Universal Airlines (Guyana)

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For the U.S.-based cargo airline which operated from 1966 to 1972, see Universal Airlines (US).
Universal Airlines (Guyana)
Commenced operations2001
Ceased operations2005
Hubs Georgetown, Guyana
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Universal Airlines was an airline based in Georgetown, Guyana and headquartered in Richmond Hill, New York [1] [2] . The airline operated a scheduled passenger service to the United States and to nearby Trinidad and Tobago until going bankrupt. [3] Operations were suspended in 2005.


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The airline was established by Guyanese sisters Chandramatie Harpaul and Ramashree Singh [2] to replace the defunct Guyana Airways in 2001. Operations started on 13 December 2001 with a Boeing 767-300ER leased from LOT Polish Airlines non-stop from New York City to Georgetown. The company was financed by 11 investors from Guyana. [2]

Catering mainly to Guyanese in the US, the airline focused on the specific needs of this customer base, offering larger baggage allowances and a non-stop route. [4]

It subsequently leased an Airbus A320 aircraft from TACA, but this was repossessed in 2005 and Universal Airlines was forced to suspend operations. BWIA West Indies Airways assisted stranded passengers during that time.


The Universal Airlines fleet consisted of 1 Airbus A320-200 aircraft (at September 2005). Previously, Universal Airlines had leased a Boeing 767-300ER from LOT Polish Airlines.

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