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
AA 262- LAX-FLL
Depart 9:25 pm & arrive 5:15 am
Seat 17A (emergency exit)
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
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
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
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
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
flight from FLL
-PAP, which I heard was very profitable
Depart 9:10 am & arrive 10:25 am
This flight was an American Eagle ATR-72, today this was a -500 variant. AE
runs 8 daily flights on the MIA
also serves NAS
and previously TPA
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
This was the legroom I had, luckily this flight wasn't as long as the 2.5 hour SJU
flights they are also used on.
This is me disembarking the flight at NAS
One of the UP
732's lugging aroung this particular one is C6
The former colonial ruler is still represented with flights from BA
and First Choice.
with a mix of Airbus A320 and A321. Air Jamaica Express previously served the NAS
route with DASH-8s.
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
Our flight to LGI and another one off to FPO
UP 382- NAS-LGI
Depart 12:30 pm & Arrive 1:45 pm
DASH-8 Series 300 (311)
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
. 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
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.