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by caribny
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

Not sure how JFK GEO can be called underserved when there will be 3 and now a 4th airline on the route. Dont know what this year's numbers look like but 2018 shows this route to be quite mature, even beginning to show a small decline. Many Caribbean people are leaving the NY area, and fewer are movi...

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by caribny
Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

Honestly I dont think IFE is a big factor it's nice but the Caribbean market is influenced more by price. So yes if BW continues with their higher fares they will lose out however, should they compete on price many wont be checking for who has better IFE. While price is the main factor B6 has an ad...

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by caribny
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

The fare war has started on NYC - GEO. For a week in April I am seeing B6 at $482, AA at $512 and BW at $1000++ So BW will be locked out of the market. Guyanese aren't so loyal. It could be they simply have not adjusted their fares as yet. Both AA and B6 operate into POS I am sure BW knows how to c...

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by caribny
Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

maverick4002 wrote:
The fare war has started on NYC - GEO. For a week in April I am seeing B6 at $482, AA at $512 and BW at $1000++



So BW will be locked out of the market. Guyanese aren't so loyal.

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by caribny
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cubana drops 7 international destinations
Replies: 14
Views: 5675

Re: Cubana drops 7 international destinations

I doubt that Cubans will suffer as much as they did in the 1990s as much of the economy is no longer state controlled, and the tourist industry is more vibrant. The State actually still has a grip on almost everything what I remember (I've been there a few times, beautiful country though). But let'...

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by caribny
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prinair is back
Replies: 38
Views: 5338

Re: Prinair is back

Loved the PAP stop. If you were sitting on the plane in transit onward from PAP, artisan wood crafters were allowed on board and they would roam up and down the aisles selling their wares! Aaah the days when travel didn't require security checks. You arrived at the airport no more than an hour befo...

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by caribny
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cubana drops 7 international destinations
Replies: 14
Views: 5675

Re: Cubana drops 7 international destinations

I would like to know how Cubans can afford to pay for travel because to my knowledge the majority can pay for this but please correct me on this. Is most of their traffic foreigners going to Cuba? Also, can we expect CU to order a few MC-21-300's and/or C919's in the (near) future? A388 75k Cubans ...

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by caribny
Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prinair is back
Replies: 38
Views: 5338

Re: Prinair is back

https://www.prinairtours.com/en/4826-2/ Well this was quite unexpected! i flew them when I was a kid. I wish them well, maybe they will finally be my country's flag "jet" airline? Any opinions? Puerto Rico is not a country.... I flew Prinair many times. Loved the DH 114 Heron Lived watchi...

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by caribny
Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prinair is back
Replies: 38
Views: 5338

Re: Prinair is back

As a Puerto Rican it would be nice to have our “own” airline again (Seaborne was no Prinair). Prinair was a small humble airline but it was OURS and Puerto Ricans recognized it as such. I was born the year the original went under but my relatives share their stores of La Prinair. Sadly I doubt this...

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by caribny
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 Ending MEX 1/9?
Replies: 73
Views: 9701

Re: B6 Ending MEX 1/9?

Don’t see what’s particularly tough about PAP or KIN. Both have very large US VFR populations, no homegrown carriers (BW is a Trinidadian airline, OJ no longer exists) and maintain service from multiple US carriers with varying business models (NK, AA, B6, DL, etc.). On the other end, they both hav...

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by caribny
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

gunnerman wrote:
The Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced that his country has secured a $40m loan from Venezuela-based ALBA Bank to pump into LIAT, and is no longer interested in buying shares in the company from Barbados.


So ANU will be leveraged as is BGI.

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by caribny
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

[ They’d rather see a third of the routes exist than none of them. You can’t argue that. We have established the fact that LIAT will not allowed to go bankrupt, so this means that Silver gets into a JV arrangement. This will lead to major strife the minute that Silver decides to cut out some island...

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by caribny
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

Except they would not keep the routes. That’s what happens when consolidation happens. Their profitable routes would be kept, with most being closed. When CO and UA closed, CLE was dehubbed. I’d expect the same from a Silver-LIAT merger, which would only happen so that Silver could get LIAT’s aircr...

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by caribny
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

It's easier on BA for holidaymakers on 2-centre breaks which they can book from tour operators, only one airline to deal with and passengers in premium cabins entitled to more than one piece of checked luggage. Also as only BA has scheduled non-stops between St Lucia and Grenada there is come local...

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by caribny
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

On the subject of multi-island holidays, it's easiest on BA which exercises 5th freedom rights on all its Caribbean routes. The shuttle routes (as BA crew call them) are: From LGW: ANU-SKB (2/weekly) ANU-TAB (2) ANU-PLS (1) UVF-POS (5) UVF-GND (2) From LHR: NAS-GCM (4) I think BA even minimally pro...

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by caribny
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

[ A further barrier to that is how many Europeans are visiting the Caribbean on all-inclusive packages? For most, a beach is a beach and that's all they want, and shuttling a tour group between islands, on LIAT, seems like a recipe for disaster. I needn't remind you that LIAT stands for Leave Islan...

