Sky Lease Cargo
|Parent company||Wrangler Aviation Inc.|
|Headquarters||Greensboro, North Carolina, USA|
The airline was established in 1969, as Wrangler Aviation and started operations in 1973, using Lockheed Constellation aircraft under FAA Part 91. It became a Part 121 carrier in 1978 and became an all-cargo airline in 1981.
Circa 1991–1992, issues of citizenship, ownership, and compliance with federal airline laws resulted in the conclusion and finding that through the unregulated use of "Delaware Company Law" and the practice of subsidiaries being parts of other subsidiaries," Wrangler Aviation did not meet the fitness requirements of a certificated airline of the United States.The conclusions resulted in restructuring changes to the company to continue operating.
The Tradewinds name was adopted in 1991. In December 2007, Donald Watkins, a lawyer from Alabama bought part of the company. On June 6, 2008, the airline reduced its staff by 70% and parked all 5 B747 and 3 A300.
Further press releases on June 3, 2008 indicate that Tradewinds returned five Boeing 747-200F aircraft to the lessor and furloughed employees that operated the lines. On July 25, 2008, Tradewinds Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the third time. The company cited rising fuel costs and low demand, but plans to continue to operate flights during reorganization. In December 2008 Tradewinds Airlines was purchased by Sky Lease One, based out of Florida.
Sky Lease Cargo
Tradewinds Airlines was renamed Sky Lease Cargo in 2011 and also changed its IATA and ICAO codes, The company operates a fleet of MD-11 to various points in South America and Amsterdam in Europe from Miami International Airport.
As of January 2012, Sky Lease Cargo operates the following services:
- Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- North America
- Miami (United States) base
- South America
- Buenos Aires (Argentina), Bogota, Medellin (Colombia), Campinas, Manaus, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Santiago (Chile), Quito (Ecuador), Ciudad del Este (Paraguay), Lima (Peru), Montevideo (Uruguay), Caracas (Venezuela),
As of September 2013, Sky Lease Cargo's fleet includes:
Incidents and Accidents
On June 7, 2006, a Boeing 747-200F by the registration of N922FT had an engine failure on takeoff at José María Córdova International Airport. The pilot aborted, but the plane overran the runway. None of the 6 on board were injured. However, the plane was substantially damaged. See Video
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