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Name: UFLY AIRWAYS
7JetSet7 Code: FAX
Status: Operational
Region: NORTH AMERICA
City: MIAMI
Country: USA
Employees 150
Web: falconairexpress.net
Email: sales@falconairexpress.net
Telephone: +1 (305) 592- 5672
Fax: +1 (305) 592-8608
Sita: MIAFLF2
Background
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FAX-1ST 6 2005
FAX-MAR05-A
FAX-MAY05-A
FAX-OCT05-A

FORMED IN 1995 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1996. FORMERLY FALCON AIR EXPRESS. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
2601 NW 105TH AVENUE
DORVAL, 33172. 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.

JULY 1998: FALCON AIR EXPRESS (FAX) WAS FOUNDED BY EMILIO DIRUBE AND WAS CERTIFICATED AS A USA DOMESTIC OPERATOR.

PLANS OPERATIONS FOR HONDURAS NATIONAL AIRLINES (HND).

FRANK CUADRADO, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL, EX-CHIEF INSPECTOR AT CHALLENGE AIR (CHA).

AUGUST 1998: JOE HERNANDEZ, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.

SEPTEMBER 1998: OPERATES FOR HONDURAS NATIONAL AIRLINES (HND) FROM MIAMI (MIA) TO TEGUCIGALPA, AND SAN PEDRO SULA.

OCTOBER 1998: 1997 = +$149,000 (+$113,000) (NET PROFIT).

JANUARY 1999: 1 727-259 (22474), PEGASUS (PSS) 5 YEAR LEASED, TO WET-LEASE TO AEROMAR (AOO), DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOR 2 YEARS (HAMILTON AVIATION, ARIZONA, "C" CHECK & PAINT). 1 ORDER 727-200 (22452), EX-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL), PEGASUS (PSS) 5 YEAR LEASED 2/99. 727-200 (21851) PURCHASED FROM AEROCREDIT, EXTENDED (PSS) LEASE OF 727-200 (19985) TIL JANUARY 2002. TO WET-LEASE 1 727-2K5 (1536-21850, N369FA) TO AIR D'AYITI, HAITI, FOR OPERATIONS MIAMI (MIA) - PORT AU PRINCE.

APRIL 1999: 150 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 47 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 49 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 18 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

SITA: MIAFLF2. (fae@bellsouth.net).

SEPTEMBER 1999: 727-200 LEASED TO IMPERIAL AIR (IMJ) FOR OPERATIONS FROM SAN JUAN, TO CANCUN, AND ORLANDO. 727-224 (22451, N79749), AVIATION SALES (ASC) LEASED.

OCTOBER 1999: 727-2K5 (21851, N369FA), RETURNED TO PEGASUS (PSS).

APRIL 2000: 150 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 47 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 49 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 18 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

1 727-223 (22462, N705AA), EX-AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL), (GEH) LEASED.

MAY 2000: 1 727-200SF, TO QUITO IN JULY 2000.

JUNE 2000: HEAVY MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 3 727-200'S TO HAMILTON AVIATION, TUCSON, ARIZONA.

1 727-200 WET-LEASED TO AVENSA (AVN), FOR CARACAS - MIAMI (MIA) ROUTE.

JULY 2000: 1999 = 270 MILLION (RPK) (PASSENGER TRAFFIC) (+247.5%); 49.3% LF (LOAD FACTOR); 214,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+303.8%); 150 EMPLOYEES; +$586,000.

AUGUST 2000: 1 727-251 (19985, N266US), (PSS) LEASED.

OCTOBER 2000: 1 727-231F (21630) (SUPER 27 STAGE 3), EX-(TWA), PEGASUS (PSS) LEASED, OPERATIONS BY CARGO THREE (CTH).

DECEMBER 2000: FRANK CUADRADO, CHIEF INSPECTOR, RESIGNS.

2 727-224'S (22452, N79750), WET-LEASED TO AEROPOSTAL (LAV).

FEBRUARY 2001: 1 727-276 (20951, N908PG), PEGASUS (PSS) LEASED. 1 727-231F WET-LEASED TO EQUINOCIAL AIR, NEW ECUADORIAN CARGO OPERATOR, HEADED BY ANGEL BACA, WHO OWNS MGB AVIATION SERVICES, MIAMI. TO OPERATE GUAYAQUIL - QUITO - MIAMI (MIA). 727-231F (SUPER 27) (21630, N24343) DELIVERY.

AUGUST 2001: 727-200 OPERATING ON AERO CONTINENTE (COH) ROUTES TO USA.

(http://www.falconairexpress.com).

