Vision Airlines

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Vision Airlines
VisionAirlinesLogo.png
IATA
V2
ICAO
RBY
Callsign
RUBY
Founded1994 (as Vision Air)
Commenced operationsFebruary 26, 1995 ( as a Grand Canyon tour company)
Fleet size5 [1]
Destinations3
Parent companyVision Aviation Holdings
HeadquartersNorth Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Key people
Websitehttp://www.visionairlines.com
 
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Vision Airlines
VisionAirlinesLogo.png
IATA
V2
ICAO
RBY
Callsign
RUBY
Founded1994 (as Vision Air)
Commenced operationsFebruary 26, 1995 ( as a Grand Canyon tour company)
Fleet size5 [1]
Destinations3
Parent companyVision Aviation Holdings
HeadquartersNorth Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Key people
Websitehttp://www.visionairlines.com

Vision Airlines, formerly Vision Air, is an airline with its operations headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia.[2] Commercial passenger flights are currently offered from Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi, (GPT) St. Petersburg/Tampa, Florida (PIE), and Sanford/Orlando, Florida (SFB).[3]

The airline also operates charter flights for their tour division of the Grand Canyon, Marble Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Monument Valley out of North Las Vegas Airport utilizing Boeing 737 and Dornier 328 aircraft. In addition, during the summer months, Vision Airlines transports white water rafters to various destinations along the Colorado River.

History[edit source | edit]

On January 19, 2011, Vision Airlines announced that it would begin commercial flights to 20 U.S. cities beginning March 25, 2011 from Northwest Florida Regional Airport using Boeing 737 and Dornier 328 aircraft.[4] The airline also began operating nonstop Boeing 737 flights between Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Las Vegas, Nevada with these flights also serving the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, but then suspended all service on the route. Vision then ceased all flights at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport and shut down its hub operation at this airport in 2012.

On June 16, 2011, Vision Airlines announced new service from Freeport, Bahamas to the United States beginning on November 11, 2011. The scheduled service to and from the Bahamas included new cities of Baltimore, Maryland; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Richmond, Virginia.[5] However, Vision then ceased all service to Freeport.

In early 2012, Vision Airlines announced that it would begin commercial flights to 11 U.S. cities beginning May 31, 2012, based in Myrtle Beach International Airport in South Carolina. Eight flights were to be operated from Myrtle Beach with Vision's other destinations consisting of flights between St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. This schedule was effective May 31, 2012, through October 31, 2012. Since then, Vision has suspended all service to Myrtle Beach.

As of 2013, Vision's only scheduled flights are from Gulfport-Biloxi to St. Petersburg and Orlando, Florida.

Destinations[edit source | edit]

Vision currently serves three destinations in the United States and has flown scheduled passenger service to a number of other U.S. cities as well as to Freeport, Bahamas in the past. Vision also flies charters to many other destinations.

Fleet[edit source | edit]

Vision Airlines 737-300

As of August 2013, the Vision Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[1][6]

AircraftActiveStoredPassengersNotes
FCYTotal
Dornier 3280230301 plane operated for U.S. Government[1]
Dornier 228471919
Boeing 737-3001136136
Boeing 737-4002148148
Total89

Haitian relief efforts[edit source | edit]

Pilots and flight attendants from Vision Airlines volunteered to fly in supplies and emergency crews to Haiti after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Vision Airlines loaded planes in Miami and Atlanta with rescue workers, search dogs, water and medicine.[7]

Spy swap[edit source | edit]

On July 9, 2010, the United States government chartered a Vision Airlines jet to transport ten Russian "illegals" (spies) to Vienna and collect four alleged Western spies in the largest known prisoner swap since the Cold War.[8][9]

NASCAR sponsorship[edit source | edit]

In 2011, Vision Airlines sponsored the 15 and 51 trucks (driven by Justin Johnson and Dusty Davis, respectively) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as Vision Aviation Racing.

Litigation[edit source | edit]

In January 2013, Okaloosa County, Florida, filed a lawsuit against Vision Airlines to recoup more than $146,000 in unpaid fees. In December 2012, the Okaloosa County Commission voted to sue if the discount carrier did not pay its debt, or at least develop a new payment schedule, before the end of the year. Harry Chiles, an attorney with the Tallahassee law firm of Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, said Vision Airlines will have 20 days to file a response to the lawsuit after they are served paperwork.

Vision Airlines began offering flights at Northwest Florida Regional Airport in December 2010 but did not make its first passenger facility charge payment until October 2011, when it sent a $55,000 payment. The airline then agreed to a plan to make weekly payments of $25,000, which would have paid off the debt in only 11 weeks. After that, though, the payments slowed and eventually stopped altogether. Vision also stopped communicating with the airport and did not respond to media inquiries. Vision owes similar debts in other cities it served, including Louisville, Kentucky; Gulfport, Mississippi; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[10]

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