Murray Air Reaches 10,000 Passenger Milestone

Murray Air Service Includes Europe


Murray Air Earns Hazmat Exemption


Murray Air Delivers Relief to Hurricane Katrina Survivors

Murray Air Purchases DC8-71F

Murray Air & Murray Aviation Announce Operations Merger

Murray Air, Inc., Expands Service World-Wide

Murray Wins Gold Award

Murray Air Expands Service in Canada


January 31, 2006

Murray Air Reaches 10,000 Passenger Milestone

Murray Air, Inc. shuttled over 10,000 passengers for 2005. The on-demand air cargo firm recently expanded its focus to include transporting passengers as part of its business services.

Primarily catering to Fortune 500 companies, Murray Air transports corporate employees to various destinations such as plants and regional offices which may not be easily assessable via scheduled airlines. Many companies have determined that the time savings for their employees contributes to increased productivity and less time lost to travel.

Passenger destinations include Toronto, Ontario; Rockford, Illinois; Kokomo, Indiana; St. Louis, Missouri; and Wilmington, Delaware. These locations are not served as frequently or conveniently by larger passenger airlines. Murray Air uses private facilities thus eliminating long lines and crowded terminals. Due to the frequency of the Murray Air shuttles, passengers can often attend a one-day meeting and be back at the home office for the next business day.
Murray Air forecasts it will increase the number of passengers it transports, estimating 15,000 people will fly on its planes in 2006. Expected expansion into Mexico will account for a significant portion of the increase.

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December 19, 2005

Murray Air Service Includes Europe

An expert in international cargo transport, Murray Air has expanded its business to Europe. A Murray DC8 is readied for take-off on a recent flight to Graz, Austria.


November 10, 2005

Murray Air Earns Hazmat Exemption

Murray Air, Inc. recently earned a hazardous materials exemption primarily to allow it to transport high explosives for its clients. Organizations such as oil companies, ammunition manufacturers, defense contractors and governmental agencies who require hazardous materials to be flow to national or international destinations may now use Murray Air.

The exemption, which requires a rigorous application and inspection process, allows Murray Air to carry Division 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 explosives that are not normally permitted to be shipped via air. In addition, not more than 2,000 pounds of net weight explosives may be transported per flight and the aircraft used for such transportation must be authorized by Murray Air’s FAA operations certificate. Other safety control measures are also in place, including the need for advance notice to the FAA Regional Dangerous Goods Manager, advance permission from the airports of origin and destination, and a special designation in the flight plan.

Headquartered in at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Murray Air partners with its sister company, Murray Air Certification, to provide global air cargo services as a 121 air carrier, corporate shuttle passenger services and air carrier certification. The company also provides additional passenger service using Jetstream, KingAir and Saab aircraft; cargo hauling via trucks and the CASA 212/200; and cargo conversion of the Jetstream 31/32 and Kilo Alpha 290. For more information on Murray Air, call 774-484-4800.

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Sept. 21, 2005

Murray Air Delivers Relief to
Hurricane Katrina Survivors

Precious cargo ready for shipment from Baltimore to the hurricane stricken Gulf Coast.
On Monday August 29th, hurricane Katrina slammed ashore on the Louisiana coast only miles from the city of New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina was declared a category four hurricane with winds in excess of 145 mph. In less than six hours New Orleans announced to the world a cry for help. The levees surrounding the city of 450,000 had collapsed exposing thousands of stranded families to contaminated floodwaters which reached a height of 20 feet in some areas of the beleaguered city.

In the aftermath, Murray Air was contacted to provide humanitarian support utilizing its three DaimlerChrysler DC-8 aircraft.

On Friday September 2nd Murray Air worked closely with FedEx Custom Critical on this first flight which departed the Willow Run Airport destined for Buffalo, New York. In Buffalo, almost 49,000 pounds of hospital beds (72) were uplifted and delivered to Shreveport Louisiana.

On the following day, Saturday, September 3rd, Murray Air received another urgent request from FedEx. These 85,000 pounds of pharmaceuticals needed to be transported from Memphis, Tennessee again destined for Shreveport.

On Sunday, September 4th, Murray Air received two phone calls for additional support. Chapman Freeborn requested uplift of over 63,000 pounds of bottled water from Newburgh, New York (Stewart ANG Base) to the recently opened airport of New Orleans. Diplomat also requested the movement of 80,000 pounds of water from Baltimore to Baton Rouge. In order to complete this flight in the allowed FAA duty requirement, Murray Air had to use one of the aircraft it normally would use on the Kokomo, Indiana shuttle. Murray Air flew a “fresh” crew to Baltimore in order to keep the movement alive. This “crew swap” meant that no delay would take place affecting the urgent need for supplies.