SEPTEMBER 2001: NELSON GONZALEZ, DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA), EX-ARROW/FINE AIR (ARW)/(FAS).

OCTOBER 2001: 1 727-231 (SUPER 27) (21967, N54348), PEGASUS (PSS) LEASED.

DECEMBER 2001: 2 737-3K2'S (23411, TC-ESA; 23412, TC-ESB), EX-TRANSAVIA (TAV), PEGASUS (PSS) LEASED. WET-LEASED 727-224, OPERATES FOR AEROMAR (AOO), SANTO DOMINGO - NEW YORK (JFK) (4/WEEK); - PUERTO PLATA - MIAMI (2/WEEK); & - PUNTA CANA - MIAMI (WEEKLY).

JANUARY 2002: JUAN PAZ, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS, REPLACES BOB MENCEL, WHO LEFT THE COMPANY.

APRIL 2002: (http://www.falconairexpress.net).

MAIN BASE: MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MIA).

May 2002: 7 727-200 "C" maintenance checks contracted to Hamilton Aerospace Technologies, Tucson, Arizona.

June 2002: 1 737-300 (23631, N371FA), ex-America West Airlines (AMW), Ansett WorldWide (AWW) leased, wet-leased to Sol Air, Honduras for operations to Miami (MIA), from San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, Managua, Roatan, and San Salvador. Sol Air had originally proposed its name as "Aero Honduras."

July 2002: 2001 = -$620,000 (-$1.68 million): 101 million (RPK) traffic (-55%); 75.4% LF; 140,000 passengers (PAX) (-41.2%); 150 employees (-23.9%). 6 months = 13.34 million (RPM) traffic (-64.5%); 21,000 passengers (PAX) (-74.4%); 59.3% LF.

1 727-200 wet-leased to Air D'Ayiti, for operations from Port-au-Prince to Miami (MIA)/New York (JFK).

August 2002: In November 2002, 737-300 wet-leased to Sol Air (HND) to operate Dallas and Miami to Roatan (Saturdays).

September 2002: 737-231 (21633, N64346), (PSS) leased, wet-leased to Aeropostal (LAV).

October 2002: Plans to acquire 6 737-300/-400's over next 6 months.

December 2002: Operates 737-300's for Sol'Air (HND), Miami to Managua, and Tegucigalpa. To wet-lease 727-200's to Viva Airlines, who have acquired the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) of defunct Queen Air (QUD) for operations from Santo Domingo to the USA, South America, and Europe.

"B" and "C" checks maintenance contract to Hamilton Aerospace Technologies for 8 727-200's and 737-300's.

737-3K2 (23411, N550FA) delivery.

June 2003: 150 employees.

(http://www.falconairexpress.com). (sales@falconairexpress.net).

July 2003: 2002 = 186 million (RPK) traffic (+84.3%); 51.5% LF load factor; 129,000 passengers (PAX) (-8.3%).

August 2003: 727-2K5 (21851) returned to Pegasus (PSS).

October 2003: 1st 9 months = 290.60 million (RPM) traffic (+1001.1%); 302,000 passengers (PAX) (+723.9%); 51% LF load factor.

February 2004: When Laker Airways Bahamas (LAK) suspended operations, many of its routes were assumed by Falcon Air Express (FAX), who holds a 6-month contract with Grand Bahama Vacations.

Nelson Ramiz, President of Aeropostal (LAV) purchased Sol Air (HND) who flies airplanes wet-leased by (FAX).

May 2004: Nicaraguan regulatory authority, DGCA canceled Sol Air's (HND) license to operate.

727-2J4 (20766, N211DB), wet-leased to DB Air.

June 2004: In July 2004, Sol Air (HND) will adopt its corporate name of "Aero Honduras."

July 2004: 2003 = -$20.76 million (+$320,000).

October 2005: 727-2J4 (N211DB) wet-leased to Sky One for operations for Club Polaris 2005 Titanium Journey, with VIP 58 passenger seats.

May 2006: Falcon Air Express (FAX) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, however, the airline will continue to fly with a reduced fleet. (FAX) is returning 12 727s to the lessors and will operate 1 MD-82 and 1 MD-83, with plans to lease 3 more MD-83's as soon as possible.

1 MD-83 (53045, N836NK), leased from GECAS (GEF), wet-leased to Aeropostal (LAV).

July 2006: Falcon Air Express (FAX) operates mostly charter and wet-leasing jet airplane services in the Americas and provides contract jet airplane services for the USA military.

(IATA) Code: 6F - 177. (ICAO) Code: FAO (Callsign - PANTHER).

(jlazaga@falconairexpress.net).

