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VIS-2013-04 - UPDATE
STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1994. STARTED AS AN INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER JET AIRLINE BASED IN HICKSVILLE, NEW YORK. IN 2006, IT MOVED ITS BASE TO LAS VEGAS. SCHEDULED & CHARTER, DOMESTIC, PASSENGER SERVICES. PROVIDES SCENIC TOUR FLIGHTS FROM LAS VEGAS ON BEHALF OF VISION HOLIDAYS.
2634 AIRPORT DRIVE, SUITE 106
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89032, 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.
SEPTEMBER 1996: NEW YORK (JFK) TO LONDON STANSTED USING L-1011-100,
323 PAX, LEASED.
VINCENT CIVITELLO, PRESIDENT & (COO), EX-MANAGER INTERNATIONAL PLANNING, UNITED AIRLINES (UAL).
JANUARY 1998: THE USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) REVOKED VISION AIRLINE'S AIR OPERATING CERTIFICATE (AOC) TO CONDUCT FOREIGN SCHEDULED COMBI SERVICE BECAUSE THE START UP DID NOT BEGIN OPERATIONS IN THE YEAR IT RECEIVED ITS (AOC) CERTIFICATE.
July 2005: MD-82 (49264, N14810), purchased from Club Excellence.
June 2007: 767-222 (21870, N767VA), ex-United Airlines (UAL) bought from Transatlantic Aviation.
August 2007: Delta Air Lines (DAL) Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) subsidiary, Delta TechOps reached a five-year, $9 million deal with Vision Airlines (VIS) to provide component, (APU) and landing gear (MRO) along with inventory support services for Vision (VIS)'s 767-200s.
September 2007: 2 767-222s (21866, N605UA; 21869, N768VA), ex-United Airlines (UAL), bought from Transatlantic Aviation, leased.
April 2008: 767-222 (21866), re-registered as (N769VA).
January 2009: Vision Airlines (VIS) provides scenic tour flights from Las Vegas on behalf of Vision Holidays.
(IATA) Code: V2.
Parent organization/shareholders: Vision Aviation Holdings (100%). Affiliated with Vision Holidays.
Main Base: Las Vegas McCarran International airport (LAS).
Hub: Grand Canyon National Park airport (CGN).
April 2009: 737-8Q8 (28214, N781VA), (ILF) leased, ex-(OY-SEB).
May 2009: 737-46B (25262, N252MQ), leased.
September 2009: (ILFC) (ILF) announced a lease deal for one used 767-2Q8ER (24448, N766VA) to Vision Airlines (VIS) for five years (scheduled for October delivery).
November 2009: 737-4Q8 (24704, N744VA), (ILFC) (ILF) leased, ex-(SX-BKI).
January 2010: 737-400, (ILF) 5 year leased.
October 2010: Vision Airlines (VIS) a USA charter operator, said it will launch its first scheduled service from December 13 with daily flights between Louisville and Atlanta using 30-seat Dornier 328 airplanes.
December 2010: Vision Airlines (VIS) is not currently accepting flight crew (FC) resumes.
January 2011: Vision Airlines (VIS), operating since 1994 primarily as a charter service for hotels, casinos, professional sports teams and the government, will announce a big expansion of its scheduled service this month as it pursues its new goal of offering Allegiant Airlines (WJE)-like travel package service in uncontested point-to-point markets.
David Meers, Chief Operating Officer of Commercial Operations, calls it “the logical next step” for his carrier, which says it has enough cash and cash flow from its charter services to self-fund its new scheduled service ambitions. (VIS)'s administrative headquarters are in Suwanee, near Atlanta, Georgia, but its Flight Operations headquarters are in Las Vegas, just blocks from Allegiant (WJE)'s, which Meers says made it difficult to ignore (WJE)’s success. “If you look at (WJE) as Coke, there’s always got to be a Pepsi. And if you look at the industry right now, who would be the Pepsi?” Meers asks.
(VIS) does not plan to compete against (WJE) on its routes, but to a great extent it does plan to copy its business model. That’s particularly true when it comes to the type of markets served and how (WJE) markets itself as a full-service travel company, rather than an airline. (WJE)’s consistent profits and high margins come from offering low-fare service from small communities to major USA leisure destinations; selling its product only via direct distribution; marketing and selling total travel packages that include hotels, car rentals and leisure activities, such as shows, golfing, theme parks and spas; and charging for a myriad of services beyond a base fare. It owns most of its cheaply acquired MD-80-family fleet, so it can afford to offer low-frequency service — it is not paying for leased airplanes when they sit on the ground — and can use less of the fleet if demand drops.
