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Name: PACE AIRLINES HOOTERS AIR
7JetSet7 Code: PIE
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: NORTH AMERICA
City: WINSTON-SALEM
Country: USA
Employees 337
Web: paceairline.com
Email: cs@flypace.com
Telephone: +1 (336) 776-4100
Fax: +1 (336) 776-4225
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ESTABLISHED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1996. A K A PIEDMONT AVIATION. (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH, OR CONNECTED TO PIEDMONT AIRLINES OR PINNACLE AIR CARGO ENTERPRISES (PACE). PIEDMONT AIRLINES IS BASED AT SALISBURY-WICOMICO COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT, SALISBURY, MARYLAND, AND OPERATES AS A REGIONAL AIRLINE FOR US AIR EXPRESS.) DOMESTIC & REGIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
4001 N LIBERTY STREET
WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA 27105, USA

MAY 1998: 1ST 4 MONTHS = 2M RPK (PASSENGER TRAFFIC) (+95.2%), 43.2% LF (LOAD FACTOR), 3K PASSENGERS (PAX) (+50%).

CONTRACTED AS CARRIER FOR CHARLOTTE HORNETS BASKETBALL TEAM.

82 AIRFRAME MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)'S & 9 AVIONICS LICENSED MAINTENANCE ETCHNICIANS (MT) EMPLOYEES. (JAR) 145 APPROVAL.

JULY 1998: ELMIRA - PHILADELPHIA.

1 737-200 (21186), LEASED FROM C R ACQUISITION, OPERATES FOR ATLANTA HAWKS BASKETBALL TEAM.

OCTOBER 1998: 1997 = +$158K (+$87K) (NET PROFIT).

(http://www.flypiedmont.com/pace.html).

JULY 2000: PACE (PIE) 1999 = 19M RPK (TRAFFIC) (+1%); 18K PASSENGERS (PAX) (+12.5%); 67 EMPLOYEES.

SEPTEMBER 2000: 2 737-236'S (21791; 21800), EX-WINAIR (WII), PASSENGER (PAX) CHARTER OPERATIONS, FOR SUNWEST INTERNATIONAL (SWB), BY WET-LEASE.

NOVEMBER 2000: PACE (PIE) 1999 = +$121K (+$42K).

JANUARY 2001: 1 757-256 (RB211-535E4) (561-26240, /93), EX-IBERIA (IBE), BOUGHT BY MLW AVIATION, DALLAS, TEXAS, FOR PRIVATE CHARTER OPERATIONS, BY PACE AIRLINES (PIE).

MAY 2001: 1 737-3L9 (2760-27924), EX-PRIVATAIR (PTS).

SEPTEMBER 2001: 3-YEAR, (flightserv.com) CONTRACT, TO PROVIDE 6 737-300'S, FOR VACATION EXPRESS CHARTERS, BETWEEN USA AND CARIBBEAN, STARTING IN 12/01.

NOVEMBER 2001: OPERATES VACATION AND SPORTS CHARTERS FOR PATRIOT AIR (PTZ), WITH 3 LEASED 737'S. PATRIOT AIR (PTZ) IS OWNED BY BETA CAPITAL GROUP, DALLAS LOVE FIELD.

PIEDMONT AVIATION, OPERATES WASHINGTON (NATIONAL) - PITTSBURGH.

1 737-3YO (1389-23749), EX-BALKAN BULGARIAN (BUL), GECAS (GUI) 3 YEAR LEASED.

DECEMBER 2001: WASHINGTON (NATIONAL) - CHARLOTTE.

OPERATES A HUB AT SANFORD, FLORIDA FOR SERVICE FROM ATLANTA, CHARLOTTE, CINCINNATI, LOUISVILLE, NASHVILLE, & WASHINGTON, TO SUN DESTINATIONS, AT ARUBA, CANCUN, LIBERIA (COSTA RICA), MONTEGO BAY, AND PUNTA CANA.

737-2K5 (773-22597, N250TR), WET-LEASED TO PATRIOT AIR (PTZ), FOR VACATION EXPRESS CONTRACT. 1 737-306 (1349-23546, /87 32 25 N372PA), EX-(KLM), & 1 737-36M (2810-28333, /96 13 10 N374PA), EX-EASYJET (EZY), BOTH GECAS (GEF) 3 YEAR LEASED. 2 737-306'S (1325-23543, N371PA; 1335-23544, N372PA), (GEF) LEASED.

