUARY 2000, AS ADDITIONAL DC-10-40'S ARRIVE.
JUNE 1999: ALL ASSETS OF CHALLENGE AIR TRANSPORT (CHA) HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED BY UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS), TO MAKE (UPS) THE LARGEST AIR CARGO, & EXPRESS CARRIER, IN LATIN AMERICA.
JULY 1999: 757-200 RETURNED TO AWAS (AWW). 757'S BEING REPLACED BY DC-10'S, DUE TO NEW CARGO RESTRICTIONS ON 757'S. TO WET-LEASE 3 DC-10-40F'S TO (UPS) FOR 1 YEAR IN LATE 1999.
AUGUST 1999: 1ST 7 MONTHS = 163 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-11.69%).
SEPTEMBER 1999: JIM SHROYER, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL RESIGNS TO JOIN CAPITAL CARGO (CCA).
757-23APF (24456) RETURNED TO AWAS (AWW), LEASED TO ICELANDAIR (ICE). 757-23APF (24971, N573CA), RETURNED TO (AWW).
NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = -$5.05 MILLION (+$6.42 MILLION): 225 MILLION (FTM) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (131.2 MILLION).
JANUARY 2000: USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT (DOT) OK'S SERVICE TO ARGENTINA, & BEYOND, VIA INTERMEDIATE POINTS. CHALLENGE AIR CARGO (CHA) PLANS TO ADD BUENOS AIRES TO ITS MIAMI (MIA) - SAO PAULO OPERATIONS. (DOT) ALSO OK'D (UPS)'S ARGENTINA RIGHTS.
MARCH 2000: TOP 10 CARGO OPERATORS AT MIAMI IN 1999 TONS (1,000):
1 (TLS) 260 (+13.7%); 2 (AAL) 171 (-6.5%); 3 (CHA) 141 (-1.9%); 4 (ARW) 119 (+9.4%); 5 (TMP) 118 (+8.3%); 6 (FNE) 112 (-29.7%); 7 (CKF) 92 (-34.1%); 8 (UPS) 70 (+20.3%); 9 (UAL) 58 (-6.4%); 10 (AMJ) 44 (-46.5%).
ALONG WITH MARTINAIR (MTH), UNITED PARCEL SERVICES (UPS), TAMPA CARGO (TMP), MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND OTHERS SPONSOR "AIR CARGO ACADEMY OF THE AMERICAS" AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
APRIL 2000: 780 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 64 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)). LAYS OFF ALL ITS MECHANICS (MT).
2 DC-10-40'S IN "C" MAINTENANCE CHECKS AT ALITALIA (ALI). NOW, ONLY OPERATING 1 DC-10-40.
JUNE 2000: ISRAEL AMARO, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE, REPLACES ROBERT MAZAROWSKI, WHO TOOK A MAINTENANCE POSITION AT NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA), DETROIT.
JULY 2000: 1999 = -$10.9 MILLION (-$5.05 MILLION): 306.29 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-5.7%); 704 EMPLOYEES.
SEPTEMBER 2000: BILL SPOHRER, PRESIDENT & CEO, WROTE A LETTER TO THE EMPLOYEES OF CHALLENGE AIR CARGO: "TO MY FRIENDS AT (CHA): IN MAY 1981, I JOINED A SMALL GROUP OF INVESTORS TO PURCHASE CHALLENGE AIR TRANSPORT (LATER CHALLENGE AIR CARGO), A SMALL CHARTER CARGO AIRLINE, THAT OPERATED 4 OLD PROPELLOR AIRPLANES FROM MIAMI TO CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN. - - "
DECEMBER 2000: 1 MD-11F (48412, N705GC), EX-VASP (VSP), TOMBO (TOM) LEASED.
JULY 2001: CHANGES ITS NAME FROM "CHALLENGE AIR CARGO" TO "CENTURION AIR CARGO."
HAVING TRANSFERRED ITS ROUTE AUTHORITIES TO UNITED PARCEL SERVICES(UPS), (CHA) WILL CONCENTRATE ON CHARTERS AS ACMI (WET-LEASE) SERVICES WITH ITS DC-10'S.
SEPTEMBER 2001: DAVID MULLIGAN, FORMER VP OPERATIONS & TECHNICAL SERVICES BECOMES PRESIDENT & (CEO), REPLACING WILLIAM SPOHRER.
34 EMPLOYEES TO RUN WET-LEASE, AIRPLANE, CREW, MAINTENANCE & INSURANCE (ACMI) TO OTHER CARGO CARRIERS TO TARGET THE LATIN AMERICAN AND THE CARIBBEAN MARKETS, WHICH ARE PREDICTED TO REBOUND IN 2002.
