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Bahamasair's 737-200, UP205, 21MAY12  
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 7
Posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 16692 times:

Hi everyone, thanks for reading my (rather short) report.

Any questions, comments or concerns are welcome. Please feel free to leave a comment!

Background:

Well, the background is very simple. I collect countries and airplanes... Of the B737 series, I was missing the 732 and the 736. I had missed a perfect opportunity of flying a 732 on my preferred US carrier DL in December of 2005, when my MCI-CVG flight was scheduled on one of these amazing beasts. Alas, I never got to took that flight. This was the time period when I was too young to fly alone for leisure, so I had to wait until I earned my own money to get another chance, after DL retired the 732 in 2006, I believe. So, what airline should I choose? Well, in North America, I had a choice of Bahamasair and a few Northern Canadian airlines. In Europe... not many choices. Soon, I decided that a trip to the Bahamas would be a good way to spend a couple of days during a very hectic school quarter.

Now, Bahamasair certainly has a reputation... that they're always delayed. The only question is by how much. As I didn't want to wake up too early in Nassau, I decided on taking UP205 to FLL. This meant I'd be spending a night in FLL since I didn't want to miss my flight thanks to Bahamasair's reputation...

Why FLL and not MIA or MCO? Well, I heard domestic MCO flights are usually very noisy due to Disneyland (or DisneyWorld, who cares what it's called). But the deciding factor was the fact that DL flies the 753 to FLL. Perfect. 2 new types and 2 new airports.

Final schedule:
Day 1:
DL2120, MDW-ATL, 319 (N342NB)
DL377, ATL-NAS, M88 (N963DL)

Day 2:
UP205, NAS-FLL, 732 (C6-BFM)

Day 3:
DL1589, FLL-ATL, 753 (N595NW)
DL1512, ATL-ORD, M90 (N907DA)

This report will focus on NAS-FLL. I will write another one for the 753/M90 flights (well, focused on the first segment... I slept like a baby on the MD-90), for sure, but also for MDW-ATL-NAS if I receive any requests. However, the latter will probably not be online until mid-June due to time constraints.

Nassau. I've heard many things about NAS, mostly not positive, I must say. Fine, I didn't stay long, but they don't really seem justified. Yeah, it's not exactly a thriving metropolis with a million things to do, but does anyone really expect that from Nassau, a city of under 300,000 people? It has an interesting center, complete with some interesting-looking buildings, including the famous pink government buildings. There are crumbling buildings scattered throughout downtown, but that adds to its charm, if you ask me. I wouldn't consider Nassau to be a first-rate destination, but I found it better than described online, and yes, I'd recommend a visit, but not a long one if your boredom threshold is as low as mine. Unlike some of the sterile-looking American cities, Nassau certainly seems very much alive. I'll let some pictures do the talking for now.

Government House:


Hilton Colonial Hotel:


Straw Market:


Park:




Famous pink government buildings:




Nassau buildings:
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Beach time:










Cathedral:







Anyway, it was soon time to get back to the airport... The stereotype about the Bahamas, and islands in general, is that nothing runs on time. It is laid-back, the people are friendly, but, unlike the stereotype, the shuttles I booked from/to the airport ran perfectly on schedule... Certainly more on schedule than the FLL ones. The drive was pleasant, with a friendly driver, with whom I discussed topics including how many black people there are in Romania and whether I can do backflips since we're so damn good at gymnastics 

Soon, we arrived at the airport, and I gave him a good tip, said goodbye, shook hands, pounded fists, etc. Very nice guy overall.

Pics of the departures hall:














NAS has a special terminal for US departures, which IMO is better than many, if not most, US terminals. It looks nice, and it's small but functional. There are many expensive places to grab a bite and a drink. The seats are comfortable (unlike the ones in a certain new concourse F in a certain major world gateway... I won't name names, but it's in Atlanta), there a number of power sockets for charging laptops and almost-dead camera batteries before the 732 journey ahead of me.

There are a few outdoors areas in which you can enjoy a snack, but it was way too hot to stay there for long:




Local drink. Not bad:



I got there too early of course, 4 hours or so before the flight, because “everything in the Bahamas is late” and “be there 3 hours ahead of scheduled take-off time”. Well, I saw some interesting aircraft, but really, that's a bit excessive, I think. And as I mentioned above, everything ran on time... Well, so far  

I'll continue in more detail, but first, it's time for some pictures!

FIDS:


NAS Spotting, since I had so much time on my hands:

Rusty-looking AT7:


Former runway, perhaps?


