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Name: FLORIDA WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS
7JetSet7 Code: PAI
Status: Operational
Region: NORTH AMERICA
City: MIAMI
Country: USA
Employees 165
Web: fwia.com
Email: sales@fwia.com
Telephone: +1 (305) 492-2000
Fax: +1 (305) 492-2001
Sita: MIAOORF
Background
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Click below for data links:
PAI-2007-STATS-A
PAI-2011-01-DOMESTIC CHARTER SERVICES
PAI-2011-01-WORLD FREIGHTER SVC
PAI-INTNL FREIGHT SVC
PAI-LOGO

ESTABLISHED IN 1981. FLORIDA WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS, ACQUIRED THE ASSETS OF BANKRUPT FLORIDA WEST AIRLINES, IN 1995. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
PO BOX 025752
MIAMI, FLORIDA 33102-5752, USA

ADDRESS:
6640 NW 22ND STREET
BLDG 707, SUITE 213
MIAMI, FL 33122, 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.

OCTOBER 1994: FLORIDA WEST AIRLINES (PAI) ENTERED INTO BANKRUPTCY.

AUGUST 1995: FLORIDA WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PAI) PURCHASED THE ASSETS AS WELL AS ITS SUBSIDIARIES.

MARCH 1996: FLORIDA WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PAI) RESUMED OPERATIONS.

AUGUST 1996: FLORIDA WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PAI) STARTED OPERATIONS TO THE CARIBBEAN, THE MIDDLE EAST, EUROPE, LATIN AMERICA, INCLUDING BOGOTA, BUENOS AIRES, MANAGUA, PANAMA CITY, AND SAN JOSE.

1 DC-8-61F (JT3D-3B), EX-(BUF).

APRIL 1997: ASKS FOR EXTENSION FOR CARGO SERVICE, TO PERU.

MAY 1997: 20 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 6 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 10 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).

JUNE 1997: AWARDED 145 CHARTER CARGO FLIGHTS, TO BRAZIL.

AUGUST 1997: (DOT) INVESTIGATES FAST AIR CARGO (FAC) CONNECTIONS, SINCE SEVERAL PRINCIPALS OF (FAC) OWN INTERNATIONAL AVIATION SERVICES (IAS), WHO OWN 25% (PAI). ERNESTO RAMIREZ, (FAC) SR OFFICIAL, IS ON (PAI) BOARD. (IAS) IS SUBSIDIARY OF CHILEAN COMPANY, SAN ALBERTO, WHO OWN (LAN).

SEPTEMBER 1997: BEGAN SCHEDULED CARGO FLIGHTS TO LIMA.

FEBRUARY 1998: (DOT) RENEWS AIR OPERATIONS CERTIFICATE (AOC) FOR INTERSTATE, & FOREIGN SCHEDULED, ALL-CARGO SERVICE, MIAMI (MIA), & POINTS IN URUGUAY, (MIA), & NEW YORK - CARACAS, MARACAIBO.

APRIL 1998: USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) AWARDS FLORIDA WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS (PAI) 154 CHARTER, ALL-CARGO FLIGHTS TO BRAZIL FOR 1998 TO 1999.

20 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 6 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 10 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

MAY 1998: 1ST 4 MONTHS = 90.73 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.

JULY 1998: MIAMI (MIA) - SAO PAULO (747 4 DAYS, DC-8, 3 DAYS).

NOW PART OF THE FAST AIR (FAC), AN ALL-CARGO CONGLOMERATE, WITH STAKES IN BRAZIL AND MEXICO, USING WET-LEASED AIRPLANES. (FAC) OWNS 24.9% OF (PAI).

AUGUST 1999: 1ST 7 MONTHS = 50.07 MILLION (FTM) (-38.5%).

SEPTEMBER 1998: DC-8-71F (46040) EX-SOUTHERN AIR TRANSPORT (STT), AIRCRAFT INTERNATIONAL LEASED.

OCTOBER 1998: 1997 = +$512,000 (NET PROFIT) (-$1.53 MILLION).

NOVEMBER 1998: DC-8-71F (46040) RETURNED TO AEROUSA, LEASED TO (LAN) CHILE (LAN).

NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = +$1.51 MILLION (+$512,000).

