Formerly known for its non-stop service to parts of sub-Saharan Africa, North American Airlines is sticking to the skies a little closer to home these days. The US-certified air carrier announced in 2008 that it would eliminate routes to Africa, citing rising fuel costs as the impetus behind its decision. The carrier offers air transportation services throughout the world for the US military (its largest customer) and commercial clientele. Founded in 1989, North American is primarily a charter airline, operating a fleet of about 10 passenger aircraft. A subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings, North American operates out of headquarters at JFK International Airport in New York City.
The airline's fleet consists of five Boeing 757-200 and five Boeing 767-300 aircraft. It also operates a B767-LUXURY aircraft in partnership with MLW Air. North American's customers have included the Barack Obama Presidential campaign and the Hillary Clinton Presidential Primary campaign, along with prime ministers, US and foreign government entities, sports teams, rock bands, and corporate clients.
According to North American, jet fuel costs have increased 60% since the carrier initially entered the African market in 2005. Discontinued flight services announced in 2008 affect the cities of Lagos, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana; and Georgetown, Guyana.
Former parent World Air Holdings was acquired by Global Aviation Holdings in August 2007.