maxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1254 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3191 times:
Three different Southeast Airlines over the years.
1955-1960 Intrastate Tennesee scheduled passenger airline. DC-3s and Convair 240s.
1969-1980 Commuter flying DC-3s, F-27s and Martin 404s primarly to Marathon and Key West for National Airlines
(so NA could pull the 727s out of EYW because it was a money loser after the Navy closed the sub base.) Later SE flew Electras from MIA to the Turks and Caicos Islands scheduled passenger. It didn't last long.
The one you guys are talking about, which appropriated the National Sun King logo. Russ Farris
PI767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3087 times:
From "Deregulation Knockouts: Round Two:"
"Sun Jet International was formed by P. Thomas Kolfenbach and several other former Key Airlines executives to provide contrace charter services from a base at Tampa/Saint Petersburg, Florida. The airline began flying from Newark to Saint Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale on October 22, 1993, as a public charter for Sun Jet Tours, using two MD-80s. Newark-Orlando, Newark-Dallas, Saint Petersburg-Dallas and Dallas-Long Beach flights were started in 1994.
The airline was sold in 1995 to Sun Jet Holdings, headed by real estate developer John Mansour. Frequencies were increased on existing routes, causing incumbent carriers such as American Airlines to lower fares in those markets to counter the Sun Jet offensive. Dallas-Oakland was later added as a new route.
David Banmiller, the former AirCal president, was hired by Mansour in 1996 to take Sun Jet public and transform the airline into another Southwest. An ambitious advertising campaign was launched, but by early 197 the airline faced a cash shortage and scrapped half its flight schedule.
Banmiller (who was soon to resign) then entered into a new agreement with World Technology Systems, whereby Sun Jet would provide aircraft to WTS that would market and sell the scheduled charters. WTS also operated Myrtle Beach Jet Express, and Sun Jet aircraft were often used for these flights.
Operating expenses were higher than expected and Sun Jet suspended operations on June 16, 1997, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on the following day.
A proposed sale of Sun Jet by Mansour to Aviation Industries of New Jerset was not approved by the bankruptcy court and the airline was rescued by Kolfenbach, its original founder. His reorganization plan was approved in May 1998, and the certificate of Sun Jet (doing business as Southeast Airlines) was restored on June 14, 1999.
Southeast operated a fleet of DC-9 Series 30s on public charters, which were sold by an affiliated company as well as by other tour operators. Four 165-seat MD-80s were acquired beginning in 2001, and two ex-Legend Airlines DC-9s (with first class interiors) added for sports charters. The airline's public charters served Florida markets from medium-sized cities in the Northeast and Midwest.
Southeast ceased operations on November 30, 2004, citing rising fuel costs and low margins on the Florida trips."
The carrier's two-letter code was "SX" and as Sun Jet, it's call sign was "Sun Jet." As Southeast, it's call sign was "Sun King."
That version began charter operations in 1959 as Cat Cay Airlines and later changed it's name to Southeast Airlines. On May 8, 1979, it began scheduled services between Miami and Aguadilla. It lost its CAB fitness certificate and ceased scheduled operations in October 1979. It briefly resumed operations in 1981 flying cargo charters to Colombia.