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Trip To The Bahamas For Christmas (lots Of Pics!)  
User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 23072 times:

Hello all, this is my first trip report on the site. Being Bahamian I decided to head down to The Bahamas for the Christmas season to visit family along with my Dad,brother and Dad's girlfriend. The 2 carriers I used were AA and surprise surprise, UP  wink 

AA 262- LAX-FLL
Depart 9:25 pm & arrive 5:15 am
Boeing 757-200
Seat 17A (emergency exit)


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I get to the airport about 2 hours prior to my flight. The AA check-in is pretty crowded. It seemed as if it took forever for AA to serve us. That was effected by people trying to bring everything they own with them on their flights to their destinations. We waited a good 30 minutes, after that we went through security where they took my lotion and sunblock  Sad

fast-forward

We are walking to our gate, which IIRC was gate 40. To my luck some men are fixing a light on the wall leading to the rest of the gates. So we can't go around, we have to get to the gate with about 200 other people by going through a set of stairs on the nearest jet bridge. This really held us up, because people from the other side of the terminal had to walk through this single jet bridge.

We wait for the plane to come in. To my luck it was delayed! AA offered to put us on the non-stop SJU flight and give us a $300 voucher. Unfortunately I wasn't heading to Puerto Rico and AE doesn't have a SJU-NAS flight. I guess AA was assuming many of the FLL pax would be connecting to SJU.

So we start boarding its a Boeing 757-223 equipped with winglets. Sadly, I didn't bring a flash with me so I couldn't get many night shot. Not much to see anyways, an AA 752 with an antique interior! The F seats looked about 20 years old. The flight was filled primarily with people going on cruise ships departing from FLL. So I get to my seat, 17A which is a window seat. I look around outside and see some AA Mad Dogs and 752s, AM MD-80s, JM A320 and some DL equipment ranging from 767's-CRJ's. The plane went out full.




So after sleeping for 4 or so hours, we arrive in FLL from the west. The flight was good because it had a ton of legroom making it easy for me to sleep (I'm 6'1). After a nice nap  cloudnine 



I walk around to take some pics of what was around me, not much because it was still early.





The plane used for the flight to Nassau



The AA flight from FLL-PAP, which I heard was very profitable

AA 5004
Depart 9:10 am & arrive 10:25 am
ATR-72
N408AT


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This flight was an American Eagle ATR-72, today this was a -500 variant. AE runs 8 daily flights on the MIA-NAS route, AA also serves NAS from DFW and previously TPA and MCO. AA also serves FPO,MHH and GGT in the Bahamas. Even though this was a -500 variant the plane was already showing signs of wear and tear, probably from the high frequency, short haul routes they do.

Below is a shot of the interior of N408AT
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This was the legroom I had, luckily this flight wasn't as long as the 2.5 hour SJU-SLU/POS flights they are also used on.
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This is me disembarking the flight at NAS
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One of the UP 732's lugging aroung this particular one is C6-BGK
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The former colonial ruler is still represented with flights from BA, VS and First Choice.
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JM serves NAS with a mix of Airbus A320 and A321. Air Jamaica Express previously served the NAS-MBJ route with DASH-8s.
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Long Island

After staying in NAS for the night I headed to Long Island for the next week. Long Island is far more rural than NAS, it is 70 miles long with a population of 3,600. Some cool things about Long Island are that it has The Bahama's oldest church and a world top 10 beach. Anothing thing that separates it from the rest of the islands is that the population is mainly descendants of the white European settlers. Anyways I was staying in Salt Pond, my family's ancestral home; So I flew Bahamasair to Deadman's Cay (LGI). It is a very small airport with limited service. The carriers areL Bahamasair x2 NAS flights using DASH-8s, Pineapple Air and Southern Air Charter serve NAS as well with King Air 350s and Piper Aztecs respectively.

Check in at NAS.
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Our flight to LGI and another one off to FPO
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UP 382- NAS-LGI
Depart 12:30 pm & Arrive 1:45 pm
DASH-8 Series 300 (311)
C6-BFO


The flight was a little over 1 hour on a already worn Bahamasair DASH-8. We had a short take-off, and before I knew it we were already heading to the Exumas' for a flight to Long Island. No drinks or snacks were served on the flight, not even water. Instead Bahamasair had a friendly local staff that tried their best to please the passengers. After flying for a while, I took a nap. Taking a nap was kind of hard because this DASH-8 didnt have NVS.
Anyways after napping for about 50 minutes, my uncle woke me up to tell me we where nearing landing. I woke up and we had circle the airport to see which way the wind was blowing  Smile. Then we landed, a pretty cool landing showcasing the STOL performance of the DASH-8.

