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Vanguard was grounded on July 30th 2002, after twice being refused federal loan help, to keep it flying; as a low-cost operator with few financial reserves to its name (all aircraft were leased) it could not cope with the setback the airline industry faced after "nine-eleven" , the terrorist attack on the US Sept.11 2001.
The carrier, which served Midwestern, Rocky Mountain and Western cities in the United States for eight years, was seeking an USD$8 million guarantee for a USD$15 million loan. It had made a revised application after the Air Transportation Stabilization Board rejected an earlier plea for help.
Vanguard's fleet of MD-80 and Boeing 737 aircraft was grounded and most of its staff were dismissed.
|Registration||Type of Aircraft||C/n||N120NJ||Boeing 737-2T5 (A)||22979 / 950||N121NJ||Boeing 737-2Q8 (A)||21735 / 582||N122NJ||Boeing 737-230 (A)||22120 / 715||N123NJ||Boeing 737-230 (A)||22121 / 720||N124NJ||Boeing 737-230 (A)||22122 / 721||N239TA||Boeing 737-25A (A)||23789 / 1392||N132NJ||McD.-Douglas MD-87 (DC-9-87)||49780 / 1674||N136NJ||McD.-Douglas MD-87 (DC-9-87)||49413 / 1681||N130NJ||McD.-Douglas MD-82 (DC-9-82)||49222 / 1139||N131NJ||McD.-Douglas MD-83 (DC-9-83)||49846 / 1581||N135NJ||McD.-Douglas MD-82 (DC-9-82)||49440 / 1304||N140NJ||McD.-Douglas MD-82 (DC-9-82)||49931 / 1754||N141NJ||McD.-Douglas MD-82 (DC-9-82)||49932 / 1756||N814US||McD.-Douglas MD-81 (DC-9-81)||48094 / 1053|
N603DJ is a 737-222 (c/n 19955 / 210), here at Chicago-Midway in Aug98; from Vanguard it went to Aero Continente.
Fleet info: JP Airline Fleets 2002/2003
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