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How Is Bahamasair?

Wed Jun 06, 2001 9:20 pm

a close friend of mine is going on bahamasair next week. has anyone ever flown on them? please share your experience...any one have and good/bad stories?


RE: How Is Bahamasair?

Wed Jun 06, 2001 10:15 pm

I flew Bahamasair back in December on FLL-NAS and back. It was cheaper than Eagle and Continental so I decided to give them a try. Both flights were 2 hours late, the first because they cancelled the flight to Nassau and put us on the later, an upgrade from Dash8 to 732. Coming home, the NAS ATC was on strike or conducting some job action, so that flight was delayed all night, which annoyed the hell out of me.

These could have been isolated incidents, the airline seemed pretty organized and level-headed.

Onboard, the seats are fine, the 732 looks a bit old, but is comfortable. You will be served orange juice in the morning and thats about it. Staff was courteous. Without the delays, the trip would have been just fine.

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RE: How Is Bahamasair?

Thu Jun 07, 2001 7:19 am

I have flew them on MIA-NAS this past summer, mainly because I perfer jets over props. Service was fine and the MIA-NAS flight was on time (they have their own little "mini-terminal" at MIA). My NAS-MIA flight was delayed over 2 hours, but because of a sevre thunderstorm at MIA, not anything that UP could control. Recently, Bahamasair had it's FAA status downgraded, so it is not allowed to add new routes until it fixes some safety issues, which is why I don't plan on flying them. Not to scare you or anything, because they are a fine airline and I do consider them safe, but I don't feel confortable. This summer I'll be flying on Chalk's to Nassau.
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RE: How Is Bahamasair?

Thu Jun 07, 2001 7:27 am

Flew FLL-NAS in October 1998 on 732. . .packed flight, uneventful.
Then flew a Dash 8-300 to Columbus Isle (San Salvador). Both flights, same equipment on the way back as well.

Overpaid for these flights. Ripoff!

Did fly on the Dash-8 backwards though. The two seats right behind the front galley. A really neat feeling, especially during descent.

Regards, DIA
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RE: How Is Bahamasair?

Thu Jun 07, 2001 7:31 am

I happened to fly on Bahamasair's B732 in December 1999 from Nassau to Miami and I can only say : never again....
The flight was delayed over 2 hours due to late incoming aircraft, then they found out that it was overbooked and announced that the seat assignments (written with a pen on the ticket jacket) were void so that in order to speed up the boarding we should just take any seat we could get. Together with the overbooking announcment this led to a totally chaotic boarding process because people thought that the last ones would not get on board any more (Uhm, I was not so sure myself given this unorganized situation...).

The 737-200 made a very poor impression from inside. It looked shabby and was terribly smelling.

All in all I can only recommend to take the Chalk's Ocean Airways Flying boat between MIA or FLL and Paradise Island/Nassau. Flying with them is better and way more fun!

Best regards,

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RE: How Is Bahamasair?

Thu Jun 07, 2001 11:12 am

Patroni, I second that. Fly Chalks. Plus, they land in the hear of Nassau, at the harbour in downtown, not in the way out suburbs, a 30-40 minute drive out. Though, FYI, Chalk's does not serve MIA. They fly from thier own dedicated airport (if you can call it that - it has no runway, since the planes take off in the water, and is just a building with a check-in, waiting terminal, and US Immigration centre) in downtown Miami, Downtown Miami Seaport Terminal (MPB).

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