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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:18 pm

Rmjhjr wrote:
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Scores of Jamaicans have been left stranded in Curacao since March, when Dutch Caribbean carrier InselAir, which serves as the country's national airline, suspended its services to several destinations, including Kingston.
Jamaicans who want to visit family and friends in Curacao have also found themselves in trouble to get to that country as they need to transit through the United States and need a US visa to do so.
InselAir, on its official website, blamed the grounding of portion of its fleet as the reason behind the suspension, and listed Barquisimeto, Caracas, Georgetown, Haiti, Havana, and Kingston among the destinations affected.
The airline said service to Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, and St Maarten would remain in place and regular service should resume later this month. An exact date is not stated.
The airline usually charges between J$30,000 and J$40,000 for a flight from Kingston to Curacao.


The article fails to mention that PAWA will be serving KIN-SDQ soon (no date announced). The flight will allow for connections to CUR, BON, AUA, and other destinations. If all proceeds according to plan, the dilemma of the Jamaicans stuck in Curacao should be over soon. Also, keep in mind that Jamaica PM Holness recently visited SDQ and direct flights (presumably on PAWA) were part of the talks between the Jamaica and Dominican Republic governments.


Well, there has only been a proposal; not yet a confirmation so omitting them makes sense.


Insel Air Aruba files for bankruptcy this morning

It is a major blow to the regional transportation network and it is going to cost more for people to travel as less seats are now on the regional market
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:30 pm

jm079 wrote:
Rmjhjr wrote:
dominicl316 wrote:

The article fails to mention that PAWA will be serving KIN-SDQ soon (no date announced). The flight will allow for connections to CUR, BON, AUA, and other destinations. If all proceeds according to plan, the dilemma of the Jamaicans stuck in Curacao should be over soon. Also, keep in mind that Jamaica PM Holness recently visited SDQ and direct flights (presumably on PAWA) were part of the talks between the Jamaica and Dominican Republic governments.


Well, there has only been a proposal; not yet a confirmation so omitting them makes sense.


Insel Air Aruba files for bankruptcy this morning

It is a major blow to the regional transportation network and it is going to cost more for people to travel as less seats are now on the regional market


Insel Air and Insel Air Aruba have stopped operating their inter regional routes for over a month now all of their jet fleet have been parked and they have 2 Fokker F50's operating yes fares will rise but their bankruptcy should come as no surprise.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:03 pm

baje427 wrote:
jm079 wrote:
Rmjhjr wrote:

Well, there has only been a proposal; not yet a confirmation so omitting them makes sense.


Insel Air Aruba files for bankruptcy this morning

It is a major blow to the regional transportation network and it is going to cost more for people to travel as less seats are now on the regional market


Insel Air and Insel Air Aruba have stopped operating their inter regional routes for over a month now all of their jet fleet have been parked and they have 2 Fokker F50's operating yes fares will rise but their bankruptcy should come as no surprise.



PAWA has already filled the gap on many routes. Winair has now started a CUR SXM PAP service. I note that PY hasn't increased its fights into CUR, meaning that there doesn't seem to be inadequate airlift into CUR from PBM. GEO, or POS. Many of these were in-transit passengers who now use other routes. CM is likely getting better loads into POS and GEO, and might be getting in-transit passengers from PBM via those points.

The only gaps left seem to be on the CUR KIN, which was a small route (reason why no one has bothered to fill it) and on the PAP PBM market, which was used by Haitians trying to illegally enter French Guyana.

It is looking increasingly unlikely that Insel is going to resume its former routes. One can wonder about the airworthiness of their jets, as that was a concern before they imploded, and maybe bringing these planes up to code requires more investment that Insel currently has.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:27 pm

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The only gaps left seem to be on the CUR KIN, which was a small route (reason why no one has bothered to fill it) and on the PAP PBM market, which was used by Haitians trying to illegally enter French Guyana.


Why doesn't the Jamaican community in CUR organize some kind of charter on Fly Jamaica? I know people have varying schedules, and can't take time off on the same day, but could it work?
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:59 pm

dominicl316 wrote:
guyanam wrote:
The only gaps left seem to be on the CUR KIN, which was a small route (reason why no one has bothered to fill it) and on the PAP PBM market, which was used by Haitians trying to illegally enter French Guyana.


Why doesn't the Jamaican community in CUR organize some kind of charter on Fly Jamaica? I know people have varying schedules, and can't take time off on the same day, but could it work?