On Labor Day, September 5th, two additional requests for bottled water came from both Diplomat and Chapman Freeborn. Diplomat requested an uplift of 80,000 pounds of bottled water from Baltimore to Baton Rouge. Chapman Freeborn also requested the movement of 80,000 pounds of water from Newburgh to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

A request from Active Aero, another air cargo airline based at the Willow Run Airport, was received September 9th. This trip involved the uplift of almost 89,000 pounds of MRE’s (meals ready to eat) from Stockton, CA to New Orleans.

On September 13, Murray Air launched a DC-8-71 to Bahrain to pick up and deliver humanitarian hurricane relief supplies to US victims. The supplies originated from the Government of this country.

This 35 hour round trip flight from Detroit required Murray Air to pre-position a relief crew in London, UK, for the cargo-laden return flight. The operation was launched on less than 2 hours notice, dispatching a flight approximately half-way around the world. As specialists in the commercial operational response arena, Murray Air’s expertise provided for quick, safe transport of relief supplies.

On September 19, Air Inc. USA asked Murray Air to transport 55,700 pounds of telephone transformers from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to the Alvin Callender Naval Station in New Orleans.  The transformers will be used to rebuild phone communications that were shattered by Katrina.

On all flights, Murray Air used its stretch DC-8 cargo aircraft. Its large capacity meant only one flight was needed to transport relief and rebuilding supplies to their destinations.  Murray Air is the only cargo airline to fly DC-8s out of Willow Run Airport, making it a valuable resource for transport and cargo firms.

According to Preston Murray, the firm’s president, “We were very proud that our team stepped forward to help the hurricane survivors. As a cargo airline, we knew we had to do something to get those supplies where they needed to go. I salute everyone involved who worked so hard to make this happen.” In total, 668,585 pounds of medical equipment and supplies were airlifted to help Louisiana and Mississippi residents survive the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

To view a slide show depicting Murray Air's effort, click here.


April 30, 2005

Murray Air Purchases DC8-71F



Murray Air, Inc. recently purchased a DC8-71F airplane to expand its cargo fleet and respond to an increasing demand from it’s customers. The plane will be operated under the company’s recently earned 121 certificate, and joins the DC8-63F series of the McDonald Douglas aircraft that Murray Air currently operates.  

Murray Air Background

Headquartered in at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Murray Air has been operating cargo jets since 2000 as a 125 operation.  The company also provides additional services for customers including passenger service using Jetstream, KingAir and Saab aircraft; cargo hauling via trucks and the CASA 212/200; and cargo conversion of the Jetstream 31/32 and Kilo Alpha 290.    
      


April 1, 2005

Murray Air & Murray Aviation announce Operations Merger

Effective April 1, 2005, the FAA has granted approval for Murray Air, a DC-8 freight operator, and its sister company, Murray Aviation, a 135 passenger and freight carrier, to merge operations under Murray Air’s newly acquired 121 certificate.

Murray Aviation, currently celebrating its 20th year in charter service, will continue as a separate business entity in order to meet its financial and contractual commitments, but will join with Murray Air in a strong operational alliance, taking advantage of organizational efficiencies that will solidify the future of both companies.

Murray Air President and CFO Preston Murray, and Murray Aviation President Mark Murray, who have successfully steered the two operations through the post-911 aviation downturn, are confident that the merger will provide for the company’s long-term growth and viability in the industry.

Headquartered in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Murray Air has been operating DC8-63 cargo jets since 2000 as a 125 operation. Murray Aviation, its sister company, provides additional services for customers including passenger service using Jetstream, KingAir and Saab aircraft; cargo hauling via trucks and the CASA 212/200; and cargo conversion of the Jetstream 31/32 and Kilo Alpha 290. For more information on Murray Air, call 774-484-4800.



November 2, 2004

Murray Air, Inc., Expands Service World-Wide

As a result of the new FAA Part 121 certification, Murray Air began world-wide air cargo transportation in fall 2004. The company now offers international freight service using Super 63 aircraft.

Corporate Overview: Founded in 2000, Murray Air operates a fleet of stretch DC8-63 aircraft. With our 18 pallet-position capacity, the “Super 63s” are uniquely suited to transport long-range air freight.

Preston Murray, the company’s president, sums up the corporate philosophy succinctly. We provide solutions. He explains, With the new certification, Murray Air can now expand its charter service so that we can work for customers around the clock and around the world. Given the large capacity of our aircraft, we solve big problems by offering big solutions.

Murray noted that the company’s focus when starting world-wide service will be to solicit transports on an ad hoc charter basis. A second phase will concentrate on fixed delivery services to and from international manufacturers and suppliers.

