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Formed in 2003 and started operations in 2005. Scheduled & charter, international, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
USA: Telephone: 1-888-I-FLYMAX (435-9629)
UK: Telephone: 44-0800-023-4300
MAXjet Airways, Inc.
44965 Aviation Drive, Suite 260
Dulles, VA 20166, USA
New York, USA:
MAXjet Airways, Inc.
John F Kennedy International Airport
Jamaica, NY 11430, USA
MAXjet Airways UK
Room B147, Enterprise House
Essex CM24 1QW
Fax: 44 (01279) 680300
Main Base: Washington Dulles (IAD).
June 2005: 767-238ER (183-23896, N722WD), ex-SkyLink/Qantas Airways (QAN), West Dover leased.
July 2005: In addition to its scheduled jet airplane operations, MaxJet (MXJ) plans to offer passenger charters and Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, % Insurance (ACMI) wet-lease charters to other airlines and tour operators.
Services to Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic; Dominican Republic; France; Germany, Italy, the Netherlands; Slovakia; Taiwan, & the United Kingdom.
Has a fleet of 2 767-200ER's.
767-238ER (23306, N770WD) West Dover leased.
August 2005: Receives its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the (FAA), followed by authority to commence scheduled international air service from the Department of Transportation (DOT).
September 2005: MAXjet Airways (MXJ), a proposed transatlantic premium airline, intends to commence service November 1 operating six flights per week between New York (JFK) and London Stansted using a 767-200ER configured for just 102 business class (C) passengers with 60-inches pitch. The Washington Dulles-based carrier, which began life as Skylink Airways in 2003, said it will offer "a high-quality, low-fare business class product" with everyday fares starting at $779 each way. "I think there's a great opportunity to offer an all-business-class product, services and amenities at a price point that is -50% to -75% below published fares," said CEO, Gary Rogliano. Rogliano, who joined the company last March and is the former CEO of TransPacific Capital LLC, a boutique investment and operating firm, said the carrier's target market "is the business traveler who is booking close in. A lot of those people are not allowed to fly business class. They are in economy and what we need to show them is that for the same price or a dollar more, [they] can be in business class. That's our sweet spot." The airplanes will be staffed with eight cabin attendants and entertainment will be in the form of digEplayer portable InFlight Entertainment (IFE) units. Rogliano estimates breakeven load factor, depending on the fare mix, at 75%. He noted that MAXjet (MXJ) is distributing its inventory through traditional channels such as Global Distribution Systems (GDS)s, as well as having its own call center and website. Prior to heading TransPacific, he served as CFO and COO of Pittson Company, where he had responsibility for BAX Global, the cargo and logistics company. MAXJet (MXJ) is launching service with a single ex-Qantas (QAN) 767 and hopes to have three 767s in service before year end, which would permit a second daily frequency from (JFK) and also service from Dulles to Stansted, he said. Interestingly, MAXjet (MXJ)'s launch nearly coincides with that of another new entrant, Eos (EOS), which also plans to start service this fall from (JFK) to Stansted operating 757s configured with 48 lie-flat seatbeds. Rogliano said it's a different market: "They are going with sleeper pods with 48 seats - - they are bringing those seats at $6,000 price points . . . That's not our target customer."
October 2005: Washington Dulles-based MAXjet Airways (MXJ) is accepting reservations for service between New York (JFK) and London Stansted that begins November 1. It will operate 767s configured for 102 business class (C) seats. MAXjet (MXJ) announced its 2nd route planned from Baltimore Airport to London Stansted will now instead be operated from Washington's Dulles International Airport and is to start sometime in the coming winter season.
MAXjet (MXJ) uses John F Kennedy Airport (JFK), which is located in the southeastern section of Queens County, New York City, on Jamaica Bay. It is fifteen miles by highway from midtown Manhattan. MAXjet (MXJ) departures and arrivals are both at (JFK)'s Terminal One.
(JFK) is New York's busiest airport, handling over 30 million passengers each year through nine terminals. (JFK) International Airport currently hosts over 80 airlines traveling to domestic and international destinations.
MAXjet (MXJ) also uses London's Stansted Airport (STN), which is 45 minutes northeast of London. (STN) is easily accessible by motorway and rail with direct train service into London's Liverpool Street Station and the financial district.
(STN) is the fourth busiest airport in the UK. With 40 airlines serving over 140 destinations, and some 21 million passengers passing through the airport.
MAXJet Airways (MXJ) said it signed a lease for a second 767 and a letter of intent for its third, with both expected to arrive in early November.
