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Sky Lease Cargo

Sky Lease Cargo
IATA
GG
ICAO
KYE
Callsign
TRADEWINDS EXPRESS
Founded 1969
Fleet size 7
Parent company Wrangler Aviation Inc.
Headquarters Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Website skyleasecargo.com

Sky Lease Cargo (formerly Tradewinds Airlines) is an American cargo airline based in Greensboro, North Carolina.

History

The airline was established in 1969, as Wrangler Aviation and started operations in 1973, using Lockheed Constellation aircraft under FAA Part 91. It became a Part 121 carrier in 1978 and became an all-cargo airline in 1981.

Circa 1991–1992, issues of citizenship, ownership, and compliance with federal airline laws resulted in the conclusion and finding that through the unregulated use of "Delaware Company Law" and the practice of subsidiaries being parts of other subsidiaries," Wrangler Aviation did not meet the fitness requirements of a certificated airline of the United State.[1]The conclusions resulted in restructuring changes to the company to continue operating.

Tradewinds Airlines

The Tradewinds name was adopted in 1991. In December 2007, Donald Watkins, a lawyer from Alabama bought part of the company. On June 6, 2008, the airline reduced its staff by 70% and parked all 5 B747 and 3 A300.

During 2006, explorative attempts were made by Valiant Airways to contract Tradewinds Airlines for "start-up" operations, but these attempts failed to result in services coming to fruition.[2]

Further press releases on June 3, 2008 indicate that Tradewinds returned five [3] In December 2008 Tradewinds Airlines was purchased by Sky Lease One, based out of Florida.

Sky Lease Cargo

A Sky Lease Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD-11F

Tradewinds Airlines was renamed Sky Lease Cargo in 2011 and also changed its IATA and ICAO codes, The company operates a fleet of MD-11 to various points in South America and Amsterdam in Europe from Miami International Airport.

Destinations

As of January 2012, Sky Lease Cargo operates the following services:[4]

Europe
North America
  • Miami (United States) base
South America

Fleet

As of September 2013, Sky Lease Cargo's fleet includes:[5]

SkyLease Cargo Fleet:
Aircraft In Service Stored Notes
Total
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F
7
0
7

Incidents and Accidents

On June 7, 2006, a Boeing 747-200F by the registration of N922FT had an engine failure on takeoff at José María Córdova International Airport. The pilot aborted, but the plane overran the runway. None of the 6 on board were injured. However, the plane was substantially damaged. See Video

See also

Centurion Air Cargo

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Patterson, Donald (2008-07-29). "Airline acts to hold off creditors".  
  4. ^ Sky Lease Cago time table
  5. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/airline.php?cha=KYE

External links

  • Official website of Sky Lease Cargo
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