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In the Vanguard of Airline Safety Nationwide

by Dustin 9. May 2012

Miami Air International, America’s premier charter airline, took a giant leap forward in airline safety when the FAA’s SMS Project Office in Washington, D.C. approved Miami Air’s implementation of a Safety Management System (SMS), becoming only the fifth airline overall and the first Part 121 charter airline to do so.

 

SMS is an organized approach to managing safety.  It is a system that encourages airlines to take a deep look at their policies, procedures and accountabilities beyond regulatory requirements. It is designed to make the airline industry, already one of the safest industries, even safer.

 

Miami Air’s SMS has implemented proactive and predictive hazard identification processes to complement the traditional reactive processes.  The company’s management personnel, including the President have been trained to actively identify hazards and mitigate them before they cause an incident.  All Miami Air employees have been trained and encouraged to identify and report hazards in a non-punitive environment.

 

The concept of SMS is an effective, proven system of managing safety in Europe, Australia, Canada, and other countries around the world.  In August, Congress will enact law requiring all US Part 121 air carriers including both charter airlines and scheduled airlines, to implement a Safety Management System within three years.

 

“Thanks to our participation in the FAA’s SMS Pilot Program, Miami Air will be able to operate with a clearly defined and efficient Safety Management System that will show our employees, the industry, our government and governments worldwide, Miami Air International’s commitment to operate with the highest level of safety, as intended by the impending 14 CFR Part 5 regulation and international aviation standards,” said Jim Proia, President of Miami Air International.

 

Currently, there are 79 airlines in the entire US enrolled in the Federal Aviation Administration’s SMS Pilot Program.  Of these, only five, including Miami Air International have implemented the safety system.  Miami Air is the only luxury on demand charter airline to have implemented SMS. 

Why use Miami Air instead of a scheduled airline?

by Admin 9. November 2011

Some may ask why a group would charter with Miami Air International (MAI) – a charter airline – instead of a large scheduled airline that operates hundreds of aircraft. Most scheduled carriers do provide charter service, and some of them claim to have plenty of aircraft to back up a charter flight in the event of a maintenance irregularity.

The truth is – the charter business is totally different than scheduled service. Scheduled airlines are committed to running their published schedule. Most, if not all, of the entire fleet within a scheduled airline, are used to support the schedule. Very few planes, if any, are set aside for charter flights. If the charter plane experiences a maintenance delay, the scheduled airline cannot withdrawal a plane from the schedule to rescue the plane with the maintenance problem. To do so, they would have to cancel or delay a flight within their schedule. Charter flights actually conflict with scheduled operations.

A scheduled airline may claim to operate in most cities within the United States and Canada, and therefore have support all over. This is true to a degree. Many scheduled airlines have personnel hired in many of the destinations they fly into. However, those employees are there to simply check-in passengers and service the aircraft. Major airlines do not have an inventory of parts housed in every station in which they fly. In the event of a maintenance break, when a part is not readily available, a scheduled carrier would have to bring in a part from another location – just as MAI would. Just like large scheduled airlines, MAI relies on other carriers for maintenance support at out stations throughout the world. Currently, MAI has a maintenance contract with one of the top five carriers to supply maintenance support wherever they have maintenance facilities and personnel. More importantly, MAI has a certified mechanic flying with all of its aircraft to supervise and assist any maintenance need while our planes are away from our headquarters in Miami, Florida.

MAI’s maintenance, safety, and training programs are all certified by the FAA to the same level as any US scheduled airline. We are qualified by the US Department of Defense to fly military troops; to do this requires stringent inspections of our maintenance, safety, and training programs. Many Fortune 500 companies have hired independent third parties to inspect MAI’s entire operation and we always pass with the highest marks.

Miami Air International’s expertise and experience in the charter business is the most significant reason to work with us when chartering an airplane for your group. Chartering is our business. We often fly into small, secondary airports that do not even have scheduled service. We sometimes have to contact a local restaurant near these small airports to accommodate first class catering requests. Once, a customer of ours used a scheduled carrier only to arrive at their destination airport with no way to get off the airplane; because the carrier did not check to and see that the airport did not have air-stairs to accommodate a large aircraft. Of course MAI addresses such issues on a daily basis to ensure the customer enjoys a seamless experience.

Why use Miami Air instead of a scheduled airline?

by Admin 19. October 2011

Some may ask why a group would charter with Miami Air International (MAI) – a charter airline – instead of a large scheduled airline that operates hundreds of aircraft. Most scheduled carriers do provide charter service, and some of them claim to have plenty of aircraft to back up a charter flight in the event of a maintenance irregularity.

The truth is – the charter business is totally different than scheduled service. Scheduled airlines are committed to running their published schedule. Most, if not all, of the entire fleet within a scheduled airline, are used to support the schedule. Very few planes, if any, are set aside for charter flights. If the charter plane experiences a maintenance delay, the scheduled airline cannot withdrawal a plane from the schedule to rescue the plane with the maintenance problem. To do so, they would have to cancel or delay a flight within their schedule. Charter flights actually conflict with scheduled operations.

A scheduled airline may claim to operate in most cities within the United States and Canada, and therefore have support all over. This is true to a degree. Many scheduled airlines have personnel hired in many of the destinations they fly into. However, those employees are there to simply check-in passengers and service the aircraft. Major airlines do not have an inventory of parts housed in every station in which they fly. In the event of a maintenance break, when a part is not readily available, a scheduled carrier would have to bring in a part from another location – just as MAI would. Just like large scheduled airlines, MAI relies on other carriers for maintenance support at out stations throughout the world. Currently, MAI has a maintenance contract with one of the top five carriers to supply maintenance support wherever they have maintenance facilities and personnel. More importantly, MAI has a certified mechanic flying with all of its aircraft to supervise and assist any maintenance need while our planes are away from our headquarters in Miami, Florida.

MAI’s maintenance, safety, and training programs are all certified by the FAA to the same level as any US scheduled airline. We are qualified by the US Department of Defense to fly military troops; to do this requires stringent inspections of our maintenance, safety, and training programs. Many Fortune 500 companies have hired independent third parties to inspect MAI’s entire operation and we always pass with the highest marks.

Miami Air International’s expertise and experience in the charter business is the most significant reason to work with us when chartering an airplane for your group. Chartering is our business. We often fly into small, secondary airports that do not even have scheduled service. We sometimes have to contact a local restaurant near these small airports to accommodate first class catering requests. Once, a customer of ours used a scheduled carrier only to arrive at their destination airport with no way to get off the airplane; because the carrier did not know the airport did not have air-stairs to accommodate a large aircraft. Miami Air’s planes are equipped with self contained air stairs to accommodate customers into small airports. Of course MAI addresses such issues on a daily basis to ensure the customer enjoys a seamless experience.