(VIS) does not plan to copy all of that — it does not charge for as many optional services, for example, and will be sold via Global Distribution System (GDS)s as well as directly. But it is revamping its website to place a major emphasis on selling packages, and already has signed deals with hotels and rental car companies. It also will offer golf tee times and spa packages, and Meers notes it already has built an excellent relationship with several casinos via its charter business.
(VIS)’s website is not yet equipped to handle that, but Meers says it should be ready to take hotel bookings within 90 days. In the interim, the travel packages will need to be booked with its call center. Meers says (VIS) owns about 75% of its airplanes, and most of the rest are under a lease with a purchase option. It has seven 737s: two 737-300s and five 737-500s in all coach configurations — with plans to add three to six more this year and as many as 12 in the next 18 to 24 months, depending on how well it does in its initial markets and pending Transportation Department approval to expand its large airplane scheduled service fleet beyond 10 airplanes. Meers notes that “good 737s have come down in price considerably over the past 24 months and are more fuel-efficient than the MD-80 airplanes that (WJE) flies.” (VIS) also is considering making use of its four 767 airplanes for longer-haul services, such as flights from upstate New York to the West Coast or from the Northeast to the Caribbean and South Florida, and it might add two or three more 767s over the next 24 months. But that will not be its initial focus. (VIS) also has 30-seat Dornier 328 airplanes, which it used to launch twice-daily operations December 13 between Louisville and Atlanta. But that business-oriented route is not the type of market (VIS) is pursuing; (VIS) has offices in both cities and considered the route a good way to test its scheduled service capabilities, Meers says.
The service it launched a few days later is more along the lines of what is coming for its leisure market, low fare ambitions. On December 17, (VIS) began service between Niagara Falls, in northern New York near Canada, and Northwest Florida Regional Airport, near Destin and Fort Walton Beach. That service begins and ends in Miami, providing a short non-stop between Miami and Fort Walton Beach, because (VIS) had airplanes sitting in Miami that otherwise would sit idle on Fridays and Sundays. But the Miami leg is probably atypical of the service to come.
Meers says (VIS)’s focus will be primarily on high fare markets currently served only by regional jets with connecting rather than non-stop service. He will not talk in detail about (VIS)'s upcoming announcement, but (VIS) previously disclosed that its expansion would include "a multitude of new markets" flying into Northwest Florida.
On January 18th, (VIS) announced it will launch early this spring 17 new routes from Northwest Florida Regional Airport, located near the Gulf of Mexico communities of Fort Walton Beach and Destin. (VIS) Director Sales & Marketing, Clay Meek said (VIS) will base three airplanes in Destin: one 136-seat 737-300, one 150-seat 737-400, and one 30-seat Dornier 328 turboprop.
(VIS) currently only operates two routes from Northwest Florida - to Niagara Falls in upstate New York and Miami. Both of these routes were launched last month and operate twice per week with 737s based elsewhere. Starting on 25 March, (VIS) will base airplanes at Northwest Florida and link the airport with Atlanta; Birmingham, Alabama, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama, Knoxville Tennessee, Little Rock, Arkansas; Louisville, Kentucky, Macon, Georgia, Savannah, Georgia; and Punta Gorda and St Petersburg, Florida. On 1 April, (VIS) will add service from Northwest Florida to Ashville, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Colombia, South Carolina; Orlando Sanford, Florida; and Shreveport, Louisiana. All 17 new routes will be served with two to four weekly flights. Ashville, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Colombia, Greenville, Knoxville, Little Rock, Louisville, Orlando, and Shreveport will be served with 737s. Birmingham, Huntsville, Punta Gorda, Macon, and Savannah will be served with Dornier 328s, while Baton Rouge and St Petersburg will be served with a mix of 737s and 328s.
Meek says (VIS) now operates five Dornier 328s, two 737-300s and four 737-400s, primarily on charters. But (VIS) has operated a small 737 scheduled operation, primarily out of Gulfport in Mississippi, since 2009.
