Key Lime Air is a United States airline with corporate headquarters at Centennial Airport in Dove Valley, Colorado, within the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area.[2][3] It was established and started operations in 1997 and operates charter and United Parcel Service cargo feeder operations.[4]

Key Lime Air
Key Lime Air Logo.gif
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #KY7A882H[1]
HubsCentennial Airport
Secondary hubs
SubsidiariesDenver Air Connection
Fleet size28
HeadquartersDove Valley, Colorado
Key people
  • Cliff Honeycutt (President)
  • Glen Rich (Vice President)
  • Dan Bauer (Majority Stockholder)
  • David Carrizo (Director of Operations)
  • Jeff Taylor (Chief Pilot)
  • Brian Kilburn (Vice President of Maintenance)
  • Michael Giovannini (Director of Safety)
  • Paul Rylatt (Chief Inspector)

Scheduled air serviceEdit

Key Lime Air, dba Denver Air Connection (DAC), operates scheduled passenger air charter. DAC operates between Grand Junction Regional Airport in western Colorado and Centennial Airport and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in the Denver area. DAC public-charter flights are operated with various aircraft, including the Dornier 328 Jet, Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops, all depending on an on demand basis.

The airline began operating scheduled service between Sheridan County Airport in Wyoming and Denver International Airport on November 19, 2015 utilizing Fairchild Dornier 328JET regional jet aircraft operating as the Denver Air Connection.[5]

On July 1, 2016 the airline began service to Riverton Regional Airport in Riverton, WY operating as the Denver Air Connection and using the same Fairchild Dornier 328JET regional jet aircraft flown on the Sheridan service.[6]

On May 15, 2019, the airline began service to Telluride Regional Airport also operating as Denver Air Connection and using the Dornier 328JET. The service is the first jet service to the Telluride airport. Denver Air Connection has an interline relationship with United Airlines enabling travelers to book flights through either Denver Air Connection or United's Global Network.[7] [8]

On June 1, 2019, the airline began its first essential air service contract at Alliance Municipal Airport, under the Denver Air Connection brand, using the Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner. The service offers 12 weekly round trips to Denver. Only one of Key Lime Air's Metroliner is set up using the required 9-seat configuration.[9]


As of May 2019, Key Lime Air was serving the following destinations with passenger flights:

Former destinationsEdit

Cargo operationsEdit

Key Lime Air operates on-demand cargo flights using Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner aircraft. Cargo operations carry UPS overnight and express delivery packages throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas


As of October 2019, the Key Lime Air fleet includes:[10]

Key Lime Air Passenger Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner (Metro 23 model) 2 18 1 configured with 9 seats for EAS
Embraer EMB 120ER Brasilia 1 30
Embraer ERJ-145ER 3 (1 stored) 50 NBAA charter operations. Currently 1 used for parts, 1 in service, and 1 pending delivery.
Fairchild Dornier 328JET 7 (2 stored) 30 Public Charter/ Scheduled Flights with United Airlines partnership
Fairchild Swearingen Metro II 4 N/A Cargo
Fairchild Swearingen Metro III 13 N/A Cargo
Learjet 24F 1 N/A Charter

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • December 30, 2014 – A Key Lime Air Cessna 404 Titan, registration N404MG, operating as Flight LYM182, lost one of its two engines shortly after takeoff from Centennial Airport (KAPA), Englewood, Colorado. Operating on one engine, the pilot was unable to successfully return to the airport. The airplane was destroyed by the impact and partially consumed by the post-impact fire. The sole pilot on board the aircraft received fatal injuries. The probable cause could not be determined during the investigation, though the pilot did not properly secure the failed engine - making it more difficult to continue flying.[11]
  • January 21, 2015 – A Key Lime Air Piper PA-31 flying cargo for UPS from Denver International Airport to Colby, Kansas, crashed while attempting to make an emergency landing at Goodland Municipal Airport after sustaining an engine failure. The plane struck power lines before crashing in a field. The sole pilot survived without serious injuries. The aircraft sustained serious damage.[12][13]
  • December 5, 2016 - A Key Lime Air Fairchild Swearingen SA-227DC Metro (twin-turboprop), operating as Flight LYM308, crashed a little after 10:00 P.M. in Camilla, GA. The flight departed from Panama City, Fl (Northwest Florida Beaches, KECP) and was en route to Albany, Ga.(KABY, Southwest Georgia Regional), there were heavy rains and storms in the area at the time of the crash. The sole occupant, the pilot, received fatal injuries.[14]


  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ The postal designation of “Englewood”, a city some seven miles west, appears in the company’s mailing address and is referenced as its headquarters location: "About." Key Lime Air. Retrieved on April 2, 2015. "Based at Centennial Airport in Englewood Colorado, Key Lime Air is strategically positioned to be able to offer convenient service to either the West coast, Central or East coast of the United States." and "13252 E. Control Tower Rd. Englewood, CO 80112"
  3. ^ " 2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Dove Valley CDP, CO" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 1, 2015.
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. pp. 100–101.
  5. ^ "Key Lime Air to Launch Service to Sheridan, Wyoming". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  6. ^, Laura Hancock 307-266-0581. "New air service coming to Riverton, continuing in Sheridan". Casper Star-Tribune Online. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "First-ever commercial jet service coming to Telluride". 9News. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  10. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  11. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". Aviation Safety Network dba Flight Safety Foundation. December 30, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  12. ^ Stanley, Deb (2015-01-21). "3rd Key Lime Air plane has engine problems - crashes in Kansas".
  13. ^ "Plane Crash Lands in Northwest Kansas". 2015-01-21. Archived from the original on 2015-01-21.
  14. ^ Fowler, Cade. "UPDATE: Fatal crash victim identified".

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