Perhaps it was only a matter of time before the man who helped create Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport had an airline there.
Now Ross Perot’s Jr., whose company developed AllianceTexas, has launched Hillwood Airways.
But it’s not for the average traveler.
The charter air service is operating with one Boeing 737-700C aircraft that can be configured with 94 all-leather seats, or 36 VIP seats. And the cost? From $20,000 to $25,000 per flight hour, said Ched Bart, the company’s chief executive.
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“The airline charter industry is very busy, very active, and there is plenty of work,” Bart said. “We’re eager to jump in.”
The aircraft has yet to fly its first revenue flight since Hillwood Airways received its commercial charter certification in July, as the plane is having the carpet replaced in the cabin, Bart said.
Hillwood bought the Boeing 737 from a defunct company a couple of years ago. Even though the aircraft is 11 years old, it has only flown around 2,000 flight hours. It can also be converted into a cargo plane, carrying up to 30,000 pounds of freight.
Hillwood Airways will operate the aircraft from Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport and currently has about three dozen employees.
Since the company announced it was entering the charter market, Bart said Hillwood Airways has fielded at least six inquiries a day from around the world as companies and “high net-worth individuals.”
“We have gotten so much work that we would love to say yes to, but I need a few more aircraft,” said Bart, noting that the company is looking to purchase additional planes. “We are going to operate very high quality, gently-used airliners.”