About Bohlke International Airways
Bohlke International Airways was established in 1959 by Bill Bohlke, Sr.
Bill 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. Over the years, Bill Sr. was involved in the commuter airline business, air cargo, flight school and maintenance services. His son, 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.
When Bill Jr. married Ruth Ann Wolfferts ‘Tuddy’ in 1966, the couple worked well together, further expanding the family aviation business through many exciting stages – ‘Virgin Islands Airways’ and ‘Eastern Caribbean Air’ – until 1984 when Bohlke International Airways was officially formed.
Today Bohlke International Airways is an award winning FBO, charter operator and 145 repair station. Bill and Tuddy’s son, William Richard (Billy), runs the day-to-day operations, with his parents retired and acting in advisory roles for the business.
Bohlke International Airways is family owned and operated from the ground up. However, the company would not be what it is today if it were not for all the hard working team members, some of whom have been with the company for 35 years. In this sense, Bohlke International Airways embraces the word ‘family’ in its true Caribbean meaning – a warm and friendly community of people who are united in their desire to support each other, serve and excel.
William R. “Billy” Bohlke
President / Chief Pilot
Jomen “Sam” Black
Vice President / Pilot
Director of Charter Sales
Tradewinds Flight Center, LLC
Emma Von Fink
Maintenance Director / Chief Inspector
Lead Customer Service Representative