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Airlines

Name: PLANET AIRWAYS
7JetSet7 Code: PLN
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: NORTH AMERICA
City: FORT LAUDERDALE
Country: USA
Employees 140
Web: planetairways.com
Email: hr@planetairways.com
Telephone: +1 (407) 363-1800
Fax: +1 (407) 363-4410
Sita:
Background
(definitions)

FORMED IN 1997. STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2000. FORMERLY "FEDERAL AIRLINES" AND "AIRSHIP AIRWAYS." DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
7380 SAND LAKE ROAD, SUITE # 350
ORLANDO, FLORIDA 32819, 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 1997: CHANGED NAME FROM "AIRSHIP AIRWAYS" TO "PLANET AIRWAYS."

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) APPLICATION FOR 727 CHARTERS TO CARIBBEAN, LAS VEGAS, & USA GULF COAST.

JERRY BUSHNELL, GENERAL MANAGER. JOINTLY OWNED BY PETER GARRAMBONE, AND MILLIONAIRE, ENTERTAINMENT FINANCIER, LOU PEARLMAN.

10 JETS IN 3 YEARS.

DECEMBER 1997: FILED WITH (DOT) TO BEGIN CHARTER OPERATIONS IN EARLY 1998, WITH A LEASED 727-23 (311-19385).

MAY 1998: ANDY ALEXOPOULOS, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.

727-23 (311-19385), CS AVIATION SERVICES LEASED, 128 PAX.

JULY 1998: (DOT) OK'S OPERATIONS FOR CHARTER INTERSTATE, & FOREIGN COMBI SERVICE. BASED IN FORT LAUDERDALE, TO OPERATE CHARTERS TO CASINOS, IN ATLANTIC CITY, BAHAMAS, GULFPORT, & LAS VEGAS.

PLANS 2ND 727 NEXT YEAR.

SEPTEMBER 1998: 727-23 (311-19385, "DOMINIC").

OCTOBER 1998: MOVES OPERATIONS OFFICE TO FORT LAUDERDALE.

DAN CARSON, GENERAL MANAGER/DIRECTOR OPERATIONS.

JANUARY 1999: 727-100 (JT8D-9A) RETURNED TO TRANS CONTINENTAL (TCN).

MARCH 1999: STILL NOT FLYING 727-100 IN REVENUE SERVICE. IS NOW IN "C" CHECK.

APRIL 1999: 47 EMPLOYEES (INCL 8 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 10 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 4 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JUNE 1999: ALTHOUGH HQ IS IN ORLANDO, ITS PRINCIPAL BASE OF OPERATIONS IS FORT LAUDERDALE.

CARLO POSTELL, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (QC).

DECEMBER 1999: TIM HOLT, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (QC), REPLACES CARLO POSTELL, WHO WENT TO AMRIJET INTERNATIONAL (AMJ).

JANUARY 2000: (DOT) OK'S PASSENGER CHARTERS WITH 1 727-100.

ROY SYKES, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE, EX-FINE AIR (FNE).

FEBRUARY 2000: 1 ORDER STAGE 3 HUSHKITS FOR 727-100 (19385) TO RAISBECK, +OPTION FOR 2 727-200 HEAVYWEIGHTS.

APRIL 2000: ROY SYKES, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE, REPLACES ANDY ALEXOPOULOS. TIM HOLT, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (QC) RESIGNS TO JOIN SIMILAR POSITION AT NATIONAL AIRWAYS (NAB), REPLACED BY BILL BROWER.

47 EMPLOYEES (INCL 8 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 10 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 4 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

2 727-224's (22250, N69741; 22251, N69742), GECAS (GEH) LEASED.

SEPTEMBER 2000: BOB BURNS, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (QC), EX-CUSTOM AIR TRANSPORT (CUS).

MARCH 2001: 1 727-224 (22448, N79745 "DANIELLE") DELIVERY, EX-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL).

MAY 2001: TIM HOLT, VP MAINTENANCE.

1 727-23 (19385, N1910), WET-LEASED TO BAHAMASAIR (BAH).

