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  • New SkyLink Express Livery

    by T. Gilbert

    RICHMOND, BC
    July 20, 2016

    SkyLink Express is very excited to unveil our new livery! Our first newly painted B1900C returned to service in YVR this week and our remaining nationwide B1900 fleet is planned for their makeovers as each cycles through our 2016/2017 ongoing maintenance program.

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  • SkyLink Express expands regional air cargo fleet

    by T. Gilbert

    TORONTO, ON
    June 30, 2015

    Canada’s largest B1900C fleet just grew by two!  Last week SkyLink Express expanded its regional freighter fleet with a pair of B1900C aircraft.  These additions immediately bolster our air cargo fleet to 19 aircraft, increase our existing national network capabilities and become an integral part of ongoing growth strategy.

    SkyLink Express operates as Canada’s largest regional courier feeder operator with 11 Beechcraft 1900C and 8 Cessna 208B Grand Caravans on over 1200 monthly departures to 35 destinations throughout North America.


  • UPS and SkyLink Express pulling together for the United Way

    by Todd Gilbert

    RICHMOND, BC
    June 05, 2015

    2015 Plane Pull Banner 

    The 2nd annual UPS Plane Pull for United Way took place at the UPS Gateway in Richmond, BC this year on Saturday, 03 June, with fantastic weather and a great time had by all!

    Plane Pull Photo - photo credit to Kamy Farrokh Pour
    Photo Credit to Kamy Farrokh Pour

    Once again, SkyLink Express was a proud partner with UPS in this wonderful fundraiser by providing one of our YVR-based C208B Grand Caravans for the kid’s plane pull event. Watching the children have so much fun while pulling the SkyLink Express Caravan was a definite highlight for our team of volunteers.


    Of course, the jet pull was a great deal of fun for all the adult teams too!

    At last count, the event raised over $36,000 for the United Way of the Lower Mainland, more than doubling last year’s donations! 

    2015 Plane Pull Event - photo credit to United Way of the Lower Mainland
    Photo Credit to United Way of the Lower Mainland


    The team of UPS Vancouver volunteers were amazing with all the extra effort that went into this fantastic annual event.

    SkyLink Express is extremely proud of our own Vancouver team’s efforts preparing our aircraft and participating in this wonderful day of fun for everyone!  We simply cannot wait to do it all over again in 2016!

     

  • SkyLink Express adds Prince George, BC to daily destinations

    by Todd Gilbert

    RICHMOND, BC
    April 28, 2015

    2015 has already been a year of growth for SkyLink Express!

    • YVR team expansion
    • 6th all-cargo aircraft dedicated to our West Coast fleet

    Now, our air cargo team is flying even higher with the addition of CYXS - Prince George, BC to our daily destinations.

    As Canada’s largest regional courier feeder operator, SkyLink Express is proud of our 20+ year air cargo charter history, nationwide facilities, and over 1200 monthly departures to more than 30 North American destinations.

    SkyLink Express, your regional air cargo charter service solution from coast-to-coast.


  • UPS and Skylink Express Helping the United Way

    by Todd Gilbert

    RICHMOND, BC
    September 15, 2014

    JetPullLogoSaturday (13 September) was a perfect summer day in Richmond at the 2014 UPS Jet Pull for the United Way and SkyLink Express was a proud partner in this great fundraiser.

    As in years past, the United Way of the Lower Mainland fundraiser was held at the UPS Vancouver Gateway. However, this year’s event added Plane Pulls. UPS provided a B757 global jet freighter for adult teams to pull and SkyLink Express fielded a C208 feeder turboprop freighter for the kid’s teams.

    Children pulling a Skylink Express C208 aircraft at Vancouver UPS Gateway
    Children pulling a SkyLink Express C208 feeder aircraft at Vancouver UPS Gateway
    Fun was had by everyone throughout the day and the event raised over $16,000 for United Way.

    SkyLink Express is very proud of its team of volunteers who participated in this great event. Aiding a great cause while bringing smiles to children’s faces; what a wonderful way to spend a summer day.

     

  • SkyLink Express flies into Prairie skies

    by Todd Gilbert

    WINNIPEG, MB
    September 28, 2013 

    Today, SkyLink Express flies into Prairie skies as our newest Flight Crew/Maintenance base in Winnipeg, MB welcomes its first B1900C freighter.  On Monday, our team launches daily all-cargo flights to Regina and Saskatoon.

    It’s been one fantastic summer of growth for SkyLink Express as our team implemented our Western Canada expansion plans, first in Vancouver and now Winnipeg.  Our team of over 100 air cargo professionals couldn’t be more proud of how we’ve grown.

    • Coast-to-coast operations with facilities in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal/Mirabel, Moncton, Halifax, St. John`s
    • Over 1050 monthly departures
    • Over 30 North American destinations

    With coast-to-coast regional operations now in place, the skies the limit for SkyLink Express!


  • BC Success for Skylink Express!

    by Todd Gilbert

    RICHMOND, BC
    30 July 2013

    A new multi-year contract will soon see several of our all-cargo C208B + B1900C aircraft operating daily routes from our newest Flight Crew / Maintenance base in Vancouver.