November 2005: A dedicated premium jet service concept between New York and Milan is slated to take off in February. Branded Milano Manhattan or MiMa Club, the service will use a dedicated A319 CJ with 48 seats operated by Italy's Eurofly (EUY). Travel is limited to MiMa Club members, who can apply to join via the Internet at mimaclub.com. Service will offered six days per week from (JFK) Terminal 4 to Milan's close-in Linate Airport.
Upon joining MiMa Club, members also have access to a 24-hour personal concierge service. Airplanes will be equipped with personal Inflight Entertainment (IFE) units with audio/video on demand and will offer (SMS) text messaging and e-mail via the on board system.
MiMa Club members also will have access to pre-arranged chauffeur-driven cars upon arrival "or even helicopter or private jet service." Membership applications and initial reservations for flights will begin Nov 30.
On November 1, MAXJet (MXJ) launched all-business-class service between New York (JFK) and London Stansted using a 767-200ER, while Eos (EOS) began a more upscale service on the same route using a 757.
Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) signed a five-year contract with USA startup MAXjet (MXJ) covering Total Component Support for the all-business-class carrier's 767-238ERs.
Global Security Associates was selected by MAXJet Airways (MXJ) to provide ground airplane security at New York (JFK).
December 2005: MAXjet will increase the frequency of flights from New York (JFK) to London Stansted from 6 to 7 flights a week by adding a Saturday service from mid-February, thanks to the upcoming delivery of a second 767-200. MAXJet Airways (MXJ) will expand its all-business-class (C) 767-200ER service to Washington Dulles in late February. The startup, which also will add a Saturday frequency to its original six-times-weekly New York (JFK) - London Stansted service, will operate its Dulles - Stansted route five-times-weekly using the second 102-seat 767. It plans to launch its loyalty program in February, which it said will allow businesses or families to attach up to five names to one account.
Galileo signed agreements with Eos (EOS) and MAXjet (MXJ) to distribute their fares through its Global Distribution System (GDS) network in the UK and USA.
MAXjet (MXJ) also finalized the lease of a 3rd 767-200 which is also due later this month.
767-238ER (125-23306, N-770WD), KMW Leasing leased.
January 2006: MAXJet Airways (MXJ) confirmed that its Washington Dulles - London Stansted service will commence March 15 and operate four times weekly aboard 102-seat 767s.
March 2006: Elysair, a French version of all-business-class carriers Maxjet Airways (MXJ) and Eos (EOS), is expected to take to the skies in October, La Tribune, reported. French (DGAC) awarded an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) on February 22. Elysair initially intends to launch a Paris Orly - Newark service aboard a single-class 757. If successful, it plans to operate to Los Angeles, Dubai and Sao Paulo.
MAXjet (MXJ) is delaying the start of service from Washington's Dulles International Airport to London's Stansted Airport from March 15th to April 3rd. The airline claims it is outfitting a new airplane, however, MAXjet (MXJ) will operate 5 flights a week on the new route instead of the 4 it had planned. Flights will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays with a 767-200.
April 2006: MaxJet (MXJ) started its 2nd route with service from Washington Dulles to London Stansted. The airline also operates the New York (JFK) to London Stansted route and now has 2 767s in its fleet. MaxJet (MXJ) is looking to add a 3rd and 4th 767 and is considering Boston - London as its next route with service possibly starting as early as June.
June 2006: Another of the new breed of business-class-only airlines is to touch down in the City (London). Maxjet (MXJ), an american airline that offers cut-price business fares across the Atlantic, is to float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). The airline appointed the broker Panmure Gordon to handle its flotation. Maxjet (MXJ) declined to comment, but banking sources said that the company expected to list in London this autumn. It is not known how much it intends to raise.
Maxjet (mxj) has opted for the London market because of the success enjoyed by one of its potential rivals, the British company Silverjet (SVJ). It recently raised £25m from an (AIM) float.
Maxjet (MXJ) is one of three players in a young but fiercely competitive niche. It started services last year alongside fellow american carrier Eos (EOS). Both fly from Stansted to New York. Maxjet (MXJ) also flies to Washington. Silverjet (SVJ) plans to cross the Atlantic too, and wants to start services to cities east of Britain. Eos (EOS) and Maxjet (MXJ) have taken different approaches to the market. Eos (EOS) offers customers a lie-flat bedseat, while Maxjet (MXJ) is more basic, with a reclining seat. Eos (EOS) operates a smaller airplane that carries only 48 people, while Maxjet (MXJ) planes carry 102.
767-269ER (23280, N251MY), KMW Leasing leased, delivery.