That's tough for individuals to coordinate, especially with a minimum of 150 seats to fill. OJ will also require an upfront deposit and I suspect will not want to deal with an informal entity. A travel agency or some official organization would have to coordinate this.

I am surprised that the Jamaican gov't hasn't intervened to help stranded nationals. I suspect that the story is poorly worded and that these passengers aren't stranded as such. Its that their normal travel patterns have been interrupted due to the high cost of travel given that Insel is no longer available.

I wouldn't want to think that Jamaicans who flew to CUR on Insel, but couldn't return because their flights were withdrawn, are still languishing in CUR after at least 3 months. I would have thought that if this was the case the CUR gov't would have contacted the Jamaica gov't to diverse means for their citizens to be removed from CUR. This given that CUR is very sensitive to people attempting to remain on that island illegally.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:17 pm

Sunrise Airways has taken delivery of the A320.

Effective July 5 Sunrise will introduce twice weekly non stop flights between Santiago, Chile and Haiti

Flights are time to make connection to Jamaica and Cuba

Awesome to Sunrise expand to South America
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:59 pm

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Sunrise Airways has taken delivery of the A320.

Effective July 5 Sunrise will introduce twice weekly non stop flights between Santiago, Chile and Haiti

Flights are time to make connection to Jamaica and Cuba

Awesome to Sunrise expand to South America



Not Santiago, Chile. Santiago, Cuba.

Also the PAP GEO route is used almost exclusively by back trackers attempting to use Guyana and Suriname as transit points to French Guyane. We will see if GEO gives them permission. Now that Haitians are fleeing Brazil CAY is the only South American destination which supports LEGAL traffic from PAP.

The Sunrise website shows next steps to MCO, KIN and PLS (what is holding up KIN?) with further expansion to NAS, SXM, CUR. and PTP planned. All places with sizeable Haitian populations, or where there is a decent level of business traffic to PAP. Looks like they will need another A320.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:59 am

[photoid][/photoid]It is great to see Sunrise Airways introduce the first non stop flights between Chile and Haiti. The website is updated and the traveling public can now book. Its over 1000USD for return flights. Awesome Sunrise, as another option to grown travel is now a reality. With a Mon, Fri late evening departures and returning on Tue and Sat to PAP
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:59 am

guyanam wrote:

Not Santiago, Chile. Santiago, Cuba.


Their website shows both Santiago de Chile & Santiago de Cuba as bookable destinations.


jm079 wrote:
It is great to see Sunrise Airways introduce the first non stop flights between Chile and Haiti.


Will they be chartering an aircraft for that route? Does the A320 have the "legs" for it?
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:03 pm

airjamaica wrote:
guyanam wrote:

Not Santiago, Chile. Santiago, Cuba.


Their website shows both Santiago de Chile & Santiago de Cuba as bookable destinations.


jm079 wrote:
It is great to see Sunrise Airways introduce the first non stop flights between Chile and Haiti.


Will they be chartering an aircraft for that route? Does the A320 have the "legs" for it?



Curious to see how Sunrise will find in excess of 200 passengers per week to make this route work. Its also a 9 1/2 hour flight.. The SCL PUJ flight is under 8 hours so this must mean that they have a stop somewhere along the route.

I hope these people know what they are doing, because it seems to me as if a whole other range of routes should receive higher priority. PAP isn't a tourist destination, and I wasn't aware that Chile had a Haitian population, or that there were business ties between these two points. LAN does 1X weekly SCL PUJ and Chileans do vacation in the DR.

And let us get real. No one is going to travel in-transit via PAP, so we can cross that out.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:45 pm

guyanam wrote:
airjamaica wrote:
guyanam wrote:

Not Santiago, Chile. Santiago, Cuba.


Their website shows both Santiago de Chile & Santiago de Cuba as bookable destinations.


jm079 wrote:
It is great to see Sunrise Airways introduce the first non stop flights between Chile and Haiti.


Will they be chartering an aircraft for that route? Does the A320 have the "legs" for it?



Curious to see how Sunrise will find in excess of 200 passengers per week to make this route work. Its also a 9 1/2 hour flight.. The SCL PUJ flight is under 8 hours so this must mean that they have a stop somewhere along the route.

I hope these people know what they are doing, because it seems to me as if a whole other range of routes should receive higher priority. PAP isn't a tourist destination, and I wasn't aware that Chile had a Haitian population, or that there were business ties between these two points. LAN does 1X weekly SCL PUJ and Chileans do vacation in the DR.

And let us get real. No one is going to travel in-transit via PAP, so we can cross that out.