Safety, Experience, Reliability: Already known for its safety, experience, and reliability in the U.S., Murray Air now extends that expertise internationally. We’re very pleased to be able to make our service available in this new market. With the capacity and range of our fleet, and the fact that we can fly nearly anywhere in the world, we pride ourselves on our ability to service our customers’ needs and requirements.

Headquartered in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the company was originally founded to support automotive just-in-time assembly plant needs. Murray Air has been operating the DC8-63 since 2000 as a 125 operation. The recently announced 121 certification allows the company to bring this same level of expertise to customers world- wide. We operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, said Murray.

Super 63s: Customers choose Super 63s because of their large payload capacity. Murray said that customers find it more cost effective to consolidate air freight and share the ride with other air freight cargo. As a result, the Super 63s often carry cargo that can’t be accommodated in other aircraft.

Additional Services: Murray Aviation, a sister company of Murray Air, Incorporated in 1985, provides convenient and valuable additional services for customers including passenger service using Jetstream, KingAir and Saab aircraft; cargo hauling via trucks and the CASA 212/200; and cargo conversion of the Jetstream 31/32 and Kilo Alpha 290.

Murray Air Facts

  • RVSM certified
  • TCAS VII-7.0 Equipped
  • 24-hour, 7-day dispatch
  • Max range of 5,750 non-stop miles
  • Max payload of 98,000 pounds
  • Eighteen 88' x 125' pallet positions
  • Two-hour response time
  • Hazmat certified
  • Full-logistical support
  • 140" x 84" cargo door opening
  • Stage III compliant
  • SITA Address: YIPMAXH

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November 1, 2004

Murray Wins Gold Award

Preston Murray (second from right) accepts Auburn Hills Gold Award at recent DaimlerChrysler event to honor vendors.

Murray Air and Murray Aviation, sister companies headquartered in Ypsilanti, Michigan, recently received the prestigious Auburn Hills Gold Award from DaimlerChrysler, the highest recognition the corporation bestows in the industry. The award, given annually, lauds Murray’s superior performance in logistics including cost savings, on-time delivery, efficiency, and reliability.

Murray transports automotive supplies and parts to DaimlerChrysler plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Only four logistics providers received this award this year, from a group of hundreds of suppliers.

According to the firm’s owner and president, Preston Murray, The employees of Murray Air and Murray Aviation deeply appreciate receiving this coveted recognition of the talent, hard work and effort we’ve put forth on behalf of DaimlerChrysler. He noted that this award was the result of years of hard work and applied effort to support DaimlerChrysler automotive production endeavors.

Incorporated in 1985, Murray Aviation partners with its sister company, Murray Air, to provide global air cargo services along with corporate shuttle passenger services. The competitive and successful firms, which are family owned and operated, have been in business for a cumulative 30 years. Murray’s brother, Mark Murray is the company’s Vice President; his son Damon Murray is its Director of Security and niece Heather Murray works in operations.

As published in the ATAC Magazine, October 2004

Murray Air Expands Service in Canada

With its recently awarded FAA Part 121 operating certificate, Murray Air, Inc. is expanding its air freight service into Canada in fall 2004.

Incorporated in 1985, Murray Air operates a fleet of stretch DC8-63 aircraft that are owned by DaimlerChrysler Corp. With their 18 pallet-position capacity, the Super 63s are uniquely suited to transport long-range air freight.

Corporate Philosophy: Preston Murray, the company’s president, sums up the corporate philosophy succinctly. We provide solutions. He explains, With the new certification, Murray Air can now expand its charter service so that we can work for any customer around the clock and around the world. Given the large capacity of our aircraft, we solve big problems by offering big solutions.

Murray noted that the company’s focus upon entering the Canadian market will be to solicit transports on an ad hoc charter basis. A second phase will concentrate on fixed delivery services to and from Canadian manufacturers and suppliers.

Safety, Experience, Reliability: Already known for its safety, experience, and reliability in the U.S., Murray Air now extends that expertise into Canada. We’re very pleased to be able to make our service available in this new market. With the capacity and range of our fleet, and the fact that we can fly to Canada and anywhere in the world, we pride ourselves on our ability to service our customers’ needs and requirements.

Headquartered at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the company was originally founded to support DaimlerChrysler Corporation’s just-in-time assembly plant needs. Murray Air has been operating the DC8-63 since 2000 as a 125 operation. The recently announced 121 certification allows the company to bring this same level of expertise to all Canadian customers. We operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, said Murray.

Super 63s: Customers choose Super 63s because of their large payload capacity. Murray said that customers will find it more cost effective to consolidate air freight and share the ride with other air freight cargo. As a result, the Super 63s often carry cargo that can’t be accommodated in other aircraft.

For more information call Murray Air at 734.484.4801 or toll free at 800.451.3174. The email address is ops@murrayair.com.