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khaki
07-06-2017, 01:20 PM
Anyone know what happened to Songbird Airways (formerly Sky King)?
Planespotters says their 737 is in storage in Arizona.


pilotgolfer
07-06-2017, 01:40 PM
Anyone know what happened to Songbird Airways (formerly Sky King)?
Planespotters says their 737 is in storage in Arizona.

They disbanded the merry crowd of idiots. Hopefully people saw jailtime for the tax fraud.

khaki
07-06-2017, 03:55 PM
When did they shutdown? Evidently Baltia Airlines (USGlobal) is buying the company for $6 million bucks. Buying them for their certificate I guess.


pilotgolfer
07-06-2017, 07:05 PM
When did they shutdown? Evidently Baltia Airlines (USGlobal) is buying the company for $6 million bucks. Buying them for their certificate I guess.

Fall of 2012 was the last time I remember them flying. I occasionally get stuff in the mail about the bankruptcy. There's no chance the certificate is worth $6 million. A fool and his money...

khaki
07-07-2017, 01:21 PM
Sky King went bankrupt back then but Songbird started flying with their certificate. Near as I can tell, they stopped flying this year.
Just wondering if anyone here flew with Songbird and when they finally shut down and what happened to their jet. Thanks

jonnyjetprop
07-08-2017, 05:57 PM
The last flight on FlightAware was in February flying to Goodyear, AZ. Airfleets has the plane in storage. Baltia has been rumored to have purchased the certificate.

http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1366913

khaki
07-24-2017, 07:28 AM
Extract from a Baltia Press Release Yesterday:
As we have worked to fix the challenges of the past, we have also worked to move towards the future with our business plan of becoming an international passenger airline with cargo, mail and charter capabilities. Obtaining FAA carrier certification is the key to our plans, and on June 15, 2017, we entered into a non-binding letter of intent with AerLine Holdings, LLC for the exclusive right to acquire Songbird Airways, Inc. for an aggregate purchase price of $6,200,000. We made a good-faith deposit of $1,000,000 and we recently signed and submitted a formal, definitive purchase agreement to complete the acquisition. Songbird currently has FAA certification, and in addition, a lease agreement for the existing Boeing 737-400 aircraft previously operated by Songbird is currently being negotiated. We have concluded our due diligence review of Songbird and have already confirmed the current status of Songbird’s FAA and DOT certificates. Members of our executive management have had several meetings as well as continued communications with representatives from Songbird and the FAA. We are working to close this acquisition on or before September 15, 2017. This acquisition would be important because it would allow our company to initiate revenue operations immediately by utilizing the same aircraft and air carrier certificate previously operated by Songbird. It also adjusts our business plan to have an initial focus on the Caribbean Islands as well as various domestic and international charter opportunities.

Braniff DC8
07-26-2017, 09:01 PM
Baltia? Um, I think the issue is they can't take a hint. The DOT does not want to certify a Russian carrier (effectively) in the USA. Buying Songbird I don't think will change this.

737-400s to the Caribbean, huh??? If you're not on the Craneforum.org site, go read about how volatile the Caribbean is. Insel Air was growing and is nearly bust. The new "BVI" Bae-146 carrier, just laid off all their crews. Anyhoo, the idea is silly.

Caribbean Queen now we're sharing the same dream.

khaki
07-28-2017, 03:49 AM
Well I think they are just trying to buy a certificate to get operating as they can't seem to do it on their own. I'm sure the FAA told them they would have to operate the Songbird 737 for a while until they can change planes, locations, etc to what they want.
I agree the Caribbean ain't the place to start out.