JANUARY 2000: 1 DC-8-61F (45980), RETURNED TO LESSOR.

APRIL 2000: 20 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 6 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 10 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JUNE 2000: BOB PORRAS DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.

DICK HABERLY (CEO) AT AIRLINE (CEO) CONFERENCE SAID IN RESPONSE TO CURRENT SPATE OF MERGERS (EX: (UAL)/(USA), (BAB)/(KLM)) "IF THE SMALLER CARRIERS DON'T COMBINE THEIR RESOURCES WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE THE LOW-YIELD SEGMENT." (PAI) HAD SELECTED (LAN) CHILE AS A PARTNER IN ITS LATIN AMERICAN CARGO ACTIVITIES.

JULY 2000: 1999 = +$1.51 MILLION (+$1.51 MILLION): 118.53 MILLION (FTK) (-56.4%); 20 EMPLOYEES.

OCTOBER 2000: NEGOTIATING TO ACQUIRE 3 DC-8'S. 1 DC-8-71F (47976), RETURNED TO LANCHILE (LAN).

DECEMBER 2000: LANCHILE (LAN) ACQUIRES 25% STAKE IN FLORIDA WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS (PAI), FOR $900,000.

FRANK REYES, VP MAINTENANCE, RESIGNS.

FEBRUARY 2001: IN JULY, 1 767-300F, (LAN) WET-LEASED. IN DECEMBER, TO RECEIVE 2ND 767-300F IN (PAI)'S COLORS.

APRIL 2001: 98 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 17 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 14 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

SEPTEMBER 2001: CONDUCTS SEVERAL PROVING RUNS WITH NEW 767-300F, BEING OPERATED ON AN EXCHANGE BASIS, WITH LANCHILE (LAN). PLANS TO ADD IT TO ITS AIR OPERATIONS SPECIFICATION, NEXT MONTH.

NOVEMBER 2001: 767-316F (30842), LANCHILE (LAN) WET-LEASED (N316LA).

April 2002: 106 employees (including 60 Flight Crew (FC); & 21 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

Owners/Shareholders: Richard L Haberly (75%); LanChile (25%).

Alliances: LanChile (LAN); MAS Air (MSR).

July 2002: 2001 = +$41,000 (-$628,000): 127.53 Million (FTK) freight (-1.6%); 106 employees (+55.9%).

November 2002: Greg Jones, Director Quality Control (QC) replaces Richard Hansen, who passed away after a short battle with cancer.

January 2003: Intends to apply for Extended Twin-Engine Operations (ETOPS) approval for 767-316F operations.

November 2004: 106 employees (including 60 Flight Crew (FC), & 21 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

April 2006: Employees = 66.

Parent organization/shareholders: Lan (LAN) (25%); & R L Haberly.

Alliances: Aerolinhas Brasileiras - ABSA (BSB); Lan (LAN); & MASAir (MSR).

International Freight Destination: Quito.

May 2006: Japan Airlines (JAL) and Florida West International Airways (PAI), an all-cargo carrier, will launch a partnership June 3, that will enable (JAL) to add freight service to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Miami. Under the agreement, (JAL) will transfer cargo from Tokyo Narita and Nagoya to Florida West (PAI) airplanes in Atlanta for carriage onward to (DFW) or Miami. (JAL) operates 747F service from Narita and Nagoya to Atlanta, and plans to block 80 tons of space per week for the new service, which it is calling "Southern Flash." It currently uses 3rd-party trucking operations to carry cargo to Dallas and Miami, but the partnership with Florida West (PAI) will allow for faster delivery. Miami-based Florida West (PAI) operates a 767-300F and a DC-10F.

December 2006: (ANA) Aviation Services was named UK cargo sales agent for Florida West International Airways (PAI). (ANA) partner, (NAS) Network Airline Services will represent (PAI) as its cargo sales agent in France.

November 2007: 1st 6 months = 136 million freight traffic (FTK)s (+14.66%).

January 2008: 2007 Performance Statistics: 274.05 million (FTK)s (+4.84%) freight traffic. SEE ATTACHED - - "PAI-2007-STATS."

November 2008: 1st 6 months = 133.03 million (FTK)s freight traffic (-2.19%).

