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Name: CHAMPION AIR
7JetSet7 Code: GRD
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: NORTH AMERICA
City: MINNEAPOLIS
Country: USA
Employees 500
Web: championair.com
Email: info@championair.com
Telephone: +1 (952) 814-8700
Fax: +1 (952) 814-8990
Sita:
Background
(definitions)

Click below for data links:
GRD-1ST6MTHS 05
GRD-2005 9 MTHS
GRD-2007-STATS-A
GRD-LEIPAX-03
GRD-MAR05-A
GRD-MAY05-A
GRD-RANKINGS
GRD-SEP04

FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1987. INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
8009 34TH AVE SOUTH, SUITE 500
BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA 55425-1674, 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.

NOVEMBER 1995: CORE BUSINESS IS CHARTERS FOR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS.

BASED IN EDINA, MINNESOTA.

FORMERLY MGM GRAND AIR. GRAND HOLDINGS TOOK OVER OPERATION.

1 727-200 (JT8D-9A).

APRIL 1997: NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA) TAKES OVER PART OWNERSHIP.

JUNE 1997: 200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 130 FLIGHT CREW (FC)).

AUGUST 1997: CHARTERS FOR MLT VACATIONS DETROIT TO ORLANDO & LAS VEGAS. IN WINTER, TO FLY TO GRAND CAYMAN, ST MAARTEN, IXTAPA, PUERTO VALLARTA, CANCUN, MONTEGO BAY, & PUERTO PLATA.

1 727-200 ADVANCED (JT8D-17) (22147 "1ST LT JOSEPH H PAGE JR"), EX-(HCL), CIT (TCI) 8 YEAR LEASED, NAMED AFTER CEO RICHARD PAGE'S FATHER, A VIETNAM (POW)/(MIA).

SEPTEMBER 1997: 1 727-223 (19496), (KHC) LEASED.

OCTOBER 1997: 2 727-200'S ADVANCED (20662 EX-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL), (22574 EX-ROYAL AIRLINES (ROY), FINOVA (GRB) LEASED.

NOVEMBER 1997: 2ND 727-200 ADVANCED (21348), EX-AIR ATLANTA ICELANDIC (AID), CIT GROUP (TCI) LEASED.

DECEMBER 1997: 1 727-225 ADVANCED (20616), FINOVA (GRB) 6 YEAR LEASED, EX-KIWI INTERNATIONAL (KIW). "C" CHECK MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 1 727-200, TO PEMCO. 1 727-2J4 ADVANCED (22574), EX-ROYAL AIRLINES (ROY) FROM EXPRESS ONE INTERNATIONAL (EOI).

JANUARY 1998: 1 727-270 ADVANCED (23052), EX-STERLING (STR), FROM EXPRESS ONE INTERNATIONAL (EOI).

FEBRUARY 1998: 727-191 (19395) RETURNED TO (CKF).

APRIL 1998: 200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 130 FC).

MAY 1998: 1ST 4 MONTHS = 400M RPK (+87.9%), 82.1% LF, 354K PAX (+33.6%).

JULY 1998: MICHAEL GEREND, PRESIDENT & CEO, REPLACES RICHARD PAIGE.

AUGUST 1998: 727-200F (20616) RETURNED TO AIRCORP, TO EXPRESS ONE INTERNATIONAL (EOI).

SEPTEMBER 1998: 1 727-200 ADVANCED (22146), EX-PAN AM (PAA), CIT GROUP (TCI) TIL 12/05, FEDEX (FED) HUSHKITS.

OCTOBER 1998: 1997 = -$20.77M (-$2.73M).

JANUARY 1999: 1 727-212 (JT8D-17RH) (21458, N292AS), EX-ACES (ACE), CIT (TCI) 7 YEAR LEASED, FEDEX (FED) HUSHKITS.

FEBRUARY 1999: 2 727-2S7H'S ADVANCED (22019, N712RC; 22020, N715RC), EX-NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA), PEGASUS AVIATION (PSS) 7 YEAR LEASED. 1 EMBRAER EMB-120 (095) FROM CONTINENTAL EXPRESS.

APRIL 1999: 200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 130 FC).

(http://www.championair.com). (info@championair.com).

2 727-200'S (20661; 20662), RETURNED TO FINOVA (GRB), LEASED TO SWIFT AIR (SWF).

AUGUST 1999: 1ST 8 MONTHS = 693.90M RPK (+72.4%), 87.3% LF, 639K PAX (+89.1%).

NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = -$7.67M (-20.77M).

DECEMBER 1999: 1 727-251 (22491), EX-NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA).

JANUARY 2000: 2ND & 3RD 727-2S7'S (22490; 22492), EX-NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA).

APRIL 2000: 200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 130 FC).

