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