National Airlines has begun U.S. interstate and foreign charter passenger service with a Boeing 757-200, having completed FAA certification and received authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
A wholly owned subsidiary of National Air Cargo Holdings, National Airlines is operating a 757-200 passenger aircraft which offers seating for 164 passengers, 12 in first/business class and 152 in premium economy. In-flight service includes flexible on-board services tailored to meet each charter customer’s preferences, according to the airline.
“National is extremely proud to bring our trademark excellence to the passenger market. We look forward to complimenting our global cargo services by offering customized non-stop passenger service to travel consolidators, businesses and sports teams whether their destination is within North America, Europe, South America or the Caribbean,” says Steven Harrison, president of National Airlines.
According to National, the configuration of its aircraft and its in-flight service has been designed with passengers’ well-being in mind. National’s service includes economy seats configured for extra leg room (offering a 34-inch seat pitch), in-flight entertainment systems, and menus tailored to the charterer’s budget and preference.
National Air Cargo Holdings says its expansion efforts will now focus exclusively on gaining U.S. government operating authority for its three Boeing 747-400 freighters to augment its existing fleet of McDonnell Douglas DC-8 aircraft.
The company (which is based at Ypsilanti, Michigan near Willow Run Airport) formally initiated FAA certification efforts for the 747-400F on April 27, 2011.