Arrow Air

Arrow Air

airline=Arrow Air
callsign=BIG A
headquarters=Miami, USA
key_people=Luis Soto (President)
hubs=Miami International Airport

Arrow Air is an American cargo airline based in Miami, Florida, USA. It operates over 90 weekly scheduled cargo flights, and has a strong charter business. Its main base is Miami International Airport.cite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International | page= 77 | date= 2007-03-27]


The airline was established in 1947 as an all-cargo operator. Passenger services were adopted by the late 1970s and early 1980s, both on a charter and regular scheduled service basis. Arrow Air had many passenger flights from JFK International Airport in New York and from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan at the time, using Lockheed L-1011 as well as McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and DC-8 equipment. During the 1990s, Arrow Air's management decided to return the airline to being an all-cargo operator once again.Fact|date=April 2007

Formerly a subsidiary of International Air Leases, Air Arrow was acquired by Fine Air in 1999, but it remained flying under the name Arrow Air. Fine Air also still operates under its own name. In January 2004 Arrow Air filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but exited in June 2004 after a bankruptcy court approved its restructuring.

Arrow Cargo's Strategic Alliance

In March 2008, Arrow was very pleased to announce that they had entered into a strategic alliance with MatlinPatterson, a global private equity fund in partial control of the Brazilian company Varig Log and who also are in full ownership control of Global Aero Logistics, a U.S. airline holding conglomeration of airline companies. Matlin Patterson will partner with Arrow for future growth and development.

They said that during the next few months, there would be many positive changes in the company including additional financial, technological and human resources as well as new policies and procedures to enable Arrow Cargo to achieve financial stability and customer excellence. At that time there were rumors that there would be a merger, and Arrow would receive.

Incidents & accidents

*December 12, 1985: an Arrow Air Flight 1285, a DC-8 carrying American military personnel on a charter flight home for Christmas crashed in Newfoundland, killing all 248 passengers on board and 8 crew members. See: Arrow Air Flight 1285.

* On December 13, 2002, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62F operated by Arrow Air flying from Yokota was approaching runway 20R at Singapore Changi Airport. Due to a miscommunication between the First Officer and Captain during landing, when the aircraft touched down only about 1,500 m of the runway remained available. The aircraft overran the runway and came to rest about 300 m from its end.

* June 4, 2006: A McDonnell Douglas DC10-10F (registered N68047) en route Miami-Managua touched down fast at Managua and was unable to stop before the end of the runway. The aircraft overran by about 300 meters, the nose gear collapsed, causing substantial damage to the wing engines as well as a fuel rupture in the wing.


[] Cargo Solutions (cargo routes & schedules)

Arrow Air operates the following freight services (at January 2005):

*Domestic scheduled destinations: Atlanta,San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), and Miami.

*International scheduled destinations: Iquitos (IQT), Bogotá (BOG), Lima (LIM), Panama City (PTY)and San José SJO, Santo Domingo (SDQ), Santiago (STI), Port au Prince.

Scheduled destinations of Arrow Air, Inc. dba Arrow Cargo, are:
*Central America
**Guatemala City, El Salvador, San Pedro Sula, Managua, Nicaragua, San José, Costa Rica, Panama City
*South America
**Bogotá, Cali, Ciudad del Este, Guayaquil, Iquitos, Lima, Manaus, Quito, Salvador, Brazil, Santiago, Chile, São Paulo


The Arrow Cargo fleet includes the following aircraft (at April 2008):

*2 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-40F (N140WE, N141WE)
*4 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F (N450ML, N478CT, N524MD, & N526MD)
*1 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10F (N68041)
*1 McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62 (HP791WAP)
*2 McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63CF (HP441WAP & N661AV)

Previously operated

*2 Boeing 747-200 (at January 2005 from Focus Air (N535MC & TBA)
*3 McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63CF (N784AL, N906R, & N661AV)


A white fuselage forward, with blue and green to the rear of the aircraft. "Arrow Cargo" titles appear toward the front of the plane with a green logo. N140WE is all white.

External links

* [ Arrow Cargo]


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