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USA3000 Airlines
Founded 2001[1]
Fleet size 7
Destinations 20[1]
Parent company Apple Vacations
Headquarters Newtown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Key people Steven E. Harfst, President/CEO
John J. Mullen, Chairman[2]

Brendan Airways, LLC, trading as USA3000 Airlines, is a U.S. airline, headquartered in Newtown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.[3] It operates a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.





In 2000, preliminary discussions began at Apple Vacations to outline the organization and launch of an airline.[citation needed] The airline, a sister company to Apple Vacations, would eventually become USA3000 Airlines. Over the course of the following months, preparations escalated and on 21 December 2001, the airline was officially certified as an FAA part 121 operator. The origin of the company name is unknown and has never been publicly discussed, although it was likely derived from the now-defunct Canada 3000 Airlines.[citation needed]

USA 3000 Airlines began operations with one Airbus A320. The inaugural flight on December 28, 2001, flew from Philadelphia to Cancun. By early 2002, USA3000 Airlines exclusively operated charter flights, from Philadelphia, Newark, Hartford and Columbus, with two aircraft. A third aircraft was added to the fleet in May 2002 and based in Chicago O’Hare Airport.[citation needed]

Expansion & Scheduled service: 2003-2007

In order for USA 3000 to generate additional revenue, the existing charter flights were also offered as scheduled, allowing passengers to book flights without purchasing an Apple Vacation package.

In 2003, additional scheduled service was launched from northeastern U.S. cities to Florida, Bermuda, and throughout the Caribbeann. Scheduled domestic destinations included Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Orlando, Melbourne, Florida, and Sarasota. By 2004, USA 3000 Airlines had 12 permanent A320 aircraft in its fleet with 2 additional seasonal aircraft leased from Thomas Cook Airlines. Northern cities or "Gateway cities" included Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago (O'Hare), and St. Louis. Additionally, USA 3000 offered seasonal service from Hartford, Boston, and Milwaukee.

Cutbacks: 2008-Present

In early 2008, it was announced that USA 3000 Airlines would be pulling out of Newark Liberty Airport due to increased competition from discount carriers. By Summer 2008, USA3000 Airlines began a major drawback of its Florida service, closing all stations except Fort Myers. USA3000 has cited record-high fuel prices as reason for the service cuts. According to former USA3000 COO Angus Kinnear, "Florida has some of the lowest domestic air fares in the country and only Fort Myers fetches ticket prices high enough to make money with oil at $125 a barrel." In the same announcement, the airline confirmed the continuation of its remaining scheduled service, with a strong focus on maintaining the more profitable international routes.[4] However seasonal service was restored in late 2008 to St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport from Chicago (O'Hare) due to a decrease in oil prices, reduction in flights by competitors, and a demonstration of customer support.[5]

In November 2008, COO Angus Kinnear, was replaced by current CEO Steve Harfst.[6]

On January 5, 2009 USA3000 submitted a Statement of Intent to the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) based at Scott Air Force Base to be certified into the country’s Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). The certification process takes six (6) to nine (9) months and once USA3000 becomes a certified CRAF air carrier, will be able to bid on the military’s domestic charter requirements. USA3000 will also be actively seeking “Ad Hoc” charter opportunities to improve aircraft utilization and are working on enhancements to the website to improve sales, customer service and ancillary revenue opportunities.

In early February 2009, USA3000 announced it would end all of its services from Detroit and Milwaukee on April 20, 2009.[7] citing poor demand and the current economic downturn, USA3000 also stated it would end all of its services from Baltimore and Pittsburgh starting in the Summer for the same reasons. However these services have since been offered seasonally.

As of March 2010, USA 3000 operates a fleet of 7 Airbus A320 aircraft. It is expected that the fleet will be reduced to 5 aircraft.


USA3000 Airbus A320 at Pittsburgh International Airport


Dominican Republic



United States


As of August 2009, USA3000 Airlines has 7 aircraft in its fleet consisting of:[8]

USA3000 Airlines fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-214 7 168
  • As of September 2009, USA3000's average fleet age was 6 years old.[9]

USA3000 Airlines flies a fleet composed of solely Airbus A320 jet aircraft that are configured with 168 seats in a single-class configuration.

Most planes are new, delivered from Airbus.

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