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Paradise Island/Chalk's together no more.

Paradise Island/Chalk's together no more Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.--Chalk's International Airlines, holder of the oldest continuous airline-operating certificate in the U.S., is being sold off by Resorts International, holding company for Paradise Island Airlines, one of the U.S.'s newest airlines.

However, under terms of the sale, Chalk's will operate under a brand-new FAA Part 135 certificate but keep its name, while Paradise Island Airlines will retain the original Chalk's certificate but not the name.

Chalk's was started in 1919 by Arthur Burns (Pappy) Chalk as a seaplane operation throughout south Florida and has continued such operations ever since. In 1974, it was purchased by Resorts International, primarily to serve that company's holdings on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Today, it operates four 17-passenger Grumman Mallards re-engined with turbo-props between Miami's Watson Island sea-base and Bimini, Paradise Island and Ft. Lauderdale. An additional 12 27-passenger Albatrosses are owned by the airline but are out of service and in storage at Evergreen Air Center in Marana, Ariz.

When Resorts International created Paradise Island Airline in 1989 and equipped it with land-based de Havilland Dash 7s, it placed Chalk's International under the umbrella of the newer airline but operated it separately.

Flying Boats, Inc., is born

According to John W. Presburg, senior vice president and COO for Paradise Island/Chalk's International, Paradise Island Airlines has obtained a new Part 135 operating certificate for Flying Boats, Inc. This certificate, in turn, is being sold, along with all 16 seaplanes, to Seth Atwood, who will operate all the aircraft under the new certificate but retain the Chalk's International name. …

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