On Tuesday, Avantair asked for more time from the judge overseeing an involuntary Chapter 7 case filed against the fractional aircraft company in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa, Fla. Avantair, which had until Tuesday to respond to the filing, argued that the “company continues to negotiate with potential sources of financing and potential plan proponents in an effort to reorganize.”
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The involuntary Chapter 7 case against Avantair in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa, Fla., is proceeding at a much faster pace than industry sources initially expected. On Thursday, just one week after the case was filed, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Catherin McEwen held an emergency hearing to consider the filing creditors’ request for appointment of an interim bankruptcy trustee, as well as a motion to prevent removal of business records.
Fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet says it experienced 96-percent growth in new fractional and jet card sales during the first six months versus the same period last year. The company said sales of new fractional shares climbed by 112 percent, while new jet card sales gained 68 percent. “The skies continue to brighten for Flexjet,” said Flexjet president Deanna White.
On Thursday, four Texas-based creditors filed an involuntary Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy filing against Avantair in Florida’s Middle District (Tampa) U.S. Bankruptcy Court. A summons was sent to Avantair on Friday and the company has until August 16 to respond. If Avantair does not respond by then, the court may allow the bankruptcy case to proceed; if it does respond, a hearing will be set and the judge will then decide if the case has merit to proceed.
The future of Avantair, the operator of Piaggio Avanti fractional ownership, Axis Lease and Edge Card flight access programs, was hanging in the balance at press time as the Clearwater, Fla.-based company urgently sought restructuring options following its June 26 cessation of operations.
As prospects dim for Avantair, the Clearwater, Fla.-based Piaggio Avanti turboprop fractional ownership program, concerns about its future are taking a back seat to questions about how owners will recover their aircraft. Among recent developments:
On Wednesday, Avantair sent out its “go-forward plan” for “NewCo,” the working name for a reborn Avantair, that would first seek to “restructure and stabilize the business” as a mostly East Coast-only fractional provider. Under the plan, the company’s debts would be wiped out, though the plan does not specify how that will be accomplished.
On Friday, Avantair president and COO David Haslett updated customers on the current status at the shut down fractional provider and said that a plan to resuscitate the Clearwater, Fla.-based company is being developed. He also assured shareowners that their aircraft are still insured and “on the ground” at maintenance bases.
Fractional provider Avantair shut down today and furloughed employees as it “seeks alternative financing arrangements that it hopes will enable it to resume operations as quickly and efficiently as possible,” according to a June 26 8-K SEC filing.
Clearwater, Fla.-based Piaggio Avanti fractional provider Avantair shut down yesterday and furloughed employees as it “seeks alternative financing arrangements that it hopes will enable it to resume operations as quickly and efficiently as possible,” according to an 8-K SEC filing. Employees were also notified that “the company will not be in a position to fund payroll on June 28,” meaning they will not be paid for time worked since June 8.