The Boeing 737-700C can be configured with 94 leather seats or 36 VIP seats including some that convert into beds. Debra Hale
The Boeing 737-700C can be configured with 94 leather seats or 36 VIP seats including some that convert into beds. Debra Hale

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The latest thing at Alliance Airport? A luxury charter airline

By Andrea Ahles

aahles@star-telegram.com

August 25, 2017 10:06 AM

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.

Ross Perot Jr. controls Hillwood, which developed AllianceTexas and launched Hillwood Airways.
Paul Moseley Star-Telegram

“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.”

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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