Bahamasair's new acquisition:










Some more AT7 shots. Saw at least 7 that day:








US-based aircraft:











NAS terminal:


Rush hour at NAS, COPA included:





And here she comes, about an hour or so late arriving from Orlando:






Flight No: UP205 (Bahamasair)
Aircraft: B737-200
Registration: C6-BFM, built 1981
STD/STA: 15:45/16:40
ATD/ATA: 18:14/18:57
Seat: 16F

Reservation/Website:
I reserved on expedia, and everything went smoothly. I'd've reserved on bahamasair.com but I had just had a very negative experience booking on AirMalta's website and decided I didn't want any hassles. I trusted expedia. That said, I can't foresee any issues on bahamasair.com, a basic site but one that definitely has fewer bugs than Alitalia's and not many fewer features. Their website is average overall, and could do with improvement, but it's not the worst I've ever visited.

Check-in:
There was no one in line to check-in. I saw that the lady at the desk was busy on the phone so I just waited for her to wave me down (still talking on the phone). Gave her my documents and she processed everything... Not a word said to me. Until... “where are you going?”... “Fort Lauderdale”. A bit more processing and the boarding pass came out. Ah, good, 16F, just like I chose on expedia. I said “thank you” and left. Well, I returned soon after and got the customs form she forgot to give me. Anyway, can't really complain, it went pretty quickly.

Of course, no lounge access... There might be one at NAS, but I certainly didn't look for it. There is a nice outside patio, but it was waaaay too hot for that. My laptop reached dangerous temperatures in 10 minutes and I had to search for my hat if I wanted to continue to sit outside, even for a few minutes. No apron views from this patio, unfortunately...

OK, anyway, I messed around the interwebs and facebook during my time at NAS (free wi-fi? What a great idea NAS!), took as many pictures as I could considering the traffic conditions at NAS, and waited. And waited. And waited. Well, I was looking at Orlando MCO's website since that's where the 732 would be going before going to FLL and it was showing the flight as delayed. Soon enough, a 1hr 15 minute delay appeared on the screens and the gate changed from C52 (air-stair gate) to C44 (jetway). Boo... Although, it was raining, potentially heavily at times, so it's not all bad. Well, 5pm came by, passed, and at around 5:15 the two gate agents announced flights 205 and 207 would be combined and we'd leave at 6:00pm, which meant a 2hr 15 minute delay, which I'd venture to say might be considered as too much by some passengers, including the guy who loudly said “f*ck”, the guy who told me “this is the worst airline in the world, any other airline would've gotten you there by now” and the two elderly ladies who clearly weren't pleased. Something about feeding a dog left at home, maybe?

Anyway, my only concern was about my seat. I wanted 16F or something very similar to it. I asked the guy at the counter if the seats would be the same. They would. Well, not surprisingly, considering the flight was half full! Yes, the two flights combined meant about 60 passengers; possibly a little more than that, but can't have been more than 75 in total.

The boarding procedure started at a good time for a 6pm departure. I think it was around 5:35pm, starting with pre-boarding and FFs (there didn't seem to be many frequent flyers on this flight considering basically no one took the gate agent's offer). I thus boarded very early on and proceeded down the jetway and to the 737-200.



There was absolutely no service on the flight. However, the flight attendants were certainly much more cheerful than any American flight attendants I'd ever seen. Literally any US airline could learn something from this crew! They all greeted me with a huge smile and seemed to genuinely enjoy their job. Well, who needs service on a 35 minute flight, anyway? I got my soda in NAS and really couldn't care less about service. The 732 was enough for me!

I got three seats to myself in row 16, and the other half of row 16 also had 1 passenger in it, a Bahamian lady who basically looked out the window the whole time. So sweet. The American passengers were playing with their iPads and iPods and other iDevices whereas the Bahamian passengers seemed to be enjoying themselves, looking out the window, and generally being in a good mood. The American passengers seemed to be a bit miffed by the delay, because they just had to get home (to watch something on TV, I guess?). The ambience overall was pretty good, because the Bahamians chatted while the Americans slept or became antisocially enthralled by Angry Birds or whatever.