There is a big and rapidly growing haitian community in Chile; most of them arrive by plane. On average, this year 155 haitians have arrive as "tourists" every day.
This explains why Law (Latin American Wings from Chile) also flies from SCL to PAP.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:39 pm

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RESOUNDING applause greeted the announcement at the Fly Jamaica gate at the Lester Pearson Airport, Toronto, Canada, on Friday morning when it was announced that centenarian Muriel Jean Smith was about to board Flight OJ257 bound for her homeland, Guyana.
The 102-year-old, who resides in Toronto, was on the verge of making history, becoming the first centenarian to board a Fly Jamaica flight since its inaugural one flew out of Canada on December 17, 2013.


https://guyanachronicle.com/2017/06/17/ ... ica-flight

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WITH the desire to continue excellent service, Guyanese-owned airline Fly Jamaica Airways has officially opened its second ticketing office to meet a wider section of passengers residing in the New York area.
Chief Executive Officer, Captain Paul Ronald Reece; his wife, Managing Director, Roxanne Reece; and their daughter, Kayla Reece, who is marketing manager, opened the 1397 Nostrand Avenue Brooklyn New York 11226 office on Thursday.
Guyana’s Consular General to New York, Barbara Atherly, helped cut the ribbon at the event attended by Vice-Consul to Jamaica, Younna Bailey Magalhaes, other officials and a number of specially invited guests and well-wishers.
In his keynote address, Captain Reece told the gathering that the opening of the Brooklyn office was not only to improve access of the airline’s service to customers, but to also use the opportunity to promote its destinations.
Reece said the expansion is an important step to help the airline broaden its horizons in terms of providing good service to the travelling public.
He said Guyana and Jamaica both have a number of activities worth being promoted, so the airline is merely spreading the word.


https://guyanachronicle.com/2017/06/17/ ... fice-in-ny
http://newssourcegy.com/news/fly-jamaic ... yn-office/

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Jamaica’s tourism reached yet another historical landmark on Thursday, June 15, when the island recorded its one-millionth visitor since the start of the year.
This represents the largest number of arrivals over a six-month period, a feat which tourism officials, including Minister Edmund Bartlett, described as phenomenal.
“This is simply amazing,” Mr. Bartlett told tourism stakeholders at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, who had gathered for a private ceremony inside the VIP Lounge to commemorate the occasion.
“Never before in our history has this ever happened, and to say we are indeed proud would certainly be putting it mildly,” he said.
The Minister pointed out that “in tandem with this landmark achievement,” the tourism sector also earned in excess of US$1.2 billion for the same period.
“We are very excited about these numbers, because they feed into the growth projections that we have,” he added.
Henry and Paulette Murray, who arrived on an American Airlines flight out of Philadelphia, United States of America, and are here on their fourth visit, said they were very excited to have contributed to the “momentous occasion”.


http://jis.gov.jm/record-one-million-vi ... ix-months/
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Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform, and Unique Caribbean Holidays Limited (UCHL) - trading as Sandals and Beaches Resorts -have today announced their first-ever GDS deal.  
Last month UCHL began offering Luxury Included® holidays to Sandals and Beaches Resorts, direct to the trade for the first time. This agreement will now enable agents to compare and select flights alongside Sandals resort packages.

UCHL offers a diverse collection of 20 properties in seven countries including Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, Turks & Caicos Islands.  Luxury all-inclusive hotel specialists, Sandals and Beaches Resorts, prides itself on offering more inclusions than anywhere else worldwide, as well as unrivalled product innovations within the region, including the Caribbean’s first Over the Water Suites that recently launched in Jamaica and St. Lucia.  

Through its debut agreement to connect to Travelport’s leading access to global travel provider content, UCHL can further differentiate its offer by providing comprehensive pre-packaged holidays, rather than obliging agents to go directly to each airline website to piece together a travel itinerary. With Travelport, agents can offer a more personalized travel experience based on information beyond just rate and availability and build the Sandals and Beaches brands by meeting the expectations of the always-connected consumer.  

Karl Thompson, Managing Director at UCHL, said: “We’re delighted to have struck our inaugural GDS partnership with Travelport. We are confident that Travelport’s industry-leading technology will help differentiate our Luxury Included packages from competing resorts by providing agents with the comprehensive flight and ancillary options expected by our customers.”  


https://www.incentivetravel.co.uk/news/ ... stinations

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dominicl316 wrote:
Why doesn't the Jamaican community in CUR organize some kind of charter on Fly Jamaica? I know people have varying schedules, and can't take time off on the same day, but could it work?

