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Name: KELOWNA FLIGHTCRAFT AIRCHARTER
7JetSet7 Code: KEL
Status: Operational
Region: NORTH AMERICA
City: KELOWNA
Country: CANADA
Employees 850
Web: flightcraft.ca
Email: mro@flightcraft.ca
Telephone: +1 (250) 491-5500
Fax: +1 (250) 491-5504
Sita: TLWBKAC
Background
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Click below for data links:
KEL-2003-12 NEWS
KEL-2003-12 NEWS-a
KEL-2004-07 NEWS
KEL-2004-09
KEL-2011-12-A
KEL-2011-12-B
KEL-2011-12-C
KEL-2011-12-D
KEL-2014-01-AVIATION MAINTENANCE
KEL-MAINTENANCE MRO

FORMED IN 1970 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1974. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
5655 AIRPORT WAY
KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA V1V 1S1, CANADA

CANADA WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1867, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 9,976,139 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 30 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS OTTAWA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE ENGLISH & FRENCH.

APRIL 1996: TO ACQUIRE 6 727-200'S WET-LEASED FROM KELOWNA FLIGHTCRAFT IN 2ND QUARTER 1996, & OPERATE AS "GREYHOUND AIR."

9 727-100'S, & 7 727-200'S (6 EX-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL): 20772, 20839, 21042, 21043, 21118, & 21119), 160 PASSENGERS (PAX).

MAY 1996: 2ND EX-ARROW AIR (ARW) 727-200F (20153), (IAL) 3 YEAR LEASED.

JUNE 1996: "GREYHOUND AIR" RECEIVES APPROVAL TO START OPERATIONS IN JULY, WITH 6 727-200'S, TO CALGARY, EDMONTON, HAMILTON, KELOWNA, OTTAWA, TORONTO, VANCOUVER, AND WINNIPEG.

JULY 1996: (NTA) PRODUCTION MANAGER, MARTIN CURTIS, JOINED (KEL).

NEW LOGO CANNOT USE "GREYHOUND DOG."

1 727-200 (20162/NO ENGINES), EX-(AEG), (IAL) LEASED.

SEPTEMBER 1996: LOAD FACTORS FOR LAST 2 MONTHS = 80 - 85% LF.

OCTOBER 1996: 7TH 727-200, EX-(EAL), FOR GREYHOUND AIR. 737-212 (20162) AS SPARE AIRPLANE, WHILE OTHERS IN CHECKS.

MAY 1997: DICK HUISMAN, PRESIDENT SAID "GREYHOUND AIR" MUST MAKE A PROFIT WITH SUMMER OPERATIONS, OR IT WILL HAVE TO LEAVE THE AIRLINE BUSINESS.

600 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 260 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 300 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

1 727-200 (20162), EX-(AEG), KELOWNA (KEL) WET-LEASED TO GREYHOUND AIR.

JUNE 1997: 1 727-200 (JT8D-15), EX-ROYAL AIRLINES (ROY).

JULY 1997: 1 727-200 (JT8D-7B), EX-(EOI).

SEPTEMBER 1997: "GREYHOUND AIR" STOPS SERVICE, DUE TO "INABILITY TO
MAKE A PROFIT." GREYHOUND WAS SOLD TO LAIDLAW TRANSPORTATION BURLINGTON, ONTARIO, IN $100 MILLION DEAL.

NOVEMBER 1997: 727-227 (21043) LEASED TO (PAG).

JANUARY 1998: 727-25C (19359) FITTED WITH WINGLETS. 1 ORDER 727-227 (20839), EX-(AEG). 2 727-227'S (20772; 21119), LEASED TO RYAN INTERNATIONAL (RYN).

MARCH 1998: GOVERNMENT OK'S ALL-CARGO SCHEDULED SERVICE TO CHINA. PROBABLE WINNIPEG TO BEIJING OR SHANGHAI.

1 727-227 (20162) LEASED TO SUN PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL (SUI) FOR 3 YEARS.