Meek says Destin represents (VIS)'s first major foray into the scheduled market and says (VIS) is planning further expansion of its scheduled operation as it takes additional 737s. He says (VIS) plans to add one 737-400 at the beginning of February, followed by one 737-300 and one 737-400 in June, giving it a fleet of nine 737s.
AerCap Holdings (DEA) said it signed for a 737-400 for lease to Vision Airlines (VIS).
February 2011: Vision Airlines (VIS) is not accepting flight crew (FC) resumes.
April 2011: Vision Airlines (VIS) will launch four-times-weekly, Tunica, Mississipi - Destin, Florida, Dornier 328 service on June 1.
July 2011: Vision Airlines (VIS) will launch service to Grand Bahama International Airport from Ft Lauderdale, Louisville, Richmond, Raleigh Durham, Baltimore, and Destin Ft Walton Beach on November 14.
January 2012: Vision Airlines (VIS) is not currently recruiting Flight Crew (FC) pilots. See FltOps.com and FAPA.aero.
February 2012: Southwest Airlines (SWA) and AirTran Airways (CQT) will launch non-stop flights on five new routes from 12 August. (SWA) will begin thrice daily flights between Atlanta and Norfolk and thrice daily flights between Atlanta and Louisville. It will also launch twice daily flights between New York La Guardia and St Louis and twice daily flights between San Antonio and St Louis.
In addition, (CQT) will start twice daily flights between Akron - Canton, Ohio, and Chicago Midway. (CQT) will be the only carrier operating between Akron - Canton and Chicago Midway.
(SWA) will compete against Delta Air Lines (DAL) on Atlanta - Norfolk, Atlanta - Louisville and New York LaGuardia - St Louis. Vision Airlines (VIS) also operates between Atlanta and Louisville, and American Airlines (AAL) flies between New York LaGuardia and St Louis.
(SWA) currently operates one-stop service on New York LaGuardia - St Louis and San Antonio - St Louis. No airline currently flies non-stop between San Antonio and St Louis.
B1900C (UB-48, N800MX), returned to JODA LLC.
March 2012: Vision Airlines (VIS) has at least temporarily based its 767-2Q8ER (24448, N766VA) at Fort Myers Southwest Florida International airport (RSW) to operate two weekly scheduled charter services from there to Rockford International airport (RFD) and Springfield Abraham Lincoln Capital airport (SPI) replacing Direct Air (MBD), which has recently filed for Chapter 11 and suspended all services.
April 2012: Bahamasair (BAH) will wet-lease a 737-400 from Xtra Airways (CIN) to take over several leisure routes between the USA and Freeport International (FPO) from Vision Airlines (VIS). As of May 1, (BAH) will serve Baltimore Thurgood Marshall International (BWI), Louisville Standiford International (SDF), Raleigh/Durham International (RDU) and Richmond International (RIC) from Grand Bahama Island. Vision Airlines (VIS) is not currently selling any scheduled charter services after April 30.
(VIS) will operate 737 service to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio: Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennesee; and Springfield, Ilinois, May 31 - October 31.
June 2012: 767-2Q8ER (24448, N766VA), wet-leased to Conviasa (VCV).
December 2012: The USA Department of Transportation issued a $50,000 penalty to Vision Airlines (VIS) as the result of the sudden shutdown of public charter operator Direct Air (MBD) in March.
Direct Air (MBD)’s shutdown forced several of the carriers it had charter agreements with to cancel the remaining flights they were scheduled to fly. Vision Airlines (VIS) violated the department’s regulations prohibiting the cancellation of public charter flights less than 10 days before their scheduled departure.
(VIS) is the third carrier to receive a fine related to the shutdown of DirectAir (MBD). Xtra Airways (CIN) and World Atlantic Airline (WLL) received similar fines early this year, and the department recently introduced new rules regulating public charter flights in November.
The (DoT) has revised its policies for approving public charter programs, requiring charter operators to retain all passenger reservation records and share them with contracting air carriers to make it easier to contact passengers regarding cancellations of scheduled flights. The department said the changes were in response to Direct Air (MBD) in March ceasing operations, leaving several charter operators to cancel scheduled flights for passengers that had already paid.
The (DoT) is also requiring public charter operators to include the cost for providing airplane, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) in all contracts with direct air carriers, prohibiting charters from using a third party to provide these services. The new policy becomes effective in 30 days.
