|Headquarters||Miami, Florida, United States|
Amerijet International is an American cargo airline headquartered in Miami, Florida, United States. The airline delivers air freight with its fleet of B767-300/200 aircraft from its primary hub at the Miami International Airport to 38 destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Their network spans 476 destinations throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.
The airline was established and started operations in 1974. It was founded by David Bassett (Chairman and Chief Executive) and a partner with one leased aircraft, a Cessna 401, operating passenger and cargo services between the US and the Bahamas. In 1976, Amerijet became a freight only carrier. In late 1978, courier contracts were taken from Purolator, FedEx, UPS, DHL and from Airborne Express in the early 1980s. In 1982, Bassett bought out his partner and created Amerijet International.
The main services that Amerijet offers are general cargo shipping, pharmaceutical shipping, perishable shipping, oversized load shipping, live animal transport, and charter services. Among their airfreight operation, Amerijet also provides trucking services, including expedited delivery. Throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, Amerijet offers last mile delivery for commercial customers.
Amerijet has been a target internationally of animal rights activists for their transportation of animals for experimentation purposes in later years, particularly in conjunction with the Miami-based company Primate Products. Amerijet has been coming under increasing pressure in South Florida, with monthly demonstrations in front of its Fort Lauderdale office, and some of Amerijets upper management have even been protested at their homes. To date, two activists have been arrested in front of Amerijet's office. On Valentine's Day 2011, Amerijet ended their involvement in the primate trade with these words, "Amerijet has ceased transporting primates for any and all purposes."
Amerijet operated under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from 22 August 2001 until 31 December 2001, from which it emerged after financial restructuring. Amerijet International was majority-owned by H.I.G. from 2001 to 2016. On July 26, 2016, H.I.G. Capital completed the sale of Amerijet, the Miami-based all-cargo carrier to private equity firm ZS Fund L.P. Amerijet and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) reached an agreement on September 14, 2009 on a new four-year labor contract covering flight crew employees.
Amerijet International operates freight services to the following international scheduled destinations (as of August 2020): Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Belize City, Bogota, Cancún, Ciudad del Carmen, Crown Point, Curaçao, Dominica, East Midlands Airport, Fort-de-France, Brussels, Freeport, Georgetown, Grenada, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, Kingston, Lima, Managua, Mérida, Mexico City, Montserrat, Monterrey, Nassau, Nevis, Newark, Panama, Paramaribo, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, San Juan, San Salvador, San Pedro Sula, Santiago (DR), Santo Domingo, St Kitts, Saint Lucia, Sint Maarten, St Vincent, St. Thomas, Tegucigalpa, Tortola.
The Amerijet International fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of December 2018):
The airline fleet previously included the following aircraft (as of April 2011), which left the fleet in 2017 & 2018 respectively:
- 2 further Boeing 767-200BDSF
In the early 1980s the airline operated the following aircraft:
- 2 Dassault Falcon 20
- 1 Learjet 23,
- 2 Cessna 401
- 3 Cessna 402
- 1 Cessna Stationair.
- 6 Boeing 727-200F
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