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Pearson operator seeks lock on Skyservice jets

A Skyservice Airlines Boeing 757 jetliner

Larry MacDougal

Eight planes that are part of insolvent Skyservice Airlines Inc.'s fleet remain parked at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, pending a court hearing next week.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which oversees Pearson, plans to ask a judge to grant permission to seize and detain four Boeing 757s and four Airbus A320s.

Skyservice owes more than $221,000 to the GTAA, which is hoping to recoup the funds from aircraft lessors during the receivership process, court filings show.

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The lessors include Thomson Airways Ltd. and GE Capital Aviation Services, according to the documents.

The Winnipeg Airports Authority has already seized and detained two Skyservice Boeing 757s, as the Manitoba air terminal tries to recover more than $451,000 in unpaid bills.

Toronto-based Skyservice shut down its charter service March 31, leaving a trail of debts.

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Brent Jang is a business reporter in The Globe and Mail’s Vancouver bureau. He joined the Globe in 1995. His former positions include transportation reporter in Toronto, energy correspondent in Calgary and Western columnist for Report on Business. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Gateway student newspaper. Mr. More

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