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North American Airlines, Inc. is an American airline with its headquarters in Building 141 on the grounds of John F. Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, USA.[1] Prior to May 2008, it operated scheduled international services from the USA to Africa and Guyana. Today, it operates domestic and international charter services and wet lease services. Its main base is John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York.[2].



North American Airlines is a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., formerly Global Aero Logistics, Inc.. Unlike the other airlines that are a part of Global Aviation, ATA Airlines (now defunct) and World Airways, North American is truly a product of airline deregulation and does not share a common history of governmental constraints, which precluded its fellow carriers' rapid early growth—unlike its own.

North American was established in 1989 and began operations on January 20, 1990. It was founded by Dan McKinnon, former head of the then-Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), mainly to provide feeder services to El Al gateways in North America, and to provide services for Club Med. El Al held a 24.9% stake in the airline until it sold it back to McKinnon in July 2003. It was acquired by World Air Holdings in April 2005.[2]

It began by flying charter flights on Boeing 757 aircraft. The company grew during the 1990s, adding flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico, various spots in Mexico and other destinations. North American also started a scheduled flight from Los Angeles International Airport to JFK to complement El Al's existing Tel Aviv-JFK-LAX run and provide the Israeli airline with more passengers. North American also opened operations in Newark, New Jersey, and Oakland, California, at that time. In addition to their original 757s, North American also operates Boeing 767s for long-range, high-density charter flights.[citation needed]

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