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Primaris Airlines
Primaris Airlines logo.svg
IATA
FE
ICAO
WCP
Callsign
WHITECAP
Founded 2002
Fleet size 1 plane
Destinations
Headquarters Las Vegas, Nevada
Key people Mark Morris, Don Bowman
Website http://www.flyprimaris.com/ domain name expired on 09/26/2009 and is pending renewal or deletion

Primaris Airlines was an American charter airline located in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA It operates in domestic and international services. Its main base is McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas.[1]

Contents

History

The airline was established in 2002 and started operations on June 1, 2004.[2] It has 140 employees (at January 2008).[1] It achieved an FAA certified Part 121 certification in June 2004 as a Domestic, Flag and supplemental operator. It achieved 180 minute ETOPS certification November 3, 2006.[3] Primaris suspended operations December 2, 2008 pending additional funding.

Primaris was Boeing's first US airline customer for its new Boeing 787 aircraft, with an order for 20 aircraft. Primaris planned to use these aircraft to expand its services internationally, but canceled their intent to purchase the new Boeing aircraft in June 2006.[4] No reason was given for the 787 order cancellation. No information has been made public on make or type of other new aircraft to be used. It is speculated that negotiations are in progress with Airbus and/or a re-negotiation with Boeing aircraft.

On October 10, 2008, Primaris Airlines filed for CH.11 Bankruptcy protection in U.S._Bankruptcy_Court, District of Arizona. After several months attempting to secure continuation funding, the CH.11 trustee moved to convert the filing to CH.7 liquidation on March 30, 2009. [5]

Services

The Scheduled Service Funding will determine the actual timeline.

Due to lack of scheduled service funding Primaris Airlines remains a small charter airline. Interest in the mid level market remains high, with proof of concept being demonstrated by other niche market airlines in Europe.

The route map on Primaris's web page has been restored, and with the implementation of a new web page in late December 2007 uses new graphics and depiction of route structure by year of operation. The new website also indicates charter and scheduled operations separately.

Fleet

The Primaris Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft (as of 1 December 2008) [1]:

Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
Boeing 757-200

Notable charter activity

References

  1. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 65. 2007-04-10.  
  2. ^ FAA Air Carrier Certificate
  3. ^ Company Website
  4. ^ Wallace, James (2006-07-06). "Boeing customer cancels order for 787s". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/276553_boeing06.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ U.S. Bankruptcy Court Case 2:08-bk-14060-RJH

External links

  • Primaris Airlines domain name expired on 09/26/2009 and is pending renewal or deletion
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