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Sky King ceases all operations

Sky King‘s (Lakeland) remaining employees were notified on January 26, 2014 that Sky King, Inc. was ceasing operations. On January 6, 2014, President Frank Visconti was replaced by Dr. Daniel Carson, formerly of Vision Airlines. According to this article by AviationPros.com, Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Director Gene Conrad confirmed the charter airline has suspended operations at LAL.

Sky King in late 2013 returned most of its fleet as it lost some business including many of its charters flights to Cuba.

The company never really recovered after Direct Air went out of business on March 13, 2012 causing Sky King to filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on March 16, 2012. It filed again on August 31, 2012.

The company originally commenced operations in July 1990, based in Sacramento, California. Its first customer, the NBA Sacramento Kings, was the reason for its name which was also the name of an old TV show.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Luimer Cordero/AirlinersGallery.com. Most of the aircraft did not have titles. Boeing 737-4Q8 N916SK (msn 24706) wore C&T Charters titles, one its Cuban charters clients.

Sky King: AG Slide Show

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Sky King secures DIP financial backing for its reorganization

Sky King, Inc. (Sky King Airlines) (Lakeland) has announced the successful negotiation of Debtor in Possession financing and intends to seek immediate court approval. The private investment consortium providing the financing is represented by Dr. Daniel Carson, an experienced aviation executive and entrepreneur. Sky King and the investment group have not announced plans for the company but are certain the airline will put forth a formal plan of reorganization in the near future. Sky King’s President, Frank Visconti stated: “This is simply the next step in the long process of restructuring and preparing the Company for the future. We are proud of the work we have done and are excited to welcome Dr. Carson and his associates into the process as they bring not only capital but equally important expansion opportunities in new markets.”

Sky King began operating in 1995 under FAR Part 125 and in 2002, the Company was granted Part 121 operating authority by the Federal Aviation Administration. Operating a fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, the Company serves the Tour Operator, Private Charter and Public Charter markets, serving numerous Casino operators, sports franchises and scheduled flight service providers. One specific market served by Sky King involves over 150 flights per month between the US and Cuba on behalf of several US Treasury Department licensed service providers. Sky King filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection on August 31st, 2012 after two of Sky King’s largest clients in 2011 and 2012 ceased operations with substantial, unpaid debt to Sky King; these were among several factors ultimately contributing to the Company’s decision to seek Chapter 11 reorganization protection.

Copyright Photo: Brian Mcdonough. Boeing 737-4Q8 N916SK (msn 24706) with rare titles approaches Miami International Airport after finishing a Cuban charter.

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Sky King: AG Slide Show

Direct Air files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reoganization

Direct Air (Myrtle Beach) yesterday (March 16) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization. The public charter company suddenly ceased all operations on March 13 stranding passengers throughout its system. Given the way it suspended operations it is not likely the company would be welcomed back at many of these airports it served.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. The original Sky King Airlines Boeing 737-200 that launched Direct Air on March 7, 2007.

Direct Air suspends operations, strands passengers

Direct Air (Myrtle Beach) yesterday (March 12) suddenly cancelled its flights with no explanation. Passengers have been stranded throughout its system. The indirect air carrier, which provides public charters, has not yet issued a public statement today on the status of its flights. Flights in the past have been operated by Dynamic Airways, Miami Air, Sky King Airlines, USA Jet, Virgin America, Vision Airlines and Xtra Airways.

Read the story from the Washington Post: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Sky King was operating the Direct Air flights from Lakeland (Orlando South).

DirectAir-Sky King Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Fly Guam suspends charter operations

Fly Guam (Guam) has apparently suspended all scheduled charter operations and no flights are listed on their website. The pictured colorful Sky King Airlines (Lakeland) Boeing 737-400 has returned to Florida and is now flying charters from Miami still with the Fly Guam titles.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Fly Guam Photo Gallery: CLICK HERE

DirectAir to add three new destinations from Lakeland

DirectAir (Myrtle Beach) has announced it will add three new destinations from Lakeland (near Orlando). Flights from LAL to Columbus, OH, Gulfport/Biloxi and Pittsburgh will commence on May 18 and will be operated by Sky King Airlines (Lakeland).

