Laker Airways (Bahamas) - History

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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. The initial fleet comprised two Boeing 727-200 Advanced narrowbodied jet aircraft. Laker Airways (Bahamas) stopped operating in 2005 when the firm was wound up.

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. 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. Additional scheduled services subsequently linked Orlando with Manchester and Glasgow Prestwick. Laker Airways, Inc ceased operations in 1998.

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