OCTOBER 2001: 1 YEAR ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE, FULL TECHNICAL SUPPORT FROM ALITALIA (ALI) FOR 2 DC-10-40F'S.
April 2002: Main Base: Miami International airport (MIA).
July 2002: 2001 = -$3.59 million (-$37.7 million): 26.02 million (FTK) freight traffic (-83.4%); 1,200 employees.
April 2003: SITA: MIATXWE.
August 2003: 2 DC-10-40F's (46661; 46966) returned to Air Lease International Two, with (46966) leased to Aeroflot (ARO).
January 2004: DC-10-30F (47816, N279AX; 48277), Prop Three Ltd leased.
April 2004: INCDT: (CHA) DC-10-30F (354-48277, N189AX) ran off runway on landing at Bogota = all OK, airplane written off W/O.
August 2004: Applied for scheduled authority to operate Miami -Bogota and Miami - Cali - Bogota. These routes are currently operated as charters.
September 2004: DC-10-40F (46920, N157DM) wet-leased to South Winds Cargo (SWC).
October 2004: 1 DC-10-30F (47840, N612GC), ex-Gemini Air Cargo (GMN).
August 2005: DC-10-30F (46540, N304SP), Finova (GRB) leased.
September 2005: DC-10-30F (47889, N306FV), ex-Finova (GRB), DC-Seis Cargo leased.
October 2006: Centurion Air Cargo (CHA) offers all-cargo, jet airplane services to Central and South America, serving 16 scheduled destinations. Specializes in carrying seafood, vegetables, flowers and horses from and to Latin America.
Employees = 110.
(IATA) Code: WE. (ICAO) Code: CWC - (Callsign - CHALLENGE CARGO).
Main Base: Miami International Airport (MIA).
November 2006: William Stockbridge, resigns to become (CEO) of MAXJet Airways (MXJ).
July 2007: Miami International (MIA) is offering free landings and other incentives for airlines to start new domestic and international services. The three-year program will spend up to $3 million to attract scheduled passenger flights, with full landing fee waivers for new year-round flights to USA or Canadian destinations. The one-year waiver also is available for a year-round flight to an international destination not previously served from (MIA), and partial waivers are offered for new cargo service and less than full-year commitments. New flights to specified "premium" international cities also will qualify for matching promotional funds.
March 2008: DC-10-30F (46931, N614GC), Cielos del Peru (CDP) leased.
May 2008: Miami International (MIA) asked for more than >$60 million to finish its new baggage handling system and people-mover, key components of an expansion program already years past deadline and nearly $1 billion over budget. (MIA) said it needs another $43.5 million for the Siemens baggage system and $20.8 million for the rooftop automated train system built by Sumitomo. Train cars are finished but the mile-long terminal must be completed before the track can be installed, so the airport is paying Sumitomo more than >$54,000 per month to store and "exercise" the 20 cars in Japan. Sumitomo said the tires and electrical system will deteriorate if not used periodically. (MIA) said the huge terminal expansion project will be completed in 2011 and cost more than >$6 billion. The first section, a new concourse for hub carrier American Airlines (AAL), opened in 1995. When it finally is finished, the terminal will have some 8 million sq ft of space in an elongated "H" shape.
June 2008: The USA and Brazil announced an enhanced air services agreement that will provide for a nearly +50% increase in passenger flights between the countries, while eliminating restrictions on the number of airlines that can fly the routes. "This agreement will help air carriers meet the growing demand for passenger and cargo services between the USA and Brazil," USA Secretary of Transportation, Mary Peters said. "Now more than ever, it is crucial that we give USA carriers every possible opportunity to compete and succeed wherever passengers want to fly." The previous agreement allowed only four airlines from each country to fly to the other, while the new deal removes those limits. In addition, the number of permissible weekly flights between the nations will increase in four stages to 154 from the current 105 between next month and October 2010.
USA carriers will gain access to Fortaleza, Curitiba, and three additional new cities to be selected by USA authorities. At present, American Airlines (AAL), Continental Airlines (CAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and United Airlines (UAL) fly to Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro Galeao. USA and Brazilian carriers also now will be permitted to provide certain codeshare services with partners from third countries.
Weekly cargo flights will increase to 35 from 24 immediately, and to 42 in 2010, while the number of cargo charters allowed, also will rise. USA cargo companies now will be permitted to transfer freight from airplanes to ground vehicles for home and office delivery in Brazil. The terms of the agreement will be applied on a reciprocal basis until it enters into force.