BASE/HUBS: DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY; MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL; DENVER; & DALLAS/FORT WORTH.

JULY 2000: 1999 = +$10.22 (-$7.67M): 1.7B RPK (+64.9%); 69% LF; 1.06M PAX (+95.4%); 200 EMPLOYEES.

SEPTEMBER 2000: LIGHT/HEAVY "C" CHECK MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 11 727-200'S TO AAR AIRCRAFT SERVICS, OK FOR 2 YEARS.

NOVEMBER 2000: 1 EMBRAER EMB-120 (PW118) (118, N26714), EX-CONTINENTAL EXPRESS.

DECEMBER 2000: 1 727-2S7 (JT8D-17H) (1617-22021, /80 N686CA), EX-(REP), NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA) LEASED.

MARCH 2002: 727-2S7 (1654-22344, N688CA), NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA) LEASED.

April 2002: (TELEPHONE: +1 (612) 814-8700).

(FAX: +1 (612) 814-8799).

Owners/Shareholders: Carl Pohlad (through GHI-CA) (60%); Northwest Airlines (NWA) (40%).

Main Base: Minneapolis-St Paul International (MSP).

Hubs: Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW); Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW); & Denver International (DEN).

1st Q = 553.86M RPK (-38.41%); -37.25% ASK; 79.94% LF (-1.5); 273K PAX (-32.26%).

July 2002: 2001 = +$6.72M (+$10.44M): 2.88B RPK (+9.1%); 79.5% LF; 1.47M PAX (+1.2%); 165K FTK (-70%); 200 employees (-60.4%). 6 months = 1.25B RPK (-25.39%); -25.35% ASK; 80.37% LF; 642K PAX (-21.8%).

October 2002: Mike Gray, ex-Sun Country (SCA), Director Engineering.

December 2002: Started charter (wet-lease) series for Apple Vacations for New York (JFK) to Cancun, La Romana, and Punta Cana (727-200).

February 2003: Promoted COO, Stephen Spellman to President and CEO, replacing Mike Gerend, who resigned.

July 2003: 200 employees.

(Telephone: +1 (952) 814-8700). (FAX: +1 (952) 814-8990).

Parent organization/shareholders: Carl Pohlad (through GHI-CA) (60%); & Northwest Airlines (NWA) (40%).

August 2003: Champion Air (GRD) was purchased by a management group of 5 of the company's executives from the Pohlad family and Northwest Airlines (NWA).

September 2003: 2002 = +$12.2M (+$6.7M): 2.01B RPK (-27.7%); 1M PAX (-30.4%).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPK (B):
160 (SHG) 2.41; 161 (ROS) 2.38; 162 (RFG) 2.37; 163 (CHAUTAUQUA AIRLINES) 2.33; 164 (KLM) CITYHOPPER) 2.28; 165 (MCU) 2.26; 166 (ALS); 167 (GBA) 2.24; 168 (RYN) 2.23; 169 (GRD) 2.01; 170 (BRIT AIR) 1.93; 171 (FAT) 1.86; 172 (CUB) 1.84; 173 (SWL) 1.76; 174 (PINNACLE) 1.76.

February 2004: 3 727-225's (22553; 22554; 22555), ex-Northwest Airlines (NWA), (GEF) leased.

March 2004: 727-225 (1795-22557, N820EA), ex-Northwest Airlines (NWA), (GEF) leased.

April 2004: Applies for scheduled flights Dallas - Cozumel/Puerto Vallarta, Denver - Puerto Vallata, Minneapolis - Mazatlan, and St Louis - Cancun/Puerto Vallarta.

1st Q = 342.74M RPK (-17.08%); -23.36% ASK; 88.79% LF (+6.7); 154K PAX (-5.04%).

July 2004: 2003 = +$3.24M (+$11.8M).

April 2005: 737 employees.

October 2006: Employees = 768.

April 2007: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) named Champion Air (GRD) President & CEO Stephen Spellman as its new CFO and COO.

(GRD) has 23 pilots (FC) on furlough status.

August 2007: Champion Air (GRD) provides a general charter service to sports teams, vacation wholesalers, and government agencies.

Employees = 740.

(IATA) Code: MG. (ICAO) Code: CCP - CHAMPION AIR.

Parent organization/shareholders: Champion Air (GRD) management (100%).

Main Base: Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport (MSP).

Hubs: Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW); Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW); Denver International (DEN); Lambert St Louis International (STL); & Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS).

Domestic, scheduled destinations: Detroit; & Las Vegas.

September 2007: Champion Air (GRD) has 20 pilots (FC) on furlough status.

November 2007: Champion Air (GRD) is accepting Flight Crew (FC) resumes and will conduct a class of 4 in November. Champion Air (GRD) has 18 pilots (FC) on furlough status.

