AerLine Holdings to Sell XTRA Airways®

Coral Gables, Fla., March 26, 2018 – AerLine Holdings has entered into negotiations to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary XTRA Airways.

XTRA Airways has operated Boeing 737 aircraft in its charter fleet flying sports teams, rock bands, relief flights from Caribbean Islands including Puerto Rico, scheduled service between Saipan in the U.S. Mariana Islands and China, sub-service for tour operators within Europe, deportees for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and most recently supplying two highly customized executive 737 aircraft for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

XTRA Airways has an impeccable safety record, is one of the few charter carriers having scheduled service (U.S.-flag) authority, is certified to fly within Europe, and is authorized by the U.S. and China to conduct scheduled service between the two countries.

Following the decision to divest of its interest in XTRA Airways, seven of its eight 737 aircraft have been sold, and its fleet will be reduced to just one 737 aircraft before the end of May 2018. “We have put the company in the best position to permit a new owner to add whatever aircraft fleet type that best suits its operational needs, without the burden of expensive leases or old technology equipment. XTRA Airways is the perfect vehicle to launch a new airline venture with a clean balance sheet,” stated the airline CEO Frank Visconti.

AerLine Holdings will select a buyer that can offer the best value to the company, its employees and shareholders, and is anticipated to make an award before the end of April 2018.

About XTRA Airways
XTRA Airways is a 31-year-old commercial charter U.S. airline that specializes in group air travel throughout the Americas. The company operates a modern fleet of Boeing 737-400 and 737-800 aircraft, and is certified under the FAA Part 121 Flag regulations designated for all major U.S. airlines. Customers include corporate incentive groups, sports teams, entertainers, civic leaders, students, and other groups. XTRA Airways is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida.

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For more information, contact Lyndelle Nieuwkerk by calling (305) 764-3200 or via e-mail at lyndelle.nieuwkerk@xtraairways.com.

XTRA Airways® Receives Safety Management System (SMS) Acceptance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Coral Gables, Fla., December 1, 2017 – XTRA Airways is pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has accepted the airline’s Safety Management System (SMS), in compliance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 5. XTRA Airways is one of the first U.S. airlines to reach this milestone.

SMS is a formal, top-down, organization-wide approach to managing safety risk and assuring the effectiveness of safety risk controls. Comprised of four components, SMS includes safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion.

“Safety is the number one priority at XTRA Airways,” said Frank Visconti, Chief Executive Officer. “I would like to congratulate our team for working tirelessly over the past three years to assure our compliance. Going forward, it is important that we assure the SMS is further developed within the airline, remaining a primary objective and centerpiece of all we do.”

XTRA Airways treats safety with the same priority as other core business functions. Advocating and strengthening a positive safety culture and encouraging employees to report incidents or accidents—without fear of reprisal—is a top priority. Safety reports are analyzed and findings are resolved through corrective action rather than punishment or discipline. Front-line employees are the eyes and ears of the operation and their feedback is an essential part of a strong SMS program.

Founded in 1987, XTRA Airways is a commercial charter airline specializing in group air travel throughout the Americas. The company operates a modern fleet of Boeing 737-400 and 737-800 aircraft, and is certified under the FAA Part 121 Flag regulations designated for all major U.S. airlines. Customers include corporate incentive groups, sports teams, entertainers, civic leaders, students, and other groups. XTRA Airways is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida.

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For more information, contact Lyndelle Nieuwkerk by calling (305) 764-3200 or via e-mail at lyndelle.nieuwkerk@xtraairways.com.

Andrew Lotter Joins XTRA Airways As Chief Operating Officer

Coral Gables, Fla., February 8, 2017 – XTRA Airways® announces the addition of Andrew Lotter as Chief Operating Officer. Lotter will be responsible for overseeing the airline’s ongoing operations, procedures, and efficiencies. He will strategically lead the overall management of crews and ground support operations, and liaise with all relevant departments, third-party suppliers, and government regulators. As a member of the leadership team, Lotter will direct all elements of day-to-day airline operations and collaborate with revenue management, scheduling, strategic alliances, sales, brand management, product development, and customer service delivery.

“Andrew is a proven leader with vast aviation experience. We are excited to add Andrew to the team as his knowledge and experience will provide further depth to XTRA Airways’ management team continuing our mission of building the finest, most efficient charter carrier on the market,” said Frank Visconti, Chief Executive Officer at XTRA Airways. “As we continue to diversify our business, we will rely on Andrew to manage the day-to-day operations of the airline with the same creative passion he is known for throughout the industry.”

A proven airline leader with over 24 years of experience in the aviation industry, Lotter has held positions as President, COO, Senior VP of Operations, Director of Operations, Chief Pilot, Check Airman, and Captain. In his most recent role as Senior Vice President of Operations, Lotter led maintenance and flight operations at West Air Inc. in Fresno, CA, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and communicating company strategies and objectives clearly to all external and internal stakeholders. Also certified as an Airline Transport Pilot with multiple type ratings, Lotter’s understanding of aviation is exceptional and multidimensional.

Founded in 1987, XTRA Airways is a commercial charter airline specializing in group air travel throughout the Americas. The company operates a modern fleet of Boeing 737-400 and 737-800 aircraft, and is certified under the FAA Part 121 Flag regulations designated for all major U.S. airlines. Customers include corporate incentive groups, sports teams, entertainers, civic leaders, students, and other groups. XTRA Airways is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida. 

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For more information, contact Lyndelle Nieuwkerk by calling (305) 764-3200 or via e-mail at lyndelle.nieuwkerk@xtraairways.com.