July 2006: MAXjet Airways (MXJ) took delivery of its third 767 at the end of last month, and reported that it carried around 3,950 passengers from New York (JFK) to London Stansted in May, achieving a load factor of 72% LF. The all-business-class carrier will add a fourth airplane this year and a third USA city to its network. It also serves Washington Dulles five times weekly.
August 2006: Worldspan signed a five-year global distribution and airline hosting partnership with MAXjet Airways (MXJ) and a five-year Worldspan Meridian hosting and distribution agreement with Daallo Airlines (DAO) of Djibouti.
MAXjet Airways (MXJ) will launch twice-weekly Las Vegas - London Stansted service November 2. The all-business-class carrier currently operates scheduled services out of New York (JFK) and Washington Dulles. Earlier this month, MAXjet (MXJ) said it had reached "an agreement in principle" to add its fourth and fifth 767s early next year. It will introduce its third airplane next month and said it is considering expanding into Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
MAXjet (MXJ) announced it reached an agreement to add 2 more 767s to its fleet in early 2007, that will take the airline's fleet of 767s to 5 airplanes.
September 2006: MAXjet (MXJ) will inaugurate nonstop service from Las Vegas to London Stansted on November 2nd. The airline will operate 2 flights a week, on Mondays & Thursdays, using a 767-200.
November 2006: MAXJet Airways (MXJ) named Chairman, William Stockbridge, President & CEO, replacing Gary Rogliano, who left "to pursue other opportunities," according to the airline. "I will work closely with our team to accelerate MAXJet (MXJ)'s expansion," Stockbridge said. He formerly was CEO of Centurion Air Cargo (CHA)and founder, President & CEO of Gemini Air Cargo (GMN). Board member Rick Sharp will take over as Chairman.
January 2007: Starting March 31st, Las Vegas - London Stansted (STN), increased to 3/week using 767-200s. Starting May 23rd, resumes 4/week, Washington Dulles (IAD) - London Stansted (STN), using 767-200s.
March 2007: 767-23BER (23974, N253MY), ex-Air Mauritius (MAU), Marathon leased.
May 2007: Starts Washington (IAD) - London Stansted (STN), using 767-200s. Starting August 30th, Los Angeles - (STN), using 767-200s.
MAXjet Airways (MXJ) named Extra Space Storage, CEO, Kenneth Woolley as Chairman, replacing Richard Sharp. It also named former Spirit Airlines (SPR) CFO, John Severson as CFO; George Paul as COO; and Ceciley Bachnik as VP People Services.
737-23BER (23973, N252MY), ex-Air Mauritius (MAU), Marathon leased.
June 2007: Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) revealed that it intends to launch a business class (C)-only carrier within the next 12 to 18 months. In a first stage, the new airline will fly transatlantic routes to the USA from London, and other European cities, including Paris, Frankfurt, Milan and Zurich. Direct flights from points throughout the (EU) to the USA will be possible under the new "open skies" regime, that will take effect March 30, 2008. Virgin (VAA) did not say which airplanes it would use to operate the flights. British Airways (BAB) indicated last month, that it was considering an all-business-class (C) product, to compete with Eos (EOS), MAXjet (MXJ), and Silverjet (SVJ), which offer business class (C)-only service linking London to the USA.
July 2007: Continental Airlines (CAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Northwest Airlines (NWA) and US Airways (AMW)/(USA) launched formal bids to operate new services to China, that will become available as the result of the expanded aviation agreement with the USA recently signed. The USA Dept of Transportation (DOT) will award six new routes between 2007 and 2009, and each of the aforementioned carriers just filed official applications. (CAL) applied to operate a daily Newark - Shanghai service aboard a 285-seat 777 starting in the spring of 2009. The flight would originate in Cleveland. (CAL) currently flies to Beijing from Newark and said the new service would "serve the large Asian and Chinese-American population residing in the New York City/Newark area, and the largest population base in the USA in which passengers have been forced to use connecting flights or less-than-daily foreign carrier service . . . between the USA financial capital and the rapidly expanding Chinese financial capital."
Delta (DAL), which in January applied to serve Shanghai from Atlanta next year, expanded its application to include a daily flight to Beijing as well. "Both routes would fill a critical gap in air service for the 65 million residents of the USA Southeast, who currently lack nonstop air service to China," (DAL) said, adding that it is the largest USA international carrier without nonstop service to China. It plans to operate dual-class 777s, including lie-flat seats in business (C), on the routes.
(NWA) intends to serve both Beijing and Shanghai from Detroit (DTW), and said it is "ready to start flying right away." It will use 747-400s if selected to operate to Shanghai this year ((DOT) has said it may award an expedited service in 2007). If selected for the 2009 award, it would use 787s to both Shanghai and Beijing. President & CEO, Doug Steenland said (DTW) offers an "unmatched combination of broad network coverage of the entire eastern half of the USA, convenient direct routings and a new, state-of-the-art terminal facility." (NWA) currently offers connecting service to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou from Tokyo Narita.
