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Name: USA 3000 AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: USX
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: NORTH AMERICA
City: NEWARK
Country: USA
Employees 644
Web: usa3000airlines.com
Email: marketing@usa3000airlines.com
Telephone: +1 (610) 325-1280
Fax: +1 (610) 325-1285
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Background
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Click below for data links:
USX-2004-01-NEWS
USX-2004-03-NEWS
USX-2005 9 MTHS
USX-2005-04-A
USX-2006-03-A
USX-2006-03-B
USX-2006-03-C
USX-2007-STATS-A
USX-TAIL LOGO

FORMED IN 2000 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2001. FORMERLY KNOWN AS "BRENDAN AIRWAYS." DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

Address:
335 Bishop Hollow Road, Suite #100,
Newton Square, PA 19073, USA

ADDRESS:
7 CAMPUS BOULEVARD,
NEWTON SQUARE,
PENNSYLVANIA, PA 19073, 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 2001: STARTS OPERATIONS.

BASED AT NEWARK.

TO LEISURE DESTINATIONS INCLUDING MEXICO, HAWAII, LAS VEGAS, BAHAMAS, & CARIBBEAN. LATER FROM PHILADELPHIA, AND CHICAGO (ORD).

2 +5 ORDERS A320-214'S (CFM56-5) (1564, N260AV) (GEF) LEASED, 168 PASSENGERS (PAX).

NOVEMBER 2001: 1 A320-214 (1615, M261AV) DELIVERY.

DECEMBER 2001: RECEIVES ITS (FAA) AIR OPERATOR'S CERTIFICATE (AOC).

APRIL 2001: ANGUS KINNEAR, CEO, EX-CANADA 3000 (ATW).

APRIL 2002: ALTHOUGH USA 3000 (USX) WAS STARTED AS A CHARTER OPERATION, (USX) IS NOW PROPOSING TO ADD SCHEDULED SERVICES BETWEEN PHILADELPHIA AND LAS VEGAS, AND PHILADELPHIA TO ARUBA.

MAY 2002: STARTED SERVICE AT CHICAGO O'HARE (ORD), WITH DAILY NONSTOPS TO SEVERAL MEXICAN, AND CARIBBEAN POINTS. WILL OFFER SERVICE TO PUNTA CANA (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC), AS WELL AS TO ST LUCIA (ARUBA), AND PUERTO VALLARTA, CANCUN, AND IXTAPA/ZIHUATANEJO (MEXICO). SIMILAR SERVICES OPERATE FROM PHILADELPHIA, AND NEWARK.

July 2002: Will operate Apple Vacations, charter flights from Chicago (ORD) this winter, previously operated by Ryan International (RYN). Services include (ORD) to Acapulco, Huatulco, Ixtapa, Providenciales, La Roman, St Lucia, Aruba, St Maarten, Cozumel, and Puerto Vallarta. Additional expansion, including similar services, from Denver, and St Louis.

6-year C$12 million, heavy maintenance contract for 7 A320's to Air Canada (ACN) Technical Services, at Winnipeg.

October 2002: Expects to launch scheduled service from USA to the Caribbean.

A320-213 (1860, N263AV) delivery.

November 2002: In December 2002, Philadelphia to Santo Domingo; Newark - Santo Domingo; Chicago - Punta Cana; Baltimore/Cleveland - Punta Cana; Newark - Punta Cana; & Cincinnati - Punta Cana). Newark - Santiago (Dominican Republic) (2/week).

A320-214 (1867, N264AV), GECAS (GEF) leased.

December 2002: Chicago to Fort Myers. Baltimore to Fort Myers (2/week); Cleveland to Fort Myers (2/week).

A320-212 (427, N265AV), (ILF) leased.

January 2003: Newark/Philadelphia - Punta Cana (2/week); Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland - Punta Cana (weekly); Philadelphia - Cancun (3/week); Baltimore - Cancun (5/week); & Cincinnati - Cancun (2/week). All these flights were previously exclusive charters for Apple Vacations.

April 2003: To start scheduled service between Philadelphia and Las Vegas, and Philadelphia and Aruba.

July 2003: In October 2003, Chicago - St Petersburg (5/week). Newark - St Petersburg (2/week). Cleveland - St Petersburg (2/week). In November 2003, Detroit - St Petersburg (3/week). In 12/03, Milwaukee - St Petersburg (3/week). Philadelphia - St Petersburg (2/week). Milwaukee - Fort Myers (2/week). Columbus - Cancun (weekly).

