Sky Express (Greece)

Sky Express, legal name Cretan Aeronautical Operations (Greek: Κρητικές Αεροπορικές Εκμεταλλεύσεις Kritikés Aeroporikés Ekmetallefsis),[2] is a Greek airline headquartered in Athens International Airport. It was established in 2005[3] and operates a number of flights, serving 35 domestic and eight international destinations.[4]

Sky Express
Sky express.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded2005 (2005)
Fleet size25
HeadquartersAthens, Greece


Sky Express ATR-72 at Heraklion Airport

The airline was established in early 2005 by Cpt. Miltiadis Tsagkarakis, former Olympic Airlines director general and pilot, and George Mavrantonakis, former Olympic Airlines chief operating officer and account manager as well as advisor to the company president.[5] Operations commenced in July 2005,[6] including scheduled, charter, cargo, air taxi, emergency medical services, excursion and sightseeing flights. Sky Express Aircargo was later established as a joint venture with the Finaval Group and dedicated to cargo transport between Europe and the Far East.[citation needed]

In October 2020, the airline placed a firm order for four Airbus A320neo aircraft (the fleet now includes six of them). In addition, the company introduced a new design for their new Airbus aircraft.[7]

Logo controversyEdit

The airline's initial logo was inspired by the flag of the Cretan State, a semi-independent state under the Ottoman Empire. The flag of the Cretan State was composed of a white cross extending to the edges of the flag, with the upper-hoist canton in red, featuring a white star symbolizing Ottoman sovereignty on the island, and the other squares in blue, symbolizing the Greeks of Crete. The flag has also been adopted as a symbol of the Cretan independence pseudo-movement. The logo was not well-received, and following complaints by the public in Greece, especially Cretans, the logo was changed. The company said it did not consider the flag offensive, since it represented a milestone in the unification of Crete with the Kingdom of Greece,[8] but changed the logo nonetheless to avoid any further confusion.[citation needed]

Corporate affairsEdit

In 2018, Sky Express carried 1 million passengers for the first time.[9]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Turnover (€m) 16,299 16,616 34,068 61,475 81,340 54,940 TBA TBA
Net profit after tax (€m) 0,169 −1,391 −0,156 0,304 −0,250 −7,655 TBA TBA
Number of employees 77 86 129 193 229 263 TBA TBA
Number of passengers 85,174 168,116 496,562 1,000,000 1,200,000 TBA TBA TBA
Number of aircraft (at year end) 6 11 11 11 11 20 20 TBA
Notes/sources [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]


As of 2021, Sky Express operates scheduled flights to 35 destinations in Greece and to another eight abroad.

Codeshare agreementsEdit

Sky Express codeshares with the following airlines:


A new A320NEO of SKY Express at Hannover Airport

As of July 2021, Sky Express's fleet consists of the following aircraft:[28][29][30]

Sky Express Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers
ATR 42-500 4 48
ATR 72-500 5 70
ATR 72-600 6 72
Airbus A320 1 180
Airbus A320neo 9 [31] 186
Airbus A321neo 2 TBD
Total 25[32] 2

Historical fleetEdit

Former Sky Express BAe Jetstream 41 at Heraklion International Airport

In the past, Sky Express also operated the following types:

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On 12 February 2009, a BAe Jetstream 31 registered SX-SKY experienced a right main gear collapse after landing inbound from Rhodes International Airport.[34] None of the 15 passengers or three crew members were injured, but the aircraft suffered considerable damage to its right landing gear, wing and propeller. The aircraft was deemed beyond economical repair and was written off.[citation needed] The accident was caused by two previous hard landings (out of the previous 27) which had gone unreported. One of the hard landings had caused a fracture in a landing gear cylinder, which spread until the cylinder failed, causing the landing gear to collapse. The aircraft was scrapped at Heraklion Airport in late February 2011.
  • On 2 February 2015, a BAe Jetstream 41 aircraft registered SX-DIA, operating flight GQ-100 from Heraklion, experienced a left main gear collapse and runway excursion after a hard landing at Rhodes Diagoras Airport caused by strong winds. None of the 16 passengers or three crew members were injured. The aircraft suffered substantial damage.[35]
  • On 21 June 2019, the 3 PM flight from Heraklion to Rhodes Diagoras Airport performed an emergency landing at Karpathos Airport after one of the engines exploded. None of the 47 passengers suffered any injuries.[36][37]


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  22. ^ "Delta partners with SKY express to offer more travel options between the US and Greek Islands".
  23. ^ Bodell, Luke (9 February 2022). "What The Worldwide By easyJet SKY Express Agreement Means". Simple Flying.
  24. ^ "Cooperation with El AL".
  25. ^ "New agreement between Air France, KLM and Sky Express". 5 April 2019.
  26. ^ "Συμφωνία Διασύνδεσης μεταξύ Qatar Airways και Sky Express".
  27. ^ "Cooperation with Transavia".
  28. ^ "Live Flight Tracker - Real-Time Flight Tracker Map".
  29. ^ "SKY express". Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  30. ^ "Fleet Renewal Underway as SKY express Orders Five More ATR 72s". 13 July 2021.
  31. ^ "Airbus Order and Deliveries". Airbus. December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  32. ^ "Sky Express Fleet Details and History".
  33. ^ "Please verify your request".
  34. ^ "Accident: Sky Express JS31 at Heraklion on Feb 12th 2009, right main gear collapsed on landing". 15 February 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  35. ^ "Accident: Sky Express JS41 at Rhodes on Feb 2nd 2015, gear collapse and runway excursion on landing". 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  36. ^ "Αναγκαστική προσγείωση στην Κάρπαθο για αεροπλάνο με 46 επιβάτες". ProtoThema (in Greek). 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  37. ^ "Αναγκαστική προσγείωση αεροσκάφους στην Κάρπαθο - Εκτελούσε το δρομολόγιο Ηράκλειο – Ρόδο | Kathimerini". Retrieved 2019-06-21.

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