Main Base: Miami International Airport (MIA).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Dallas/Fort Worth; & Miami.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Managua; Roatan; San Pedro Sula; & Tegucigalpa.

August 2006: MD-82 (49877, N977PG), short-term 1 month Pegasus (PSS) leased.

December 2006: Icon International Holdings has reached an agreement with the Chapter 11 Trustee in Falcon Air Express (FAX) to purchase the stock of (FAX), including all parts, furniture and fixtures, contracts and licenses. The agreement provides for Icon to control all of the outstanding shares of the reorganized (FAX). Icon will pay $4.2 million for the acquisition. Icon is launching an all-business class (C) airline that will provide service between New York (JFK) to London Gatwick (LGW) & Paris Charles De Gaulle, and from Miami to (LGW), (JFK), Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Toronto.

It plans to acquire 3 757s and 3 767s to service its proposed schedule.

November 2007: Nelson Ramiz, Aeropostal (LAV)'s owner and outspoken critic of Venezuela's policies, has bought bankrupt USA airline, Falcon Air Express (FAX). He plans to rename it "Ufly Airways" and combine it with his wife's Miami-based travel company.

Ufly Airways (FAX) will lease MD-80s that Aeropostal (LAV) sought but failed to lease, due to Venezuela's foreign exchange controls. (FAX) plans to operate flights to many of the destinations from which Aeropostal (LAV) has recently withdrawn. By shifting operations offshore from Aeropostal (LAV) TO Ufly (FAX), Ramiz will avoid Venezuela's restrictions, but will miss out on some of the burgeoning outbound traffic from Venezuela.

Tickets sold in Venezuela for international travel have become cheaper because of the government's foreign exchange controls, but those same controls have simultaneously fueled domestic inflation. As a result, it has become cheaper to travel overseas than it is to take domestic flights. Operating conditions for Venezuela's privately-owned airlines have grown increasingly difficult, due to this inflation, coupled with restrictions on foreign spending, fare caps, and the government's apparent favoritism for state-owned Conviasa (VCV).

December 2007: UFly Airways (formerly Falcon Air Express) (FAX) is accepting resumes for Flight Crew (FC).

December 2008: Parent organization/shareholders: Nelson Ramiz (100%).

January 2009: MD-83 (53045, N836NK), (GEF) leased.

May 2009: MD-83 (53046, N836RA), leased.

October 2009: UFly Airways (FAX) is accepting Flight Crew (FC) applications with resumes.

April 2010: MD-83 (53120, N120MN), (GEF) leased, ex-(EI-CFZ).

March 2013: Dutch Antilles Express (ALM) plans to lease ex-Meridiana fly (IG, Olbia Costa Smeralda (OLB)) (ALS)/(EUY) MD-83 (N307MS) from USA lessor, Jetran International as the first of two MD-83s it will operate on its own air operator certificate (AOC). (ALM) has recently been fully acquired by former Aeropostal - Alas de Venezuela ((IATA) Code: VH, based at Caracas Simón Bolívar International airport (CCS)) (LAV) owner, Nelson Ramiz after a period of restructuring. (ALM) plans to use the airplanes to launch new routes from Curacao to Lima Jorge Chávez International (LIM) and Quito Internacional (UIO) airprots later this year. It also plans to replace Fokker 100s on routes to Maracaibo La Chinita (MAR) and Valencia Arturo Michelena International (VLN). (ALM) currently already uses various MD-83s wet-leased from UFly Airways (FAX) (formerly Falcon Air Express ((IATA) Code: 6F, based at Miami International (MIA)) for its twice daily service between Curacao and Miami International (MIA) since it cannot operate to the USA with its own airplanes due to Curacao's Category 2 status with the USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It plans to eventually replace the MD-83s and Fokker F 100s with newer A319-100s and A320-200s once it is allowed to serve the USA itself again.

Fleet:
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FAX-727-224
FAX-727-231
FAX-727-251
FAX-727-2K5
FAX-737-33A-71
FAX-737-33A
FAX
FAX-MD-80

April 2016:

0 727-2J4 (JT8D HK) (993-20766, N211DB), WET-LST DB AIR 2004-05. WET-LST SKY ONE 2005-05. RTND ONEIDA EQUIPMENT LEASING 2006-05. 58F. VIP.

0 727-2K5 (JT8D) (1536-21850, N369FA), WET-LST AIR D'AYITI 1999-01. RTND.

0 727-223 (JT8D HK) (1751-22462, N705AA), EX-(AAL), (GEH) LSD 2000-04. RTND.