AUGUST 2001: APPLIES FOR SCHEDULED SERVICE FROM FORT LAUDERDALE TO PUERTO RICO. OPERATES MIAMI - MANAGUA FOR SANSA (SERVICIOS AEREOS DE NICARAGUA), WITH WET-LEASED 727-200.

JANUARY 2002: 2 ORDERS 727-223'S, EX-AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL).

APRIL 2002: 727-223 (22010, N894AA), EX-AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL).

July 2002: 2001 = +$2.66 Million (-$60,000). 1st Quarter = 22.58 Million (RPM) passenger traffic (+10.1%); 22,000 passengers (PAX) (+37.5%); 51.4% load factor LF. 6 months = 56.64 Million (RPM) (+37.7%); 58,000 PAX (+61.1%); 61.8% LF.

August 2002: Michael Hackert, President & CEO.

(http://www.planetairways.com). (fbarber@planetairways.com).

84 employees.

October 2002: Bob Mencel, Director Flight Operations, ex-Laker Airways (LAK), replaced Captain Joe Gleason, who left the company.

December 2002: Negotiations with (FAA) to gain approval to fly passenger charter flights. Once approved, intends to use 727-200 (21889) for flying passengers.

Plans to consolidate operations in Orlando by the end of January.

October 2003: 1st 9 months = 156.97 Million (RPM) traffic (+61%); 172,460 PAX (+78.3%); 63.3% LF.

June 2004: 140 employees.

Operates out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Orlando International.

July 2004: 2003 = 299 Million (RPK) traffic (+57.5%); 63% LF; 214,000 passengers (+69.8%).

August 2004: 2 727-224'S (22250; 22251) withdrawn from use (WFU).

November 2004: Finalized the sale of its last 727-100 (19385, N1910) to Sierra Aircraft Leasing.

May 2005: Suspends operations.

April 2006: Planet Airways (PLN) provided charter, jet airplane services within the USA and to destinations in the Caribbean.

(ICAO) Code: PLZ (Callsign - PLANET).

Main Base: Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International airport (FLL).

Hub: Orlando International airport (MCO).

Fleet:
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PLN

May 2005:

0 727-23 (JT8D-7B HK) (311-19385, /66 "DOMINIC"), EX-(AAL)/(CSV), WET-LST (BAH) 2001-05. ST SIERRA ACFT LSG 2004-11. PARTED OUT. 128Y OR 70F.

1 727-200 (JT8D-15 HK) (21889). 173Y.

2 727-223 (JT8D-15 HK) (1649-22009, /80 N893AA "REENIE;" 1650-22010, /80 N894AA "KOSTER"), EX-(AAL) 2002-04. 173Y.

1 727-224 (JT8D-15 HK) (1684-22250, /80 N69741 "LOUIS;" 1687-22251, /80 N69742 "NATASJA"), EX-(CAL)/(GEH), 22250; 22251; WFU 2004-08. 22251 RTS 2004-10. 22250 BROKEN UP 2004-12. 173Y.

1 727-224 (JT8D-15 HK) (1740-22448, /81 N79745 "DANIELLE"), EX-(CAL) 2001-03. 173Y.

Management:
(definitions)

LOUIS PEARLMAN, CHAIRMAN (JOINT OWNER).

MICHAEL HACKERT, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2002-08).

TONY DECAMILLIS, PRESIDENT (1999-07).

PETER GARRAMBONE, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).

JERRY BUSHNELL, GENERAL MANAGER.

CARLOS VELIS, VP SAFETY & COMPLIANCE.

CAPTAIN BOB MENCEL, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS, EX-(LAK) (2002-10).

JEFF SICULAR, DIRECTOR FLIGHT STANDARDS.

CAPTAIN JAMES PHINNEY, CHIEF PILOT.

TIM HOLT, VP MAINTENANCE (2001-05).

ANDY ALEXOPOULIS, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (2002-07).

ROY SYKES, MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR.

FRANK BARBER, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.

ROBERT BURNS, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (QC).

JOHN BUTLER, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (QC) (jbutler@planetairways.com).

MIKE BAINTON, DIRECTOR SAFETY.

LUKE SPRAWKA, MANAGER MAINTENANCE PLANNING.

 
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