OK, soon we pushed back, the F/As did the safety presentations... Either no mention of electronic devices (hint hint), or I was so enthralled about looking at the 732's engine that I missed that part. At around 6:15 we took off from NAS, runway 14. We climbed out rather slowly, so I got a good view of nice looking turquoise waters, and the island of New Providence and NAS itself. There was quite a bit of turbulence about 10 minutes into the flight, as the weather was pretty stormy around the area. Well, when the captain announced it was safe to move about the cabin (BTW, US airlines annoy me with their seatbelt-sign that doesn't mean anything routine... fellow Americans, please stop suing the airlines for any small incident you have, especially if it's not the airline's fault), I took the chance and went to the lavatory, which was... not quite in good condition. The previous owners of the 31-year old frame, Hapag-Lloyd and TACA, were still present in the aircraft's long history, as some signs in the lavatory were in either German or Spanish along with English. The lavatory wasn't dirty, but it looked like it was about to fall apart. Ancient style door... ancient style everything, really. Well, it's the same for the cabin interior. Old-style seats, and not in very good condition. But, of course, this airplane will probably be retired in the near future, so I guess there's no need to fix anything now... Well, I took a lot of cabin pics this time around, something I don't usually do in industrial quantity.

















Detail on the window shade:

IFE, you say? Look out the window... Although, there was a (very) poorly edited magazine in the seatback. You could see so many pixels in the pictures!














Here's the safety card:




And the magazine:


Takeoff video (not sure how to embed this video on A.net):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alR4uqnr2r0

And after takeoff, more views:








NAS:


Northern edge of Andros Island, I think:




In-flight cabin pic:


Lavatory: bad light, crappy pictures:






Detail:

Cabin view once again:


Lady enjoying her flight and the views:


Over FL:






City ends, swamp begins:


Turning:


Stormy weather:








Well, well, well, what do we have here:


Last wing view:


Well, it was a short flight, so I couldn't bask in the glory that is the 732 for long. Before I knew it we were descending, still far away from the FL coastline. We then flew significantly west of FLL (until the city, quite abruptly, ended and the swampland began) and turned around for a runway 9L landing at FLL. Well, not long to go, so I decided to record a landing video, because, you know, 737-200, thrust reversers, well, I don't think I have to explain this to you. I bet no other aircraft was sparked as many “OMG, we're gonna die, the engine is falling apart” remarks as the 737-200.

Landing Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw51qMRN2bA

Overall the crew was excellent; many announcements from the cockpit, big smiles from the F/As, got introduced to the pilots, was allowed to take flight deck pictures (not in-flight, unlike AF, but I didn't ask, considering we were headed for the USA and I didn't particularly want to see Broward county jail). It was a very nice crew overall and I wish them all the best. Extremely friendly people in the Bahamas, for sure.

Cockpit:








C6-BFM:





This contrasts directly with my first US experience after disembarking the 732. I went to see if I could get anything from a shop (well, I forgot what it was, but there were some pastry products and coffee on display)... Just to have the lady attendant yell “we're closed”... Geez, ok, you're closed, you don't wanna sell anything, but, really, do you have to yell? Can you not say sorry? Did that one word escape from your vocabulary, lady?.. It's not my fault you're closed and there was no sign saying “closed”! Chill out... Well, saying that might be a little bit hypocritical, eh? Well, that set the tone for the evening for me, and I then wondered if an idiot designed FLL airport and where the stairs towards baggage claim were, 'cause all I saw were escalators full of people... I then proceeded to find the airport shuttle stop that was to bring me to my almost-by-the-seaside motel in Fort Lauderdale.

UP205 Grading:

Reservation: 9
I used expedia but had no problems; my preferred seat went through without issue.
Check-in: 5
The agent didn't talk to me, forgot to hand me the customs form, but was efficient and quick.
Boarding: 9
Very organized, much better than expected from UP reviews.
Seat: 3
Not very comfortable, seemed a bit broken, old and tattered, but did its job. Wouldn't want to spend more than an hour in it. Good legroom, though.
Ambience: 10
Excellent ambience. The crew helped set the mood. Perhaps the most jovial flight I've taken since 2001.
IFE: 1
A very crappy magazine, I'm sorry to say! That's about it, unless you want to call the beautiful sea below IFE.
Crew: 10
No complaints at all. Friendly and always with a smile on their faces. Professional during safety instructions.
Food/Beverage: N/A
On-Time: 0
Absolutely disastrous.
Disembark: 7
Took a while to get everyone going. I stayed back and got off last so I could take a few pics of the flight deck.
Lounge: N/A

Overall: 54/90=6.00
Not bad for “the worst airline in the world”.

Would I recommend Bahamasair? Well, “if you have time to spare, fly Bahamasair”   If you can take a delay with a smile... sure, why not! Pad your schedules heavily after a UP flight, though, or you probably will get burned!