November 2003: 2 A320-214's (1152, N266AV; 1198, N267AV), GECAS (GEF) leased.

December 2003: 2 A320-214's (714, G-BXKA; 730, G-BXKC), Thomas Cook (JMA) wet-leased.

March 2004: In May 2004, Detroit - Fort Myers (2/week). Cleveland to Fort Myers (3/week). In June 2004, Philadelphia - Fort Myers (2/week).

A320-214 (2175, N268AV), (GEF) leased.

April 2004: A320-214 (2187, N269AV), (GEF) leased. 2 A320-214's (714; 730) returned to Thomas Cook (JMA).

May 2004: In September 2004, Newark - Bermuda (A320, 2/week). In October 2004, Newark - Fort Myers (3/week). Baltimore/Washington - Fort Myers (4/week). In December 2004, Cincinnati - Fort Myers (A320).

December 2004: 2 A320-214's (714, G-BXKA; 730, G-BXKC), Thomas Cook UK (JMA) wet-leased. 2 A320-214's (2325, N270AV "Cancun;" 2327, N271AV), (GEF) leased.

February 2005: In May 2005, Washington Dulles to Fort Myers (2/week nonstop), Baltimore - Washington International to Fort Lauderdale (3/week nonstop), & Orlando - Chicago O'Hare (6/week nonstop).

April 2005: In May 2005, Orlando McCoy International to Cleveland, Newark, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh. In September 2005, Baltimore/Washington International to Nassau (2/week).

July 2005: 860 employees.

January 2006: JetBlue (JBL) confirmed it applied to commence service to Mexico. A new route from New York to Cancun was opened by the liberalization of the countries' bilateral agreement reached last fall. Delta Air Lines (DAL) and USA 3000 (USX) also applied to operate the route.

July 2006: 2 A320-214's (1564, N260AV; 1860, N263AV), leased to Star XL.

November 2006: A320-214 (730, G-BXKC), Thomas Cook (JMA) wet-leased.

November 2007: First 6 months = 1.82 billion (RPK) traffic (-11.26%); (-10.78%) (ASK)s capacity; 77.4% LF load factor (-.4%); 888,000 passengers (-10.84%).

December 2007: USA 3000 (USX) is accepting Flight Crew (FC) resumes and is currently seeking applicants to fill Second in Command (SIC) Flight Crew (FC) positions for the 2007 winter flying schedule. Applicants can fax their cover letters and resumes to (724) 774-1402 or apply online at CareerBuilder.com under First Officers (FC).

A320-214s (1564, N260AV; 1860, N263AV), returned from Star XL.

January 2008: 2007 Performance Statistics: 3.32 billion (RPK)s traffic (-5.29%); -7.44% (ASK)s; +1.8 load factor 77.2% LF; 1.68 million passengers (-3.79%). SEE ATTACHED - - "USX-2007-STATS."

May 2008: USA 3000 (USX) is accepting Flight Crew (FC) resumes.

September 2008: USA 3000 (USX) has pilots (FC) on furlough status.

November 2008: 1st 6 months = 1.92 billion (RPK)s (+5.74%); -.89% (ASK)s capacity; 82.6% LF (+5.2); 952,000 passengers (+7.21%).

USA 3000 Airlines (USX) named IndiGo (IGO) COO, Steven Harfst as its new President & CEO, succeeding the retiring Angus Kinnear. Before joining IndiGo (IGO), Harfst was North American Airlines (NNA) COO.

(USX) operates 11 A320s to 13 destinations.

April 2009: 2 A320-214s (2175; 2187), returned to (GEF).

July 2009: A320-214 (2325) returned to (GEF).

September 2009: USA 3000 Airlines (USX) cabin staff (CA) are deciding whether to join the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA)-(CWA) in an election conducted by the USA National Mediation Board (NMB). Voting closes October 6. The (AFA) also filed a petition with the (NMB) to hold a representation election on behalf of Compass Airlines flight attendants. Compass is a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (DAL).

Timco Aviation Services (ASC) will provide on-call line maintenance services for USA 3000 Airlines (USX) A320s at all current Timco line locations.

October 2009: USA 3000 (USX) serves the Caribbean, Mexican and USA charter markets.

(IATA) Code: U5. (ICAO) Code: GWY (Callsign - GETAWAY).

Parent organization/shareholders: Apple Vacations (100%).

Main Base: Philadelphia International airport (PHL).