US Airways (AMW)/(USA) previously applied to operate a Philadelphia (PHL) - Shanghai service in 2008, and now expanded its application to include daily (PHL) - Beijing service on a 269-seat A340, originating in Charlotte starting in March 2009.
Later, the four USA legacy carriers: Continental Airlines (CAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Northwest Airlines (NWA) and US Airways (AMW)/(USA), that announced earlier their intention to compete for the right to operate new routes to China were joined by American Airlines (AAL), United Airlines (UAL) and a surprise entrant - - all-business-class (C) carrier, MAXjet Airways (MXJ).
(AAL) proposed to add a daily Chicago O'Hare (ORD) - Beijing flight to its daily (ORD) - Shanghai service beginning March 25, 2009. It proposed to operate the Beijing service on 245-seat, three-class 777-200ERs and said passengers would benefit from a codeshare arrangement with China Eastern Airlines (CEA).
(UAL), which won the USA Dept of Transportation's 2007 competition, and launched daily Washington Dulles - Beijing service in March, said it will file an application to operate daily San Francisco - Guangzhou flights in 2008 - - the first nonstop service from the USA to that Chinese city - - aboard a 253-seat 777, and a daily Los Angeles - Shanghai service, the following year aboard a 347-seat 747. (UAL) said Los Angeles (LAX) is the largest USA city without nonstop Chinese service by a USA carrier. "Our East meets West proposal is simple. Add capacity to those urban areas with the least service and most pressing demand," Senior VP, Michael Whitaker said.
MAXjet (MXJ) applied to operate Seattle - Shanghai flights aboard a 92-seat 767-200ER beginning March 25, 2009. Service would originate and terminate at (LAX) and would be the airline's first transpacific route. It currently flies to New York (JFK), Washington Dulles (IAD) and Las Vegas from London Stansted, and plans to start serving (LAX) on August 30. MAXjet (MXJ) said the flight would "link two vital commercial centers with the only nonstop service from the Pacific Northwest to China" and the only "same-plane direct service on a USA flag airline from Los Angeles to Shanghai."
December 2007: MAXjet (MXJ) is accepting Flight Crew (FC) resumes.
MAXjet Airways (MXJ), the all-business-class (C) transatlantic carrier, said that it requested "with immediate effect" the suspension of trading of its stock, citing a need to gain "clarification of its financial position." The airline said its flight schedule will not be affected and all holiday season flying will continue normally. MAXjet (MXJ)'s stock is traded in the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market. Its per-share price was at 73.5 pence/$1.49 when trading was suspended. It reported a net loss of -$49.5 million for the first half of 2007, widened from a loss of -$30.4 million in the year-ago period.
MaxJet Airways (MXJ) ceased operations on December 24th - - leaving jets on the tarmac and stranding passengers - - and said it would file for bankruptcy protection. (MXJ) cited soaring fuel prices and the deteriorating credit market for what it called a "drastic measure."
Robert Mann, Airline Consultant stated "Although high fuel prices were a contributing factor, American Airlines (AAL)'s October launch of competing business class operations between New York's (JFK) and London Stansted - - was the coup de grace."
(MXJ) flew 74,760 passengers this year through the end of November.
January 2008: When all-business-class (C) carrier MAXJet Airways (MXJ) announced it was filing for bankruptcy and shutting down service on Christmas Eve, two other all-business (C) airlines quickly stepped forward to offer services to displaced passengers and reaffirm their commitment to the service model.
MAXJet (MXJ), which operated five leased 767-200s between the USA and London Stansted, launched operations in November 2005. Last October, it cancelled flights from Washington Dulles, but continued service out of New York (JFK). On December 10, it suspended trading of its stock and said it would be "operating all flights and has no plans to change its schedule." Two weeks later, it filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations. "With today's fuel prices and the resulting impact on the credit climate for airlines, we are forced to take this drastic measure," (MXJ) President & CEO, William Stockbridge said. "We are extremely saddened to discontinue a service that we so passionately believe in." He informed customers that MAXJet (MXJ) had contracted with Eos Airlines (EOS) to re-accommodate its passengers.
Eos (EOS) President & CEO, Jack Williams released a statement touting his airline's passenger numbers and load factors, which ranged from 73% LF to 76% LF over the summer. Eos (EOS) operates six 757s configured with 48 (C) business class seats between (JFK) and (STN). "We are confident our business model works and this sets us apart from other early stage companies," Williams said.
