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Tom Cooper is back in the airline business – Sun Air International

Sun Air International (3rd) (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) is the latest airline venture of Thomas L. Cooper.

Gulfstream International Airlines was established by Tom Cooper in Miami in October 1988 and started operations on December 1, 1990. Cooper was a former Boeing 727 captain for Eastern Airlines who flew during the pilots’ strike in 1989. Initially Gulfstream operated as an on-demand air taxi between Miami, Florida and Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, but the company was relocated to the Bahamas when the political climate in Haiti forced the operation to halt.

On November 4, 2010, Gulfstream International Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In May 2011 Victory Park Capital acquired Gulfstream when it acquired the assets of Gulfstream International Group. Victory Park also purchased 21 former Gulfstream Beechcraft 1900D aircraft from Raytheon Aircraft Credit Corporation.

Cooper ended his relationship with Gulfstream in 2006.

On July 26, 2011 Cooper acquired two aircraft from Gulfstream Connection in order to restart scheduled passenger flights as Sun Air International. The new airline is planning to operate from West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Miami to Chub Cay, Great Harbour Cay, Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour. It hopes to start operations in October.

This is the third company in Florida to use the “Sun Air” name. The last one was Sun Air (2nd) which operated one Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante for only one flight on March 17, 1981!

Read the full report from The Nassau Guardian: CLICK HERE