Formed in 2006 and started operations in 2007. Public charter, jet airplane services.
1600 Oak Street, Suite B
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina SC 29577, 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 2006: Myrtle Beach Direct Air (MBD) is planning to launch non-stop service to Myrtle Beach from Newark (New Jersey), Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), and Niagra Falls International Airport (New York) using two 124-seat 737-200s wet-leased from Sky King (SKN). The first flight is planned for March 7th. Myrtle Beach Direct Air (MBD) & Tours is an indirect air carrier providing public charter air flights, and offering all-inclusive vacation, golf and entertainment packages. The company will provide scheduled, public charter flights on an annual basis, effective beginning March 7th through October 31st, 2007.
May 2008: Myrtle Beach Direct Air (MBD) operates seasonal services linking Myrtle Beach with Newark and Buffalo (for Niagara Falls), New York, and Pittsburgh. All services are being flown by charter operator Sky King (SKN).
(IATA) Code: D1.
Main Base: Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR).
March 2012: Direct Air (MBD) ended up filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 16 having already temporarily suspended its public charter operation on March 13. It plans to reorganize and resume operations but is no longer mentioning the May 15 date it had previously talked about.
April 2012: Direct Air (MBD) will not be able to resume operations as the bankruptcy judge has declared the public charter operator as insolvent and ordered that it should be liquidated. (MBD) had suspended all operations and filed for bankruptcy protection in mid-March.
September 2012: Sky King (SKN) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on September 28 as the second USA carrier on the same day following Southern Air (SOF). (SKN) currently operates a 737-200 and four 737-400s on behalf of tour operators, casinos and the government. (SKN) has blamed the bankruptcy of Direct Air (MBD) in spring 2012, one of its key customers for which it had operated scheduled public charter services, as one of the key reasons for the bankruptcy filing. It hopes to be able to restructure its debts and get better contracts from its suppliers to eventually reemerge from bankruptcy protection again.
October 2012: The USA Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a $300,000 fine to Xtra Airways (CIN) for violating passenger protection regulations. According to the (DOT), the Boise, Idaho-based (CIN) was one of several carriers operating flights for Myrtle Beach, Direct Air (MBD) & Tours. Direct Air (MBD) ceased operating in March, and failed to pay Xtra Airways (CIN) for operating flights that departed “on or after March 3.”
The (DOT)’s Aviation enforcement Office said Xtra Airways (CIN) violated regulations that require carriers to be paid prior to operating a public charter flight and prohibiting the cancellation of such flights less than <10 days prior to their scheduled departure times.
Passengers were unable to receive the service they paid Direct Air (MBD) for when (CIN) refused to honor the scheduled flights for Direct Air (MBD). “Airline passengers should not have to worry about last-minute charter flight cancellations or being stranded in the middle of their trips,” said USA Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood. “Our rules were put into place to protect passengers’ rights, and we will continue to take enforcement action against airlines and charter operators when they violate those rules.”
The (DOT) issued a similar fine in July to World Atlantic Airlines (WLL) for payment disputes with Direct Air (MBD).
December 2012: The USA Department of Transportation issued a $50,000 penalty to Vision Airlines (VIS) as the result of the sudden shutdown of public charter operator Direct Air (MBD) in March.
Direct Air (MBD)’s shutdown forced several of the carriers it had charter agreements with to cancel the remaining flights they were scheduled to fly. Vision Airlines (VIS) violated the department’s regulations prohibiting the cancellation of public charter flights less than 10 days before their scheduled departure.
(VIS) is the third carrier to receive a fine related to the shutdown of DirectAir (MBD). Xtra Airways (CIN) and World Atlantic Airline (WLL) received similar fines early this year, and the department recently introduced new rules regulating public charter flights in November.
The (DoT) has revised its policies for approving public charter programs, requiring charter operators to retain all passenger reservation records and share them with contracting air carriers to make it easier to contact passengers regarding cancellations of scheduled flights. The department said the changes were in response to Direct Air (MBD) in March ceasing operations, leaving several charter operators to cancel scheduled flights for passengers that had already paid.
The (DoT) is also requiring public charter operators to include the cost for providing airplane, crew, maintenance and insurance in all contracts with direct air carriers, prohibiting charters from using a third party to provide these services. The new policy becomes effective in 30 days.