Hubs: Chicago O'Hare International airport (ORD); Pittsburgh International airport (PIT); Milwaukee General Mitchell Field airport (MKE); Newark Liberty International airport (EWR); Baltimore/Washington International airport (BWI); Cleveland Hopkins International airport (CLE); & Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airport (DTW).

Domestic, scheduled destinations: Baltimore; Buffalo; & Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus Ohio; Detroit; Fort Lauderdale; Fort Myers; Milwaukee; New York; Philadelphia; Pittsurgh; Richmond; St Louis; & St Petersburg.

International, scheduled destinations: Aruba; Bermuda; Cancun; La Romana; & Punta Cana.

Apple Vacations, the largest tour operator in North America and owner of the small airline, USA 3000 (USX), signed a five year deal with Travelport making Worldspan its preferred Global Distribution Systems (GDS). Travelport will also provide software to optimize fare shopping, re-pricing tickets when itineraries change and transfer of
data between Apple’s website and Worldspan. Like TUI (TUG), Thomas Cook (JMA), Transat (AIJ) and other tour operators that own their own airlines, Apple Vacations acts as both a buyer and supplier of airline seats.

March 2010: USA 3000 Airlines (USX) will operate twice-weekly, St Louis - Fort Myers May 27 to August 15 aboard an A320.

June 2010: USA 3000 Airlines (USX) managed to turn a +$721,000 profit in the first quarter.

Financial data submitted by (USX) to the USA Transportation Department and released by the (DOT)’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics show (USX) lost about $1.8 million on its domestic services in the quarter. But it more than made up for that with a profit of about +$2.5 million on its international services to Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

President & CEO, Steven Harfst said that (USX) also is having a “good” second quarter, although not “quite as strong as the first”
because consumer demand for the leisure-focused carrier is strongest over the winter. The results, he added, show that the airline’s strategy is working. (USX) began service in late 2001 as part of the Apple Leisure Group. It remains a wholly owned subsidiary, as do Apple Vacations, AMResorts, which manages 18 hotel properties, and the destination management company Amstar, which arranges ground transportation and tours.

As a start-up carrier, its focus was to provide service on routes affiliated with Apple Vacations, which reserved many of the seats on the flights. But (USX) subsequently added unaffiliated services from the Northeast and Midwest to South Florida, for which Apple Vacations reserved no seats. That strategy did not prove to be profitable, particularly when low-cost carriers (LCC)s began growing in what had been (USX) niche markets. But under the direction of Harfst, the airline returned to its roots, scrapping many of its unaffiliated
services and shrinking its fleet. It now operates five A320 airplanes, down from a high of 14 and 11, when Harfst became
President & CEO in November 2008.

Like most others, the airline also focused on controlling costs and increasing its ancillary revenue, Harfst says. And charter flights for sports teams, the White House press corps and others, now account for about 8 to 10% of (USX)'s service, he adds.

December 2010: USA 300 Airlines (USX) currently has approximately 60 pilots (FC) on furlough and does not plan to hire for the immediate future.

January 2011: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) signed a multi-year contract with USA 3000 Airlines (USX) to provide Total Component Support services for five A320-200s.

February 2011: USA 3000 Airlines (USX)'s pilots (FC), represented by the Airline Professionals Association (APA) Teamsters Local 1224 announced their decision to withdraw from the voluntary Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). This decision was necessary because of the pattern of actions by (USX) management that destroyed the trust required for a successful program. These actions include the access of (ASAP) information by unauthorized individuals, as well as the inappropriate use of letters in several (USX) pilots (FC)'s personnel files, even though the events and the circumstances surrounding them were admitted into (ASAP) by the Event Review Committee (ERC) at (USX). It is the union's position that these letters are not only wrongly placed, but also are grossly inaccurate and may become subject to present or future Pilot (FC) Records Improvement Act disclosure requirements. Voluntary safety programs become ineffective when these disclosures are twisted to harm a pilot's (FC) career."

"Recent actions by (USX) have caused a breach of trust in relation to the (ASAP) between (USX), our pilots and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)," said Joe Muckle, (APA) Teamsters Local 1224 President. "I am very disappointed that we had no choice but to pull our support from the program. Local 1224's goal is that 100% of our carriers participate in the (ASAP). In the last year we have successfully added the (ASAP) at four carriers and will shortly add one more, which will mean nine of our ten carriers will have the (ASAP)."

"We, as professional pilots (FC), always strive to maintain the highest level of proficiency and safety," Muckle added. "We embrace any training or program that helps further our safety goals, not just for ourselves and our companies, but for the industry as a whole. However, when these types of actions take place, actions that tear away at the confidence of the pilot (FC) group, the union is left with no choice but to withdraw from a program, even a worthy one such as the (ASAP)."