February 2013: Vision Airlines (VIS) inaugurated services on the 800 km route from Orlando Sanford, Florida (SFB), to Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississipi (GPT) on February 6th. Thrice-weekly departures are now offered by (VIS), all operated with 136Y-seat 737s.
April 2013: Vision Airlines (USA) ((IATA) Code: V2, based at Las Vegas McCarran International airport (LAS)) (VIS) has retired its only long-haul airplane, 767-200ER (24448, N766VA), and has put the airplane into storage at Goodyear (GYR). It continues to operate two 737-400s, one 737-300 and two Do328-100s on charter flights and a single scheduled route between St Petersburg/Clearwater International (PIE) and Gulfport Biloxi International (GPT).
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July 2013: 737-405 (24271, N745VA), Jetran Leasing leased.
September 2013: FAPA . . . Future & Active Pilot Advisors.
See FAPA.aero: Pilot (FC) Career Conferences & Job Fairs
Note: The next Pilot Job Fair will be held in Chicago next month.
According to FAPA.aero, Vision Airlines (VIS) is not recruiting flight crew (FC) at this time.
May 2014: Vision Airlines (USA) ((IATA) Code:V2, based at Las Vegas McCarran) (VIS) is to operate public charter services on behalf of PEOPLExpress (VPX) (based at Newport News) using one of its 737s. Vision (VIS) is currently recruiting cabin crew (CA) for the services in the Newport News area with PEOPLExpress (VPX) having previously mentioned Newport News to Newark as its preferred first route.
According to one of PEOPLExpress (VPX) applications to the USA Department of Transportation (DoT) in March of this year, among the carrier's initial planned services are also Washington National to Myrtle Beach, due between June and October of this year, followed by flights from Washington National to West Palm Beach International due from October until March 2015. PeoplExpress (VPX)'s first flight is tentatively set to launch "around" June 16.
It recently emerged that PEOPLExpress has now withdrawn its own application to the (DoT) for air carrier certification (AOC) on the grounds that recent significant changes in its organization and financing have rendered the information lodged in its original application out-of-date.
Vision Airlines (VIS) currently operates 6 airplanes, and serves 2 destinations, 1 route and 2 daily flights.
June 2014: Vision Airlines has revived a 1980s low-cost carrier (LCC), PEOPLExpress (VPX), which will launch June 30 with 2x-daily service between Newport News and Newark, and daily service to Boston and Pittsburgh - - SEE ATTACHED - - "VIS-737-400-PEOPLEXPRESS-2014-06."
In addition, the startup (LCC) will begin daily service to West Palm Beach on July 15 and Atlanta on August 1. It will also launch 3x-weekly service to St Petersburg, Florida, and New Orleans on August 28.
"PEOPLExpress" previously was an early (LCC) model, which operated from 1981 to 1987, before merging with Continental Airlines (CAL).
The Newport News, Virginia-based carrier will have an initial fleet of three Boeing 737-400 airplanes, each with 150 seats (138 with coach seating and 12 “Living Large” seats featuring more personal space for a fee). Both seating options will feature the same level of in-flight service.
“PEOPLExpress (VPX) has been looking at market opportunities to replace service that Newport News lost to places like Boston and New York and other underserved markets, that have seen service declines with consolidation of the airline industry,” said Jeff Erickson, a long-time airline executive, on behalf of (VPX).
Erickson said PEOPLExpress (VPX) has developed a “low-cost, à la carte service model that enables customers to create a customized travel product reflecting their individual wishes and budgets. Customers can choose to fly at an ultra-low price with friendly and attentive service but minimal frills or they can opt to purchase extras they want to make their trip more enjoyable, such as priority boarding, pre-assigned seating or an upgrade to a Living Large seat.”
According to (VPX), fares start as low as $76 each way. Erickson said, “Add-on fees let customers decide what they want to pay for. While this is common in the industry, our difference will be in the level of service we provide and can-do attitude from check-in to arrival,” he said. “It’s the service and level of personal attention that makes a difference.”
July 2014: Vision Airlines (VIS)’ revived low-cost carrier (LCC), PEOPLExpress (VPX), began operations Monday June 30th. (VPX) is using an old brand name of the 1980s, launched six weekly flights to Boston, Massachusetts (BOS). Secondly, it inaugurated 11 weekly services to New York Newark, New Jersey (EWR). The last route was launched to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PIT) with daily flights. There is no competition on any of the three new airport pairs.