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by caribny
Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Is this site US biased?
Replies: 17
Views: 2235

Re: Is this site US biased?

Personally, I would love to see more discussions by Asians, Europeans, Africans and South Americans on their 'regional' travel. We talk allot about CRJs, ERJs, ATRs here that are used throughout the USA, but I'm curious to know what the regional landscape looks like on the other continents. For ins...

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by caribny
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

The situation with LIAT is political. Politicians won't allow LIAT run an efficient operation and have heaped big government fees onto ticket prices, but politicians (I'm thinking mainly Gaston Browne) regards a failed LIAT with horror. So, some way would be found to keep LIAT limping along. This g...

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by caribny
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

The LIAT fleet is quite compatible with Silver’s new fleet, so Silver would be more than happy to buy LIAT if they went bankrupt, given their new presence in the Caribbean... Except that LIAT isnt up for sale. No way that these governments will allow some entity with speculative motives t o take ov...

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by caribny
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

eas LI do drop the ball from time to time, there has been a marked improvement in OTP and customer service recently which has been noticed by many customers. I think your generalization is from a bygone era. Good to hear that this has improved over the past year or two. It wasn't that long ago that...

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by caribny
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

really old DASH-8's (100s if I recall correctly) back then. I would love to try them on an ATR!! They have gone all ATR since 2016. The issue with LIAT is how it deals with problems. For instance one of their flights is routed EIS GEO via SKB ANU and BGI. Yesterday there was some sort of delay in S...

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by caribny
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

I took LIAT to island hop for work (BGI-DOM-ANU-SXM-ANU-Castries, St. Lucia) and have to admit that I was impressed with their network, hubs in BGI and ANU, and their service. I think they play an important role for the island nations based on what I saw pax and cargo-wise on the flights. I hope th...

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by caribny
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

So just a few questions.. Maybe someone has the inside or knowledge.. So currently at SXM/TNCM, more and more flights are being reduced and the prices of tickets have increased significantly. Mainly with American.. But why cut/decrease a flight significantly? Why not fly the A319 over the B738/B752...

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by caribny
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

I do agree that ANU SJU is a "prestige" route as in fact they had previously dropped it, running instead a DOM SJU. The closure of Ross has meant that DOM SJU no longer works. Seaborne had dropped the SJU ANU until LI exited, then they returned, and now both compete. The days of informal ...

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by caribny
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

[ The Virgin Islands newspaper recently indicated that ANU-STT is profitable with over 80% capacity. I would also assume that SJU and EIS are profitable as well, since those islands governments are not shareholders, nor do they pay any revenue guarantee. I noticed that many travelers on Tues/Thurs/...

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by caribny
Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

LIAT doesn't operate the sort of routes that would be of interest to Cape or Silver without subsidy, right? I'm not sure anyone would be interested in those routes without subsidy. About 6-10 of LIATs routes are profitable. The problem is this comes with a package of the many which aren't aside fro...

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by caribny
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

[ I stand corrected then but LIAT doesn't operate the sort of routes that would be of interest to Cape or Silver without subsidy, right? This is indeed the reality. LIAT isn't a commercial airline. It is a utility. No way that Silver/Cape will fall into that trap! And as someone mention the market ...

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by caribny
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

While I'm not the expert with detailed (inside) knowledge about their situation, what I've heard several times is that LIAT has been in this situation before in the past. In the end they always pull through bad times. I can imagine for some islands they are crucial for air connectivity. I'm not sur...

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by caribny
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?
Replies: 53
Views: 8428

Re: Could LIAT be the next to fold ?

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/81754-liat-will-continue-to-fly-despite-challenges-ceo Looks like money issues and inter island fighting might lead to airlines closure. This could be good for SILVER/CAPE AIR getting more market share in the Caribbean. No way that Cape Air or Silver are gett...

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by caribny
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

I don’t think the visa is as much of an issue as is having to clear customs/immigration in Miami. Many Caribbean based travelers have US multi year, multiple use visas anyway as they also travel to the US itself. Even people who don’t travel to the US frequently tend to keep it up to date just in c...

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by caribny
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

It appears Liat is in dire straits again with the negotiations between BGI and ANU not moving thusfar. https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/09/19/bad-to-worse/ Not sure that this is a bad for LI given that ANU had far fetched of sending LI to compete against AA with flights to SoFL. These gov'ts need to s...

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by caribny
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

It's not that far-fetched. There are many routes, especially East-West, where AA via Miami is the easiest and often cheapest option. GCM-KIN, KIN-PLS, GCM/KIN/MBJ/PAP-ANU/BGI/POS are all examples of pairings easiest via Miami even when non-stops exist. Flying to KIN via MIA from POS/BGI might make ...

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by caribny
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

The reality is that most of the VFR traffic from the USVI is only going to the DR and Dominica. For nearly anyone else, especially biz travelers, AA via MIA will cheaper and less hassle. The generation from most other OECS has been in the USVI for 25+ years. There’s not much connection left to driv...

