The small airline was founded on 21 May 1970 as Société Antillaise de Transport Aérien, SATA to soon become known as Air Guadeloupe. Operations began in 1994 and the CEO was Francois Paneole. In the year 2000 it was merged with Air Martinique, Air Saint Barthélémy, and Air Saint Martin to form Air Caraïbes. 
21 DEC 1972 - The Twin Otter operated a flight on behalf of Air France from Guadeloupe to St. Maarten in the Caribbean. It crashed at night, near the island of St. Maarten. All 11 passengers and 2 crew members perished.
18 NOV 1978 - The Twin Otter struck the water with its left wingtip while flying in a violent squall with a 200–300 feet ceiling. The aircraft crashed and sank in 13m of water. Fifteen fatalities out of 20 occupants (including 1 flight crew). (see external link below)