PHILADELPHIA -- While Apple Vacations held its WinterSun 2002 trade
show and seminar series at the Adams Mark Hotel here, Apple's
sister company airline, USA 3000, worked on mini-evacuations,
ditching exercises and other drills at Philadelphia International
Airport to qualify for its FAA certification.
USA 3000, owned by Apple Vacations' owner John Mullen, recently
took delivery of its first aircraft -- a new Airbus 320 named
The airline's president, James B. Kenny, said the new aircraft
is expected to make its first flight for Apple Vacations in four to
The aircraft, configured for 168 passengers with a seat pitch of
30 to 32 inches per seat, is the first of what will be a fleet of
five identical planes to be delivered over the next 12 months.
A second A320 will be delivered later this month, followed by
others in March, October and November.
The new airline hopes to distinguish itself from standard
airline service with "little touches," such as hot meals on almost
every flight, champagne and mimosas, high quality coffee, flight
attendants trained in the destination through fam trips, a customer
friendly culture, more storage room and more legroom.
"These are things we can do to differentiate ourselves," said