FEBRUARY 2002: RECEIVES flightserv.com CONTRACT TO PROVIDE 1 737-300 WET-LEASED, FOR JAMAICA VACATIONS, THROUGH 8/02.

MARCH 2002: (TELEPHONE: (336) 776-6103).

APRIL 2002: (TELEPHONE: +1 (336) 776 6060).

(FAX: +1 (336) 776 6061).

737-2G5 (146-23928, N751PA), (GAX) LEASED.

MAY 2002: ADDS NASHVILLE AND NEW ORLEANS, TO VACATION EXPRESS CHARTER ROUTES.

July 2002: 2001 = -$4.89M (-$574K): 169M RPK (+163.6%); 63% LF; 123K PAX (+127.8%). 1st Q = 117.17M RPM (+226.7%); 110K PAX (+155.8%); 63.8% LF. 6 months = 281.69M RPM (+328.5%); 272K PAX (+244.3%); 86.3% LF.

737-300 wet-leased to Air Santo Domingo, for operations from Santo Domingo, to San Juan. Begins operating 757-2G5 (146-23928, N751PA), ex-(LTU) for TravelSpan Vacations, New York (JFK) to the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, and Trinidad & Tobago.

October 2002: Will be sold to a group headed by Hooters Chairman, Robert Brooks. PACE Airlines (PIE)'s parent, Piedmont Hawthorne Aviation, is selling PACE Airlines, simply because it has gotten too big, increasing in size from 4 to 18 airplanes in the last 2 years. PACE Airlines will maintain its core business, HQ remains in Winston-Salem, and will retain the PACE Airlines name.

Begins operations New York (JFK) - Port au Prince route for Travel Span, and Haiti Carribean Airlines.

November 2002: 2 737-2K5's (22597; 22598) & 1 737-228 (23792) returned from Patriot (PTZ) to Triton (TIA), leased to PACE Airlines (PIE).

December 2002: Hooters Air of America, Georgia has acquired (PIE). Plans to form additional Hooters Air charter service - operating primarily to Myrtle Beach, SC, for the golf industry.

In 1/03, will move its hub from Sanford to Atlanta for nonstop charter flights to the Caribbean, Cancun, and Costa Rica, for Vacation Express. Atlanta will also serve as a connecting point for for flights from Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, and New Orleans.

737-228 (936-23001, N252TR), Triton (TIA) leased.

January 2003: Rolls out its first "Hooters Air One" 737 from Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport hangar. 737 has an orange and white paint scheme, "Hooters Air" graphics, and a large owl on the tail, from the famous Hooters Restaurant chain. Airplane flown to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where work will continue on the airplane with the installation of a new interior, featuring 112 blue leather seats, 33 ins pitch. A 2nd airplane, "Hooters Air Two" is in painting and both airplanes should be in service in 3/03. Hooters Air airplanes are being modified by Delta Airlines (DAL) under a maintenance support agreement for all Pace Airlines (PIE) airplanes. Plans to staff its Hooter flights with 3 cabin attendants (CA) and 2 Hooters girls to assist with food and beverage service.

February 2003: In 3/03, to operate public charters for Interstate Jet between Newburgh and Baltimore. Also, between Allentown and Atlanta.

Hooters Air operations will start in 3/03, Myrtle Beach - Atlanta, which will be extended to Newark.

March 2003: 1 737-3G7 (1608-24011), ex-America West Airlines (AMW), CIT Aerospace (TCI) leased.

April 2003: Pace Airlines (PIE) is a charter division of Piedmont Hawthorne Aviation, operating executive passenger and sports flight charters from Winston-Salem.

Parent organization/shareholders: Bob Brooks, Hooters Restaurants.

Hooters Air, Newark - Myrtle Beach.

June 2003: Hooters Air, Baltimore Washington International (BWI) - Myrtle Beach.

737-228 (948-23007, N237TR), (TIA) leased.

July 2003: 2002 = 789M RPK (+368.9%); 68.5% LF; 461K PAX (+273.8%).

3rd airplane, 737-3G7 (24011), Pace Airlines (PIE) wet-leased, added to Hooters Air fleet. 757-256 (26240), 60C PAX, wet-leased to Manchester United for US Tour visiting Seattle, Los Angeles, Newark, and Philadelphia. 757-2T7 (132-23895, N513NA), CIT (TCI) leased.