APRIL 1998: 600 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 260 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 300 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JANUARY 1999: ACCDT: KELOWNA (KEL) DC-3 (C-GWUG) CRASHED INTO MOUNTAIN IN DARKNESS BETWEEN VANCOUVER & VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMIA = ALL 2 (FC) FATALITIES

APRIL 1999: 600 EMPLOYEES. SITA: TLWBKAC.

JUNE 1999: 727-200 (20772, C-GIKF) TO LAKER AIRWAYS (LAK).

AUGUST 1999: DUGANAIR STAGE 3 QUIET WING SYSTEM ON 727-100 (20153).

SEPTEMBER 1999: 727-227 (21043, C-GKKF), RETURNED FROM PANAGRA (PAG).

NOVEMBER 1999: 3 CONVAIR 580'S (80, C-FEKF; 179, C-FFKF; 374, C-FHKF).

MARCH 2000: 727-25F (18971) LEASED TO WINNPORT LOGISTICS (WNT). CONVAIR 580 (126, C-FIWN) TO PLATINUM AIR. CONVAIR 580 (374, C-FHKF) TO CONAIR.

APRIL 2000: 850 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 160 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 20 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 670 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(http://www.flightcraft.ca). (info@flightcraft.ca).

OCTOBER 2000: 1 CONVAIR 580 (126, C-FIWN) RETURNED FROM PLATINUM AIR CARGO.

DECEMBER 2000: CONVAIR 5800 (309, C-FMKF) CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER, SOLD TO CONTRACT AIR CARGO (CCG).

MARCH 2001: 1 CONVAIR 580 (78, C-GKFO), TO CONAIR AVIATION. 1 727-214 (20162) LEASED TO SKYSERVICE (SKB) FOR BACKUP AIRPLANE FOR "ROOTS AIR" OPERATIONS.

APRIL 2001: 850 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 160 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 20 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 670 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

MAIN BASE: KELOWNA MUNICIPAL.

HUB: JOHN C MUNRO HAMILTON INTERNATIONAL.

1 727-243 (21265), EX-CONTINENTAL (CAL) CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER, USING (AEI) SUPPLEMENTAL TYPE CERTIFICATE (STC).

MAY 2001: 1 727-225 (21580, C-GTKF), EX-WELLS FARGO.

JUNE 2001: 1 727-25C (19358), SOLD TO AIR GEMINI (GEJ).

JULY 2001: AFTER CONVERSION TO FREIGHTER, 727-243 (21265) WILL BE OPERATED BY A NEW DIVISION, INTERNATIONAL TRADING COMPANY OF YUKON.

NOVEMBER 2001: (KEL) LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) WITH PACIFIC SAFETY PRODUCTS, AND QUIET WING, WASHINGTON, USA, TO DEVELOP & MARKET, COCKPIT PROTECTION SOLUTIONS, FOR 727'S, 737 CLASSICS, 757'S, MD-80'S AND MD-90'S.

1 727-243 (1231-21270, /76 56 37), EX-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL).

FEBRUARY 2002: RESUMES PASSENGER CHARTERS FOR VACANCES AIR COLUMBUS, FROM MONTREAL (MIRABEL) TO FLORIDA, CUBA, ST LUCIA CANCUN, AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (727-243: 21270), 160Y. WILL OPERATE IN CONJUNCTION WITH MONTREAL-BASED NEO AIR TOURS.

1 727-227 (21244) DELIVERY.

APRIL 2002: 850 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 160 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 20 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 670 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

MAIN BASE: KELOWNA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (YLW).

HUB: HAMILTON - JOHN C MUNRO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (YHM).

August 2002: Montreal (YMX) - Santo Domingo and (YMX) - Calgary - Vancouver for Air Columbus charter service.

2 727-223's (21523; 21524), ex-American Airlines (AAL).

September 2002: 727-25 (18971) & 727-227 (22144) parted out.

December 2002: 727-172C (19807), leased to Contract Cargo (CCG). Convair 580 (465, C-FKFL), leased to Conair.

March 2003: Ended charter operations for Vacances Air Colunbus, when the tour operator closed down.

