A plane carrying 126 passengers caught fire when its landing gear failed at Miami International Airport on Tuesday, leaving passengers fleeing the plane and many observers wondering about the airline operating the flight.
Red Air is one of the newest airlines in the region. The Dominican Republic-based company launched in the fall of 2021, seeking to challenge other low-fare carriers by offering relatively affordable flights between the US and the Caribbean country.
travel lifestyle reported Tuesday that the company had just added 20 weekly flights to the US as part of its 2022 growth strategy, which focused on adding bases in several cities in Central and South America, as well as cities in the US. USA with strong ties to the Dominican Republic.
South Florida, and Miami in particular, have strong populations of Dominican Americans. More Dominican-Americans live in New York and New Jersey, but Florida’s geographic proximity (it takes about two hours to fly to the Dominican Republic from Miami) made the city a natural American base for the new airline.
Red Air has also tried to distinguish itself in other ways. travel lifestyle He reported that the airline offers passengers the possibility of checking luggage free of charge.
The airline operates McDonnell Douglas aircraft, and its fleet reportedly consists of three MD-82s and a single MD-81. According to single flight, the plane that crashed in Miami was an MD-82 with registration HI1064 that was previously operated by LASER Airlines, based in Caracas, Venezuela. Production of that line of aircraft stopped in 1999.
McDonnell Douglas was once a major US aerospace manufacturing company based outside of St. Louis, but ceased to exist after merging with Boeing in 1997. Delta Airlines stopped flying McDonnell Douglas planes in June. 2020, although the airline at the time retained a fleet of aircraft. designed by McDonnell Douglas in the 1990s.