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Laker Airways (Bahamas) was an airline founded in 1992,[1] which operated until 2005.

Laker Bahamas / Laker Inc
IATA ICAO Callsign
1. 6F
(Laker Inc)
2. 7Z
(Laker Bahamas)
1. –
2. LBH
(Laker Bahamas)
1. –
2. LBH
(Laker Bahamas)
Founded1992 (Laker Bahamas)
1996 (Laker Inc)
HubsFort Lauderdale –
Hollywood International Airport
Fleet size
  • 8 (Laker Bahamas)
  • 2 (Laker Inc)
DestinationsLondon Gatwick Airport
Manchester Airport
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Miami International Airport
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Richmond International Airport
Nashville International Airport
Palm Beach International Airport (West Palm Beach)
HeadquartersThe Bahamas
Key peopleSir Freddie Laker
Oscar Wyatt

Contents

HistoryEdit

Laker Airways (Bahamas) was a US-registered airline based in the Bahamas to which Sir Freddie Laker lent his name and operational expertise. The airline was established in 1992 with financial assistance from Oscar Wyatt, a Texas oilman and business partner of Sir Freddie Laker.[1] The initial fleet comprised two Boeing 727-200 Advanced narrow-bodied jet aircraft.[1] Laker Airways (Bahamas) stopped operating in 2005 when the firm was wound up.[2]

In 1996 Sir Freddie Laker and his business partner Oscar Wyatt established Laker Airways, Inc as a sister airline to Laker Airways (Bahamas) to follow in the original, UK-based Laker Airways's footsteps.[3] Laker Airways Mark II leased two McDonnell Douglas DC-10 widebodied jets to operate low-fare, high quality transatlantic scheduled services, which commenced on 5 July 1996 between Fort Lauderdale in Florida and London Gatwick at a frequency of two return flights per week.[3][4][5] Additional scheduled services subsequently linked Orlando with Manchester and Glasgow Prestwick.[4] Laker Airways, Inc ceased operations in 1998.[6]

Destinations in 1994Edit

According to the September 15, 1994 edition of the Official Airline Guide (OAG]), the airline was operating nonstop Boeing 727-200 jet service between its main base in Freeport, Bahamas (FPO) and the following U.S. destinations:[7]

Historical FleetEdit

Laker Airways (Bahamas) / Laker Airways, Inc Fleet
Aircraft Total Registration Notes
Boeing 727-2J7 2 N552NA, N533NA Laker Airways (Bahamas)
Boeing 727-247 1 N580CR Laker Airways (Bahamas)
Boeing 727-223 2 N706AA, N707AA Laker Airways (Bahamas)
Boeing 727-281 3 N743US, N740US, N745US Laker Airways (Bahamas)
Douglas DC-10-30F 1 N832LA Laker Airways, Inc
Douglas DC-10-10 1 N834LA Laker Airways, Inc

NotesEdit

References/External linksEdit

  • "Airliner Classics (Sir Freddie Laker - The Man Who Gave Us Skytrain, pp. 82-85)". Stamford, Lincs, UK: Key Publishing. November 2009.
  • AirlinersNet Photos
  • Code and Aircraft Data[permanent dead link]