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Name: SOUTHERN AIR TRANSPORT
7JetSet7 Code: STT
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: NORTH AMERICA
City: COLUMBUS
Country: USA
Employees 490
Web: southernair.com
Email: sales_contact@southernair.com
Telephone:
Fax:
Sita:
Background
(definitions)

FOUNDED IN 1947. SPECIALIZES IN TRANSPORTING OUTSIZE CARGO TO REMOTE AREAS, WHERE NORMAL SURFACE AND AIR TRANSPORT IS UNAVAILABLE. RELOCATED ITS HQ TO RICKENBECKER INTERNTNL AIRPORT, COLUMBUS, OHIO, IN MID-1995. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

DECEMBER 1995: CARGO SERVICE IN USA & TO CO-TERMINAL POINTS AT BARRANQUILLA, BOGOTA, CALI & CARTAGENA, THROUGH INTERMEDIATE POINTS.

1 DC-8-73F (N8753SJ) LEASED TO CHALLENGE AIR CARGO (CHA).

MARCH 1996: AWARDED ALL-CARGO (747F) ROUTES, COLUMBUS, OHIO, NEW YORK, JOHANNESBURG, & CAPE TOWN.

APRIL 1996: FINOVA (GRB) PURCHASED 747-200F (JT9D-7Q) (22063), FOR
OPERATION BY SOUTHERN AIR TRANSPORT (STT).

APRIL 1997: CELEBRATING 50TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

1ST Q = -$2.51M (-$1.28M) (NET LOSS). 1996 = 515.1M FTM (FREIGHT TRAFFIC) (578.1M).

TO ADD +6 747F'S OVER NEXT 3 YEARS. WANTS (JT9D-7Q) ENGINES. NOW OPERATES 3 747-200F'S, 4 DC-8-70'S, & 15 LOCKHEED L-100 HERCULES.

JUNE 1997: AWARDED 180 CHARTER, CARGO FLIGHTS TO BRAZIL.

JULY 1997: PARTIAL 1996 = -$2.81M (-$2.60M). 2ND Q = -$6.25M
(+$9.28M).

1 747-212F (JT9D-7R4G2) WITH SIDE CARGO DOOR (SCD) (24177), EX-SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) LEASED.

OCTOBER 1997: 3RD Q = -$6.06M (+$1.25M).

NOVEMBER 1997: 1 747-200F (24177) WET-LEASED TO CARGOLUX (CLX).

DECEMBER 1997: BRIAN DILLION, MANAGER ENGINEERING REPLACES STEVE
CRAIG.

1 747-200F (JT9D-7Q) (22245), EX-KOREAN AIR (KAL), NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA) LEASED.

JANUARY 1998: (http://www.southernair.com).

747-200F, WET-LEASED TO SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA).

ACCDT: L-382G CRASHED ON LANDING AT MEKORYUK, ARKANSAS = ALL 4 CREW OK.

RETURNED 4 DC-8-70F'S TO LESSORS.

FEBRUARY 1998: CLARENCE LINDSEY, VP TECHNICAL SERVICES.

3 ORDERS (6/98) 747-200F'S (CF6-50E2) (21964; 21965; 22403), EX-CARGOLUX (CLX), WET-LEASED TO (CLX).

MARCH 1998: JAMES BASTIAN, CHAIRMAN & CEO, REPLACES WILLIAM LANGTON, PRESIDENT & COO.

APRIL 1998: CONTRACT FROM JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL) FOR 1 747-200 WET-LEASED TRANSPACIFIC CARGO SERVICE FOR 1 YEAR.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) AWARDS SOUTHERN AIR TRANSPORT (STT) 146 CHARTER ALL-CARGO FLIGHTS TO BRAZIL.

600 EMPLOYEES.

1ST Q MAINTENANCE EXPENSES = $13.69M (34.57% OF TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES).

(sales_contact@southernair.com).

MAY 1998: 1ST 4 MONTHS = 85.5M FTK (FREIGHT TRAFFIC) (+22%).

JUNE 1998: PERMANENTLY CLOSES ITS MAINTENANCE FACILITY AT
RICKENBACKER AIRPORT, COLUMBUS, AND LAYS OFF 110 EMPLOYEES AT COLUMBUS HQ, AS PART OF RESTRUCTURING PLAN.

L-382G (4477), RETURNED TO SERVICE.

JULY 1998: LEN HOBBS, SENIOR VP TECHNICAL SERVICES.