September 2003: 2002 = 789M RPK (+369.6%); 500K PAX (+274.8%).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPK (M):
210 (GHN) 942; 211 (TRANS STATES A/L) 861M; 212 (SAS) COMMUTER) 854M; 213 (PORTUGALIA) 827; 214 (ADR) 794; 215 (PIE) 789; 216 (MIB) 771; 217 (IRB) 759; 218 (AUA) 749; 219 (ORC) 722; 220 (EXECUTIVE A/L) 718; 221 (AIR DOLOMOTI) 712; 222 (CITYJET) 694; 223 (TCV) 691; 224 (MNG) 686; 225 (UKA) 676.

October 2003: 1st 9 months = 439.3m RPM (traffic) (+24.3%); 429.8K passengers (PAX) (+25.8%); 70.6% LF (load factor).

November 2003: In 12/03, Hooters Air, Myrtle Beach to Ft Myers and Nassau. Also, Atlanta - Columbus (Ohio.

January 2004: Its Vacation Express hub will be moved from Atlanta to Sanford in 4/04. The Vacations Express network connects several US cities with Mexico and the Caribbean.

737-3L9 (27924) returned to Privatair (PTS).

April 2004: In 5/04, Hooters Air, Columbus - Atlanta (6/week).

1st Q = 131.72M RPM (+1.6%); 55.4% LF; 158K PAX (+23.4%).

May 2004: 737-3G7 (1090-23219, N151AW), leased.

July 2004: 2003 = -$2.51M (-$1.6M): 857M RPK (+8.6%); 74.4% LF; 552K PAX (+20%).

October 2004: Frontier Airlines (FRO) will carry Vacation Express passengers on its Nashville - Cancun scheduled flights in 11/07. Vacation Express currently charters Pace Airlines (PIE) for this route. Transmeridian Airlines (TAL) will replace Pace Airlines (PIE) as the airplane provider for Vacation Express as of 12/04. (TAL) will operate from Atlanta, Cincinnati, Washington (Dulles), & Louisville, to Sanford (Florida) and onward to Caribbean & Mexican resort destinations. It will also operate from the above cities plus Charlotte, Memphis, & New Orleans to Cancun. In 2/05, Vacation Express will begin marketing the current (TAL) services from Rockford, Syracuse, & Toledo to Sanford, with connections to Cancun and the Caribbean.

November 2004: Hooters Air, Rockford - Atlanta, Denver (4/week), Rockford - Las Vegas (2/week).

December 2004: In 2/05, Hooters Air, Pittsburgh - Myrtle Beach.

May 2005: Hooters Air is owned by Hooters restaurant owner Bob Brooks who purchased Pace Airlines (PIE) in December 2002 and started operations in 2003. It is a low-fare jet airline serving Myrtle Beach, a popular resort in Florida, from five USA cities, as well as the Bahamas. Flights are operated by airplanes wet-leased from Pace Airlines (PIE).

Address:
Hooters Air
1704 Oak Street
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577, USA

(http://www.hootersair.com). (customerservice@hootersair.com).

June 2005: In 7/05, Hooter Air (PIE), Allentown and Myrtle Beach to Orlando (nonstop). Myrtle Beach to Chicago/Rockford (nonstop).

October 2005: 1st 9 months = Passenger traffic 277.01M (RPM) (-34%); 379,000 passengers (-29.8%); 55% LF.

November 2005: 757-25F (28718, G-FCLD), Thomas Cook (JMA) wet-leased for winter operations of Apple Vacations.

December 2005: Hooters Air (PIE) confirmed it will discontinue service at the Greater Rockford Airport on Jan 5th.

757-25F (30757, G-JMCD), Thomas Cook (JMA) wet-leased.

January 2006: 737-3G7 (23218, N380WL), returned to GATX (GAX).

February 2006: Hooters Air (PIE) will inaugurate nonstop service from Myrtle Beach to Scranton on Mar 9th. The airline will operate 4 flights a week.

737-3G7 (24011), returned to lessor. 737-306 (23543, N371PA), returned to (GEF).

March 2006: Hooters Air (PIE) will end service at Wilkes - Barre/Scranton by March 26th and at the Lehigh Valley Airport by April 17th.

Hooters Air (PIE) is going bust after chipping steadily away at its flight schedule over the past three months. It will end scheduled service by April 17, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News. The airline is owned by Robert Brooks, chairman of Atlanta-based restaurant chain Hooters of America. He launched Hooters Air in 2002 after acquiring Pace Airlines (PIE), a North Carolina-based charter carrier. Based at Myrtle Beach International Airport, Hooters (PIE) was designed for leisure travelers. It eventually extended service to 15 destinations and operated up to seven airplanes. Pace Airlines (PIE) will continue to provide charter service operations, a company spokesperson said.

