founded the Company in 1969 as a surface transportation business.In 1980, the Company began organizing charter flights to various gaming locations with chartered aircraft.In 1992, the Company first acquired jet aircraft to replace the chartered aircraft and then expanded its operation to offer scheduled service as Spirit Airlines, Inc.Mr. Homfeld, Chairman of the Board, served as the Company's Chief Executive Officer from its inception through April 2000.
...NED HOMFELD, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Behind Spirit Airlines remarkable growth and success is the creativity, entrepreneurial Spirit and drive of Spirit's Founder and Chairman of the Board, Mr. Ned Homfeld.
A visionary who possesses the uncanny ability to not only recognize opportunity when it presents itself, but to capitalize upon it as well.
A budding young Naval Architecture student with aspirations of designing America's Cup Yachts, Homfeld
dropped the idea, and opted to start his
own surface transportation company known as Ground Air Transfer.A delivery service that specialized in handling critically needed parts for the automotive industry.Seeing opportunity, Homfeld
young company and began purchasing cargo transportation accounts receivable from other trucking companies as well as commuter airlines.
In 1983 Homfeld
was asked to help finance a company seeking to expand its air charter operations into Atlantic City where casino owners were eager for more customers.After meeting one of the casinos, Homfeld
once again saw the opportunity and decided to offer charter flights himself.Charter One, Homfeld's first foray into the airline industry was born, utilizing chartered aircraft form several carriers.
In 1990, Charter One was faced with the inability to find reliable charter carriers with smaller aircraft to serve smaller cities.Homfeld
, dedicated to developing Charter One's
ability to control it's own destiny, decided to acquire his
own aircraft and see certification as an air carrier form the Federal Aviation Administration
.Utilizing tow 50-seat Convair 580 aircraft, Charter One
received it's Air Carrier Certificate on September 8, 1990.
When Midway Airlines
ceased operations DC-9 aircraft became available.Homfeld
was quick to react and leased four of their aircraft early in 1992.Almost overnight Charter One
officially became Spirit Airlines
, to more accurately reflect the driving and undaunted character of Homfeld
Now in its 16th year under Homfeld's guidance, Spirit Airlines strategy will continue to provide safe, dependable air transportation at affordable prices, while maintaining a consistently profitable operation.Summarizing his
proven strategy for success, Homfeld
likens this philosophy to "filling in the cracks", offering much needed service to under served markets. Spirit Airlines
leadership, will soon open a 56,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, corporate headquarters and training facility just outside of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida later this year.This new facility is a fitting compliment to Homfeld
and to his
company's current and future success.