Paxair

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Paxtāren Ärlénéem
WAAT
PX
ANACA
PXA
Callsign
PAXAIR
Founded1936 (as Paxtaren Air Services Company)
Operating basesSafrisco International Airport
Hubs
  • Safrisco
  • Carmeleum
  • Laengelem
Frequent-flyer programSkyClub
Airport loungePremier Lounge
SubsidiariesCargo, Maintenance, Catering
Fleet size178
Destinations76
Company sloganOnsendet Con Vir (Soar With Us)
Traded asPAS (SĀX)
HeadquartersSafrisco, Paxtar
Key peopleIrene Lopez, Director
Employees58,420

Paxtāren Ärlénéem (SC), known internationally as Paxair and domestically as Paxär is the national carrier of Paxtar. Based on fleet size and passengers flown it is the largest commercial airline in Paxtar. Paxair serves 18 domestic and 61 international destinations from its primary hub in Safrisco (map), and from its secondary international gateways in Carmeleum and Laengelem. It has over 3,300 weekly departures, and is the exclusive operator of the W40 SST.

Originally formed during the war years, the airline operated as the nationally owned Paxtaren Air Services Company (PÄSC) from 1936 until 1949. After partial privatization in 1949, the government remained the majority shareholder until 1966. Since then, the government has continued to be the largest single shareholder with currently just under 30% ownership.

Paxair is headquartered in Safrisco (map), and is publicly traded on the Safrisco stock exchange.

History

PÄSC W10, 1947
In 1936, with Paxtar's entry in to the war between Northern Block and Eastern Alliance, all Paxtaren airlines were nationalized. Costamedia Air Transport, Watanabe Coshia, Vasquez Hesperic Airline, and nine smaller airlines were combined into the Paxtāren Är Särvitem Compané (PÄSC). PÄSC provided civilian and military transportation in addition to carrying cargo and mail.

Shortly after the end of the war, legislation was passed to partially privatize PÄSC in 1948, and allow new airlines to be licensed for operation beginning mid-1949. Forty percent of the ownership shares in PÄSC were distributed among the previous owners of airlines nationalized at the beginning of the war. As part of a settlement over its pre-war activities, Watanabe Aircraft and its subsidiary Watanabe Coshia were excluded. PÄSC was renamed Paxtāren Ärlénéem (Paxtaren Airlines) and aviator Alfred Goertz, the founder of Costamedia Air Transport and a senior administrator at PÄSC, was appointed director.

1950s Route Map
Paxtaren Airlines W12, 1951
Until 1949, Paxtaren Airlines operated as a regional carrier with destinations in central and western Antarephia, and limited flights to southern Tarephia. With a fleet larger than those of its new domestic competitors, Paxtaren Airlines expanded in to international routes with service reaching as far as Tarott by early 1951.

In 1952, the schedule included a direct flight, with three refueling stops, from Safrisco to Khaiwoon lasting only 20½ hours. The flight was marketed as the 'Khaiwoon Express' highlighting its speedy travel time compared to the 18-day journey by ship.

Paxtaren Airlines W18, 1960

In 1957, the airline entered the jet age with the delivery of its first W18 Skyliner, which significantly increased passenger comfort while decreasing travel times. Flight times from Safrisco to Khaiwoon were reduced to under 10 hours. By 1965, the majority of routes were served by jets, leaving shorter domestic and regional flights to older turboprop aircraft.

The airline experienced strong growth throughout the 1970s in spite of increasing domestic and international competition. Matching the industry trend of offering loyalty programs, in 1976 the airline introduced the SkyClub frequent flyer program. Concurrent with the introduction of the new frequent flyer program, airport amenities were upgraded. New frequent flyer and business class lounges were added along with larger and more comfortable first class lounges, which were renamed Premier Lounges.

In the early 1980s, the airline experienced an extended downturn due to increasing fuel costs, its aging fleet, labor issues, and the use of the unpopular W32 wide-body on long-haul flights.
Paxtaren Airlines DG-70, 1989
In an effort to reverse the trend, in 1988 the airline signed 10-year leases on twelve MacDougall Graham DG-70s. They were the first aircraft leased by the airline, and the first foreign-built aircraft to fly in Paxtaren Airlines livery.

By the mid-1990s, the airline had recovered and added new international and domestic destinations. With the addition of the Cuper 119-20 Turboprop to its fleet in 1995, the airline was able to provide service to several smaller cities in Paxtar which until then had been served by local and commuter airlines. Timed with the delivery of its first W36 wide-body in 1997, the company rebranded itself as Paxär, and introduced its updated livery on the new W36.

In 2010, Paxair added ten W39s to its fleet. Larger than the mid-range W34, and smaller than the W36, the W39 quickly became Paxair's main mid-to-long-range passenger jet. With a range of up to 14200 km, and able to be accommodated at smaller airports, the W39 opened additional international markets to the airline.

In 2011, Paxair signed leases on two W40 SSTs which were delivered in 2012. By 2016, Paxair was flying six W40s with scheduled service to five international destinations. In spite of moderate public resentment, the SSTs continue to be heavily subsidized with government funding as part of a public relations and national promotion effort.

Airport Service

Paxair check-in counter
Paxair Premier Lounge

Paxair provides ticketing and check-in counters operated by Paxair staff at all airports served by its aircraft. At larger airports counters for First Class, Business Class and high-status SkyClub members are also available. Curbside baggage check-in is offered at larger domestic airports for domestic flights.