    Once we launch our BC cargo routes in late August our team will celebrate a few milestones:

    • Coast-to-coast ops with offices in Vancouver, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's
    • 50 daily flights
    • 1000 monthly departures
    • 30 North American destinations

    SkyLink Express is proud of our team's accomplishments over our 19 year history and very excited about the future of our airline as we expand into Western Canada.


  • Cargo traffic on rise at Halifax Stanfield

    by Joe Bates

    Halifax Airport Image

    HALIFAX
    March 15, 2012

    Halifax Stanfield International Airport today announced that it handled 29,263 tonnes of cargo last year – up 2.8% on 2010.

    It attributes the upturn to increased frequencies by FedEx and Cargojet, the return of Icelandair Cargo's weekly B757 service to Reykjavik via Liege in Belgium, and the success of the airport's new multi-tenant cargo facility.

    The 40,000 square foot facility, operated by Gateway Facilities ULC, features 7,000 square feet of climate controlled space with direct airside access– ideal for shipping fresh lobster and seafood.

    “Our air cargo business is a team effort,” says Jerry Staples, HIAA vice president, marketing and business development.

    “We work closely with our carriers, partners and shippers to develop and grow air cargo opportunities at Halifax Stanfield.

    Cargo traffic is forecast to increase seven per cent in 2012.

    “We’re preparing for another year of cargo growth, with the completion of our extended runway by the first quarter of 2013, which will make Halifax Stanfield even more attractive,” says Staples.

    “Our six cargo carriers (FedEx, Purolator, Cargojet, Icelandair Cargo, TNT and SkyLink Express) handled over 20,000 metric tonnes while the remaining 9,000 metric tonnes was transported on passenger flights.”

    Construction to extend the airport’s main runway from 8,800 to 10,500 feet – allowing the airport to handle larger wide-bodied and heavy aircraft – began in the fall of 2011. 

    The C$28 million project is being jointly funded by Halifax International Airport Authority, the federal government through Transport Canada’s Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, and the Province of Nova Scotia.  


  • Halifax Stanfield Air Cargo Up in 2011

    by Halifax Stanfield International Airport

    HALIFAX
    March 15, 2012

    Halifax Stanfield International Airport processed 29,263 metric tonnes of cargo in 2011 – up 2.8 per cent over 2010.

    This increase was due to several factors. Two of the Airport’s major cargo carriers - FedEx and Cargojet - both upgraded their Halifax based fleet from B727 freighters to B757s offering increased capacity. Additionally, the Airport welcomed the return of Icelandair Cargo in December of 2011, which offers weekly B757 scheduled service from Halifax to Reykjavik, Iceland and on to Liege, Belgium. 

    As well, the Airport’s multi-tenant cargo facility was in operation for a full year in 2011, having opened in June 2010. The 40,000 square foot facility, operated by Gateway Facilities ULC, features 7,000 square feet of climate controlled space with direct airside access– ideal for shipping fresh lobster and seafood.

    “Our air cargo business is a team effort,” says Jerry Staples, HIAA Vice President, Marketing and Business Development. “We work closely with our carriers, partners and shippers to develop and grow air cargo opportunities at Halifax Stanfield.

    Cargo traffic is forecast to increase seven per cent in 2012. “We’re preparing for another year of cargo growth, with the completion of our extended runway by the first Quarter of 2013, which will make Halifax Stanfield even more attractive,” says Staples. “Our six cargo carriers (FedEx, Purolator, Cargojet, Icelandair Cargo, TNT and SkyLink Express) handled over 20,000 metric tonnes while the remaining 9,000 metric tonnes was transported on passenger flights.”

    Construction to extend the Airport’s main runway began in the fall of 2011. By lengthening the runway from 8,800 to 10,500 feet, this will allow the airport to handle larger wide-bodied and heavy aircraft. It will also enhance the airport’s position as a key international air cargo and passenger hub. The $28 million project is being jointly funded by Halifax International Airport Authority, the federal government through Transport Canada’s Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, and the Province of Nova Scotia.  


  • SkyLink expands regional air cargo operations

    by D. Rocheleau

    TORONTO
    July 15, 2010

    SkyLink Express is pleased to announce that it owns 100% of Cargojet Regional Partnership after acquiring the remaining 55% interest from its partner, Prince Edward Air Ltd. (PEAL), a subsidiary of Cargojet Income Fund (TSX: CJT.UN).

    Dan Rocheleau, President of SkyLink Express, says, "This deal with PEAL will make SkyLink Express the largest regional air cargo operator in Canada." Rocheleau adds, "We have a long history in this business and highly qualified management and operations teams, so we are well-positioned to take SkyLink Express through this growth phase and on to greater heights."

    Specializing in time-sensitive and cost effective aircraft charter services, SkyLink Express will now operate 21 aircraft daily to locations throughout Canada and the US.

    Surjit Babra, CEO of SkyLink Express and Chairman of SkyLink Group, says, "Fifteen years ago, SkyLink identified the potential of this niche market using feeder aircraft under 18,000 lbs. and leveraging SkyLink's cost-effective structure in hub and spoke operations." Babra adds, "This investment is further evidence that we are committed to the Canadian regional air cargo market and continue to believe there are outstanding opportunities for our company. SkyLink has the proven track record to back it up."

    The SkyLink Group, in business since 1979 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is a successful group of companies also involved in Wholesale Travel, Aircraft Leasing, Airport Security, Software Development and Airline Representation.