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MACKEY INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES

The original Mackey Airlines was formed by Colonel Joseph Mackey in 1946 and was merged into Eastern Airlines in early 1967. Colonel Mackey started a new carrier, Mackey International, on February 1, 1969, eventually creating a large route comwork that served the Bahamas and the British West Indies from the Florida gateways of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The airline merged with Charter Airlines in 1979 and discontinued all flights in 1981.

Aircraft types operated: Beech 99, Twin Otter, Convair 440, Convair 340, Shorts Skyvan, Douglas DC-6, Piper Navajo, Convair 580, Douglas DC-8


Mackey operated 3 Beechcraft B-99s from 1969 through the early 1970s. N910JM (msn U-40) is seen with Mackey International Air Commuter titles.

Mackey International Airlines Beechcraft B-99.



Convair 440 N442JM (msn 438) pictured in 1973.

Mackey International Airlines Convair 440.


Mackey International was one of the last airlines in the continental U.S. to operate Douglas DC-6s in passenger service. N90705 (msn 42858) is seen here in 1974.

Mackey International Airlines Douglas DC-6


Route map dated June 15, 1974.

Mackey International Airlines route map.


Here's a great shot of Mackey stewardesses modeling the latest uniforms at Fort Lauderdale in 1972. This photo comes from the State Archives of Florida photographic collection.

Mackey International Airlines stewardesses 1972



This photo of DC-6 N4354B (msn 43546) at Treasure Cay was sent in by Sandy Estabrook, webmaster of Motu Iti, a website about French Polynesia as well as Abaco Bahamas. This aircraft left the factory on October 21, 1951 and was delivered to American Airlines as N90763.

Mackey International Airlines DC-6 at Treasure Cay.



Sandy also sent in this photo of the aircraft cabin. Thanks Sandy!

Mackey International Airlines DC-6 cabin



Mackey merged with Charter Airlines in 1979 and inherited a pair of turboprop Convair 580s as well as a Piper Navajo. This shot of N900WC, taken shortly after the merger, shows the aircraft in Charter colors with "CA" tail logo and Mackey titles. This plane went on to fly with Prinair.

Mackey Airlines Convair 580.


Convair 580 N9012J displays a variation of the above color scheme, with revised colors and "Mi" tail logo.

Mackey Airlines Convair 580.


Convair 440 N444JM sports yet another variation of the Charter/Mackey paint scheme.

Mackey Airlines Convair 440.


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For timetable images and additional information, visit the Mackey International Airlines pages at Air Times and Timetable Images.


Updated December 10, 2010