TonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 983 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3685 times:
It is unfortunate that UA cut a great deal of it's Latin American routes - SCL, LIM. They had no north/south connections and lost out on the whole east coast of the US. Now with US in Star they could have had a great hub through Miami, but they have done nothing!
Bahadir From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1727 posts, RR: 11 Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3672 times:
Why to go to MIA and compete with AA instead of using ORD or IAD for service to Latin America? I think what they missed on was lotsa Mexico service with Skywest ala CoEX style MExico ops from LAX. That could have been a winner.
Mauriceb From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2477 posts, RR: 28 Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2838 times:
If they had called Aruba "the Dutch West Indies" they would still be wrong, but they would be somewhat closer to the historical truth
nah, it was called the Dutch West indies since We also had East-indies. Aruba is independent for a while now, however the army that operate there is the dutch army and a lot of rulez are just like here, its also very much possible that Aruba will be added again to Holland.
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 4750 posts, RR: 7 Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2083 times:
Queen Beatrix knighted some US-Aruban baseball players a couple years ago; one of my favorite pitchers is now Sir Sidney Ponson. Obviously relations are very close between Aruba and the Netherlands - is it like the old British Commonwealth?
I apologise for getting so off topic here, but I thought Aruba was still a colony, too.
FLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1183 posts, RR: 11 Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 1671 times:
First, the starter of the thread is guilty of sensationalism. Give me a break! This "major expansion" doesn't even really get into Latin America. Yes, Mexico is Latin America, but one usually assumes it includes South America as well.
Isn't Papayamente or something the official language though... like creole meets dutch meets english?
The language is Papiamento (no "papaya" in the name) and it also includes Spanish. Every Aruban citizen I made contact with had working knowledge of Papiamento, Dutch, English, and Spanish. It was incredible. As a language teacher, I was humbled. It shows me that people can learn languages if they want (or need to).
You forgot to mention that just about the only beer available in Aruba is either Hieneken or Amstel Light. Not much choice for the consumer...
I would disagree with the statement. There is a local beer, called Balashi, that was super. You could also get other beers, although the Dutch presence is, indeed, major.
It's inconceivable that the PR dept. at a major corporation has no clue that Aruba has no connection to the British Empire. And you wonder why they are not doing well.
Can't wait to get back to AUA, but I won't be a part of United's "major Latin Expansion". My bird will be painted silver.