Key Lime Air
|Subsidiaries||Denver Air Connection|
|Headquarters||Dove Valley, Colorado|
Key Lime Air is a United States airline with corporate headquarters at Centennial Airport in Dove Valley, Colorado, within the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area. It was established and started operations in 1997 and operates charter and United Parcel Service cargo feeder operations.
Scheduled air service
Key Lime Air, dba Denver Air Connection (DAC), operates scheduled passenger air charter. DAC operates between Grand Junction Regional Airport in western Colorado and Centennial Airport and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in the Denver area. DAC public-charter flights are operated with various aircraft, including the Dornier 328 Jet, Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops, all depending on an on demand basis.
The airline began operating scheduled service between Sheridan County Airport in Wyoming and Denver International Airport on November 19, 2015 utilizing Fairchild Dornier 328JET regional jet aircraft operating as the Denver Air Connection.
On July 1, 2016 the airline began service to Riverton Regional Airport in Riverton, WY operating as the Denver Air Connection and using the same Fairchild Dornier 328JET regional jet aircraft flown on the Sheridan service.
As of July 2018, Key Lime Air was serving the following destinations with passenger flights:
Key Lime Air operates on-demand cargo flights using and Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner aircraft. Cargo operations carry UPS overnight and express delivery packages throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, and Montana.
As of January 2016, the Key Lime Air fleet includes:
|Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner (Metro 23 model)||2||18|
|Embraer EMB 120ER Brasilia||1 (as of August 2016)||30|
|Fairchild Dornier 328JET||7 (as of August 2016)||30|
|Fairchild Swearingen Metro II||6||N/A||Cargo|
|Fairchild Swearingen Metro III||21||N/A||Cargo|
Incidents and accidents
- December 30, 2014 – A Key Lime Air Cessna 404 Titan, registration N404MG, operating as Flight LYM182, lost one of its two engines shortly after takeoff from Centennial Airport (KAPA), Englewood, Colorado. Operating on one engine, the pilot was unable to successfully return to the airport. The airplane was destroyed by the impact and partially consumed by the post-impact fire. The sole pilot on board the aircraft received fatal injuries. The probable cause could not be determined during the investigation, though the pilot did not properly secure the failed engine - making it more difficult to continue flying.
- January 21, 2015 – A Key Lime Air Piper PA-31 flying cargo for UPS from Denver International Airport to Colby, Kansas, crashed while attempting to make an emergency landing at Goodland Municipal Airport after sustaining an engine failure. The plane struck power lines before crashing in a field. The sole pilot survived without serious injuries. The aircraft sustained serious damage.
- December 5, 2016 - A Key Lime Air Fairchild Swearingen SA-227DC Metro (twin-turboprop), operating as Flight LYM308, crashed a little after 10:00 P.M. in Camilla, GA. The flight departed from Panama City, Fl (Northwest Florida Beaches, KECP) and was en route to Albany, Ga.(KABY, Southwest Georgia Regional), there were heavy rains and storms in the area at the time of the crash. The sole occupant, the pilot, received fatal injuries.
- The postal designation of “Englewood”, a city some seven miles west, appears in the company’s mailing address and is referenced as its headquarters location: "About." Key Lime Air. Retrieved on April 2, 2015. "Based at Centennial Airport in Englewood Colorado, Key Lime Air is strategically positioned to be able to offer convenient service to either the West coast, Central or East coast of the United States." and "13252 E. Control Tower Rd. Englewood, CO 80112"
- " 2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Dove Valley CDP, CO" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 1, 2015.
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. pp. 100–101.
- "Key Lime Air to Launch Service to Sheridan, Wyoming". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
- Laura.Hancock@trib.com, Laura Hancock 307-266-0581,. "New air service coming to Riverton, continuing in Sheridan". Casper Star-Tribune Online. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
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- "Aviation Safety Network". Aviation Safety Network dba Flight Safety Foundation. December 30, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
- Stanley, Deb (2015-01-21). "3rd Key Lime Air plane has engine problems - crashes in Kansas".
- "Plane Crash Lands in Northwest Kansas". 2015-01-21. Archived from the original on 2015-01-21.
- Fowler, Cade. "UPDATE: Fatal crash victim identified". walb.com.