By Chase Hagl
Global Crossing Airlines Becomes the Newest U.S. Air Carrier
After receiving its Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC) administered by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday, Global Crossing Airlines, also known as GlobalX, is recognized as the country’s newest airline. However, they continue to patiently await the Department of Transportation’s approval. The certificate granted, authorizes the airline to operate as a US 121 domestic, flag and supplemental carrier.
The company’s vision is to become the leading U.S. charter airline by serving both passengers and cargo operations. This was all made possible through their merger with Canada’s failed ultra-low-cost carrier, Canada Jetlines.
The airline operates a small fleet consisting of the Airbus A320 family aircraft. They currently utilize an A320 configured with 180 seats and one class under a lease with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, as well as an A321 configured with 183 seats and three classes, which they operate under an operating lease with Magnetic Leasing, a company that specializes in both Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family aircraft. The A320-200 was built in 2005 and was previously operated by the Asian carrier StarFlyer Airlines (N276GX), delivered in December of 2020. Their A321 was also put into service in 2005 and had been operated by both Vietnam Airlines and Cambodia Angkor Air (N277GX).
GlobalX will take delivery of their third and fourth aircraft in the second half of 2021. Its third order includes an A320-214 from the Dublin, Ireland leasing company, Avolon. Both GlobalX and Avolon leaders commented on the partnership with GlobalX’s CEO stating, “We are very pleased to be working with Avolon, one of the world’s leading aircraft lessors. This will be an excellent aircraft for us as we expand our capabilities to serve our client’s needs throughout the Americas.” Steven Graham, head of the Americas for Avolon stated, “Avolon is delighted to expand our business in the Americas with a new customer in Global Crossing. We wish them every success and look forward to partnering further in the future.”
Signing for their fourth aircraft on July 15, the A320-214 comes from yet another different aircraft lessor that goes by the name of Genesis, who is also based in Dublin, Ireland. Genesis’ CEO stated, “Genesis is delighted to enter into this lease agreement adding GlobalX as a new customer that is at the vanguard of new entrants to the charter market in North America.”
The airline also looks to add the Airbus A330 to their operating certificate in the second half of 2022.
GlobalX will initially designate Florida’s Miami International Airport (MIA) and New Jersey’s Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) as their first bases, with plans to later expand to the western United States.
The airline looks to operate for airlines, resorts and destinations, lessors, tours, stakeholders, etc, in areas not limited to the US, but Latin America and the Caribbean. The company doesn’t just look to transfer people, being capable of transferring cargo is another large focus.
Placing a large focus on charter operations for other airlines, touring companies, sports teams, etc. who are in need of an aircraft of A320 caliber will certainly tap into a unique market, one that wasn’t the primary focus for the industries most recent startup carriers in the US like Breeze Airways and Avelo Airlines. However unique, charter operations are very much needed, especially in a world like the one we live in today where demand for private transportation soars.
The highly experienced leadership team combined with the company’s strong business plan should provide the company with forwarding momentum when operations commence. It certainly will be interesting to see what sort of impact Global Crossing Airlines has on the industry and the carriers who operate on-demand flights.