Would I recommend Bahamas? Yes, why not. I'm not a person whose main interests include beach going but, sure, Nassau can keep you occupied for a couple of days even if you don't particularly enjoy the beach. Watch out for the strong Sun, though!

Thanks for reading; hope you've enjoyed the TR. If you have any questions, please let me know! Comments are always appreciated.

Previous TRs:
March 2012, ORD-CDG, Delta, 763 (by dc9northwest Apr 8 2012 in Trip Reports)
March 2012, FCO-JFK-ORD, Delta, 333/CR7 (by dc9northwest Apr 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
March 2012, OTP-FCO, Alitalia, A319 (by dc9northwest Mar 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
MCI-OTP: Three Upgrades And A380 Flight Deck Visit (by dc9northwest Feb 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
The Baltic States In 6 Easy Flights (by dc9northwest Dec 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Romanian TR: Bucuresti-Suceava Via Timisoara (by dc9northwest Dec 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Connecting In ATL, Right Before The Snowstorm (by dc9northwest Mar 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
MCI-ATL-AMS-OTP With DL And KL (60+pics And Vids) (by Dc9northwest Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)

31 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5090 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 16690 times:

Very cool experience -- seems to add to the recent burst of 732 TR's  . Thanks for sharing on this unique route - sorry to hear about your trials with them however  .

Saludos,
A.

PS: Who knew B6 had 2 flights on NAS to HPN?!



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 16657 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 1):
Very cool experience -- seems to add to the recent burst of 732 TR's  . Thanks for sharing on this unique route - sorry to hear about your trials with them however  .

Saludos,
A.

PS: Who knew B6 had 2 flights on NAS to HPN?!

Thanks for reading, Alex!

Actually I don't mind the delay at all, and everything else was acceptable...  

I'm surprised you saw this one so quickly taking into account this site really isn't working properly at the moment.

Well, the 732 deserves many reports--it's a great little plane!

I guess Bahamas is a popular destination from the North-Eastern USA!


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1708 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 16556 times:
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Hi Alex,

Nice read on a ride in a rare plane. Once on board you actually get the feeling that time has stood still   Pretty cool to see these old ladies still going strong. Nice pics on takeoff from NAS!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
with whom I discussed topics including how many black people there are in Romania and whether I can do backflips since we're so damn good at gymnastics

Lol! Interesting conversation about stereotypes.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
It looks nice, and it's small but functional

A bit on the sterile side maybe.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Local drink.

That looks like a real sugar bomb!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 16535 times:

Hi dc9northwest

Cool report. The -200s are becoming increasingly rare these days, so it's good to see a report on one. The aircraft looks well maintained.

And I think I have to visit the Bahamas. Those pictures of yours are lovely. I can't believe just how blue the water looks in the picture of the beach. And just how deserted the beach is too!

Thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 16535 times:

Hi Alex,

very nice report about your very recent flight with Bahamasair! Kudos for uploading so quickly   Your pictures are marvellous, especially the one of the engine against the turquoise waters.

Bahamasair look to be an okay opportunity for a last 732 ride. This plane really is quite something.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I was missing the 732 and the 736

It was the same for me as well until recently, next weekend this will have changed  
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Well, who needs service on a 35 minute flight, anyway?

Agreed, but I think many passengers would appreciate a quick water run, especially if they boarded via a remote stand and had to spend a couple of minutes out in the heat.


User currently offlinetobbry From Sweden, joined May 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 16496 times:

Nice to read about the 732! It was a long time since i flew one.. Thanks for a great report.

User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 16234 times:

Nice TR, GREAT pictures- well done!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Well, in North America, I had a choice of Bahamasair and a few Northern Canadian airlines. In Europe... not many choices.



Well, in Mexico you will find Magnicharters B737-200 with luxurious interiors.- really nice! But in Europe- I only know ONE airline: Aviogenex - but unfortunately a non-scheduled operator!   

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Bahamasair's new acquisition:
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Bahamasair's new acquisition:



Just followed by B737-400 N42XA of Xtra Airways: http://worldairlinenews.wordpress.com/tag/xtra-airways/


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 15461 times:

Hi Nils, thanks for the comments!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 3):

Nice read on a ride in a rare plane. Once on board you actually get the feeling that time has stood still   Pretty cool to see these old ladies still going strong. Nice pics on takeoff from NAS!

Yes, time has definitely stopped! It reminded me of my first few flights...

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 3):
Lol! Interesting conversation about stereotypes.

Well, he wasn't exactly serious about the backflips  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 3):
That looks like a real sugar bomb!