The Newport News, Virginia (PHF)-based (LCC) (VPX) will launch four additional destinations this summer: West Palm Beach, Florida (July 14), Atlanta, Georgia (August 1), and St Petersburg, Florida; and New Orleans, Louisiana (August 28).
(VPX) operates three 150-seat Boeing 737-400 airplanes. Fares start as low as $56 each way for travel through July. “People have been very receptive and supportive of our low fares and convenient nonstop service,” said Jeff Erickson, a long-time airline executive leading the startup. “From the very beginning, PEOPLExpress (VPX) was designed to provide a fun, creative and innovative approach to air travel to dispel the myth that low air fares have to mean low service or an impersonal experience.”
PEOPLExpress (VPX) said it has developed a low-cost, a la carte service model enabling customers to create a “customized travel product reflecting their individual wishes and budgets.”
Fees for checked bags are $20 for the first bag, and $25 for the second. "Living Large" seats are available at $59 per flight segment, exit row seats are $25 each way, advance seat assignments are $15 each way, while carry-on bags in overhead bins are $25 for each bag per segment. Beverages are available for purchase to accompany complimentary snacks.
February 2016: Vision Airlines (USA) ((IATA) Code: V2, based at Las Vegas McCarran) (VIS) is planning to start operating scheduled charter services from Las Vegas North to H A Clark Memorial Field in Williams, Arizona after the local city council has approved an operating permit (VIS).
(VIS) plans to operate flights on the route using its Do228 turboprops and use Williams as a gateway to the Grand Canyon, offering tour packages including the flight to Williams and a bus journey from there onwards. Vision (VIS) already serves Grand Canyon National Park, Marble Canyon, and Monument Valley with regular scheduled charter flights from Las Vegas.
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1 737-3T0 (CFM56-3) (N732VA - - SEE PHOTO - - "VIS-737-3TO-2009-07"). 136Y.
1 737-4Q8 (CFM56-3) (1855-24704, N744VA), (ILF) LSD 2009-11, EX-(SX-BKI). 150Y.
1 737-400 (CFM56-3), (ILF) 5 YR LSD 2010-01. 150Y.
1 737-400 (CFM56-3), (DEA) LSD 2011-01. 150Y.
1 737-405 (CFM56-3) (24271, N745VA), JETRAN LSG LSD 2013-07. 150Y.
1 737-448 (CFM56-3) (N742VA - - SEE PHOTO - - "VIS-737-448-2009-02").
1 737-46B (CFM56-3) (2088-25262, N743VA), LSD 2009-05. 150Y.
1 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (78-28214, N781VA), (ILF) LSD 2009-04, EX-(OY-SEB) WITH SPLIT SCIMITAR WINGLETS.
0 767-2Q8ER (272-24448, N766VA), (ILF) 5 YR LSD 2009-10, EX-(EI-DMP), WET-LST (VCV) 2012-07.PUT INTO STORAGE AT GOODYEAR (GYR) 2013-03.
3 767-222 (JT9D-7R4D) (7-21866, /82 N769VA, 2007-09; 11-21869, N768VA, 2007-09; 13-21870, /82 N767VA, 2007-06), EX-(UAL), BF TRANSATLANTIC AVIATION. 10F, 32C, 126Y.
1 MD-82 (1171-49264, N14810), BF CLUB EXCELLENCE 2005-07.
0 L-1011-100, 323 PAX, LEASED, RTND.
1 DHC-8-202 (352, N801VA), 2010-02.
5 DORNIER 228-202 (TPE331-5-252D) (8085, /86 N402VA; 8097, /86 N409VA; 8120, /87 N404VA; 8144, /87 N405VA; 8171, /90 N403VA), WELLS FARGO LSD. 19Y.
1 DORNIER 328JET (PW306B) (3170, /00 N328VA; 3171, /01 N328DA; 3174, /01 N38V), LSD. 3171; 3174; RTND 2009-12. 30Y.
2 DORNIER 328-100 (PW119C) (3049, /96 N329MX; 3067, /96 N330MX), WELLS FARGO LSD. 30Y.
STEVEN ACOR, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO). STEVEN ACOR AND WILLIAM ACOR WERE FOUNDERS OF (VIS).
DAVID MEERS, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO).
GARY ACQUAVELLA, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
AARON GOODWIN, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
CLAY MEEK, DIRECTOR SALES & MARKETING.