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" Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
Airline" was an American commuter airline headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, United States
United States
in Greater Phoenix. The airline operated flights under the brands New Mexico Airlines
New Mexico Airlines
in New Mexico, GeorgiaSkies
GeorgiaSkies
in Georgia, TennesseeSkies in Tennessee, and KentuckySkies in Kentucky, as well as under the Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
name in Hawaii. The airline was closed in 2014.

Contents

1 History 2 Corporate affairs 3 Subsidiaries

3.1 New Mexico Airlines 3.2 GeorgiaSkies 3.3 TennesseeSkies/KentuckySkies

4 Incidents and Accidents 5 Incidents with Airport Security 6 Fleet 7 References 8 External links

History[edit]

Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan at Kahului Airport.

The airline was established and started operations in July 1974 when it was incorporated as Air Nevada, an on-demand charter operator. Scheduled passenger services started in 1978 with the airline operating nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
National Park Airport with Cessna 402
Cessna 402
twin prop aircraft.[1] After Eagle Canyon Airlines acquired its network of tour operators, Air Nevada
Air Nevada
ceased operations in January 1998, changed its operating name to Pacific Wings and continued its scheduled services within Hawaii. It is owned by Greg Kahlstorf (50%) and Frank Ford (50%).[2] On February 1, 2007, the airline began operating flights between Honolulu and Molokai, Honolulu and Lanai, and Kahului and Molokai as PW Express, offering $49 one way fares on every seat on every flight. Service to Kapalua, West Maui
Maui
began a month later.[3] PW Express service terminated in July 2009 in the wake of Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
cutbacks following an incident with airport security in Kahului. In May 2013, the airline confirmed reports that it would be ending all flights in Hawaii
Hawaii
on June 15, 2013. By the time the reports emerged, the airline had reduced its service to Honolulu, Kahului, Kona, and Molokai; having eliminated flights Hana, Kalaupapa, and Kamuela.[4] Corporate affairs[edit] The airline was headquartered in Mesa, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
in Greater Phoenix.[5] The airline previously had its headquarters in Dallas, Texas.[6] Previously the headquarters were in the Kahului Airport
Kahului Airport
Commuter Terminal in Kahului Airport
Kahului Airport
in Maui, Hawaii.[7] Subsidiaries[edit] The following airline divisions of Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
all used the same call sign of Tsunami, two letter IATA codes (LW), and ICAO 3 letter code - (NMI). As for FAA DOT regulating purposes they are all the same airline. For marketing purposes, the operations were segmented into various divisions. New Mexico Airlines[edit] Main article: New Mexico Airlines In January 2007, the airline applied for Essential Air Service subsidies to serve Clovis and Silver City, New Mexico
Silver City, New Mexico
from Albuquerque, competing with a bid from incumbent operator Great Lakes Aviation, and to serve Hobbs and Carlsbad, New Mexico, competing with a bid from incumbent operator Air Midwest. Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
has said the airline would serve the routes with Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft, and would aim to wean the routes off subsidy service, as it has done in Hawaii. It would also serve other destinations from Albuquerque without a subsidy.[8][9] In March 2007, both the Lea County Commission (which oversees the airport in Hobbs) and the Carlsbad City Council voted unanimously to support Pacific Wings' bid to replace Mesa's EAS contract to both airports. In addition to subsidized service to Albuquerque and El Paso, Texas, the airline has also proposed unsubsidized service to Lubbock and Midland-Odessa, Texas
Texas
and Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was also reported that the airline had withdrawn its bid for service to Silver City after local officials declined to meet with airline representatives.[10] The United States
United States
Department of Transportation issued an order selecting Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
for the Hobbs and Carlsbad service on March 30, 2007.[11] Flights in New Mexico began on July 1, 2007, under the name New Mexico Airlines.[12] As of December 2014, New Mexico Airlines terminated service. GeorgiaSkies[edit] Main article: GeorgiaSkies In June 2008, Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
was awarded an EAS contract for service to Athens Benn Epps Airport, Georgia and Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Georgia. The airline began operating flights from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
in Atlanta under the name GeorgiaSkies
GeorgiaSkies
using Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft on September 29, 2008.[13] However, as of January 2013, GeorgeSkies reportedly no longer flies between Macon and Atlanta,[14] although GeorgiaSkies
GeorgiaSkies
has a press release stating that " GeorgiaSkies
GeorgiaSkies
