Private operator and as a maintenance company for general aviation, Pars Air begins scheduled services in March 1977 employing 2 leased Fokker F.28-4000s. New routes and replacement flights for Iran Air are undertaken linking the Tehran base with Ramsar, Nowshahr, Dashte-naz, Masshad, Birjand, Zahedan, Kerman, Hamadan, Sanandaj, Tabriz, Shiraz, Lavan Island, Ahwaz, and Khorramabad. Substantial traffic greets the new services.
During 1978, Managing Director Dr. Mansour Rafat’s fleet comprises 3 chartered F.28-4000s plus 1 Shrike Commander, 3 Britten-Norman BN-2 Islanders, 1 Piper Aztec, and 1 Cessna 206. The carrier ceases operations during the traumatic revolutionary year of 1979.
In 1980, the new Islamic government takes the company in hand and merges it with Air Taxi Company to form Iran Asseman Airlines.
PARSA, S. A.: Apartado 9-001, Panama City 5, Panama; Phone (507) 226-3803; Fax (507) 226-3422; Year Founded 1990. Based at Panama City, Parsa begins scheduled, third-level passenger and cargo flights throughout Panama in 1990. By 1994, General Manager Jose I. de Roux’s fleet has grown to comprise 1 Piper PA-34 Seneca, 3 Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2 Islanders, and 1 Cessna 208 Caravan I.
Six years later in 2000, the fleet includes 2 Islanders and the Seneca.
PARTNER AIR COMPANY (PARTNER AVIAKOMPANIYA): Pushkin Mayakovskogo Str 15, Pushkin, 189620, Russia; Phone 7 (812) 476 9744; Fax 7 (812) 465 4304; Code PRR; Year Founded 1993. Partner is established at Pushkin, in the St. Petersburg Region, in 1993 to offer executive passenger flights and cargo charters in Russia and northern Europe. Vassili I. Bessarabov is general director and he inaugurates flights with 1 Antonov An-26 and 2 Yakovlev Yak-40s. A second An-26 is acquired in 1994.
Flights continueduring the remainder of the decade. During these years, one each An-26 and Yak-40 are withdrawn.
PASSAREDO TRANSPORTES AEREOS, S. A.: Ave. Nove de Julho, 549 Centro, Ribeirao Preto, SP, 14025-000, Brazil; Phone 55 (16) 625-3737; Fax 55 (16) 625-1070; Http://www. passaredo. com. br;
Code Y8; Year Founded 1995. With a quarter of a century of experience in the motor bus arena, Victor Passaredo establishes this airline subsidiary at Riberao Preto, centered in Sao Paulo State, during the first quarter of 1995. Jose Luiz Felicio is appointed managing director and is provided with 2 “QC” models Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias. These inaugurate scheduled revenue services on July 1, linking the company’s base with Araguan, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Golanta, Palmas, and Sao Jose dos Camps. A third Brasilia arrives in late September.
Enplanements for the first half of 1996 total 17,496. The company becomes the first to operate nonstop from Sao Paulo to Vitoria de Con-quista, an agricultural community in the northeastern state of Bahia.
Service continues in 1997. Late in the year, the company leases an Airbus Industrie A310-322 previously operated by Sabena Belgian World Airlines, S. A. The largest aircraft in company history is employed to undertake passenger charters to Natal, Recife, and Forteleza, plus points in the Caribbean.
Service is maintained during the remainder of the decade and the fleet is enhanced by the addition of a third Brasilia.
A total of 150 workers are employed at the beginning of 2000.
PATRICIA AIRWAYS, LTD.: Canada (1928-1929). After a successful two-year run as the moving force behind Patricia Airways and Exploration, Ltd., Capt. Harold A. “Doc” Oaks departs Patricia Airways and Exploration, Ltd. in early 1928 to begin Western Canada Airways, Ltd. Following his departure, Oaks’ former partners reorganize PA&E and in October transfer its headquarters to Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Also in the fall, the Curtiss HS-2L previously operated by the recently defunct Central Canada Airways, Ltd. is purchased.
Operations continue apace into 1929, during which year the carrier, aircraft, and personnel, are purchased by and absorbed into Canadian Airways, Ltd.
PATRICIA AIRWAYS AND EXPLORATION, LTD.: Canada (1925-1928). Just after the January 1925 collapse of the pioneer Lau-rentide Air Service, Ltd., a pioneer in gold mine air service, a huge new gold strike is made in Ontario’s Red Lake area. A gold rush follows which, had Laurentide been able to hold on, might have provided sufficient revenues for it to continue.
Three investors step in to take up the slack and establish a new air service, Patricia Airways and Exploration, Ltd., named in honor of the northwestern Ontario district where the Red Lakes gold mine is located. Chief among these investors is Capt. Harold A. “Doc” Oaks, a veteran of the Royal Flying Corps who had visited the Red Lake field on a dogsled and staked a claim. Oaks sells his claim and employs the funds received to acquire a float-equipped Curtiss Lark biplane; his colleagues pitch in and lease a Curtiss HS-2L flying boat.
Beginning in April 1926 and continuing through 1927, Oaks and company fly summer (float) and winter (skis) Lark plus HS-2L frequencies, transporting passengers, mail, and general freight, including mining equipment—the Lark can carry 400 pounds in its second cockpit. During the 2-year period in more than 10 flights per day, PA&E flies 260 passengers, 1.5 tons of mail, and 7 tons of mining and prospecting equipment into the Red Lake gold mines.
In January 1928, Oaks departs to begin Western Canada Airways, Ltd. and this carrier is reorganized into Patricia Airways, Ltd.
PATRIOT AIRLINES: United States (1992-1994). Patriot is established at Los Angeles in 1992 to offer all-cargo services with 2 leased Boeing 727-23Fs. The jetliners’ livery features a white fuselage with 2 red horizontal stripes from nose to tailcone, one above and one below where the windowline would have been in a passenger plane, and a blue tail with a small American flag and 13 stars.
A total of 1.52 million FTKs are flown and revenues are $1.3 million. Expenses associated with start-up cause initial-year losses of $898,943 (operating) and $939,762 (net).fold to 11.5 million FTKs. Revenues total $3.9 million and, again, expenses are higher. As a result, a second year of losses, albeit far less, is suffered: $41,190 (operating) and $70,260 (net)
Freight declines 29.5% in 1994 to 9.01 million FTKs, but operating revenue rises 34.6% to $5.29 million. Expenses jump 61% to $6.39 million, leaving an operating loss of $1.1 million and a net downturn of $1.09 million. The fiscal downturn is too severe and the company shuts its doors at year’s end.