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Skyservice Airlines
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Ceased operations: 31Mar2010
Homebase: Toronto IAP & Montreal-Dorval IAP
Founded: 1986
ICAO callsign: Skytour
IATA / ICAO prefix: 5G / SSV
Operations: passengers

Airbus A320-214 C-FTDQ (c/n 1886) seen in approach at Calgary IAP on 26Jun06.

Skyservice Inc. was a business aviation, air ambulance and charter airline (Skyservice Airlines) based in the Etobicoke area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
It owned around 50 business and airline aircraft and employed more than 2000 people. The Skyservice Airlines division flew within Canada and to the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Israel and Europe.
During the summer Skyservice sold tickets to Europe from Toronto using a Boeing 757-200WL. It also used an Airbus A330-300 for other chartered flights to Europe from Canada.
Scheduled services to some destinations were offered during the summer season. Skyservice Airlines began operations in 1994.
Skyservice was forced into receivership on 31Mar10 as a result of a near $9 million debt to its long term partner Sunquest Vacations. As a result, Skyservice abruptly ceased operations. [Wikipedia]

Fleetlist Skyservice Airlines
Formed by Airtours. Air Canada to acquire 50% voting/35% non-voting interest in 2001. Reorganized as a subsidiary of Skyservice Investments. Majority interest purchased 8/07 by Gibralt Capital Corp. Placed in receivership 31/3/10 and ended operations.

C-FTDV 757 Skyservice
Boeing 757-28A C-FTDV (c/n 24017/162) seen on a very wet Toronto IAP on 06Oct07.

The airline was started in 1986.
On May 2, 2005, Skyservice introduced the first of two Boeing 767-300 aircraft to its fleet, the first of which entered service on that date with a flight from Toronto to Puerto Vallarta. The aircraft (both formerly with MyTravel Airways) operated summer charters from Toronto to the UK and Europe for Sunquest Vacations, and in the winter flew from Vancouver to the Caribbean and Mexico. [5]
It was one of the few discount airlines operating in Canada which still offers full meal service.
On August 28, 2007, it was announced that Skyservice sold a majority interest in its airlines business to Vancouver-based private equity company Gibralt Capital Corp. Its business jet charter and air ambulance services were not included in the sale.
In March 2009, Skyservice partnered with Inflite Media to offer tray table advertising across their fleet of aircraft, the first such advertising network available in Canada.
The last Skyservice flight, from Punta Cana to Winnipeg, took place on the same day. [Wikipedia]


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