After landing, being curious I asked the staff If I could jump in the cockpit. The staff was more than happy to let me. I even got a few pictures, even though they are not the best I still figured they were worth posting.

Me in the cockpit of C6-BFO
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After a couple days or so, my family became aware of my passion for aviation. So they took me to see several of the wrecks (mainly G.A) on the island. The reasons given for the crash vary from "Running out of fuel" to "Crashing to burn drugs or to evade authorities". The planes I saw were mainly Piper Aztecs and similar Cessnas.

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http://www.devanwells.blogspot.com/
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User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 23040 times:

Here is Cape Santa Maria. Check out the 3 homes on the runway :-0


This is the private runway Seasonal residents built it so they can land their private jets.


Here is a shot of the hangar.


And here is the full length of the runway.



Here is another airport on the island: Stella Maris (STM) . It used to have scheduled service from Bahamasair. It doesnt now because the FAA said "The terminal is too close to the runway". I call bs, Bahamasair for years ran DASH-8s using a NAS-STM-LGI routing. Now its just NAS-LGI, the airport is still served by smaller carriers. Check out the prop-blast[/] sign!


Here is a shot of the ramp at STM, nothing but a Piper Aztec, Seaplane and some Cessna. The Cessna is seized, because the owner was using it to move drugs.



The seaplane on the ramp is N77AQ a Grumman G-21G Turbo Goose, one of 2 built.



After a week in Long Island our flight to NAS arrives to take us home. Coincidental it is C6-BFO


Here is a shot of the plane being loaded for the flight back to NAS.


Last but not least for you vintage fans is a [b]CU IL-62M
. CU sent them the whole time I was in NAS.


Enjoy

Cheers,
Devan  santahat 



http://www.devanwells.blogspot.com/
User currently offline9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 22946 times:

Quoting MD90fan (Reply 1):
Cape Santa Maria

2 weeks on that beach would suit me just fine.

Nice pics.  Smile


User currently offlineFCA767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1769 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 22859 times:

That makes me just want to earn lots of money and live there  Smile

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 22744 times:

Awesome report dude. I agree with the guys. That beach looks amazing, I could hide out there for a while.


There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8552 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 22634 times:
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Nice report, thanks.

Quoting 9V (Reply 2):
2 weeks on that beach would suit me just fine.

- Agreed!

Nice shot of the '62, looks like a real action shot!

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3537 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 22522 times:

Very nice report. The IL62 is quite the interesting and loud aircraft. CU has started using them for some of their flights to YYZ.


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User currently offlineUnited767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 356 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 22254 times:

Nice report, and great pics. Other than the legroom, how was the ATR? I have always wanted to fly on one.


I wish UA flew mainline to MYR, that way you wouldn't be stuck in a smelly Saturn for 12 hours.
User currently offlineHalcyon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 22229 times:

Wow that looked nice. Great report!

User currently offlineBoeingOnFinal From Norway, joined Apr 2006, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 22209 times:

Quoting MD90fan (Thread starter):
After a couple days or so, my family became aware of my passion for aviation. So they took me to see several of the wrecks (mainly G.A) on the island.

Someone not liking you flying much, and wants to scare you?  Smile

Very nice picture series!



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User currently offlineAirAmericaC46 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 22153 times:

Cool,clear pics!! What brand of camera did you use? Did you have to adjust the settings to get an aerial pic of city lights at night?
Thanks for the info.


User currently offlineAlespesl From Czech Republic, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 22128 times:

Very nice report. Now i wanna go to Bahamas too.


Next Flight: Oct 10: PRG-MUC-KIV EMB 195/CRJ 900, Oct 12: KIV-MUC-PRG CRJ900/EMB 195 wiht Lufthansa
User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 22026 times:

Here are some more of the pictures In case you guys are still interested. Also I would like to add that I met with fellow Bahamian a.net member TransIsland and met with the CEO's of SkyBahamas & Pineapple Air


MyAviation.net photo:
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Photo © Devan Wells
MyAviation.net photo:
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Photo © Devan Wells



Those above are my 2 best pics, the rest will not show on this post. If you still want to see them look up the photographer Devan Wells on myaviation.net

Cheers,
Devan



http://www.devanwells.blogspot.com/
User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4683 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 21898 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 6):
The IL62 is quite the interesting and loud aircraft. CU has started using them for some of their flights to YYZ.