The market is thin, Insel Air would use their F50s to KIN.

airjamaica wrote:
Will they be chartering an aircraft for that route? Does the A320 have the "legs" for it?


I read somewhere where it mentions a fuel stop in AUA.
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:02 pm

airjamaica wrote:
guyanam wrote:

Not Santiago, Chile. Santiago, Cuba.


Their website shows both Santiago de Chile & Santiago de Cuba as bookable destinations.


jm079 wrote:
It is great to see Sunrise Airways introduce the first non stop flights between Chile and Haiti.


Will they be chartering an aircraft for that route? Does the A320 have the "legs" for it?


That's one heck of a flight but definitely not direct.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:23 pm

Hey Guys, first time posting since making my account YEARS ago... anyway... I was just noticing something about the departure times out of MBJ. I'm seeing where JetBlue's early morning FLL service is occupying AA's old early morning MIA slot. JetBlue even has their A320 overnight in MBJ which is quite uncommon given their proclivity for fast turnarounds. Can you guys shed some light on this?
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:29 pm

Brandysull wrote:
Hey Guys, first time posting since making my account YEARS ago... anyway... I was just noticing something about the departure times out of MBJ. I'm seeing where JetBlue's early morning FLL service is occupying AA's old early morning MIA slot. JetBlue even has their A320 overnight in MBJ which is quite uncommon given their proclivity for fast turnarounds. Can you guys shed some light on this?


Yes, JetBlue has recently begun a night service out of FLL but it has not replaced the AA slot. AA still has the morning MIA departure, same with DAL. I think this is for the summer though and for now that's the indication. If there is more light shed on it then you'll see it posted. For now, just know that there is increased traffic out of Fort Lauderdale from both JetBlue and Southwest.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:12 pm

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Fast-growing regional carrier interCaribbean Airways, which is based at Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands, plans to begin expanding its network significantly later this year by adding its first regional jets.
Speaking at the Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference in Sint Maarten last week, Trevor Sadler, interCaribbean Airways’ CEO, revealed that the airline will take delivery this year of two 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets, but did not reveal from which source it will acquire the aircraft
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http://www.airlinesanddestinations.com/ ... onal-jets/

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She told AmNews that a second 757 aircraft will shortly be added to the fleet, even as its Guyana subsidiary is getting ready to launch a second brand through Air Guyana and target additional Caribbean routes, including Cuba.
Thousands of Cuban suitcase traders fly all the way south to Guyana to buy cheap Chinese products and air ship them back to Cuba for big profits.
Air Guyana, when it starts to fly, thinks it can cash in on the large but untapped market for cargo to Cuba, as well as heavy passenger loads given the fact that Cubans do not need visas to come to Guyana.
“We are just awaiting word from the cabinet in Guyana,” said Reece. “We are ready to go to Cuba anytime we get the permit.”
Diplomats from the Guyana and Jamaica consulates attended the ceremony to commission the office.


http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/jun/ ... expanding/

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GU
YANESE-OWNED airline Fly Jamaica Airways is eagerly awaiting approval from the government to commence flights between Guyana and Cuba.
This development will further increase economic opportunities the Spanish-speaking nationals from that island nation, which they are already bringing to Guyana.
Fly Jamaica’s Managing Director, Roxanne Reece, told Guyana Chronicle on the sidelines of the opening of the company’s second ticketing office in Brooklyn, New York that the company believes in Guyana.
Hundreds of Cuban nationals travel here to shop every week, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.
They seek mainly clothing and electrical items and fly mostly with Easy Sky to Guyana.
“We have everything ready,” Reece told the newspaper, adding: “We have captains, co-pilots, cabin crew. Everything is ready. We are just waiting on one of the governments to give us the word to go.”


https://guyanachronicle.com/2017/06/18/ ... ba-flights

Brandysull wrote:
Hey Guys, first time posting since making my account YEARS ago... anyway... I was just noticing something about the departure times out of MBJ. I'm seeing where JetBlue's early morning FLL service is occupying AA's old early morning MIA slot. JetBlue even has their A320 overnight in MBJ which is quite uncommon given their proclivity for fast turnarounds. Can you guys shed some light on this?


Welcome. Did not realize they have a late night service, but it makes sense to use the services of their FLL hub to transfer paxs. They have reduced their JFK-MBJ flights.
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:04 pm

Always some great pics in these threads, thank you.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:54 am

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Welcome. Did not realize they have a late night service, but it makes sense to use the services of their FLL hub to transfer paxs. They have reduced their JFK-MBJ flights.