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

Route Map:

Please click on the photo for the full view.

Sky King adds C and T Charters titles to its Boeing 737-4Q8 N916SK

Sky King Airlines (Lakeland) has converted its titles on its Boeing 737-4Q8 N916SK (msn 24706) from Sky King to C&T Charters, its main Cuban charters client. The airliner also carries “Your Bridge 2 Cuba” sub-titles.

C&T Charters, Inc. (Coral Gables) is a company that offers charter flights from the United States to Cuba. The company was founded in June 1991 by businessman John Henry Cabanas, and has the required authorization and licenses from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) U.S., as well as the landing rights in Cuba for this purpose.

C&T has transported over 1 million passengers to and from Cuba over the past twenty years.

Sky King flies for C&T Charters from Miami to Havana and Camagüey and also to Havana from New York and Chicago.

N916SK is pictured at Miami International Airport with the new look.

Copyright Photo: Robert Collazo.

Sky King Slide Show: CLICK HERE

 

DirectAir starts Lakeland-Plattsburgh flights

DirectAir (Myrtle Beach) yesterday (November 10) launched Lakeland (near Orlando)-Plattsburgh, NY flights. The flights are operated by Sky King Airlines (Lakeland) which replaced Dynamic Airways. Previously DirectAir dropped the Lakeland-Myrtle Beach-Hagerstown route due to low loads. From LAL, DirectAir also flies to Niagara Falls, NY and Springfield, IL and will launch a Lakeland-San Juan route next spring.

Read the full report from The Ledger: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for additional information.

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DirectAir to add Lakeland and Hagerstown

DirectAir (Myrtle Beach) announced yesterday (March 30) it will add two new cities to its growing route map – Lakeland, Florida and Hagerstown, Maryland effective on June 23.

Lakeland (LAL) (close to Disney World and Legoland Cyprus Gardens) will see new service to Myrtle Beach, Niagara Falls, NY and Springfield, IL. LAL, the home of the annual spring Sun ‘n Fun Air Show and fly-in, recently became a Part 139 commercial airport. DirectAir will now bracket the Orlando area by serving Sanford on the north side and Lakeland on the south side.

Hagerstown will see new service to Myrtle Beach and Lakeland.

Service is expected to be operated by Sky King Airlines, which is also now based at LAL.

Read the full story from TheLedger.com: CLICK HERE

DurectAir is a public charter airline and contracts with Part 121 air carriers to operate the flights.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for additional aircraft details.

DirectAir’s current route map (without the two new cities):

Fly Guam takes delivery of its first aircraft, ready to start operations on March 2 to Hong Kong

Fly Guam (Guam) is a new airline based at Guam’s Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport. The airline is now planning to launch operations on March 2 with this colorful Boeing 737-400.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Please click on the photo for the full story and details.

Scanderbeg Air starts operations on June 12

 

Scanderbeg Air uses Liege, Belgium as a refueling stop. N712AX prepares to land at LGG.  Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten.

Scanderbeg Air uses Liege, Belgium as a refueling stop. N712AX prepares to land at LGG. Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten.

Scanderbeg Air (New York-JFK) is a new tour operator that has contracted with Sky King Airlines (Sacramento) to operate an ex-Air China/ABX Air Boeing 767-2J6 ER registered N712AX (msn 23307, ex B-2551) on weekly scheduled charter flights between New York (JFK) and Tirana.  N712AX was delivered to Sky King on June 2.  N712AX is Sky King’s first wide-body airliner.  The first flight for Scanderbeg started on June 12. The company also operates twice-weekly scheduled charter flights on the JFK-Prishtina route  with the same aircraft starting on June 14.  The airliner carries “Scanderbeg” titles and still wears a basic Air China livery with a red logo.

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