Sky Lease Cargo
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #WRNA256M[1]
HubsMiami International Airport
Fleet size2
HeadquartersMiami, Florida, United States
Key peopleMarcos Montesano (CEO)
Wade Johnson (COO)
Employees120 (2007)[2]

Sky Lease Cargo Inc. (legally Sky Lease I Inc) is an American cargo airline based in Miami, Florida.


The airline was established in 1969, as Wrangler Aviation and started operations in 1973, using Lockheed Constellation aircraft under FAA Part 91. It became a Part 121 carrier in 1978 and became an all-cargo airline in 1981.

Between 1991 and 1992, issues of citizenship, ownership, and compliance with federal airline laws resulted in the conclusion and finding that through the unregulated use of "Delaware Company Law" and the practice of subsidiaries being parts of other subsidiaries," Wrangler Aviation did not meet the fitness requirements of a certificated airline of the United States.[3] The conclusions resulted in restructuring changes to the company to continue operating.

Tradewinds Airlines

Tradewinds Airlines Airbus A300B4F

In 1991, the airline was renamed to Tradewinds Airlines. On February 28, 1994, Tradewinds was acquired by Florida West Airlines, although it was sold off a year later.[4] In December 2007, Donald Watkins, a lawyer from Alabama bought part of the company. On June 6, 2008, the airline reduced its staff by 70% and parked all their fleet.

During 2006, explorative attempts were made by Valiant Airways to contract Tradewinds Airlines for "start-up" operations, but these attempts failed to result in services coming to fruition.[5]

Further press releases on June 3, 2008, indicate that Tradewinds returned five Boeing 747-200F aircraft to the lessor and furloughed employees that operated the lines. On July 25, 2008, Tradewinds Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the third time. The company cited rising fuel costs and low demand, but plans to continue to operate flights during reorganization.[6] In December 2008, Tradewinds Airlines was purchased by Sky Lease One, based out of Florida.

Sky Lease Cargo

Tradewinds Airlines was renamed Sky Lease Cargo on September 4, 2011, and also changed its IATA and ICAO codes. The company operates two 747-400s to various points in South America from Miami International Airport.


Former Sky Lease Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD-11F

As of March 2020, Sky Lease Cargo operates the following services:[7]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
 Argentina Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport
 Brazil Campinas Viracopos International Airport
Manaus Eduardo Gomes International Airport
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro/Galeão International Airport
 Chile Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
 Colombia Bogotá El Dorado International Airport
Medellín José María Córdova International Airport
 Ecuador Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport [8]
 Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
 Paraguay Ciudad del Este Guaraní International Airport
 Peru Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport
 United States Miami Miami International Airport Hub
 Uruguay Montevideo Carrasco International Airport
 Venezuela Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport Terminated [9]


Current fleet

As of October 2020, Sky Lease Cargo's fleet includes:[10][11]

Sky Lease Cargo fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Notes
Boeing 747-400ERF 2 Previously owned a further one involved in Flight 4854
Total 2

Former fleet

The airline formerly operated the following aircraft:

Incidents and accidents

See also


  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ - Tradewinds Airlines Inc
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2009-05-31.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "MIAMI COMPANY TO BUY IT / CHANGE IN AIR FOR TRADEWINDS". December 19, 1993. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Airways Magazine - A Global Review of Commercial Flight". Archived from the original on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2009-05-31.
  6. ^ Patterson, Donald (2008-07-29). "Airline acts to hold off creditors". Greensboro News & Record. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
  7. ^ "Sky Lease Cargo time table" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 3, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "Sky Lease Cargo busca operar regularmente en Ecuador". (in Spanish). 27 November 2022. Retrieved November 27, 2022.
  9. ^ "US severs commercial air links with Venezuela". Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "SkyLease Cargo on ch-aviation". ch-aviation. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  11. ^ "Sky Lease Cargo Fleet Details and History".
  12. ^ "Tradewinds Boeing 747 Rejected Takeoff Crash". June 11, 2006. Archived from the original on 2021-12-13. Retrieved July 22, 2019 – via YouTube.