October 2009: Florida West International Airways (PAI) is accepting Flight Crew (FC) applications and resumes.

November 2010: 767-346ERF (35818, N422LA - - SEE PHOTO - - "PAI-767-346ERF-2010-11"), seen landing at Miami International airport (MIA). It is operated under an interchange agreement with (LAN) Airlines (LAN).

December 2010: Florida West International Airways (PAI) operates scheduled and charter, jet airplane services worldwide, with its primary markets in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the USA.

Employees = 65.

(IATA) Code: RF. (ICAO) Code: FWL (Callsign - FLO WEST).

Parent organization/shareholders: Mansour Rasnavad and others (75%); and LAN Airlines (LAN) (25%).

Alliances: Aerolinhas Brasileiras - ABSA (BSB); & MASAir (MSR).

Main Base: Miami International airport (MIA).

Domestic Charter service Destinations: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami (HQ); Newark; New York; Toronto; & Washington DC.

Worl Freighter Service: Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Europe; Middle East; North America; & South Asia.

International, Freight Destinations: Bogota; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Honuras; Medellin; & Panama.

January 2011: Florida West International Airways (PAI) is accepting flight crew (FC) pilot resumes via the mail.

August 2013: According to FAPA.aero, Florida West International Airways (PAI) is accepting flight crew (FC) resumes.

February 2015: Florida West International Airways ((IATA) Code: RF, based at Miami International) (PAI) will be taken over by Southern Air Holdings (SOF) subsidiary, the Worldwide Air Logistics Group (WALG), "CargoFacts" reports.

The acquisition is subject to approval by the authorities. As it stands now, the 2 airlines will maintain their current business model, bases and their own identities after the purchase has been completed.

Southern Air ((IATA) Code: 9S, based at Cincinnati International) (SOF) currently operates 4 777F and 4 737-400F freighters on behalf of (DHL) Express.

Florida West (PAI) operates 3 767-300F freighters in cooperation with (LAN) Cargo ((IATA) Code: UC, based at Santiago de Chile International).

August 2015: News Item A-1: The USA Department of Transportation (DOT) has given the go-ahead for the Worldwide Air Logistics Group (WALG), a subsidiary of Southern Air Holdings (SOF), to take ownership of Florida West International Airways (PAI)'s certificate and other economic authorities. The (WALG) announced plans to acquire (PAI) in February of this year as part of its push into the wet-lease (ACMI)/charter market.

According to a (DOT) disclosure, (PAI) is permitted to operate scheduled mail and freight flights on interstate routings as well as between the USA and all "open-skies countries" and certain, select non-open-skies countries.

The air carrier also holds all-cargo exemption authority between the USA and points in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela, and between the USA and points in Bolivia.

The (WALG) has indicated that it intends to maintain (PAI) as a separate entity to its other interest, Southern Air ((IATA) Code: 9S, based at Cincinnati International) (SOF).

January 2016: "Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWH) (TLS)/(PAO) to Acquire Southern Air (SOF) in Major USA Cargo Merger" by (ATW) Aaron Karp, January 19, 2016.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWH) (TLS)/(PAO) has agreed to acquire Southern Air Holdings (SOF) for $110 million in an all-cash transaction. The deal, if approved by the USA Department of Transportation (DOT), would mark a major consolidation in the USA air cargo industry.

Purchase, New York-based Atlas (AAWH) is the parent company of international airfreight carriers Atlas Air (TLS) and Polar Air Cargo (PAO). It operates the world’s largest Boeing 747F freighter fleet. Cincinnati-based Southern Air (SOF) is also affiliated with Florida West International Airways (PAI), which is part of the transaction.

(AAWH) President & (CEO), William Flynn called the transaction “strategically compelling, highly complementary and immediately accretive.” (AAWH) said that the deal is “expected to close in the next few months.” Flynn added that (AAWH) is “eager to capitalize on the substantial opportunities that the transaction will provide, especially [adding] 777 and 737 airplane operations.”

(SOF) flies 5 Boeing 777-200Fs and 5 737-400Fs under flight services agreements with (DHL) Express, which also owns a 49% stake in Polar (PAO). Miami-based Florida West (PAI) operates 767-300F scheduled and charter services under contract with Chile-based LAN Cargo (LCO).

