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What Was Air Aruba Like? And What Happened?

Wed May 18, 2005 12:22 pm

I was wondering what happened to Air Aruba? I mean yeah I know they're gone, but what played a role in that? And how were they as an airline? Who has the aircraft they used?


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RE: What Was Air Aruba Like? And What Happened?

Wed May 18, 2005 9:00 pm

P4-MDF, -MDG and -MDH appear to be at Marana, AZ.

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P4-MDF MD-90 53578 2000-11-11 2005-03-05 X Air Aruba, later ProAir red tail
P4-MDG MD-90 53579 2000-11-11 2005-03-05 X Air Aruba, later ProAir green
P4-MDH MD-90 2001-11-04 2005-03-05 X Air Aruba, later ProAir blue

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RE: What Was Air Aruba Like? And What Happened?

Wed May 18, 2005 9:02 pm

Ah, I forgot.. for more info, see there:

http://www.arubaaviation.com/airaruba.html
 
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RE: What Was Air Aruba Like? And What Happened?

Wed May 18, 2005 9:09 pm

Unfortunately like Air Aruba went just like ALM did and just like DCA did just recently. Their seems to be a bad omen casted upon the beautiful Netherland Antilles when it comes to their national airlines... Air Aruba also flew the DC-9, I remember seeing them at MIA along with the MD's...

It was rumoured and posted on here that KLM is looking to start a new "Caribbean Airline" in the future... perhaps with the relationship of AF/KLM now it could actually work and be quite strong. Serving not only Dutch Antilles but the French Antilles as well.

Time will tell...
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RE: What Was Air Aruba Like? And What Happened?

Wed May 18, 2005 11:53 pm

Aserca Airlines from Venezuela bought it in 1998, while Air Aruba was going through a financial crisis. They painted one of Air Aruba's MD90s (P4-MDH)with their livery and used it domestically here in Venezuela. From what I know, the lease rates on those MD90s were VERY VERY high and contributed to the bankrupcy of the Airline which ocurred on October 23rd 2000.

After the bankrupcy, Aserca returned P4-MDH to the taiwanese lessor that owned it.


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RE: What Was Air Aruba Like? And What Happened?

Thu May 19, 2005 5:48 am

My wife and I flew Air Aruba on our honeymoon in 1997, then again in 1998. Once in the air the service was nice and efficient, the only problem was actually getting in the air!

1997: EWR-AUA - We're on the Sunday morning flight to Aruba. We're notified on Friday the flight is cancelled, we're put on the Sunday evening flight (we basically lose a day of our holiday). Sunday evening flight is extremely cramped.

1997: AUA-EWR - We get to the airport to go home, and my wife is not on the passenger list. They said there was a problem with the 'download' from their Miami operations. Flight is completely booked, and they tell us that I can go home, but my wife has to stay behind (she would get meals, hotel for the night and a free RT ticket for a future flight for her trouble). No way in hell we tell them. I told them if she was staying behind, we were both staying behind, and that they would have to give us both meals and two RT tickets). They agreed, so we got to experience Air Aruba again next year:

1998: EWR-AUA - Get to the airport and they tell us our flight is cancelled. We're to go over the Continental Airlines desk and that we would fly a later CO flight to Miami, then an Air Aruba flight to Oranjestad. We lose a half day of holiday.

1998: AUA-EWR - Get to the airport, said there was going to be a long delay (> 2 hours), but at least we check in okay. After sitting at the gate for awhile we finally see a white 727 with a black tail pull up. I said WTF since I knew that this wasn't a Air Aruba plane. Turns out it was the Miami Heat team plane, better yet, this would be the aircraft that would take us home direct to EWR. When we got on there were all leather seats, and plenty of leg room. At least my Air Aruba experience would end on a positive note!