January 2008: 2007 Performance Statistics: 1.41 million (RPK)s traffic (-14.74%); -10.8% (ASK)s; -3.8 load factor 81.7% LF; 718,000 passengers. SEE ATTACHED - - "GRD-2007-STATS."

April 2008: Bloomington, Minnesota-based charter carrier, Champion Air (GRD), announced that it will stop flying on May 31.

July 2008: Universal Asset Management announced the purchase of an ex-Champion Air (GRD) 727-200 for disassembly. Champion ceased operations in May.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
GRD-727-270
GRD-727-2S7
GRD-727-200
GRD-727-2S7-A

May 2008:

0 727-191 (JT8D HK) (309-19391, /66), EX-(FRO), (CKL) LSD, RTND.

0 727-2B7 (JT8D HK) (1735-22163), RTND (PSS), LST (AEG).

1 727-2J4 (JT8D-17 HK) (1733-22574, /81 N696CA), EX-(STR)/(ROY), (GRB) LSD 6/94. 173Y.

0 727-2J4 (JT8D HK) (993-20766, /73 N211DB), RTND (RVR), LST (SCA).

0 727-2K3 (JT8D-15 HK) (22770), EX-(USA), RTND (RVR), LST (SCA).

3 727-2S7 (JT8D-17 HK) (1584-22019, /80 N682CA; 1592-22020, /80 N681CA; 1721-22490, /81 N683CA; 1596-22491, /81 N684CA; 1599-22492, /81 N685CA), EX-(NWA) 12/99, (PSS) 7 YR LSD. 22491; RTND. 22020 TO AIR GEMINI 7/09. 173Y.

1 727-2S7 (JT8D-17 HK) (1617-22021, /80 N686CA), (NWA) LSD 12/00. 173Y.

0 727-2S7 (JT8D-17 HK) (1654-22344, /80 N688CA), (NWA) LSD 3/02. RTND. 173Y.

1 727-212 (JT8D-17 HK) (1287-21348, /77 N293AS "1ST LT JOSEPH H PAGE JR," EX-(SIA)/(ACE); 1327-21458, /78 N292AS), EX-(SIA), (TCI) 7 YR LSD. 21458 TO ASSOCIATED AVIATION, NIGERIA 1/09. 173Y.

0 727-223 (JT8D-9A HK) (544-19479, /68 N705CA; 669-19496, /68 N706CA), EX-(AAL), ST (CKF) 3/95.

5 727-225 (JT8D HK) (1308-21450, /77 N674MG; 1775-22553, /81 N675MG; 1781-22554, /81 N676MG; 1783-22555, /81 N678MG; 1795-22557, /82 N679MG), EX-(NWA), (GEF) LSD. VIP. 60F.

1 727-270 (JT8D-17A HK) (1817-23052, /83 N697CA), EX-(USA)/(STR)/(EOI), (GRB) LSD 11/97. 173Y.

0 737-290 (JT8D-17 HK) (1621-22146, /80 N294AS; 1623-22147, /80 N295AS "1ST LT.JOSEPH H. PAGE JR"), EX-(ASA), (TCI) 8 YR LSD. RTND. 173Y.

0 EMBRAER EMB-120 (PW118) (095), EX-CONTINENTAL EXPRESS 2/99, (118, N26714, 11/00), 2 RTND.

Management:
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STEPHEN SPELLMAN, PRESIDENT & CEO (2/03), RESIGNED TO BECOME COO & CFO AT SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES (SCA) (4/07).

KATHLEEN SCHNEIDER, CFO.

KEN REDEYZKE, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (ken.redetski@championair.com)

JAKE ROSHOLT, VP TECHNICAL OPERATIONS (jake.rosholt@championair.com).

DON PIZZOLATO, MANAGING DIRECTOR PLANNING & SYSTEMS.

DWAYNE WALKER, CHIEF PILOT.

MIKE PARENT, DIRECTOR MARKETING, SALES & CUSTOMER SERVICES.

CAPTAIN RANDY MCLAIN, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS

HARRIS BETTINGFIELD, DIRECTOR FLIGHT SAFETY

MIKE GRAY, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING, EX-(SCA) (10/02).

EDWARD MAYS, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (11/99).

ROY CANFIELD, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL PROGRAMS
(roy.canfield@championair.com).

DEE AIRMAN, DIRECTOR TRAINING.

LAURENCE MITCHELL, MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR.

KEVIN STENSTUD, MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR.

PETER POWELL, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (7/99).

EDWARD MAYS, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (3/01).

KEITH RITTENBURY, DIRECTOR SAFETY.

KIM FREDETTE, DIRECTOR INFLIGHT.

LANCE MENEGHELL, DIRECTOR TRAINING.

DON PIZZOLATO, MANAGING DIRECTOR PLANNING & SYSTEMS.

 
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