“The result [of the merger] will be a more diversified and profitable company offering access to the widest range of modern, efficient airplanes together with a broader mix of services and a greater scale and global footprint that will drive significant value for our customers and shareholders,” Flynn said.

The companies will have a combined fleet of >75 aircraft.

(AAWH) said the transaction is “expected to be immediately accretive” to adjusted earnings per share in 2016, and noted it will complete the deal with cash on hand, adding no debt to its balance sheet.

April 2016: "Atlas Air Worldwide - Southern Air Cargo Merger Completed" by (ATW) Aaron Karp, April 7, 2016.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWH) has closed its acquisition of Southern Air (SOF) Holdings for $110 million.

Purchase, New York-based (AAWH) is the parent company of international airfreight carriers Atlas Air (TLS) and Polar Air Cargo (PAO). It operates the world’s largest Boeing 747F freighter fleet with >40, including 10 747-8Fs.

Cincinnati-based, Southern Air (SOF) flies 5 777-200Fs and 5 737-400Fs under contract for (DHL) Express, which also owns a 49% stake in Polar (PAO). Southern Air Holdings additionally owns Miami-based Florida West International Airways (PAI), which operates 767-300F scheduled and charter services under contract with Chile-based (LAN) Cargo (LCO), and now will be an (AAWH) (TLS)/(PAO) subsidiary.

The USA air cargo merger deal was first announced in January. “The strategically compelling, highly complementary combination provides Atlas Air Worldwide immediate entry into 777F and 737F airplanes operating platforms with opportunities for additional growth, enhancing Atlas Air Worldwide’s position as a leading global provider of outsourced airplane and aviation operating services,” (AAWH) said.

(AAWH) President & (CEO), William Flynn added, “We have known and respected Southern Air (SOF) for some time, and we have a lot in common. Our complementary operations will also provide a broader array of services for customers and new avenues of business growth, which will generate greater opportunities for employees and drive value for shareholders.”

Post-merger, all of the (AAWH) subsidiary carriers will have a combined fleet totaling 75 airplanes. (AAWH) noted that it did not assume any debt in connection with the transaction.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
PAI-767-300F - 2015-08.jpg
PAI-767-316F
PAI-767-346ERF-2010-11
PAI-DC-8-71F
PAI-DC-8F

September 2017:

0 707-331C (JT3D-3B) (588-19212, /67), PARTED OUT 1995-12. FREIGHTER.

0 727-200 (JT8D), RETIRED. FREIGHTER.

1 767-200F, WET-LSD. FREIGHTER.

2 767-316F (CF6-80C2B7F) (860-30842, /01 N316LA), (LAN) WET-LSD 2001-11. FREIGHTER.

1 767-346ERF (960-35818, N422LA - - SEE PHOTO - - "PAI-767-346ERF-2010-11"), EX-Japan Air Lines (JAL), ex-(JA663), JS AVIATION LSD 2010-11 UNDER AN INTERCHANGE AGREEMENT WITH (LAN). FREIGHTER.

0 DC-8-61F (374-45980), RTND 2000-01. FREIGHTER.

0 DC-8-71F (CFM56-2) (449-46040, /69 N872SJ), EX-(FAC), (DEA) LSD. RTND. FREIGHTER.

1 DC-10-30F, FREIGHTER.

Management:
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RICHARD HABERLY, CHAIRMAN, (rhaberly@fwia.com).

MANSOUR RASNAVAD, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

MARTIN GITLITZ, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

RICK BIANCO, VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING.

CAPTAIN JOHN MALONEY, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS (MIAOORF) (jmaloney@fwia.com).

NICK CRITELLI, CHIEF PILOT.

ROBERT PRINCE, DIRECTOR SAFETY (rprince@fwia.com).

GREG JONES, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL & QUALITY CONTROL (QC) (MIAOORF), (gjones@fwia.com).

BOB PORRAS, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (MIAOORF) (rporras@fwia.com) (2000-05).

JOHN LONG, DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (qcontrol@fwia.com) (2002-01).

AL BURNSIDE, DIRECTOR TRAINING.

PABLO DIPASQUALE, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.

 
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