Swift Air is an American airline based in Miami, Florida, United States. It operates a fleet of business and commercial jets available for charter and private use. Its main hub is Miami International Airport.
|Hubs||Miami International Airport|
|Subsidiaries||Eastern Airlines, LLC|
|Parent company||iAero Group|
|Headquarters||Phoenix, Arizona (corporate)|
Greensboro, North Carolina (operational)
|Key people||Kevin Burdette |
Swift Air operates charter flights for major professional sports teams and major tour operators. It also provides aircraft management services for private owners. Among others in summer of 2011 Swift Air originally planned to operate public charter flights from Chicago to some European destinations such as Belgrade (Serbia), Zagreb (Croatia) and Kraków (Poland); however, these destinations were only flown in June 2011.
Following the acquisition of assets from Eastern Air Lines in 2017, Swift Air began operating charter flights to Cuba for Havana Air.
The airline was established in 1997 and was the launch customer for the Embraer ERJ 135 Legacy aircraft. In November 2006 the airline received authorization for Part 121 operations and began flying three Boeing 737-400s. These aircraft are each configured with all first class interiors, electrical outlets, and club work areas with tables. Primary use of these aircraft is air transportation for major professional sports team (NBA, NHL, MLB) and for VIP charters.
John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign utilized one of Swift Air's Boeing 737-400's, which was dubbed the "Straight Talk Express," the same name given to his bus used earlier in the campaign.
In October 2009, Swift was reported to be under investigation by the FAA and OSHA for safety and maintenance issues. Employees claimed they were told to lie to NTSB investigators over an incident of a nose-gear collapsing in 2008. OSHA had asked Swift to take care of a ground equipment issue involving a broken truck latch, which they did. The investigation was re-opened a week later with OSHA declining to comment as to why. The FAA declined to comment while the investigation was under way. Swift Vice President denied that employees were directed to lie to investigators.
On June 17, 2011, Swift Air voluntarily suspended their Part 121 operations pending an inquiry by the FAA. Swift Air resumed normal part 121 operations on June 25, 2011 after making manual changes to satisfy the FAA.
In 2017, Swift Air announced plans to acquire the Boeing 737-800 assets of the second iteration of Eastern Air Lines stating, "Eastern Air Lines’ name, assets, and associated trademarks will be retained within the transaction.". One aircraft remains painted in Eastern livery to protect the trademark, although the fleet of Dynamic International Airways (owned by a co-owner of Swift Air) would eventually take the Eastern name and trademark (as Eastern Airlines, without the space), retaining the Dynamic AOC.
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