Key Lime Air

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Key Lime Air
Key Lime Air Logo.gif
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1997
Hubs Centennial Airport
Secondary hubs
Subsidiaries Denver Air Connection
Fleet size 42
Destinations 5
Headquarters Dove Valley, Colorado
Key people
  • Cliff Honeycutt (President)
  • Glen Rich (Vice President)
  • Dan Bauer (Majority Stockholder)
  • David Carrizo (Director of Operations)
  • Jeff Taylor (Chief Pilot)
  • Johnnie Krien (Director of Maintenance)
  • Michael Giovannini (Director of Safety)
  • Paul Rylatt (Chief Inspector)

Key Lime Air is a United States airline with corporate headquarters at Centennial Airport in Dove Valley, Colorado, within the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area.[1][2] It was established and started operations in 1997 and operates charter and United Parcel Service cargo feeder operations.[3]

Scheduled air service[edit]

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 five days a week. DAC public-charter flights are operated with various aircraft, including the Piper Navajo, 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 at the Denver Air Connection.[4]

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.[5]


As of September 2016, Key Lime Air was serving the following destinations with passenger flights:

Cargo operations[edit]

Key Lime Air operates on-demand cargo flights using Piper Navajo 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:[6]

Key Lime Air Passenger Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner (Metro 23 model) 2 18
Embraer EMB 120ER Brasilia 1 (as of August 2016)[7] 30
Fairchild Dornier 328JET 7 (as of August 2016)[7] 30
Piper PA-31 Navajo 8 N/A Cargo
Fairchild Swearingen Metro II 6 N/A Cargo
Fairchild Swearingen Metro III 21 N/A Cargo

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • December 30, 2014 – A Key Lime Air Cessna 404 Titan, registration N404MG, operating as Flight LYM182, impacted rural residential terrain shortly after takeoff from Centennial Airport (KAPA), Denver, Colorado. The accident was caused by engines not being sufficiently heated for cold weather. 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.[8]
  • 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.[9][10]
  • December 5, 2016 - A Key Lime Air Fairchild Dornier 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 was heavy rains and storms in the area at the time of the crash. The sole occupant, the pilot, received fatal injuries.[11]


  1. ^ 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"
  2. ^ " 2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Dove Valley CDP, CO" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. pp. 100–101. 
  4. ^ "Key Lime Air to Launch Service to Sheridan, Wyoming". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  5. ^, Laura Hancock 307-266-0581,. "New air service coming to Riverton, continuing in Sheridan". Casper Star-Tribune Online. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  6. ^ "Directory: World Airlines Part 2 (C-L)". Flight International: 31–80. 2009-04-07. 
  7. ^ a b "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 39. 
  8. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". Aviation Safety Network dba Flight Safety Foundation. December 30, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ Stanley, Deb (2015-01-21). "3rd Key Lime Air plane has engine problems - crashes in Kansas". 
  10. ^ "Plane Crash Lands in Northwest Kansas". 2015-01-21. 
  11. ^

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