July 2008: ACCDT: A Kalitta Air (KAC) 747-200F crashed into a home shortly after takeoff from Bogota, Colombia, killing three occupants in the house. The Kalitta (KAC) flight, operated for Centurion Air Cargo (CHA) on wet-lease, was en route to Miami and attempted to return to Bogota after reporting an engine fire, according to Colombian civil aviation officials. All eight crew aboard the airplane survived the crash about 12 miles west of Bogota, but the airplane reportedly was destroyed. The accident marked the second Kalitta (KAC) 747-200F crash in under two months.
October 2008: Miami International Airport (MIA) dropped its landing fee -39% to $1.18 per 1,000 lbs of landed weight for the current fiscal year that began October 1. The move reduces the cost per departing passenger to $16.48 from $17.39 in the prior fiscal year (FY) and a projected $18.87 under the previously announced (FY) 2009 rate. The fee was projected to rise to as much as +$2.46. Director of Aviation, Jose Abreu warned that in (FY) 2010, the landing fee could be as high as $3.73 per 1,000 lbs, as the airport faces debt service related to the current expansion program, and other deferred expenses. He said the airport responded to airline appeals for lower rates and saved $51 million by leaving 23 positions vacant, deferring garage painting and other maintenance work and finding management efficiencies.
April 2009: (AIMS) reached agreements with Maximus Air Cargo (MXU), Centurion Cargo (CHA) and (MTA) for use of its airline crew management, operations control and commercial planning system software.
June 2009: MD-11C (48429, N429AN), ex-Alitalia (ALI), Pegasus Aviation (PSS) leased, ex-(EI-UPO).
October 2009: Centurion Cargo (CHA) just got rid of its last DC-10 and furloughed all remaining Flight Engineers. (CHA) received its third MD-11 last month.
June 2010: Arrow Cargo (ARW) has notified the state of Florida that it may be forced to cease operations and lay off its 473 employees, which were notified of the possibility on April 9th. (ARW) has been holding talks with a number of potential investors, including Centurion Cargo (CHA).
February 2011: Centurion Cargo (CHA) is not currently recruiting flight crew (FC) for its MD-11Fs.
November 2011: Centurion Cargo (CHA) signed a multiple-year 747F airplane, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) wet-lease agreement with Southern Air Holdings (SOF).
January 2012: Centurion Cargo (CHA) is not currently recruiting pilots Flight Crew (FC). See FltOps.com and FAPA.aero.
March 2013: Centurion Cargo ((IATA) Code: WE, based at Miami International (MIA)) (CHA) has wet-leased 747-400F (30401, LX-TCV) from Cargolux (CLX) to complement its fleet of four MD-11F freighters. (CHA) sister carrier, SkyLease Cargo ((IATA) Code: GG, based at Greensboro Piedmont Triad International airport (GSO)) also currently operates six MD-11Fs but (CHA) is planning to eventually operate up to ten 747-400F freighters. It mainly concentrates on cargo routes from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Miami International (MIA) to Latin America.
August 2013: According to FAPA.aero, Centurion Cargo (CHA) is not currently hiring flight crew (FC).
Centurion Cargo (CHA) took delivery of its first 747-4R7F (25868, LX-KCV), ex-Cargolux Italia (ICV), joining its fleet of 4 MD-11Fs operating freight services throughout South America.
February 2014: Route Network Update for Centurion Cargo (CHA):
Centurion Cargo ((IATA) Code: WE, based at Miami International) (CHA) network changes:
Caracas Simón Bolivar - Santiago de Chile International CARGO route has been cancelled.
Ciudad del Este - Santiago de Chile International CARGO route has been cancelled.
Rio de Janeiro International - Santiago de Chile International CARGO route has been cancelled.
Currently, Centurion Cargo (CHA) serves 8 countries, 10 destinations, and 29 routes.
June 2015: The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced it is proposing to fine Centurion Air Cargo ((IATA) Code: WE, based at Miami International) (CHA) for alleged violations of USA Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR).
Concerning Centurion Air Cargo (CHA), the (FAA) is proposing a USD66,000 penalty for the alleged operation of a freighter that was not (FAR) compliant. It claims the Miami-based freight specialist operated an MD-11F on at least twelve flights between June 5 and 11, 2013, while failing to comply with its Minimum Equipment List (MEL) procedures after receiving a fuel quantity fault indication during a June 5 flight.
An (MEL) specifies what equipment may be inoperable during a flight pending repair of that equipment.
In addition, the (FAA) also claims Centurion (CHA) operated the airplane on four of the flights, after discovering that the door slide indicator did not light, again in contravention of (MEL) procedures.