has been ordered to continue serving the City until a replacement carrier can be found."[15] For a brief period Macon was without air service as the replacement carrier Sun Air International
Sun Air International
was unable to begin operations on the slated date. Eventually, Silver Airways
Silver Airways
began EAS service to Macon. TennesseeSkies/KentuckySkies[edit] In mid-2009 Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
was awarded a contract to provide EAS service from Jackson, Tennessee
Jackson, Tennessee
and Owensboro, Kentucky. Marketed as TennesseeSkies in Jackson and KentuckySkies in Owensboro, flights from both cities would be offered to Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
with some flights continuing to Atlanta, Georgia. Service began on August 30, 2009.[16] On June 30, 2011 Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
filed with the United States
United States
Department of Transportation a 90-day notice of its intent to terminate service effective September 30, 2011 saying it is “unable to procure counter or gate space at Nashville International Airport
Nashville International Airport
on reasonable terms.” The DOT prohibited the airline from suspending service until a replacement carrier began service.[17] Eventually replacement carriers were procured ( Cape Air
Cape Air
in Owensboro and SeaPort Airlines
SeaPort Airlines
in Jackson) and TennesseeSkies/ KentuckySkies ceased operation in early 2012. Incidents and Accidents[edit] On July 12, 1993, when the airline was still known as Air Nevada, a Cessna 402C with registration N818AN crashed after takeoff from McCarran International Airport
McCarran International Airport
in Las Vegas, Nevada. The flight was destined for the Grand Canyon, but after liftoff the pilot advised the air traffic controller that the baggage door was open and requested to return to the airport for landing. The pilot and both passengers on board were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board
National Transportation Safety Board
determined the probable cause of the accident to be the pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering in the traffic pattern, with the pilot's failure to assure that the nose baggage compartment door was secured as an additional factor.[18] Incidents with Airport Security[edit] After several videotaped incidents in 2005, Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
accused the security firm Wackenhut
Wackenhut
of harassment. The first known recorded incident reported in the media happened in October 2005, after the President
President
of the airline and one of his employees were attacked by Wackenhut
Wackenhut
Security Manager "Butch" Tam Ho in an airport conference room during a meeting in which Pacific Wings requested to bring repeated incidents of harassment by Wackenhut personnel to the attention of airport management. The airline President
President
and his employee were then placed under citizen's arrest by Wackenhut
Wackenhut
personnel and held for hours without being Mirandized or allowed access to a telephone. The airline executive was knocked unconscious during the event, and his employee suffered a facial fracture. Neither the Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
President
President
nor the employee were ever charged by prosecutors with any crime, and both arrest records were expunged six months after the incident. Tam Ho was indicted on two counts of witness tampering by a federal Grand Jury in May 2008 and faces up to 10 years in prison in connection with the event.[19] The case went to trial in early 2009, and on October 16, 2009, Tam Ho was found not guilty on all counts due to a legal technicality involving whether Tam Ho's admitted assault was done under color of law. On November 14, 2005, another employee was accosted by another Wackenhut
Wackenhut
Security Guard while unloading supplies at the same airport. The employee videotaped the entire incident. On the videotape clip repeatedly broadcast in local media, the guard is shown threatening to kill the employee with a sidearm, shoving and cursing at the employee, and spitting on the employee. The guard, Eric Brown, was arrested by Maui
Maui
Police and charged with terroristic threatening. Brown was later banned from working on any state property or facility.[20] On July 8, 2009, Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
temporarily suspended its Hawaii operations a day after an alleged confrontation between airline employees and Securitas airport police attempting to deliver a citation to Gabe Kimbrell, the airline's president and chief operations officer, in connection with a fuel spill and alleged improper storage of fuel in the airline's Kahului hangar the previous month.[21] The airline resumed flights two days later, announcing that it was reducing service to just three routes, completely eliminating service to Kona and increasing ticket prices.[22] Fleet[edit] The Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
fleet was composed of single engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft. Prior to the acquisition of the Cessna 208, the airline operated a fleet of twin engine Cessna 402
Cessna 402
aircraft. References[edit]

