SkyGreece Airlines

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SkyGreece Airlines
SkyGreece Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
GW[1] SGR SKYGREECE
Founded October 2012 (2012-10)
Athens, Greece
Ceased operations August 25, 2015
AOC # Aoc obtained Cert # 050
Operating bases Athens International Airport (Athens, Greece)
Fleet size 1
Destinations 7
Company slogan Legendary Greek hospitality from take-off to landing!
Headquarters Markopoulo Mesogaias, Attica, Greece
Key people Fr. Nicholas Alexandris
Website www.skygreece.com - Server down (500 Error)

SkyGreece Airlines S.A. was a Canadian-owned Greek airline headquartered in Markopoulo Mesogaias, Attica, near Athens.[2] On August 27, 2015, the airline suspended operations.

History[edit]

SkyGreece Airlines was founded in Athens, Greece in October 2012, by a group of Greek-Canadian entrepreneurs and a retired priest.

The company’s main mission was to connect Greek diaspora to their homeland by offering non-stop flights between Greece and North America year-round. It had plans to offer flights to South Africa too.[3][4] The airline aimed to offer "authentic Greek hospitality".

Its sole aircraft, a Boeing 767-300ER, was acquired in June 2013. It had been operated by Martinair.[5][6] Prior starting service to North America this airline started with charter flights to Somalia, Eritrea, Sweden and United Kingdom. It also did some flights during the Hajj season for Royal Air Maroc and also some flights for Air Madagascar. Skygreece Airlines employed 160 staff with 100 land based in Greece and 60 as aircrew.[7]

The inaugural flight was on May 23, 2015 to Montreal and Toronto with an aircraft lease from a Spanish airline named Privilege Style.[8] Shortly after the company experienced a depressuration problem on its airplane during a flight and had to return to Athens airport. SkyGreece also inaugurated service to New York and Thessaloniki with several days postponed blaming the capital controls and the lack on money for the fuel.

The airline had to cancel some of its flights especially on its New York route stating operational problems and capital controls. The route was operated by a Bulgarian airline named BH Air with an Airbus A330. The management of SkyGreece failed to pay BH Air.

In August 2015, a crack on the cockpit window caused the airplane to be grounded in Zagreb airport and the flight schedule to fall behind by several days. After that issue all the flights were cancelled. Stranded passengers received no assistance from the airline. Its management blamed others for the issue and one of them resigned while he was on vacation in Greece.

On September 3, 2015, SkyGreece Airlines filed a notice of intention to make a proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act in Canada.[9] In November 2015 Skygreece declared bankruptcy two months after ending operations.[10]

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

SkyGreece Airlines Boeing 767-300ER

SkyGreece Airlines operated the following fleet:

SkyGreece Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
W Y Total
Boeing 767-300ER 1 106 164 270 SX-BPN named "Taxiarhis"
Total 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Home page. SkyGreece Airlines. Retrieved on March 22, 2015. "33 K. Papadimitriou, Markopoulo, Attiki 19003, Greece"
  3. ^ Flora, Christina (4 December 2012). "SkyGreece to Link Athens With Canada, U.S". Canada.GreekReporter.com. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Απευθείας σύνδεση Αθήνας-Καναδά σχεδιάζει η Skygreece Airlines" (in Greek). Capital.gr. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "SkyGreece Airlines SX-BPN (Boeing 767 - MSN 26470) (Ex PH-MCM ) | Airfleets aviation". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  6. ^ "N Number N328MP is Reserved for CANCELLED/NOT ASSIGNED". Aircraftdomain.com. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  7. ^ "Introducing SkyGreece Airlines". Kids Love Greece. 2015-04-23. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  8. ^ "Fleet". Skygreece.com. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  9. ^ "CNW Press Release". Newswire.ca. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  10. ^ http://www.cp24.com/lifestyle/travel/skygreece-airlines-goes-bankrupt-2-months-after-halting-operations-1.2664691

External links[edit]

Media related to SkyGreece Airlines at Wikimedia Commons