USA Jet Airlines

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USA Jet Airlines
USA Jet Airlines Logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #Y2PA154Y[1]
Operating bases
Fleet size12
Parent companyActive Aero Group
HeadquartersWillow Run Airport
Van Buren Township, Michigan, USA
Key peopleDavid Schembri, Chief Executive Officer; Tom Stenglein, Chief Financial Officer; Michael Garvin, Chief Operating Officer

USA Jet Airlines is an American cargo airline with its headquarters on the grounds of Willow Run Airport and in Van Buren Township, Michigan.[2][3] USA Jet operates on-demand air charter freight, and formerly passenger flights out of Willow Run Airport.[4] USA Jet Airlines is a division of Active Aero Group, owned by Roadrunner Transportation Systems, a trucking company. Active Aero is a broker using a computer-based bidding system open to small certificated Air Carriers, with the similar methods found in the trucking industry.


A USA Jet DC-9 was used for the filming of the movie Cedar Rapids and another painted for We Are Marshall.

USA Jet flew the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan presidential campaign flights for the 2012 election year. A VIP MD-83, registration N949NS, was used for Mitt Romney and a VIP DC-9-32, registration N215US was used for Paul Ryan.

In August 2013, USA Jet Airlines became the world's first operator of an MD-80 Passenger-to-Freighter conversion. The aircraft, converted by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc., competes against the Boeing 727 in the cargo market.[5]


As of August 2018, the USA Jet Airlines fleet includes:

Cargo Configuration:
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 1 0
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15F 3 0
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32F 2 0
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-33F 1 0
Boeing 727-200 2 0
Dassault Falcon 20 3 0
Passenger Configuration (Historical)
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 1 0
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15 1 0
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 1 0
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 2 0


On July 8, 2008, a DC-9-15F (N199US) crashed onto a roadway while approaching the Plan de Guadalupe International Airport in Saltillo, Mexico while on a scheduled cargo flight from the U.S. The National Transportation Safety Board, which confirmed the death of the pilot, reported no one was injured on the ground. The co-pilot suffered severe burns.[6] USA Jet Flight 199 departed Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI (YIP) on July 5 for Hamilton (YHM), Canada to pick up cargo. Automotive parts were loaded on board and the flight continued to Shreveport (SHV) where it arrived at 23:19 CDT. After clearing customs it took off again at 23:48 CDT, bound for Saltillo (SLW), Mexico. The DC-9 crashed in an industrial area 800 m north of the airport. The airplane broke up and burned.[7]

On September 1, 2005, a Falcon 20. struck a flock of mourning doves, shortly after rotation at Lorain County, Ohio, causing both engines to flame out. As the gear was retracted, the plane crashed beyond the runway and was destroyed after impact. The Crew suffered minor injuries.

On March 4 ,1999, a Douglas DC-9-15F, N195US, operated by USA Jet Airlines encountered a flock of snow geese, while on final approach for landing at Kansas City International Airport, Missouri. During the encounter, several birds were ingested into both engines, resulting in a severe power loss.


  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ "Michigan Airline Takes Flight! Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine" USA Jet Airlines. March 31, 2009. Retrieved on July 18, 2010. "USA JET AIRLINES 2068 E Street Belleville, MI 48111."
  3. ^ "Van Buren township, Wayne County, Michigan[permanent dead link]." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "Charter Airlines Offer A Wonderful Alternative To Scheduled Flying" in Cabin Managers, June 1, 2008. Retrieved June 1, 2008.
  5. ^ "Aeronautical Engineers MD-80SF Spec Sheet Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine".
  6. ^ " Archived 2013-05-11 at the Wayback Machine"
  7. ^ "Aviation Safety Network"

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