New Charter Airline Dynamic Airways Launches with MD-88

by Staff on October 27, 2010

Long-established special-mission operator Dynamic Aviation is launching a charter airline called Dynamic Airways, which will start operations with a McDonnell Douglas MD-88 from Smith Reynolds Airport (INT) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Through parent Dynamic Aviation, Dynamic Airways has already taken delivery of its first MD-88, a former Midwest Airlines aircraft (with manufacturer’s serial number 49760) which  is being unveiled to the media in the colors of the new airline at INT on October 28. Dynamic Airways began FAA proving flights in September.


Parent company Dynamic Aviation has hired Guy Cannady, a 35-year aviation veteran who began his career as a naval aviator, to run Dynamic Airways as its chief operating officer.

Charter airline Dynamic Airways, owned by special-mission operator Dynamic Aviation, begins operations in November 2010 using this McDonnell Douglas MD-88, a former Midwest Airlines aircraft. The carrier, which is based at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, expects to receive a second aircraft in December 2010

Over the past 20 years, Cannady developed and operated several successful commercial aviation service organizations from the ground up, including International Cargo Xpress in Arkansas, Prescott Support Co. in South Carolina, and Atlanta Air Services in Georgia. He later sold all of these companies.

The new airline expects to begin flying passengers on domestic and international charters in early November. A second aircraft is slated to be delivered in mid-December.

Dynamic Airways expects to bring business and jobs to the Piedmont Triad area by operating charter services for the federal government and a wide array of commercial customers, including corporate travel groups, tour operators, collegiate-athletic teams and other entities requiring customized, reliable jet charter services.

The MD-88 was the last version of the MD-80 family developed by McDonnell Douglas before it went on to develop the slightly longer, re-engined MD-80. The MD-88 differes from the MD-82 and MD-83 mainly in featuring an EFIS 'glass' cockpit and other avionics upgrades. Several airlines ordered the type, among them Iberia and Midwest Airlines, but by far the largest operator of the MD-88 is launch customer Delta Air Lines, which ordered 80 and upgraded its previously delivered MD-82s to MD-88 specification. This photograph shows Iberia MD-88 EC-FOZ on final approach to London Heathrow Airport in 2002. Iberia no longer operates any MD-80s

Parent company Dynamic Aviation, which operates its own airfield at Bridgewater, Virginia, provides customized aircraft and services to support a wide range of customers including national defense, military intelligence, federal agencies, state and local governments and private companies. The company operates in five specialist areas: intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance services; airborne data acquisition; fire management services: aerial application; and sterile insect technique.

Having bought the U.S. Army’s fleet of 124 non-pressurized Beech BE-90 King Airs (most of them were designated as U-21 Ute aircraft) in 1996 and expanding further in the latter half of the 1990s by moving into fire management and airborne data acquisition, Dynamic Aviation now owns more than 150 aircraft and maintains one of the world’s largest inventories of Beechcraft King Air parts.

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