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Southeast Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations1999 (1999)
Ceased operationsNovember 30, 2004 (2004-11-30)
Operating basesYoungstown-Warren Regional Airport
Frequent-flyer programSmile Miles
Fleet size10
HeadquartersLargo, Florida, United States

Southeast Airlines was established in 1993 as Sun Jet International and was founded by Tom Kolfenbach.[1] It was a low fare public charter airline in the United States, headquartered in Largo, Florida, operating regular service to various vacation/leisure destinations using eight McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 and two McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft. It abruptly ceased operations on November 30, 2004.[2] The airline was featured on The Simple Life reality TV series, which Southeast executives hoped would give the carrier some exposure.[3] The airline's jets featured the "Sun King" logo previously used by the original National Airlines which appeared on the tails of its aircraft.[4]

The Southeast Airlines name was also used by another U.S. air carrier which was based in Miami and was operating scheduled passenger service in 1979 with jet aircraft nonstop between Miami and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and also with turboprop aircraft nonstop between Miami and Tampa.[5][6]


Southeast Airlines served the following destinations throughout operations:


Southeast Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Southeast Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31

Southeast Airlines operated the following aircraft throughout operations:

Southeast Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 8
McDonnell Douglas MD-80 2

See also


  1. ^ "Sun Jet International". Airline History. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Company News: Southeast Airlines ceases operations", NY Times
  3. ^ Huettel, Steve (February 9, 2005). " Airline misses its last laugh". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  4. ^; photos of Southeast Airlines MD-80 & DC-9 aircraft
  5. ^
  6. ^ Dec. 1, 1979 Official Airline Guide (OAG) North American Edition, Index of Air Carriers, page 2330