Haha, yes, it is. 40g of sugar per serving, more than usual  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 3):
A bit on the sterile side maybe.

Not too bad, though.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 4):
Hi dc9northwest

Cool report. The -200s are becoming increasingly rare these days, so it's good to see a report on one. The aircraft looks well maintained.

And I think I have to visit the Bahamas. Those pictures of yours are lovely. I can't believe just how blue the water looks in the picture of the beach. And just how deserted the beach is too!

Thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William

Hi William! Thanks for reading!

Yes, the 732 doesn't look all that bad, especially contrasting it to what I'd heard about Bahamasair. Of course, it's not in the best shape, but it's going to be gone pretty soon AFAIK...  

Yep, the Bahamas looks like a tropical paradise, does it not? Well, the beach was indeed pretty empty in that part... There were more people where there was more sand and sun.

Quoting volvair (Reply 5):
Hi Alex,

very nice report about your very recent flight with Bahamasair! Kudos for uploading so quickly  Your pictures are marvellous, especially the one of the engine against the turquoise waters.

Bahamasair look to be an okay opportunity for a last 732 ride. This plane really is quite something.


It was the same for me as well until recently, next weekend this will have changed  

Agreed, but I think many passengers would appreciate a quick water run, especially if they boarded via a remote stand and had to spend a couple of minutes out in the heat.

Hi volvair, and thanks for reading!

The Bahamas certainly seems to provide a lot of turquoise waters for good pictures  

Yes, the 732 is wonderful. Certainly the most interesting of the 737s!

I suppose they would. I heard they had service in the past even on 35 minute flights... I suppose I would only be disappointed if I was going further, like MCO.

Quoting tobbry (Reply 6):
Nice to read about the 732! It was a long time since i flew one.. Thanks for a great report.

Thanks for reading, Tobbry! Glad you enjoyed it  
Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
Nice TR, GREAT pictures- well done!

Thanks Debonair!

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
Well, in Mexico you will find Magnicharters B737-200 with luxurious interiors.- really nice! But in Europe- I only know ONE airline: Aviogenex - but unfortunately a non-scheduled operator!

Yes, of course, Aviogenex... In fact, both of UP's current 732s flew for Aviogenex in the past! Still, it's a bit easier to get on UP, in my opinion...

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
Just followed by B737-400 N42XA of Xtra Airways:

Indeed... But that one's based in FPO so I couldn't see it at all.


Thanks for reading everyone, and I appreciate your comments!

[Edited 2012-05-25 11:01:14]

User currently offlineRussianGirl From Russia, joined Jan 2011, 107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 14906 times:

Hi Alex!
Great report with high quality and vivid pics!
Bahamasair B732 looks very well maintained. Good to hear about friendly cabin crew

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Bahamian lady who basically looked out the window the whole time

It reminds my behavior on board, even if a flight time is much longer than 35 min  
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Landing Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw51q...RN2bA

Nice video!

Vsego dobrogo,
Anastasia


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 14470 times:

Hi Alex,

nice report about your 732 experience. You chose a very exotic carrier for your mission, I cannot remember seeing Bahamasair showing up here before.

I flew on the 732 three times, the most enjoyable flight was on Sriwijaya Air last year.

Blast From The Past: Sriwijaya 732 & Lion Air 739 (by PlaneHunter Mar 7 2012 in Trip Reports)

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Well, who needs service on a 35 minute flight, anyway? I got my soda in NAS and really couldn't care less about service. The 732 was enough for me!

Well, SJ hands out a snack and a drink even on the shortest sectors - if necessary on the ground before the flight.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 14279 times:

Hi Alex

Great report, Thanks for sharing it with us.
While not being the most modern plane out there. The 732 still looks good
I'm glad you where able to catch it.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 14222 times:

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 9):
Hi Alex!
Great report with high quality and vivid pics!
Bahamasair B732 looks very well maintained. Good to hear about friendly cabin crew

Hi Anastasia!

Thanks very much! The Bahamas is a good place to take vivid pics  

Yeah, the cabin crew were all smiles, good on them,

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 9):
It reminds my behavior on board, even if a flight time is much longer than 35 min  

That's the way to go!

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 9):
Nice video!

Thank you, and thanks for reading and commenting!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Hi Alex,

nice report about your 732 experience. You chose a very exotic carrier for your mission, I cannot remember seeing Bahamasair showing up here before.

I flew on the 732 three times, the most enjoyable flight was on Sriwijaya Air last year.

Hi there PH!