Silverjet (SVJ) CEO, Lawrence Hunt issued a statement Christmas Eve extending an invitation to MAXJet (MXJ) customers. "The airline industry is hugely competitive, which is starkly illustrated by today's announcement. Indeed, Silverjet (SVJ) has already seen a 20% increase in bookings since MAXJet (MXJ)'s shares were suspended." The company operates three all-business-class (C) 767s from London Luton to Newark and Dubai, and expects to take delivery of two 767-200ERs by April.
British Airways (BAB) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) both have expressed interest in establishing their own transatlantic all-premium operations. A (BAB) spokesperson said that the carrier intends to reveal its plans soon and to launch service in the middle of this year.
British Airways (BAB) will launch its new transatlantic subsidiary, "OpenSkies," in June with daily flights from New York (JFK) to Brussels and Paris Charles de Gaulle using 757s carrying up to 82 passengers in business (C), premium economy and economy (Y) sections. The name of the new carrier reflects the pending liberalization of the USA/(EC) aviation market, effective March 31, that allows carriers from either side of the Atlantic access to any destination within the USA or (EC) provided slots are available. "It also signals our determination to lobby for further liberalization in this market, when talks between the (EU) and the USA take place later this year," (BAB) CEO, Willie Walsh said in a statement. Initially, "OpenSkies" service will be launched with a single airplanes with plans to add a second later this year, and increase the fleet to six by the end of 2009. All will come from the (BAB) fleet and will be retrofitted with Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) blended winglets. Dale Moss, a former Director Worldwide Sales for (BAB), will become the "OpenSkies" Managing Director.
"They want to start slowly," (BAB) spokesperson, John Lampl said. "We think there is a market out there for it. It gives customers more choice. We are not competing against ourselves but the other guys out there: Delta (DAL), United (UAL), Air France (AFA) and everybody else." Lampl said that "70% to 80% of the airplane is focused on business class (C), but there are still 30 seats to fill in the economy class (Y)." After initial service is launched, "OpenSkies" will look to expand to cities such as Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid, and Amsterdam, he said. The subsidiary has yet to receive its operating license and certificate from the USA Dept of Transportation (DOT).
"This is an interesting development," said aviation analyst George Hamlin, who also noted that using smaller 757s would keep operating costs down. "(BAB) is a very strong brand with business (C) traffic. The bulk of service is business (B) and first class (F). They are probably looking at thrifty travelers rather than backpackers. I suspect they have done their sums and believe this is possible to do."
May 2008: MAXjet Airways (MXJ), the all-business-class (C) carrier that shut down in December, is operating as a "luxury" charter service and is in the process of being acquired by (NCA) Sports Group, it announced on its website. It will continue charter operations under the new ownership.
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1 ORDER 757-200, 72C.
0 767-205 (JT9D-7R4D) (81-23057, /84 N260MY), EX-(COH)/(TWA), (ILF) LEASED 2005-11. RETURNED & LEASED TO (ASY) 2008-08. 102C.
2 767-23BER (CF6-80C2B4) (208-23973, /88 N252MY 2007-05; 214-23974, /88 N253MY, 2007-03), EX-(MAU), MARATHON LEASED. (ETOPS) EQUIPPED. 102C.
2 767-238ER (JT9D-7R4E) (125-23306, N250MY, 2005-12; 183-23896, N722WD, 2005-06), EX-(QAN), WEST DOVER LEASED. 2 CLASS. 102C.
1 767-269ER (131-23280, N251MY), (KMW) LEASING LEASED 2006-06.
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KENNETH WOOLLEY, CHAIRMAN (2007-04).
WILLIAM STOCKBRIDGE, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2006-11).
GEORGE PAUL, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO) (2007-04).
JEHN SEVERSON, EX-(SPR), CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) (2007-04).
MIKE MALIK, CHIEF MARKETING (CMO) & INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO).
BILL KUTZKE, EXECUTIVE VP, GENERAL COUNSEL.
MIKE JEFFERSON, VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING.
JIM CARLSON, VP SAFETY, SECURITY & SYSTEMS OPERATIONS CONTROL.
JOSHUA MARKS, VP PLANNING & CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT.
JOHN BERNARD, VP CHARTER SALES.
CECILEY BACHNIK, VP PEOPLE SERVICES (2007-04).
TIM BROWN, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
TIM DRAKE, CHIEF PILOT.
DANIEL DUNN, DIRECTOR AIRPORT SERVICES.
KELLY HENRY, DIRECTOR PEOPLE.
CAMERON SHAW, DIRECTOR IN-FLIGHT.