737-306 (23546, N372PA), returned to (GEF).

May 2006: 2 737-4B7's (24874, N447US; 24892, N448US), ex-US Airways (USA), Team Jet Holdings leased to PACE (PIE).

October 2006: 737-4B7 (1944-24892, N448US), transferred to Swift Air (SWF). 737-2K5 (22597, N250TR) returned from Aloha (ALO).

August 2007: PACE Airlines (PIE) operates executive passenger and sports flights charters from Winston-Salem. PACE Airlines (PIE) was purchased in December 2002 by Hooters restaurant owner, Bob Brooks. Bob Brooks is now deceased. All Hooters Air commercial services from its Myrtle Beach South Carolina hub were suspended between January 2006 and March 2006, and it ceased all scheduled services, but will continue to operate charters operated by PACE Airlines (PIE).

Parent organization/shareholders: Piedmont Hawthorne (Winston-Salem).

(IATA) Code: Y5. (ICAO) Code: PCE - PACE.

PACE Airlines (PIE) has 458 employees.

Main Base: Winston-Salem Smith Reynolds Airport (INT).

737-2K5 (22597, N250TR), leased to Aloha (ALO) (again).

September 2007: The estate of Robert Brooks, the late founder of the Hooters restaurant chain, is currently in negotiations to sell Pace Airlines (PIE). Under new ownership, the carrier will reportedly fly larger airplanes and international routes.

October 2007: 767-277 (22694, N767MW), leased from and wet-leased to MLW Aviation.

December 2007: 737-2K5 (22597, N250TR), returned from Aloha Airlines (ALO).

September 2008: Pace Airlines (PIE) is accepting Flight Crew (FC) resumes and is recruiting Second in Command (SIC)s 737, 757, and 767 pilots (FC).

September 2009: Pace Airlines (PIE) CEO, William Charles Rodgers was arrested and charged with one count of willful failure to pay group health insurance premiums. North Carolina officials alleged that Rodgers terminated the policy without providing required notice to (PIE)'s 337 employees. (PIE) is a charter carrier based in Winston-Salem and operated 17 Boeing airplanes, according to its website. The "Winston-Salem Journal" reported that the airline laid off or furloughed at least -275 employees in the past two weeks, announced a 90-day suspension of charter operations and owes nearly $900,000 in airport lease payments. It also said Continental Airlines (CAL) terminated a maintenance agreement that was set to run through 2010.

2 737-2K5s (22597, N250TR; 22598, N249TR), and 2 737-228s (23001, N252TR; 23792, N251TR), returned to Triton Air (TIA).

October 2009: Pace Airlines (PIE) advised the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on September 17, 2009 it has temporarily ceased operations. (PIE) told the (FAA) it had stopped operations for a period of up to 90 days. The (PIE) website is not active.

November 2009: PACE (PIE) signed an agreement with Airbus (EDS) Operations Germany to develop a software solution for streamlining configuration of its passenger cabin Maintenance Manuals.

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December 2009:

1 727-222 (JT8D-7B HK) (211-19956, /69 N219PA), EX-(UAL), OPS FOR WASHINGTON WIZARDS (NBA) TEAM, 44 EXEC.

0 737-2G5 (JT8D HK) (146-23928, N751PA), (GAX) LSD 2002-04. RTND 2006-03.

0 737-2K5 (JT8D-15A HK) (773-22597, /81 N250TR; 792-22598, /81 N249TR), (TIA) LSD, WET-LST (PTZ) 2001-12. RF (PTZ) 2002-11. 22597; WET-LST (ALO) 2006-06. 22597; RF (ALO) 2007-04. LST (ALO) AGAIN 2007-09. RF (ALO) 2007-12. 22597; 22598; RTND (TIA) 2009-09. 122Y.

0 737-228 (JT8D-15A HK) (1397-23792, /87 N251TR), RF (PTZ), (TIA) LSD 2002-11. 23792; RTND (TIA) 2009-09. 52F.

0 737-228 (JT8D-15A HK) (936-23001, /83 N252TR "BONI BELLE"), (TIA) LSD 2002-12. WET-LST (ALO) 2006-07. RF (ALO) 2006-10. 23001; RTND (TIA) 2009-09, LST SKY KING (SKN). 112Y.

0 737-228 (JT8D HK) (948-23007, N237TR), (TIA) LSD 2003-06. RTND 2006-03.

