Kelowna Flightcraft – Aircraft Fleet History

Kelowna Flightcraft was founded back in the 1970s by Barry Lapointe and Jim Rogers as a small courier carrier airline that operated corporate jets and turboprops on various contract routes across Canada. Based in Kelowna, BC, the airline famously operated IAI Jet Commenders as courier planes back in the 1970s and 1980s before moving into larger aircraft with Convair 580s becoming their specialty in the 1980s, with Boeing 727 series -100s and -200s being added to their fleet in the 1990s with even DC-10 freighters added in the 2000s.

Kelowna Flightcraft predominantly operated contract flight services for Purolator and to this day still operates such services with a fleet of Convair 580s being Vancouver based for some decades. Their Kelowna Airport maintenance facility carries out engineering work on their own fleet of aircraft as well as third party contract maintenance work. Jim Rogers has since retired from the operation, and Barry Lapointe remains as the Chairman of the company. An interesting side note is that Kelowna Flightcraft devised and produced an updated and stretched version of the Convair 5800 in the mid 1990s, which they dubbed the Convair 5800.

Only a few airframes were actually converted with no other cargo airlines expressing interest in the project. Kelowna Flightcraft operated the converted 5800s themselves and the project was more or less shelved after the lacklustre industry support of the venture.

The following photos of Kelowna Flightcraft were taken by Dr. John Blatherwick:

SP4661 Purolater Courier 727 C-GKFC April1985

Purolater Courier 727 C-GKFC April 1985

Purolater CV580 C-GKFU YVR Nov1997

Purolater CV580 C-GKFU YVR Nov1997

Purolater Courier Falcon10 CFDNX Aug1987

Purolater Courier Falcon10 CFDNX Aug1987

Kelowna Flightcraft CV580 C-GKFR YVR 1985 Ekt

Kelowna Flightcraft CV580 C-GKFR YVR 1985 Ekt

SP4672 Kelowna CV580 C-GKFF YYZ Aug1989

Kelowna CV580 C-GKFF YYZ Aug1989

SP4671 Kelowna Flightcraft Cariboo C-GVYZ YXY July1982

Kelowna Flightcraft Cariboo C-GVYZ YXY July1982

SP4669 Kelowna Flightcraft DC-6B Kelowna mid 1980's

Kelowna Flightcraft DC-6B Kelowna mid 1980’s

SP4668 Flightcraft CV440 C-GKFC YVR Aug1980

Flightcraft CV440 C-GKFC YVR Aug1980

SP4667 Flightcraft CV440 C-GKFC YVR Aug1980

Flightcraft CV440 C-GKFC YVR Aug1980

SP4666 Kelowna Flightcraft 727-100 July1990

Kelowna Flightcraft 727-100 July1990

SP4665 Kelowna n/t RedTail 727-100 C-GKFZ Ottawa 1994

Kelowna n/t RedTail 727-100 C-GKFZ Ottawa 1994

SP4664 Kelowna Flightcraft 727-22C C-GKFA YYZ Mar1994

Kelowna Flightcraft 727-22C C-GKFA YYZ Mar1994

SP4662 Purolater Courier 727-100 C-GKFC YVR Sep1988

Purolater Courier 727-100 C-GKFC YVR Sep1988

SP4660 Purolater 727-200 C-GACU YVR Jan1998

Purolater 727-200 C-GACU YVR Jan1998

SP4659 Purolater 727-200 C-GACU Hamilton June1996

Purolater 727-200 C-GACU Hamilton June1996

SP4658 Purolater 727-200 C-GKFH YVR Jan1998

Purolater 727-200 C-GKFH YVR Jan1998

SP4657 Purolater 727-100 C-GKFZ May1997

Purolater 727-100 C-GKFZ May1997

SP4656 Purolater 727 C-GKFW YVR may1997

Purolater 727 C-GKFW YVR may1997

SP4655 Purolater 727 C-GKFV Hamilton June1995

Purolater 727 C-GKFV Hamilton June1995

SP4654 Purolater 727 C-FKFO Hamilton Oct1998

Purolater 727 C-FKFO Hamilton Oct1998

SP4653 Purolater 727 C-GKFN Hamilton 1998 Fuji

Purolater 727 C-GKFN Hamilton 1998 Fuji

SP4652 Purolater 727 C-GKFB Hamilton May1995

Purolater 727 C-GKFB Hamilton May1995

SP4651 Purolater 727 C-GKKC Aug1998

Purolater 727 C-GKKC Aug1998

SP4650 Purolater 727-51C C-GKFC YHM June1994

Purolater 727-51C C-GKFC YHM June1994

SP4646 Purolater CV580 C-GKFU YHM July1996

Purolater CV580 C-GKFU YHM July1996

SP4645 Kelowna Flightcraft DC3 C-GWUG YVR May1991

Kelowna Flightcraft DC3 C-GWUG YVR May1991

SP4644 Kelowna Flightcraft DC3 C-GWVG YVR Nov1997

Kelowna Flightcraft DC3 C-GWVG YVR Nov1997

SP4643 Kelowna Flightcraft CV5800 N5800 Aug1993

Kelowna Flightcraft CV5800 N5800 Aug1993

SP4642 Kelowna Purolater CV580 C-GKFZ YVR Nov1987

Kelowna Purolater CV580 C-GKFZ YVR Nov1987

SP4641 Kelowna Flightcraft CV580 C-FKFZ YVR Aug1997

Kelowna Flightcraft CV580 C-FKFZ YVR Aug1997

SP4640 Kelowna CV580 C-GKFY YYZ June1992

Kelowna CV580 C-GKFY YYZ June1992

SP4639 Kelowna CV580 C-FKFY YVR Aug1996

Kelowna CV580 C-FKFY YVR Aug1996

SP4638 Kelowna CV580 C-GKFU YHM June1994

Kelowna CV580 C-GKFU YHM June1994

SP4637 Kelowna CV580 C-GKFR YYZ Aug1993

Kelowna CV580 C-GKFR YYZ Aug1993

SP4636 Kalowna Flight CV580 C-GKFQ Kalowna May1990

Kelowna Flight CV580 C-GKFQ Kalowna May1990

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