TO BE ACQUIRED BY FINE AIR SERVICES (FNE).

5 L-100-30 COMMERCIAL HERCULES FREIGHTERS TO TRANSAFRIK INTERNATIONAL (TCL), ANGOLA.

SEPTEMBER 1998: DC-8-71F (46040) TO FLORIDA WEST AIRLINES (POI).

ACQUISITION DEAL BY FINE AIR (FNE) TERMINATED.

DC-8-73CF (46091), RETURNED TO GECAS (GEH), LEASED TO (DHL) AIRWAYS.

OCTOBER 1998: DID NOT BUY 3 747-200F'S, EX-CARGOLUX (CLX). INSTEAD THESE WERE BOUGHT BY ATLAS AIR (TLS), & LEASED BACK TO (CLX).

SOUTHERN AIR TRANSPORT (STT) SUSPENDS OPERATIONS. FILES CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY.

1997 = -$17.7M (+$11.75M).

LAYS OFF -500 EMPLOYEES. RETAINS 30.

NOVEMBER 1998: OVER THE YEARS, SOUTHERN AIR TRANSPORT (STT) FREQUENTLY CARRIED OUT SERVICES FOR USA GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING OPERATIONS ALLEGEDLY FLOWN ON BEHALF OF (CIA) DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. (STT) WILL BE REMEMBERED BEST FOR ITS HERCULES OPERATIONS, WITH WHICH THE NEEDS OF MANY, OFTEN AT SHORT NOTICE, IN ALL CORNERS OF THE GLOBE. ITS HIGH QUALITY OF SERVICE GAINED IT ONE OF THE BEST REPUTATIONS WITHIN THE AIR CARGO INDUSTRY, AND IT IS SURPRISING THAT THE LAST OF THE CLASSIC POST-WAR USA CARGO AIRLINES, SHOULD FAIL WHILE THE NEXT-GENERATION (ATLAS AIR (TLS), GEMINI AIR CARGO (GMN), POLAR AIR CARGO (PAO), ETC) CONTINUE TO SUCCEED. "WE DID THINGS THAT 'THEY' ARE STILL MAKING MOVIES ABOUT OR ARE WRITING BOOKS ABOUT, AND I AM PROUD TO HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THIS BUNCH OF COWBOYS." - (STT) PILOT.

DECEMBER 1998: 747-200F (JT9D) (24177) TO FINOVA (GRB) FOR 5 YEAR LEASE TO SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA). SOLD L-100-30 (4763) TO LYNDEN AIR CARGO.

JANUARY 1999: DC-8-73F (46063) TO AEROLEASE, LEASED TO EMERY AIR FREIGHT (EAF). FINOVA (GRB) SELLS 747-200 (JT9D-7Q) (22477) TO JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL).

AUGUST 1999: SELLS L-100 TO (TWL) LTD FOR $23.2M.

NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = -$3.03M (-$39.09M) (NET LOSS).

NOVEMBER 2002: CEASED OPERATIONS.

Fleet:
(definitions)

November 2002:

0 747-200F (JT9D-7Q) (22477 ST (JAL) 1/99).

0 747-271F (416-21964; 438-21965; 524-22403), UNITED TECHNOLOGIES LEASED .

0 747-212F (JT9D-7R4G2) (24177), EX-(SIA), (GRB) 5 YR LST (SAA).

0 747-200F (JT9D-7Q) (22245), (EX-KAL), RTND (NWA) 9/99.

0 LOCKHEED L-100 HERCULES (L-382G) (4477), 5 TO (TCL) 7/98. (4763 TO LYNDEN AIR CARGO 12/98), 1 TO (TWL) 8/99.

Management:
(definitions)

JAMES BASTIAN, CHAIRMAN & CEO.

STEVE VAN GORDON, EXECUTIVE VP TECHNICAL SERVICES, EX-(UAL).

LEN HOBBS, SENIOR VP TECHNICAL SERVICES (7/98), TO (FNE) 3/99.

RICK MIKLUSCAK, VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (7/97).

CLARENCE LINDSEY, VP TECHNICAL SERVICES (2/98).

JOE HOLT, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.

WILLIAM PHILLIPS, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (7/97).

LARRY FLETCHER, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING.

KIRK GRAINGER, MANAGER MAINTENANCE.

BRIAN DILLION, MANAGER ENGINEERING (12/97).

 
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