(CHA) currently operates 4 airplanes and serves 6 countries, to 6 destinations, on 18 routes and 4 daily flights.
747-412BDSF (27071, N179LV) (- - see photo), received after 18 months of storage.
October 2015: Centurion Air Cargo (CHA) is set to begin charter flights to mainland China using a 747-400F operated by its subsidiary, SkyLease Cargo (SGC). The announcement comes after the USA Department of Transportation (DOT) granted (SCG) exemption authority to operate scheduled cargo flights between the United States and Hong Kong via intermediate points and beyond to points in third countries.
“Centurion Air Cargo (CHA) is continuing its expansion of Asia-Pacific service with flights to mainland China," it said. “The flights are operated by (CHA)’s sister company, Sky Lease (SGC) through an exclusive agreement.”
(CHA)'s Far East Asian operations already include service to Tokyo Narita and Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok.
Click below for photos:
CHA-747-412BDSF - 2015-06.jpg
CHA-DC-10-30F - 2004-02
CHA-DC-10-40F - A
CHA-MD-11F - 2009-01
CHA-MD-11F - 2011-10
0 747-200F, (KAC) WET-LSD, W/O & DESTROYED 2008-07 - - SEE JULY 2008 ACCDT REPORT ABOVE). FREIGHTER.
1 747-412BDSF (27071, N742WA), EX-STORAGE 2015-06 AFTER 18 MONTHS STORAGE. FREIGHTER.
1 747-4R7F (CF6-80C2B1F) (1125-25868, /97 LX-KCV), EX-CARGOLUX ITALIA (ICV) 2013-08. (AWW) LSD. FREIGHTER.
0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (268-46540, /78 N304SP), (GRB) LSD 2005-08.
0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (137-46931, /74 N614GC), (GEF) LSD, (CDP) WET-LSD 2008-03. FREIGHTER.
0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (196-47929, /75 N606GC "KIRK"), (GMN) WET-LSD 3 YRS. RTND. FREIGHTER.
0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (291-47888, /79 N47888 "CAPTAIN MIKE"), LSD 2004-03. FREIGHTER.
0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (47889, N306FV), EX-(GRB), DC-SEIS LSD 2005-09.
0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (316-47816, /80 N279AX "WINGS OF MIAMI"), PROP THREE LSD 2004-01. FREIGHTER.
0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (337-47840, /80 N612GC "JESSICA"), EX-(GMN) 2004-10. FREIGHTER.
0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (354-48277, N48277), PROP THREE LTD LSD 2004-01. W/O LANDING AT BOGOTA - - SEE APRIL 2004. FREIGHTER.
0 DC-10-40F (JT9D-59A) (212-46920, /76 N14OWE; 224-46661, /76 N141WE; 262-46966, /78 N142WE), EX-(JAL), (OMG) LSD 1999, 3 WET-LST (UPS), (ALI) MAINT. 46661; 46966; RTND AIR LEASE INTNL TWO 2003-08. 46966 LST (ARO). 46920 WET-LST (SWC) 2004-09. 46920; RTND 2005-12. FREIGHTER.
1 MD-11F (CF6-80C2D1F), 2009-09. FREIGHTER.
1 MD-11FD (CF6-80C2D1F) (500-48429, N984AR - - SEE PHOTO - - "CHA-MD-11F - 2011-10"), (PSS) LSD 2009-06, EX-(ALI), EX-(EI-UPO/N429AN). FREIGHTER.
1 MD-11C (CF6-80C2D1F) (48430, N985AR "FRANK FINE"). FREIGHTER.
1 MD-11F (CF6-80C2D1F) (48434, N701GC), EX-(GMN), FREIGHTER.
PETER ULLRICH, CHAIRMAN & OWNER.
DAVID MULLIGAN, PRESIDENT, & CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO) (2001-09) (MIATXWE).
FLORENTINO GONZALEZ, VP FINANCE.
DAVID SOWERS, VP SALES & MARKETING.
CAPTAIN MICHAEL RAFEY, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS & CHIEF PILOT (Michaelr@centurioncargo.com) (email@example.com).
CHRIS NEGELE, DIRECTOR SAFETY.
ROBERT MAZAROWSKI, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (firstname.lastname@example.org).
JIM ZITO, DIRECTOR CARGO SERVICES.
BILL BROWN, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (QC) & PLANNING (email@example.com)).
GIL PEREZ, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS CONTROL CENTER.
ROBERT YEE, DIRECTOR SECURITY.
SCOTT MCGLYNN, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER.
MARIE MOTSINGER, MAINTENANCE PLANNER.
RON WIERMAN, CHIEF INSPECTOR (RonaldW@centurioncargo.com)