Kelowna Flightcraft – Aircraft Fleet History
Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick:
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.