April 2003: 727-25C (19359) wet-leased 3 months to Northern Air Cargo (NAC).

850 employees (including 160 Flight Crew (FC); 50 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 640 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

July 2003: 727-25C (368-19359, C-GKFN), returned from Northern Air Cargo (NAC).

January 2004: $1.3 million order to Innovative Solutions & Support, Pennsylvania, for (RVSM)-compliant equipment for up to 17 727-200's.

July 2004: 727-243F (21663, C-GXKF) bought from Prewitt Leasing. 727-25C (19359, C-GKFN), wet-leased to Northern Air Cargo (NAC) (again).

December 2004: 737-8Q8 (30637, G-XLAE), Excel (SBE) leased.

May 2005: Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter (KEL) operates long-term cargo charters for couriers, such as Purolator and Canadian Post throughout North America, together with passenger charters to fishing lodges in British Columbia, cargo flights such as forest fire patrols, and airplane sales & leasing, throughout Canada and worldwide. It provides 3rd party maintenance, is the manufacturer of Convair 5800 airplanes, owns Convair parts and manufacturing rights, undertakes military work on T-22 airplanes, and (EIFS) installation in Russian Mi-17 KF helicopters. Manufactures a Convair CV-580 fire bomber for forestry protection.

850 employees.

(IATA) Code: KW -194. (ICAO) Code: KFA (Callsign - FLIGHTCRAFT).

Parent organization/shareholders: Barry Lapoints Holding (100%).

Main Base: Kelowna International airport (YLW).

Hubs: Hamilton John C Munro International Airport (YHM).

Domestic freighter destinations: Calgary; Edmonton; Halifax; Hamilton; Kamloops; Kelwona; Moncton; Montreal; Ottawa; Prince George; Regina; Saskatooon; St Johns; Thunder Bay, Vancouver; Victoria; & Winnipeg.

727-22C (19806, C-GKFA), sold to Northern Air Cargo (NAC).

August 2005: 727-223F (21524), leased to Flair Airlines (FLV).

November 2005: Convair 580 (446, C-GKFP) to Nolinor Aviation.

December 2005: Convair 580 (343, C-FKFS), delivery.

July 2006: 727-227F (20839, C-GNKF) leased to Flair (FLV).

August 2006: 727-227F (20839, C-GNKF), returned from Flair (FLV).

October 2006: 727-277F (20551, C-GYKF), bought from Australian AirExpress (ACS) with winglets.

October 2007: 727-243F (21270, C-GWKF), converted to freighter and leased to Flair (FLV).

December 2007: 737-46B (24573, N41XA), bought from Xtra Airways (CIN).

March 2008: 737-46B (24573, C-FLER), leased to Flair (FLV).

January 2009: Kelowna Flightcraft (KEL) signed a six-year contract with Air France (AFA) Industries (AFI) and (KLM) Engineering & Maintenance (E&M) to maintain (KEL) (CF6-50C2) engines on its fleet of DC-10-30F freighters. The work will take place in (KLM) (E&M)'s Schiphol engine shop.

April 2009: 727-281F (21455, C-GKFJ), transferred from Flair (FLV), ex-(C-FLHJ).

November 2009: 727-225F (20153, C-GKFH), sold in the USA.

December 2009: 2 DC-10-30Fs (46917, N303WL; 192-47928, C-GKFD), (PICL) Aviation leased.

November 2011: 2 727-2S2Fs (22936, N215WE; 22937, N216WE), returned to service ex-Victorville storage.

December 2011: SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINER WORLD" magazine article on Canadian cargo jet operations - - "KEL-2011-12-A/B/C/D."

January 2014: SEE ATTACHED "AVIATION MAINTENANCE" magazine advert:
"KEL-2014-01-AVIATION MAINTENANCE."