I think you confuse it with the IL-96. The IL-62 may not land in Canada because of its noise.



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9856 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 21637 times:

Quoting Captaink (Reply 4):
Awesome report dude. I agree with the guys. That beach looks amazing, I could hide out there for a while.

You are absolutely right! I wouldn't mind staying there for a while even though I also live in the Caribbean. The Bahamas seems to have quite a few airports, that's nice! MD90fan, do you have terminal overview pictures and pictures of the terminal from the inside in NAS? I have seen photos of NAS and the airport has jetways but I was always wondering how many jetways and how big the terminal ifself is. Is it comparable in size as our new terminal here in CUR? See my photo below:


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Photo © Roger Cannegieter



Roger  Smile


User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9856 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 21624 times:

Quoting A388 (Reply 14):
do you have terminal overview pictures

I found this photo in myaviation.net:

http://myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=00566137&size=large

Any more photos?

I noticed the airport has two runways, wow, that's something you don't see a lot in Caribbean Airports. Is NAS so bussy that it needs two runways? One runway looks shorter so I guess this runway is used for turboprop aircraft only? Does any one have a breakdown of all daily flights to/from NAS? I heard it is very bussy, just like AUA but how do NAS and AUA compare when it comes down to aircraft movements/number of flights?

Roger  Smile


User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 21437 times:

Very interesting trip report MD90fan. I have never been to The Bahamas but my parents have been. Given that the country features many islands internal air services are certainly vital. The private airfield and houses nearby are the height of exclusivity - one can fly in, vacation and fly out without any hassle at all!

I loved the pictures, especially the CU IL62. It's been a very long time since I saw one of those in person - I would have to back-track to 1984 at POS when I saw a CU one (the airline served POS at that time).

TrinToCan.



Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4079 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 21161 times:

Quoting MD90fan (Thread starter):
The flight was filled primarily with people going on cruise ships departing from FLL.

Devon: FLL is quite the cruise ship hub nowadays. I rather suspect it along with MIA have taken a great deal of business from SJU. These boats are fast enough now that they could make the run from FLL-POP in only 36 hours or less. Tricky route to get there though since much of your native country has very shallow water, and only a handful of deep enough passages to get one of these near Nimitz class carrier sized monsters through.
I have a friend who builds custom luxury homes who has been on 11 cruises to the Caribbean over the past 14 years. He and his wife (an RN) are now getting certified for scuba since snorkeling has become boring!
Cheers,
---Dave @SLC



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User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 20715 times:

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 16):
I have never been to The Bahamas but my parents have been. Given that the country features many islands internal air services are certainly vital

What part? Yes, with over 700 islands separated by water air services are vital for moving people between 2 islands quickly. We also have ferries and mail-boat but they are mainly used for cargo and people who cannot afford plane tickets.

Quoting SLCUT2777 (Reply 17):
I have a friend who builds custom luxury homes who has been on 11 cruises to the Caribbean over the past 14 years.

Nice, I have a cousin who builds luxury homes and resorts in The Bahamas. Personally I'd rather be right in the middle of the city with the people rather than taking a cruise and being there for 8 hours  wink 


Thanks for the positive feedback everybody!  Smile



http://www.devanwells.blogspot.com/
User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 18791 times:

The very runway I flew out of (LGI) was flooded not too long ago, in a flood




http://www.devanwells.blogspot.com/
User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 18737 times:

Bahamas for Christmas............................. what a great idea!!!!

Well written report... Pics are great as well... thanks for sharing.

Quoting MD90fan (Thread starter):
CU sent them the whole time I was in NAS.

Do you happen to know how many flights per day they operate?


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17067 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 18584 times:

Great TR,

The pics are really good.

Really nice that you could get into the cockpit.

Quoting MD90fan (Reply 19):
The very runway I flew out of (LGI) was flooded not too long ago, in a flood

Wow, amazing!!



Thank you for sharing

B747forever.



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User currently offlineJrfspa320 From Australia, joined Sep 2005, 251 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 18572 times:

wow, looks great wish i was there. i love the pic of everyone boarding the Dash 8.

Quoting MD90fan (Thread starter):



Quoting MD90fan (Thread starter):
today this was a -500 variant

I dont think it is a -500 , i think its a 210, which is the hot and high variant, its got 4 curved blade props where as the 500 has got 6 blade.


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