In May, we reported that Miami Air went into liquidation following the ceasing of its operations. However, the carrier will now be returning with new ownership and a Boeing 737-800 jet.
A tough few years
On March 26th, the carrier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This move was made only a few weeks after stricter travel restrictions amid the global health crisis were put into place within the United States.
However, there were existing issues for the operator following its financial accountability for a major incident that happened last year. On May 3rd, 2019, Miami Air Flight 293 crashed into St. John’s River in Florida. This event saw the injuries of 21 of the 140 passengers on board.
Returning to service
The airline usually operated a fleet of six Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The type will make a return for the carrier as it re-emerges with new owners.
Airways Magazine reports that between October 20th and 22nd, registration HL7567 was ferried from Seoul Gimpo, South Korea, via Sapporo and Anchorage to Miami. The 19-year old used to be operated by Eastar Jet, and it will now fly as registration N770MA.
The new outfit plans to operate charter flights and will be based in Delaware. It acquired the assets and certificate of the old airline.
Before going into liquidation, from August 1990, Miami Air transported sports teams, the government, the military, political campaigners, medical professionals, and entertainers. With activity such as sport picking up across the US in recent months, the need for more private transportation could be on the rise.
The airline initially operated Boeing 272-200 aircraft, and by 2000, the fleet had grown to eight units. As a result, aircraft and revenues in excess of $100 million by 2000. However, according to airline’s website the fleet was overhauled in the new century with new Boeing 737 jets.
Tomas Romero, who also owns World Atlantic Airlines, is behind the new management. With a clean slate, the brand of Miami Air has the opportunity to serve well under new ownership. Even though it is small scale with only one aircraft at the moment, there is the chance to build heading into the new year.
Altogether, there have been many transitions within the aviation industry amid the global health crisis. There could be plenty of more airlines coming and going over the next few years. However, it will be welcoming to see Miami Air’s name in the skies once again.
What are your thoughts about the brand of Miami Air hitting these skies again? Did you ever fly with the airline over the years? Let us know what you think of the carrier in the comment section.