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AIRLINE OF THE AMERICAS BEGINS CHARTER SERVICE

 AIRLINE OF THE AMERICAS BEGINS CHARTER SERVICE
 SMYRNA, Tenn., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A new airline -- Airline of


the Americas -- will begin charter service this week, initially operating planes from the Northeast to Mexico and the Caribbean.
 The airline's first flight will leave New York's JFK airport Saturday for Saint Martin. Other departures have already been booked from Boston, Philadelphia and Washington to the Caribbean.
 The new airline, which operates under worldwide charter authority, has its headquarters in Smyrna.
 AOA was formed by Charles P. Caudle, president and chief executive officer, and Gordon A. Cain, chairman. Cain is also chairman of the Sterling Group, a private financial organization which has completed leveraged buyout transactions totalling more than $3.4 billion.
 Operating under a new certificate, Airline of the Americas will be flying newly-acquired advanced Boeing 727-200 jets, offering both first class and economy service.
 While the airline begins its life as a charter carrier, plans for the future also include scheduled service.
 "We believe we can deliver high quality, competitively priced transportation to the charter and scheduled markets," Caudle said. Development of the U.S. charter market, he added, "will likely increase to the point where a significant portion of leisure travel is done on charters, as it is in Europe."
 Caudle believes experience is one of the new airline's most important assets.
 He is a veteran of 27 years in the airline industry. He was captain and pilot for Pan American Airlines and also was with National Airlines as captain, pilot and pilot chairman.
 John D. MacDonald, executive vice president and chief operating officer, was formerly CEO of Trans International Airlines; vice president, Europe for Capitol Air, and founder of Air Berlin, among other positions.
 Dan Condon, the chief pilot of Airline of the Americas, held the same post at Pan Am. AOA is also using "hand picked, highly experienced former Pan Am flight crews," according to Caudle.
 He said Airline of the Americas derives its operating philosophy from the Sterling Group, which is headed by AOA Chairman Cain.
 Caudle noted that AOA's structure provides for employee ownership, management ownership and profit-sharing: all key elements in most transactions completed by the Sterling Group.
 The New York sales office number for AOA is 914-726-4231. The airline's number in Smyrna is 615-223-0090. Fax: 615-459-3425.
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