0 727-224 (JT8D-9A HK) (805-20388, /70 73 54 N32719 "CAROLINA"), EX-(CAL), (PSS) LSD, SCRAPPED 2002-03. 170Y.

0 727-224 (JT8D-15 HK) (1767-22451, /81 N79749 "CHRISTINE;" 1772-22452, /81, N79750 "PATRICIA") (22452 LST (LAV) 2000-11; 22451, 2000-12 EX-(CAL), (PSS) 5 YR LSD 1999-02. 22451; & 22452; RTND 2006-05. 10F, 131Y.

0 727-224 (JT8D-15 HK) (1756-22449, /81 N296SC "CAROLINA"), (PSS) LSD 2001-12. RTND 2006-05. 170Y.

0 727-231F (JT8D-217C/15) (SUPER 27 STAGE 3) (1458-21630, /79, N24343), EX-(TWA), (PSS) LSD, OPS BY (CTH), WET-LST EQUINOCIAL 2001-02, RTND. FREIGHTER.

0 727-231 (JT8D-9A HK) (1462-21632, /79 N54345), RTND. 10F, 131Y.

0 727-231 (JT8D HK) (1464-21633, N64346), RTND (PSS) 2006-05.

0 727-231 (JT8D-217C/15 SUPER 27) (1563-21967, /79 N54348 "ALICIA"), (PSS) LSD 2001-10. RTND 2006-05. 170Y.

0 727-251 (JT8D-9A HK) (745-19985, /69 56 46 N266US "LILLIAN"), EX-(NWA), (PSS) LSD TIL 2002-01, RTND 2003-02. 170Y.

0 727-259 (JT8D-9A HK) (1688-22474, /80 34 22 N203AV "LILLIAN"), EX-(NAX), (PSS) 5 YR LSD, WET-LST 2 YRS (TRO) 1999-02, RTND 2003-03. 170Y.

0 727-276 (JT8D-15 HK) (1101-20951, /75 N908PG "CECILIA"), EX-(TAA)/(AAV), (PSS) LSD 2001-02, RTND 2004-11. 170Y.

0 737-231 (JT8D-9A HK) (1464-21633, /79 N64346), (PSS) LSD 2002-09, WET-LST (LAV).

0 737-3K2 (CFM56-3B2) (1195-23411, /86 N550FA; 1198-23412, /86 N550FB), EX-(TAV), (PSS) LSD 2001-12. WET-LST SOL AIR. 23411 RTND, LST (KGD) 2005-12. RTND. 148Y.

0 737-33A (CFM56-3B1) (1337-23631, /87 N371FA "GABRIELA"), EX-(ANS), (AWW) LSD. WET-LST SOL AIR. RTND RPK CAPITAL 2006-05. LST (JTM) 2006-09. 148Y.

3 ORDERS 757-200:

3 ORDERS 767:

0 MD-82 (1594-49877, N977PG), 1 MTH LSD 2006-07.

1 MD-82 (JT8D-219) (1767-49905, /90 N905TA), (DEA) LSD, WET-LST (LAV). 12C, 128Y.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (N831LF).

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1332-49398, /86 N305FA), 2011-05. 156Y.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1777-53045, /90 N836NK), (GEF) LSD, WET-LST (LAV) 2006-05. RF (LAV) 2007-05. 16C, 134Y.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1794-53046, N836RA), LSD 2009-05.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1964-53120, /92 N120MN), 2010-04, EX-(EI-CFZ). (GEF) LSD. WET-LST (ALM) IN DUTCH ANTILLES EXPRESS (ALM) COLORS. 146CY.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1993-53125, /92 N125MN), AIRPLANES GROUP LSD 2010-01. 156CY.

Management:
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NELSON RAMIZ, CHAIRMAN, EX-(LAV).

EMILIO DIRUBE, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

JOSE LAZAGA, EXECUTIVE VP.

JAMES SPRINKLE, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO) (MIAFLF2) (2002-10).

ROBERT COILE, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) & VP.

E J DIRUBE, VP SALES & MARKETING.

LILIAN DIRUBE SPRINKLE, VP ADMINISTRATION.

RALPH CHIRINO, VP & DIRECTOR SAFETY (MIAFLF2).

ARMANDO MARTINEZ, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS (MIAFLF2).

CAPTAIN TOM VAN HALM, CHIEF PILOT.

ARIEL RODRIGUEZ, DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA), (qa@falconairexpress.net).

WILLIAM SWOPE, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.

ROBERT CATALA, DIRECTOR STATIONS.

GUSTAVO FUERTE, DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).

ANTONIO DEL CAMPO, DIRECTOR SECURITY.

ERICH COTRINA, PROGRAM MANAGER.

 
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