The charter air transport company, Global Aviation Holdings, Inc. filed a record fourth Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company is the largest provider of commercial charter airline services to the U.S. military and has attributed the bankruptcy filing to the recent government cutbacks.
Global Aviation had previously filed for bankruptcy in 2004 and 2006 in the Southern District of Indiana and last year in the Eastern District of New York.
Repeat filings by companies like Global Aviation are not uncommon. In fact, about one-third of larger companies that file for Chapter 11 find themselves back in bankruptcy court within four years. But it’s pretty rare to end up there a third time, a fourth time is unprecedented.
Global Aviation’s previous bankruptcies were particularly hard on general unsecured creditors, such as suppliers. The best they did was in the company’s 2006 bankruptcy, when court records indicate they were expected to get as much as 2.4 percent of what they were owed.
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