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by caribny
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 10044

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

Not that this a because they said. However, Again and Again speaking with the people from GEO had been begging For AA Service to Miami, and are thrilled with AA startingJFK. These are businesses people from GEO and other CA, SA Caribbean cities. People wanted competition for BW which was the only n...

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by caribny
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 10044

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

I have been on many flights from Europe with passengers on AA connecting to YYZ-POS- to GEO. Now they connect from Europe,and all over on AA thru MIA to GEO. Daily connections to GEO thru MIA. Possibly JFK-GEO may do well. Not sure about JBL and their international conx. Interesting enough AA has b...

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by caribny
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 10044

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

Not only could I see this driving AA off the route, but I could see it driving BW off the route too, given that B6 has a far better product than both. B6 is the kind of airline Guyana has really wanted serving GEO, and I expect Guyanese authorities to ensure that this works. That said, in my opinio...

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by caribny
Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 10044

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

I’m reading comments here that B6 is a more recognizable brand in Guyana than AA, but I can’t find a single flight B6 is currently operating into GEO? Am I missing something? Did they once have a large operation in GEO,and the JFK route is their return? Or are they currently serving GEO and I just ...

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by caribny
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 10044

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

[ Even though Jamaicans and Guyanese don't choose B6 for the snacks, it most certainly is a welcome and pleasant surprise they appreciate. This isn't an opinion. As for JM, BW took over the route pushed hot meals, 2 free bags, rum punch etc and it still hasn't worked. They have all but abandoned th...

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by caribny
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 10044

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

You would be surprised how the diaspora tends to gravitate to whats new and fresh coupled with lower introductory fares, its only a matter of time until AA drops out. AA does pretty well with Latin American point of sale. That remark may come to be seen as hubris. We aren't talking about the Latin ...

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by caribny
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

Intercaribbean announced EIS-STX and EIS-STT (again). If they actually start it this time, that might be the end of LIAT in the USVI. Don't write LI off the USVI just yet. LI's strong point is that it has the vast network that InterCaribbean does not have. There's even rumours that LI may restart S...

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by caribny
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline routes and colonial legacies
Replies: 46
Views: 4722

Re: Airline routes and colonial legacies

Colonial period was a universally dark time for all the countries. No sane country would be interested in maintaining "colonial legacy" If any flight exists today it's purely because of commercial reasons Today’s commercial reasons often have past colonial ties. There is a reason KLM flie...

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by caribny
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 10044

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

The reason JFK-GEO on AA is starting is because MIA-GEO has performed so well. Quickly going from 4x a week to daily to soon up-gauging to a 738. Before we all take a stab at predicting the future let’s wait and see how this plays out. It was no secret B6 was going to launch JFK-GEO, AA still went ...

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by caribny
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 10044

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

BW on this route should not be underestimated. Definitely the best in-flight product. The Guyanese like their hot meals and don't wish to pay for food! That's what they said about B6 entering the JFK-KIN market. Look at where it is now. B6 (arguably) will have the best product of the 3 with free un...

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by caribny
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 10044

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

Most recent full year visitor arrivals number for Guyana here: https://www.guyanatourism.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Guyana-Statistical-Digest-2018.pdf As can be seen, US arrivals are up 8.3% but that’s primarily due to gains made from Texas (up 54.8%) and Florida (up 24.5%). Effects of AA’s MIA...

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by caribny
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

] that they likely can’t drop due to commitments made to the J’can government and KIN market. POS-NYC is now three carriers and six flights daily. AA also expands MIA-POS to three times daily during peaks. They are facing strong competition all around. The commitments were made when they were using...

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by caribny
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 397
Views: 45098

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

So, we'll have three flights from JFK to GEO: BW527 at 0125 AA2896 at 1800 B61965 at 2355 Let the battle begin. As a small Caribbean carrier BW will find it hard going against the big boys. They have beaten off the big boys into POS so its not inevitable that they will succumb. In fact I suspect th...

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by caribny
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is VFR?
Replies: 40
Views: 5017

Re: What is VFR?

Never personally heard "VFR" used to mean "Visiting Friends and Relatives". I would think that would be at best extremely confusing in an aviation forum, because VFR has, and has always had, a pretty specific meaning in aviation. I would suggest not using a non-aviation context ...

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by caribny
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 10044

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

I just want to point out that B6 manages to have 2 A321s on JFK-PAP despite Haitian and Guyanese community have similar population sizes in NYC. I'd imagine there'd be more demand to GEO than PAP due to higher income level, possibly some more leisure demand. And also, JFK-PAP already loses some tra...

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by caribny
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 10044

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

There is a larger ethnic Guyanese community is NYC than Jamaican and B6 operates 4 A321s to KIN in summer time. And there is not that many transit options to GEO. This is a really underserved market. Although a large Guyanese population in NYC, many are now second and third generation who don’t fly...

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by caribny
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 10044

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

These flights are not for VFR. The Guyanese diaspora in NYC is small and don't forget - Caribbean Airlines has served JFK-GEO for years. Guyana has seen huge growth in business travel - I've flown there myself 3x in the past 2 years, including the new AA MIA flight. It's becoming a significant busi...

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