Most domestic airports have at least one airport lounge reserved for first class passengers. At larger airports lounges for Business Class are also available. Both types of lounges are also used for high-status SkyClub members. Internationally, other than in airports with a high number of Paxair flights, lounges are shared with partner airlines or subcontracted from other companies.

Inflight Service

Inflight entertainment and WiFi service are available on most flights, excluding CA172 and some W29 aircraft. Device charging ports are available on all aircraft. Depending on flight duration, inflight entertainment includes on-demand films, television programs, news and sports channels, in addition to audio books, games, in-flight maps, and over 40 music channels. Most content is provided in multiple languages.

First Class

Paxair first class seating
Paxair economy class seating
First class service, branded as Premier Class, is offered on all W34, W36, W39 and W40 aircraft.

Premier Class passengers check in at separate counters and can use priority security screening where available. Additionally, Premier Class passengers are given priority boarding and baggage handling. Access is provided to Paxair Premier Lounges where available, as well as partner airline lounges when traveling on international routes.

On international flights, in-flight service includes pre-departure beverages, table linens and multi-course meals. On domestic flights, beverages and complimentary light meals are provided.

On long-haul flights, except on W40 aircraft, Premier Class seats recline 180 degrees into a flat bed and include 80 cm touch displays. Premier Class passengers traveling domestically on aircraft without first class seating are provided priority seating in the business class cabin where available.

Business Class

Business class service is offered on select W34, W36, and W39 aircraft.

Business class passengers passengers check in at the Business Class counters, or Premier Class counters when business class counters are not available. Business class passengers are given priority boarding and baggage handling, and can use priority security screening where available. Access is provided to Paxair Business Class Lounges where available.

On international flights, in-flight service includes pre-departure beverages, table linens and multi-course meals. On domestic flights, complimentary light meals and beverages are provided.

Long-haul flights feature recliner seats, while domestic and shorter international flights have seats that recline up to 19° and provide an extra 20 cm of legroom compared to economy class seats.

All business class seats, except on W29 aircraft include WiFi and seat-back touch displays.

Economy Class

Economy class is available on all aircraft. Complimentary beverages are provided on all flights. Snacks are provided on flights with durations of more than 40 minutes and meals are provided on international flights with durations of more than three hours. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase on international flights with flight times of more than one hour.

Economy class seats, except on CA127 and W29 aircraft, include WiFi and seat-back touch displays for accessing inflight entertainment.

Destinations

Paxair International Destinations
Paxair Domestic Destinations

International Destinations

Akvo, Alcântara, Ataraxie-Ville, Aŭstraĉefurbo, Avewood, Bad Stanncatt, Balonis City, Bărădin, Bàrnia, Bengonia, Caerarthen Lleifwr, Campo Verde, Carmelium, Carran, Cordoba, Corrostance, Ek-Balam, Elegantia, Ergolanyum, Erilyn City, Etatono, First Harbor, Fortuna, Gobras City, Guntrum, Hexagonia City, Itacolomi, Khaiwoon, Laengelem, Latina (Ciudad), Maguériz, Malojdeh, Montecari, Norad, Pakuan, Port Emporia, Porto Colon, Pyingshum, Quentinsburgh, Safrisco, Säntjana, Saviso, Senford, Shadowsnow City, Slovech, Stanton, Suursaari, Tarott, Tárrases, Tarsinar, Tengah, Thalassa, Tilia, Torre, Trevers, Troie, Twenty Palms, Vai, Vega, Verena and Villa Constitución.

Domestic Destinations

Armawahil, Caelumcado, Carmelium, Doxterity, Joriku, Laengelem, Lagunegra, Loren, Neuheim, Safrisco, Sansimeon, Seeburg, Somerstein, Sukaidoa, Suriribazu, Watanabe, and Yasila.

Current Fleet

Paxair's current fleet is comprised of 178 passenger and cargo aircraft. All jet aircraft in the fleet are manufactured by Watanabe Aerospace. CA127 turboprops are manufactured by Cuper Aircraft. The average fleet age is 9.3 years. Other than the leased W40s, all current aircraft are owned by the airline.

Image   Aircraft Range (KM) Pass. In Service
Paxair CA127 CA127-30 1850 30 11
Watanabe W29-E W29-E,G 2600 60 14
Watanabe W34 W34-C,D,E 6100 154 41
Watanabe W39-C/XR W36-B,C,F 13500 380 38
Watanabe 39B/ER W39-A,B 15200 240 68
Paxair Watanabe W40-B W40-B 12100 172 6

Incidents

  • 1949: A PÄSC W10 carrying singer Mārtécā Govār, her husband and 18 others, disappeared without a trace over the Bahia Latina.
  • 1954: Paxtaren Airlines Flight 26. Several minutes after departing Carmeleum, the Watanabe W12 crashed into the Koropiko killing all 63 on board.
  • 1991: Near collision between Paxair flight 8310 and Hesperic Airlines flight 16. Passengers on both flights suffered minor injuries.
  • 2001: Paxair Flight 2354. While landing, the Watanabe W34 slid off the icy runway in Neuheim and hit a service truck which collapsed the forward landing gear. The driver of the truck was killed and one passenger died of a heart attack. Six additional passengers and the copilot were injured during the collision.
  • 2017: Paxair Flight 2341. During takeoff, the Cuper 127 collided with a privately-owned drone damaging the aircraft and forcing it to return to Seeburg Airport. No injuries were reported.

Media

1973 Promotional Poster 2015 Promotional Poster
1973 Promotional Poster 2015 Promotional Poster