60 YEARS.
3 GENERATIONS.

Bohlke International Airways was established in 1959 by Bill Bohlke, Sr.

1959

Bill Bohlke Sr. left Spring Valley, New York, with the dream of starting an airline in the Caribbean and landed on the beautiful island of St. Croix. (pictured: An avid pilot and aviator since the 1930’s, Mr. Bohlke served honorably as an officer in the Army Air Corps from 1942 ’45, flying & teaching in BT-13, B-17 & B-29’s.)

1962

Bill Bohlke Jr. soon followed in his father’s footsteps and came to the island when he was sixteen to help his father in his aviation endeavors and build their family business. Bill Jr. soloed on his 16th birthday. Bill Sr. signed him off and the rest is history!

1964

Bill Sr. started his first commuter airline in the Caribbean, Virgin Islands Airways.

1966

Bill Jr. married Ruth Ann Wolfferts ‘Tuddy’ in 1966. The couple worked well together, further expanding the family aviation business through many exciting stages.

1967

Bill Sr. and Bill Jr. attend the Tortola BVI Airshow. 4,000 in attendance to see F104’s from the PRANG and more.

1968

Bill Sr. started his first scheduled cargo airline, Caribbean Air Service, which he operated until retirement.

1970

The Bohlke’s operated Eastern Caribbean Airways. A roundtrip between St. Croix and St. Thomas was $27!

1972

Virgin Islands Flight School offered Airplane Sightseeing.

1984

Bohlke International Airways was officially formed.

1989

Bill Jr. taught Billy how to fly in an Ercoupe.

2005

Bill Jr. retired from American Airlines. A safe career spanning over 37 years, putting him #2 seniority company wide and #1 in Miami upon his retirement.

2016

Bohlke International Airways partnered with AeroMD.

2019

Bohlke International Airways made our furthest journey west from the USVI, from St. Thomas to Hawaii.

2020

Bohlke International Airways partnered with MN Aviation in Puerto Rico.