^ http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline
Airline
Guide (OAG), Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
to Las Vegas flight schedules ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 60.  ^ Segal, Dave (2007-01-18). " Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
joins airlines offering $49 fare". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2007-01-18.  ^ Segal, Dave (May 13, 2013). " Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
pulling out of Hawaii". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved May 14, 2013.  ^ Segal, Dave. " Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
lambastes Mokulele's entry into Hana market." Honolulu Star Advertiser. September 6, 2012. Retrieved on March 30, 2013. "Pacific Wings, which moved its headquarters to Mesa, Ariz., from Kahului several years ago[...]" - Also on HighBeam Business ^ "Customer Care." Pacific Wings. Retrieved on July 4, 2009. "Pacific Wings 5950 Berkshire Lane, Suite 800 Dallas
Dallas
TX 75225-5836" ^ "Customer Care." Pacific Wings. July 4, 2007. Retrieved on November 29, 2012. " Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
Airlines Kahului Airport
Kahului Airport
Commuter Terminal 1 Kahului Airport
Kahului Airport
Road Kahului, HI 96732 " ^ Eagar, Harry (2007-01-09). "Pacific spreading Wings beyond Hawaii". The Maui
Maui
News. Archived from the original on 2007-01-13. Retrieved 2007-01-10.  ^ "Proposal to Provide Essential Air Service
Essential Air Service
at Hobbs (Docket OST-2000- 12800) and Carlsbad (Docket OST-2000- 12802), New Mexico" (PDF). 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2007-01-19.  ^ Eagar, Harry (2007-03-12). "TIDES OF COMMERCE: Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
takes place of Mesa in New Mexico market". The Maui
Maui
News.  ^ "Order Selecting Carrier and Setting Final Subsidy Rates" (TIFF). United States
United States
Department of Transportation. 2007-03-30. Retrieved 2007-03-30.  ^ Marksteiner, Kyle (2007-06-28). "New airline service provider takes over Sunday". Carlsbad Current-Argus. Retrieved 2007-07-02.  ^ Yamanouchi, Kelly (2008-09-25). "New airline to offer Atlanta-Athens flights". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2008-09-25.  ^ Gaines, Jim (2013-01-31). " GeorgiaSkies
GeorgiaSkies
stops flying from Macon airport". Macon, GA, USA: Macon.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-02-15.  External link in publisher= (help) ^ "MORE TURBULENCE FOR AIRPORT, SUBSIDIZED SERVICE" (PDF). GeorgiaSkies. Mesa, AZ, USA. 2013-02-08. Archived from the original on 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-02-15.  External link in work= (help) ^ Keller, Rudi (2009-08-09). "Other cities in Great Lakes Airlines' contract find new carrier". Southeast Missourian. Retrieved 2009-08-25.  ^ "Regulations.gov 2011-8-6 Order Prohibiting Termination of Service and Requesting Proposals". US DOT. 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2011-08-11.  ^ "LAX93FA287". National Transportation Safety Board. 1994-06-22. Retrieved 2007-03-18.  ^ Wilson, Christie (2005-10-22). "Assault alleged at Maui
Maui
airport". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2006-12-12.  ^ Kubota, Gary (2005-11-17). "State bans guard over threats on videotape". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2006-12-12.  ^ Eagar, Harry (2009-07-09). " Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
stops flying after confrontation". The Maui
Maui
News. Retrieved 2009-07-09.  ^ Baehr, Brooks (2009-07-10). " Pacific Wings
Pacific Wings
Cutting Flights & Employees". KGMB. Archived from the original on 2009-09-21. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 

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