Kiwi International Airlines was founded in 1992 by ex-Eastern staff and operated Boeing 727s from Newark Int'l, New Jersey. In 1994 a reorganisation took place, and by mid-1996 operations were temporarily restricted by the FAA. It struggled in the budget travel market, but had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 1996 and ceased ops in 1997. It was reorganised in 1999 but had to find shelter again in 1999 in Chapter 11. In 1999 its fleet consisted of 7 Boeing 727-225(A)s.