2 737-236 (JT8D HK) (21791; 21800) (N920WA), EX-(WII), 2000-09, WET-LST (SWB).

1 737-242 (JT8D-9A HK) (438-21186, /75 N159PL) EX-(SOT), FOR ATLANTA HAWKS (NBA) BASKETBALL TEAM, 46 EXEC.

0 737-247 (JT8D-9A HK) (44-19600, /68 N487GS), EX-(WAL), OPS FOR CHARLOTTE HORNETS (NBA) TEAM. SCRAPPED 2004-12. 44 EXEC.

1 737-291 (JT8D-9A HK) (415-21069, /75 N583CC), 34F.

0 737-3G7 (CFM56-3) (1608-24011), EX-(AMW), (TCI) LSD 2003-03, WET-LST HOOTERS 2003-07. RTND 2006-02.

1 737-3G7 (CFM56-3) (1076-23218, N380WL; 1090-23219, N390WL), LSD 2004-05. 23218 RTND (GAX) 2006-01.

0 737-3L9 (CFM56-3) (2760-28924, HB-IIN), EX-(PTS) 2001-01; RTND 2004-01.

1 737-3YO (CFM56-3B2) (1389-23749, /87 N373PA), EX-(BUL), (GUI) 3 YR LSD 2001-11. +1 ORDER (1511-23812, N375PA). 148Y.

0 737-306 (CFM56-3) (1349-23546, /87 N372PA), EX-(KLM), (GEF) LSD 2001-12. (1325-23543, N731PA; 1335-23544, N732PA). 23543; 23546; RTND 2006-03.

0 737-36M (CFM56-3) (2810-28333, /96 N374PA), EX-(EBA)/(EZY), (GEF) LSD 2001-12. RTND 2005-05.

1 737-4B7 (CFM56-3) (1936-24874, N802TJ; 1944-24892, N448US), EX-(USA), TEAM JET HOLDINGS LSD 2006-05. 24892; RTND & LST (SWF) 2006-10.

1 737-4Q8 (CFM56-3C1) (1851-24804, /90 N737DX), XFRD TO (SWF) 2006-12. F70.

1 737-4YO (CFM56-3C1) (1651-23976, /88 N37NY), OPS FOR NY KNICKS (NBA) & NY RANGERS (NHL), 50 EXEC.

0 757-2G5 (146-23928, N750WL), EX-(LTU), WET-LST TRAVELSPAN VACATIONS 2002-07. RTND LESSOR 2006-03, STORED AT VICTORVILLE.

0 757-2T7 (RB211-535E4) (132-23895, N513NA), (TCI) LSD 7/03. RTND 2005-12. LST (AVI).

0 757-236 (RB211-535C) (14-22176, /83 N757BJ), RTND TEAMJET 2007-04 FOR SOUTHWEST SPORTS. 76F, 30Y.

0 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (278-24794, N526NA), (TOM) LSD 2003-11, NTU.

1 757-256 (RB211-535E4) (561-26240, /93 N801DM), EX-(IBE) 2001-01, EXEC, MLW AVIATION LST (PIE), WET-LSD OPS FOR DALLAS MAVERICKS (NBA) TEAM. 63F.

1 757-25F (28718, G-FCLD), (JMA) WET-LSD 2005-11 WINTER OPS FOR APPLE VACATIONS.

0 757-25F (928-30757, G-JMCD), (JMA) WET-LSD 2005-12 WINTER OPS FOR APPLE VACATIONS (SEE PHOTO). RTND (JMA) 2006-04.

1 767-277 (CF6-80A) (32-22694, /83 N767MW), WET-LST MLW AVIATION 2007-10. WET-LSD OPS FOR DALLAS MAVERICKS (NBA) TEAM LOGO. 108F.

Management:
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WILLIAM CHARLES RODGERS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) PACE AIRLINES (PIE) ARRESTED 2009-09.

CHARLES CREECH, PRESIDENT.

JIM MCPHAIL, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).

JERRY ANGEL, GENERAL MANAGER.

RICHARD REED, VP MAINTENANCE SERVICES PIEDMONT AVIATION (1999-07).

DARREN ZEHNER, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS.

RUSS KOTA, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE PIEDMONT AVIATION (2000-06).

JOE SELVIA, DIRECTOR SAFETY.

CHARLES CREECH, DIRECTOR OF SALES.

JAMES (BUD) DAVIS, CHIEF INSPECTOR PIEDMONT AVIATION.

 
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