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Sky Express (Greece)

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Sky Express
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Founded 2005
Fleet size 4
Destinations 24
Company slogan The airline of Crete
Headquarters Heraklion, Greece

Sky Express, legal name Cretan Aeronautical Exploitations (Greek: Κρητικές Αεροπορικές Εκμεταλλεύσεις),[2] is a Greek airline headquartered in Heraklion, Crete (Heraklion International Airport, “Nikos Kazantzakis”). It was established in 2005 and so far operates a number of domestic flights, serving 20 destinations.


The airline was established in early 2005 by Cpt. Miltiadis Tsagkarakis, a former Olympic Airlines director-general and pilot as well as George Mavrantonakis, former Chief Operating Officer and Accountable Manager of Olympic Airlines and former Advisor to the President of Olympic Airways. Operations commenced in July 2005, including scheduled, charter and cargo flights, air-taxi, emergency medical services, excursions and sightseeing. Sky Express Aircargo was later established in a joint effort with the Finaval Group, focusing on cargo transport between Europe and the Far East.[3][4]

Logo controversy[edit]

The airline's initial logo was inspired by the flag of the Cretan State, a semi-independent state under the Ottoman Empire. The flag of the Cretan State was composed of a white cross extending to the edges of the flag, with the upper-hoist canton in red, featuring a white star symbolizing Ottoman sovereignty on the island, and the other squares in blue, symbolizing the Greeks of Crete. The flag has also been adopted as the flag of the Cretan independence movement recently. The logo was not well-received, and following complaints by the public in Greece, especially Cretans, the logo was changed. The company has said that they do not consider the flag to be offending, since it represented a milestone in the Cretan unification with the Kingdom of Greece, but changed their logo anyway in order to avoid any further confusion.[5]


The fleet of Sky Express consists of the following aircraft:

Sky Express Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
ATR 42-300 1 0 46
British Aerospace Jetstream 41 3 0 30
Total 4 0


  • On 12 February 2009 a BAe Jetstream 31 registered SX-SKY experienced a right main gear collapse after landing inbound from Rhodes.[6] None of the 15 passengers and 3 crew were injured, but the aircraft sustained considerable damage to its right landing gear, wing and propeller that was deemed beyond economical repair, resulting in the aircraft being written-off.[citation needed] The cause of the accident was that the aircraft had previously suffered two heavy landings in the previous 27 which were not reported. One of the heavy landings caused a fracture in a landing gear cylinder, which propagated until the cylinder failed, causing the landing gear to collapse. SX-SKY was noted being scrapped at Heraklion airport in late February 2011.
  • On 2 February 2015 a Jetstream 41 aircraft registered SX-DIA, operating flight GQ-100 from Heraklion experienced a left main gear collapse and runway excursion after landing hard on Rhodes due to strong winds. None of the 16 passengers or 3 crew were injured. The aircraft received substantial damage. [7]


City Airport
Alexandroupolis Alexandroupolis International Airport
Athens Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos"
Cephalonia Cephalonia International Airport
Chios Chios Island National Airport
Corfu Corfu International Airport
Heraklion Heraklion International Airport Hub
Kos Kos Island International Airport
Kithira Kithira Island National Airport
Mykonos Mykonos Island National Airport [summer seasonal]
Mytilene Mytilene International Airport
Preveza Aktion National Airport
Rhodes Rhodes International Airport
Samos Samos International Airport
Santorini Santorini (Thira) National Airport [summer seasonal]
Sitia Sitia Public Airport
Skiathos Skiathos Island National Airport [summer seasonal]
Skyros Skyros Island National Airport
Thessaloniki Thessaloniki International Airport
Zakynthos Zakynthos International Airport
Volos Nea Anchialos National Airport [summer seasonal]


  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Ιστορική αναδρομή (in Greek). Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
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  5. ^ ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ (in Greek). 25 May 2007. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Accident: Sky Express JS31 at Heraklion on Feb 12th 2009, right main gear collapsed on landing". 15 February 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Accident: Sky Express JS41 at Rhodes on Feb 2nd 2015, gear collapse and runway excursion on landing". 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 

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