Thanks very much for reading! Yes, Bahamasair is indeed quite exotic; it's good to step out of one's comfort zone. I found a couple of UP reports, from 8+ years ago, but none with pictures...

Wow, yes, nice report and indeed Sriwijaya keeps their 732 well maintained from what I see.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Well, SJ hands out a snack and a drink even on the shortest sectors - if necessary on the ground before the flight.

I suppose Bahamasair could've been better in this regard. I still wouldn't expect it, though... particularly given their reputation.

Thanks for your comments!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Hi Alex

Great report, Thanks for sharing it with us.
While not being the most modern plane out there. The 732 still looks good
I'm glad you where able to catch it.

Hi Marc,

Thanks for reading and for your comments! Yes, the 732 will look good forever, in my eyes  


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5167 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 14098 times:

Hi, A.,

great stuff. Such a bunch of superb pictures. Well done to follow you´re experience in Nassau and on Bahamasair.
Saw the 732 also at FLL in January. Something for me, definitely.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlinejlbmedia From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 14016 times:

You seem to have a very low opinion of anything American. Any particular reason?


JLB54061
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 13968 times:
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Hi Alex,
Nice little report there with some great pictures! What a great way to catch the "unusual" 732 nowadays. Thanks for sharing!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Nassau certainly seems very much alive. I'll let some pictures do the talking for now.

Nice and interesting pictures of Nassau

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
NAS Spotting, since I had so much time on my hands:

Great spotting pictures as well. Didn't know JetBlue flies to NAS

cheers,
Brendan


User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 13815 times:

Hi!

Many thanks for the trip report. Some very nice descriptive writing with good pics too. I particularly liked your pics of Nassau, Nassau airport terminal and the inflight ones. The takeoff and landing videos were nice too. It's pretty rare to be on a 737-200 nowadays so it was nice to see a trip report of one. I think I've been on one a few times with Ryanair back in the day. Loved the pics of the planes while waiting at Nassau airport too, particularly the American Airlines ATR's.

Many thanks and happy travels!

Pierre


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Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 13444 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Hi, A.,

great stuff. Such a bunch of superb pictures. Well done to follow you´re experience in Nassau and on Bahamasair.
Saw the 732 also at FLL in January. Something for me, definitely.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Hi, Markus!

Thanks very much for your comments. Good to know you were also close to this beast this year. It's a really nice plane.

Quoting jlbmedia (Reply 14):
You seem to have a very low opinion of anything American. Any particular reason?

Not everything. I love the free refills on soft drinks in restaurants.

However, the USA, in effect, made flying much more uncomfortable, and more of a hassle. Since we're talking strictly about a flight, that's as far as I'm willing to go on this subject.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Hi Alex,
Nice little report there with some great pictures! What a great way to catch the "unusual" 732 nowadays. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Brendan,

I'm glad you enjoyed the TR!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Great spotting pictures as well. Didn't know JetBlue flies to NAS

Thanks! Yeah, B6 seems to have quite a presence... In fact I was contemplating doing FLL-NAS on B6 but DL then came up with a very good fare all the way to NAS.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 16):
Hi!

Many thanks for the trip report. Some very nice descriptive writing with good pics too. I particularly liked your pics of Nassau, Nassau airport terminal and the inflight ones. The takeoff and landing videos were nice too. It's pretty rare to be on a 737-200 nowadays so it was nice to see a trip report of one. I think I've been on one a few times with Ryanair back in the day. Loved the pics of the planes while waiting at Nassau airport too, particularly the American Airlines ATR's.

Many thanks and happy travels!

Pierre

Hi Pierre!

You're most welcome. It's nice to see you've enjoyed it! The 732 is a really cute little plane, and it's good to know you may have experienced it, even if on FR  

Nassau is a really photogenic place, and a good place to visit.

All the best, everyone!
Alex


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Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13106 times:

Hi Alex,

Great trip report. Nice photos of Nassau, particularly of the old colonial buildings.

Good to hear that everything ran on time, apart from the delayed departure of the flight itself.  

That 732 does appear to have suffered from the ravages of time. The panels in the toilet appear to be held together with sticky tape! It's always interesting to see something of an aircraft's history remaining when it transfers from one carrier to another: in this instance the Spanish signs everywhere.

The crew sound good and full-marks to the captain for allowing you to take the photos in the cock-pit.

Thanks for sharing,

Roy / Quokka


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26974 posts, RR: 57
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 12900 times:

Hi nice report and have not heard much about this airline for a long time. Great to get on such an aircraft these days .

In fairness to AA I have always had great flights with them but its hard to beat the Caribbean style I agree  

Thanks for the nice read .