May 2015: 727-243F (21663, C-GXKF), donated to Fanshawe School of Aviation Technology.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
KEL-727-214
KEL-727-243-F
KEL-727-243
KEL-727
KEL-727-223
KEL-727-243F-2009-02

April 2016:

0 727-172C (JT8D-7B HK) (575-19807, /68 C-GKFT), EX-(AII)/(EAF), WINGLETS, LST (CCG) 2002-12. SCRAPPED 2004-02. FREIGHTER.

3 727-22C (JT8D-7B HK) (436-19204, /67 C-GKFZ; 438-19205, /67 C-FKFP; 543-19805, /68 GKFW; 547-19806, /68 C-GKFA), EX-(FED). 19805 LST (CCG) 2001-11. 19806 ST (NAC) 2005-05. FREIGHTER.

0 727-25 (JT8D-7B HK) (230-18971, /66 C-FKFO), EX-(EAL), LST (WNT). PARTED OUT 2002-09. WINGLETS. FREIGHTER.

1 727-25C (JT8D-7B HK) (367-19358, /67 C-GKFB; 368-19359, /67 C-GKFN), EX-(EAL)/(FED), 19359 WITH WINGLETS. 19358 ST (GEJ) 2001-06. 19359 WET-LST 3 MTHS (NAC) 2003-04, RF (NAC) 2003-07. WET-LST (NAC) 2004-07. 19359 TO (CCG) 2005-02. FREIGHTER.

1 727-51C (JT8D-7B HK) (211-18897, /67 C-GKFC), EX-(PIE)/(FCT), WINGLETS. FREIGHTER.

0 727-92C (JT8D) (308-19173, /66 C-GKFV), EX-(ZAS), PARTED OUT.

2 727-2S2F (JT8D HK) (22936, N215WE; 22937, N216WE), EX-VICTORVILLE STORAGE 2011-11. FREIGHTER.

0 727-214 (JT8D-9A HK) (715-20162, /69 C-GOKF), EX-(GAX), LST (SKB) 1 YR TIL 2002-04 FOR ROOTS AIR OPS, RF (SKB) 2002-03. SCRAPPED 2004-02. 14C, 135Y.

1 727-223F (JT8D-9A HK) (1467-21523, /79 C-GGKF), EX-(AAL) 2002-08. "PUROLATOR" COLORS. FREIGHTER.

1 727-223 (JT8D-9A HK) (1473-21524, /79 C-FLHR), EX-(AAL), 2009-06. "Leaving On A Jet Plane" TITLES. LST (FLV) 2005-08. WITH WINGLETS. 168Y.

1 727-223F (JT8D-9A) (22460, C-GKFH), EX-(N742RW), BF AIRVRAFT LOGISTICS 2013-08. FREIGHTER.

1 727-225F (JT8D-9A HK) (775-20152, /69 C-GACU, (ASG) LSD; 779-20153, /69 N8834E, (IAL) LSD), EX-(EAL) (20153 DUGANAIR HUSHKITS). 20153; SOLD IN USA 2009-11. 20152 WITH WINGLETS. FREIGHTER.

1 727-225F (JT8D-15 HK) (1435-21580,/78 C-GTKF), IN "PUROLATOR" COLORS. FREIGHTER.

6 727-227F (JT8D-9A HK) (982-20772, /73 C-GIKF, LST (RYN); 1031-20839, /74 C-GNKF; 1106-21042, /75 C-GJKF; 1113-21043, /75 C-GKKF; 1167-21118, /75 C-GLKF; 1175-21119, /75 C-GMKF, LST (RYN), EX-(CAL). 20839 LST (FLV) 2006-07. IN "PUROLATOR" COLORS. FREIGHTER.

2 727-243F (JT8D-9A HK) (1226-21265, /76 C-GQKF; 1231-21270, /76 C-GWKF), CONV TO F 2001-04, EX-(CAL) 2001-10. 21270 LST (FLV) 2007-10. IN "PUROLATOR" COLORS. 21270 WITH WINGLETS. FREIGHTER.

0 727-243F (JT8D-9A HK) (1438-21663, /79 C-GXKF), BF PREWITT LSG 2004-07. IN "PUROLATOR" COLORS. DONATED TO FANSHAWE SCHOOL OF AVIATION TECHNOLOGY (2015-05). FREIGHTER.