Acknowledgment that the timing of these events is unfortunate is an understatement. In fact, the union is concerned that it may mark an outright blow to the aviation safety initiatives that are currently being addressed.

(USX)'s actions and the pilot (FC) response will, no doubt, be at the forefront of concerns from safety experts across all sectors of the aviation industry who are working in a concerted effort to advance airline safety through proven voluntary reporting initiatives such as the (ASAP), (FOQA), (LOSA), and (AQP).

"The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Airline Division has been working with the (ASAP) for over a decade. In our experience, it has been working well across the board," said Russ Leighton, the Director of Safety for the (IBT) Airline Division. "It is disappointing that (USX) refuses to use the program as it was intended."

As an organization, (APA) Teamsters Local 1224 has been a vocal advocate for aviation safety programs such as the (ASAP). In fact, it has a reputation for safety and proactive development of safety programs. (APA) Teamsters Local 1224 has devoted countless hours of time to participate in Congressional round table discussions and (FAA) aviation rule making committees (ARC) to identify and address industry-wide safety issues. The last publication by (APA) Teamsters Local 1224 featured the industry movement to incorporate the (ASAP) into Part 121 carrier operations across the nation, and even promoted the benefits of the (ASAP) when companies and flight crew (FC) members work together in a collaborative environment to identify and address operational safety hazards. When the (ASAP) is implemented properly, it allows flight professionals the opportunity to acknowledge an error or identify a hazard in the system, and to report it without fear of losing a job or a license. When a party breaches that trust, the (ASAP) is rendered ineffective.

"The Teamsters Local 1224 (USX) Executive Council went to great lengths to keep the (ASAP) intact at (USX). After thorough deliberation, polling the membership, and giving (USX)'s management every opportunity to correct the situation, the union decided to discontinue its voluntary participation in the (ASAP)," said Muckle. "We fully embrace the (ASAP) as a worthy program. It is regrettable that such a decision had to be made to protect pilot (FC) careers at (USX), as well as the program's integrity."

The Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224 represents the flight crew (FC) members of (ABX) Air, Atlas Air (TLS), Cape Air, Gulfstream International, Horizon Airways, Kalitta Air (KLT), Miami Air (MIB), Omni Air International (OAE), Polar Air Cargo (PAO), Southern Air (SOF), and USA 3000 (USX).

(USX) currently has approximately 60 pilots (FC) on furlough and does not plan to hire flight crew (FC) for the rest of the year.

January 2012: USA 3000 (USX) is in the process of winding down. The company indicated January 30 is the last scheduled flight.

Fleet:
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USX-A320
USX-A320-214
USX-A320-214-2001-10

June 2014:

0 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (427, /94 N265AV), (ILF) LSD 2002-12. MIAMI VICE TAIL. RTND. 168Y.

5 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1152, /00 N266AV 2003-11; 1198, N267AV, 2003-11; 1564, /01 N260AV; 1615, /01 N261AV; 1725, /02 N262AV2 "MISS DOREEN;" 1860, /02 N263AV, 2002-10; 1867, /02 N264AV "MISS JANINE," 2002-11; 2175, /04 N268AV; 2187, /04 N269AV), (GEF) LSD, (ACN) MAINT. 1564; 1860; LST STAR XL (SGU) 2006-07. 1564; 1860; LST XL AIRWAYS GERMANY (AGAIN) 2008-04. 2175; & 2187; RTND (GEF) 2009-04. 1152; 1198; RTND. 168Y.

0 A320-214 (CFM56-5) (714, G-BXKA; 730, G-BXKC), (JMA) WET-LSD 2003-12 & 2004. 714; RTND 2004-04. 730; (JMA) LSD (AGAIN) 2006-11. RTND. 168Y.

0 A320-214 (CFM56-5) (2325, /05 N270AV "CANCUN;" 2327, /04 N271AV "PUNTA CANA"), (GEF) LSD 2004-12. 2325; RTND 2009-07, TO (FRO). 2327; RTND. 168Y.

Management:
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JAMES KENNEY, PRESIDENT.

STEVEN HARFST, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), EX-(IGO)/(NNA) (2008-10).

JOHN MULLEN, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).

ROBERT THALER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

TREVOR SADLER, DIRECTOR SALES & MARKETING.

JAMES SHORT, CONTROLLER.

JOE MILLER, MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR.

JACK EASTMAN, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS.

 
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