Philip  


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 12603 times:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 13):

Hi Alex,

Great trip report. Nice photos of Nassau, particularly of the old colonial buildings.

Good to hear that everything ran on time, apart from the delayed departure of the flight itself.  

That 732 does appear to have suffered from the ravages of time. The panels in the toilet appear to be held together with sticky tape! It's always interesting to see something of an aircraft's history remaining when it transfers from one carrier to another: in this instance the Spanish signs everywhere.

The crew sound good and full-marks to the captain for allowing you to take the photos in the cock-pit.

Thanks for sharing,

Roy / Quokka

Hi Roy!

Thanks for reading and for your comments.

Indeed, the Spanish signs were prevalent--there were even some older signs in German, but unfortunately my pics aren't good enough to see that clearly.

Yes, it was very nice of the captain to allow me to take a couple of pics. I really wouldn't expect otherwise from Bahamasair, though  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Hi nice report and have not heard much about this airline for a long time. Great to get on such an aircraft these days .

In fairness to AA I have always had great flights with them but its hard to beat the Caribbean style I agree  

Thanks for the nice read .

Philip  

Hi Philip!

Thanks for reading the TR. Indeed, Bahamasair isn't exactly a common airline on here, and certainly not on the 732. I'm not sure I referenced AA specifically, I was referring to UA, US, DL, etc... But, as you say, the laid-back style is really nice.

Thanks again,
Alex


User currently offlineHAWAIIAN932 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 12520 times:

Greetings from Las Vegas. Enjoyed your report buddy. I remember fondly many trips on the 732. United, Western, Air South, PSA, AirCal. Thanks for putting so many great photos in your report. Made me feel as if I was there also. Keep up the good work.

User currently offlineairjamaica From Jamaica, joined Aug 2006, 2522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 12213 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
The seats are comfortable (unlike the ones in a certain new concourse F in a certain major world gateway... I won't name names, but it's in Atlanta),

Hmmmm....Wonder what airport in Atlanta could that be ?.......Lol.....Excellent Trip Report though. NAS looks quite spacious and clean. As expected, the Bahamas seem quite scenic. Never flown on UP before, but see their metal at MCO all the time whenever I am using that airport. I wonder if we will see VS back in NAS someday ?



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 11904 times:

Hey Alex,

Great report! Finally you got to fly that bad boy even if you had to endure UP's famous compulsory delays. Great photos of Nassau. I recognized pretty much every spot even though I stayed there for a few hours.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Now, Bahamasair certainly has a reputation... that they're always delayed. The only question is by how much. As I didn't want to wake up too early in Nassau, I decided on taking UP205 to FLL. This meant I'd be spending a night in FLL since I didn't want to miss my flight thanks to Bahamasair's reputation...

Clever planning on your part. You definitely don't wanna rely on UP to get you somewhere if you have a separate booking departing from there on the same day.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Nassau. I've heard many things about NAS, mostly not positive, I must say. Fine, I didn't stay long, but they don't really seem justified. Yeah, it's not exactly a thriving metropolis with a million things to do, but does anyone really expect that from Nassau, a city of under 300,000 people? It has an interesting center, complete with some interesting-looking buildings, including the famous pink government buildings. There are crumbling buildings scattered throughout downtown, but that adds to its charm, if you ask me. I wouldn't consider Nassau to be a first-rate destination, but I found it better than described online, and yes, I'd recommend a visit, but not a long one if your boredom threshold is as low as mine. Unlike some of the sterile-looking American cities, Nassau certainly seems very much alive. I'll let some pictures do the talking for now.

I've heard many complaints about Nassau too, but most of them were about how people choose to stay there and skip the rest of the Bahamian islands, to which I have to agree. If you wanna see the real Bahamas one should visit one of the Out Islands (or at least any island other than New Providence). Nothing wrong with Nassau itself...

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Hilton Colonial Hotel:

A nice hotel but they tried to rip me off when I stayed there.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
with a friendly driver, with whom I discussed topics including how many black people there are in Romania and whether I can do backflips since we're so damn good at gymnastics 

Hilarious. There is something about Bahamian taxi, bus or shuttle drivers that makes them great fun to be around. Every one I had the pleasure to speak to was extremely entertaining.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
NAS has a special terminal for US departures, which IMO is better than many, if not most, US terminals. It looks nice, and it's small but functional. There are many expensive places to grab a bite and a drink.