1 727-277F (JT8D-9A HK) (1031-20839, /74 C-GNKF), RF (FLV) 2006-08. IN "PUROLATOR" COLORS. FREIGHTER.

1 727-277F (JT8D-15 HK) (1054-20551, /74 C-GYKF), BF AUSTRALIAN AIREXPRESS (ACF) 2006-10. WITH WINGLETS. FREIGHTER.

1 727-281F (JT8D-17 HK) (1316-21455, /78C-GKFJ), XFRD FROM (FLV) 2009-04 EX- (C-FLHJ). FREIGHTER.

1 737-4B3 (CFM56-3C1) (2107-24751, /91 C-FLEJ), 2008-12. LST (FLV). 150Y.

1 737-46B (CFM56-3C1) (1844-24573, /90 C-FLER), EX-(SBE), BF (CIN) 2007-12. LST (FLV) 2008-03. 158Y.

0 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (800-30637, G-XLAE), (SBE) WET-LSD 2004-03. RTND 2004-04. LSD (AGAIN) 2004-12. RTND.

3 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (179-46949, /74 C-GKFB; 192-47928, /75 C-GKFD; 211-46917, C-GKFT; 214-46921, /75 C-GKFA), (PICL) AVIATION LSD 2009-12.46921; RTND. 46917; PARKED AT HAMILTON. FREIGHTER.

1 CESSNA 340 (TSIO-520-K) (0058, /72 C-GJRH). 5Y.

2 CESSNA 402B (TSIO-520-E) (0203, /72 C-GIHM; 0213, /72 C-GHFK). FREIGHTER.

2 CONVAIR 580 (501-D13H) (80, /53 C-FEKF; 100, /53 C-FKFA; 179, C-FFKF), 374, C-FHKF TO CONAIR 2000-03. 179; RTND. FREIGHTER.

9 CONVAIR 580 (501-D13H) (126, C-FIWM RF PLATINUM AIR 2000-10; 129, /53 C-FKFY; 343, /56 C-FKFS, 2005-12), (309, C-FMKF, CONV TO F 2000-12, ST CCG) (378, C-GKFO TO CONAIR 2001-03, AS TANKER). 277, C-FKFS. 465, C-FKFL LST CONAIR 2002-12. 114, C-GKFJ, ST AIR FREIGHT NZ 2003-06. 277 LST AIR FREIGHT NZ 2004-10. 446, C-FKFS; TO NOLINAR AVIATION, 2005-11. FREIGHTER.

1 DC-3.

1 GULFSTREAM 1.

Management:
(definitions)

BARRY LAPOINTE, FOUNDER, OWNER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

TRACY MEDVE, PRESIDENT.

JIM ROGERS, VP & GENERAL MANAGER.

MIKE UDALA, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.

MIKE COULTHARD, CHIEF PILOT (KFLBoeing@flightcraft.ca).

GREG CARTER, FLIGHT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR (gregc@flightcraft.ca) (KFLBoeingSafety@flightcraft.ca) (KFLBoeingOps@flightcraft.ca).

RALPH WAGNER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

MIKE SIZELAND, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING (mikes@flightcraft.ca)
(KFLBoeingEng@flightcraft.ca).

MIKE UDALA, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (mikeu@flightcraft.ca)
(KFLBoeingMnt@flightcraft.ca) (1999-08).

MS DENISE TATEYAMA, DIRECTOR PASSENGER OPERATIONS.

BRYAN AKERSTYREAM, MANAGER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.

KEN KILBORNE, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MANAGER (1999-08).

ROB COLBERT, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.

CARSON HUGHES, MANAGER PLANNING & RECORDS.

CURTIS BEECH, LINE MAINTENANCE MANAGER (1997-10).

DAVE LAPOINTE, MAINTENANCE CONTROL SUPERVISOR.

ROB NORTHCOTE, MANAGER ENGINEERING (2000-04).

LOWELL TRENHOLM, MANAGER AVIONICS.

 
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