I loved the US-Departures segment of NAS. As you said, it is clean, functional and it offers some decent views of the action outside. My only complaint would be about the insufficient number of seats in some gates. The airside shops are cute and the food options also fairly interesting. And what a huge convenience to be able to clear US immigration at NAS. Makes life so much easier.

Thanks for sharing this with us Alex. I'm looking forward to more.

WBodyroga



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Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11653 times:

Quoting HAWAIIAN932 (Reply 16):
Greetings from Las Vegas. Enjoyed your report buddy. I remember fondly many trips on the 732. United, Western, Air South, PSA, AirCal. Thanks for putting so many great photos in your report. Made me feel as if I was there also. Keep up the good work.

Thank you very much for your comments, sir. I'll have more coming up this summer, hopefully, but this was a rather unique route  
Quoting airjamaica (Reply 17):
Hmmmm....Wonder what airport in Atlanta could that be ?.......Lol.....Excellent Trip Report though. NAS looks quite spacious and clean. As expected, the Bahamas seem quite scenic. Never flown on UP before, but see their metal at MCO all the time whenever I am using that airport. I wonder if we will see VS back in NAS someday ?

Hehe, well, you know, one of the many world gateways in Atlanta, heh.

Thank you very much for your comments. Yeah, the Bahamas seemed like a nice place to visit.

About VS... somehow I doubt it. After all, it seems like the Bahamas is rather expensive compared to some other places in the Carribean, so I guess that's why BA is flying there and not VS.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
Great report! Finally you got to fly that bad boy even if you had to endure UP's famous compulsory delays. Great photos of Nassau. I recognized pretty much every spot even though I stayed there for a few hours.

Hi there, S, thanks for your comments.

Yeah, Nassau downtown isn't that huge, and I didn't want to go all the way to Paradise Island during such a short stay.

Well, the delay was certainly expected. As I said, I was expecting an hour, but it ended up being a bit more than that  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
Clever planning on your part. You definitely don't wanna rely on UP to get you somewhere if you have a separate booking departing from there on the same day.

Yeah, certainly not, hehe.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
I've heard many complaints about Nassau too, but most of them were about how people choose to stay there and skip the rest of the Bahamian islands, to which I have to agree. If you wanna see the real Bahamas one should visit one of the Out Islands (or at least any island other than New Providence). Nothing wrong with Nassau itself...

Well, truth is, I'm generally a fan of bigger cities myself; the beach can be nice, of course, but if that's all there is to do (well, I know, snorkeling, etc, but I'm including that), I'll probably get a little bored... Which is why I think Nassau is a good place.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
A nice hotel but they tried to rip me off when I stayed there.

Well, I think the rates themselves might be a bit of a rip-off. Nassau seems a bit too expensive. I stayed at Towne Hotel, which offered good value... Not many budget options there.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
Hilarious. There is something about Bahamian taxi, bus or shuttle drivers that makes them great fun to be around. Every one I had the pleasure to speak to was extremely entertaining.

You know, I wouldn't have been surprised if the driver knew nothing about Romania. Hey, I met lots of people in the US who don't. But I guess when you're in the tourism business you meet people from around the world every day  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 18):
I loved the US-Departures segment of NAS. As you said, it is clean, functional and it offers some decent views of the action outside. My only complaint would be about the insufficient number of seats in some gates. The airside shops are cute and the food options also fairly interesting. And what a huge convenience to be able to clear US immigration at NAS. Makes life so much easier.

One strange thing: the boarding bridges were only on one side, and the way it's constructed doesn't allow for many views outside on that side. Still, that's a minor complaint. It's a good airport overall IMO.

Thanks for reading, guys!


25 Post contains images airbuseric : Alex, finally my time to read this great report on your B732 experience. Congrats with this new type! You're late my friend, but just in time it seems
26 Post contains images dc9northwest : Hi Eric! Thanks for reading! A 753 report is coming out later today, or maybe tomorrow... I hope Well, as long as you can make it the next 10 years,
27 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Alex, That’s what I call a lifetime experience! Fly-about on Bahamasair 732! Thank you for sharing. You have chosen a wrong username, yours shoul
28 Post contains images dc9northwest : Hi Suryo, Thanks for reading and commenting! Well, I collect every series, so maybe I should have multiple usernames? Haha. Not me Well, it was very
29 United_fan : Looks liek if you want to fly on a 737-600 , you best bet is Westjet.
30 WNCrew : I wish more people shared that sentiment. You wouldn't BELIEVE how angry people get on WN when we can't provide full service.... and I'm talking abou
31 United_fan : That safety card is too cool.
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