Hmmm... seems about right. I just checked FlightMapper and it has B6 doing two services to JFK... with 480 being up-gauged to an A321 through to November while 780 remains an A320. Could this be a potential Mint market or is this just purely load & scheduling based?
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:21 pm

Despite the many promises to grow CAL Airlines the government of Trinidad has revealed that CAL Airlines continues to be subside: TRINIDAD: Billions pumped into Caribbean Airlines since 2011

According to Imbert in 2011- TT$243 Million

while in 2012, the airline benefitted from TT$1.139 billion,

In 2013, CAL got TT$860 million

In 2014 - one billion dollars consisting of TT$140 million in subsidies and TT$859 million in transfers.

In 2015, the state-owned airline was given TT$655 million

In 2016 - TT$481 million

Imbert said that steps are now being taken to make CAL self-sufficient with the implementation of cost-relevant strategies, revenue enhancement aimed at a break-even position, developing a strong brand for CAL and building the necessary corporate culture.
http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/06/24/ ... ince-2011/

Every year we hear about these plans to breakeven. It is 2017 what has happen to the last strategic plans

Howai said the transformation of CAL would take three to four years following a consistent company strategy to achieve identified objectives with major milestones targeted during this period. He said this strategy plan was recently developed and completed towards the end of last year.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Car ... a+Observer
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:33 pm

jm079 wrote:
Despite the many promises to grow CAL Airlines the government of Trinidad has revealed that CAL Airlines continues to be subside: TRINIDAD: Billions pumped into Caribbean Airlines since 2011

According to Imbert in 2011- TT$243 Million

while in 2012, the airline benefitted from TT$1.139 billion,

In 2013, CAL got TT$860 million

In 2014 - one billion dollars consisting of TT$140 million in subsidies and TT$859 million in transfers.

In 2015, the state-owned airline was given TT$655 million

In 2016 - TT$481 million

Imbert said that steps are now being taken to make CAL self-sufficient with the implementation of cost-relevant strategies, revenue enhancement aimed at a break-even position, developing a strong brand for CAL and building the necessary corporate culture.
http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/06/24/ ... ince-2011/

Every year we hear about these plans to breakeven. It is 2017 what has happen to the last strategic plans

Howai said the transformation of CAL would take three to four years following a consistent company strategy to achieve identified objectives with major milestones targeted during this period. He said this strategy plan was recently developed and completed towards the end of last year.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Car ... a+Observer

Imbert can say what he wants. CAL will never be a standalone (subsidy free) entity in its current form. Their main advantages were the virtual monopolies they had in POS and GEO. That advantage declined most significantly in POS with the entry of B6 on the JFK and FLL routes, WS and AC on the YYZ route. They also faced increased though more limited competition in GEO with PY now serving MIA, OJ serving JFK via KIN and CM now providing connections through PTY. They already face too much competition in Jamaica at both KIN and MBJ. CAL would not survive without subsidy barring a change in route structure or strategy.
 
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Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:43 pm

Great news about Jamaica reaching 1000000 tourists in six months. It will be a great year this year.

Also nice news about Sunrise Airways start up. I thought I heard they wanted to fly to CUR too but apparently this is not the case. I wish them good luck on the Chile route. Hope it will work out for them.

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Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:58 am

Rmjhjr wrote:

Yes, JetBlue has recently begun a night service out of FLL but it has not replaced the AA slot. AA still has the morning MIA departure, same with DAL. I think this is for the summer though and for now that's the indication. If there is more light shed on it then you'll see it posted. For now, just know that there is increased traffic out of Fort Lauderdale from both JetBlue and Southwest.


hummingbird wrote:
Did not realize they have a late night service, but it makes sense to use the services of their FLL hub to transfer paxs. They have reduced their JFK-MBJ flights.


I noticed the second MBJ-FLL flight on B6, but wasn't aware it was a RON. B6 isn't playing in MBJ! They mean business. I reckon it also has many JFK bound passengers connecting at FLL.

Brandysull wrote:
Hey Guys, first time posting since making my account YEARS ago...


Welcome to our thread! :thumbsup:

novak500 wrote:
Always some great pics in these threads, thank you.


I agree & welcome to the Jamaican thread. Thanks to our native MBJ spotter. Rmjhjr big up yu self!

Brandysull wrote:
Hmmm... seems about right. I just checked FlightMapper and it has B6 doing two services to JFK... with 480 being up-gauged to an A321 through to November while 780 remains an A320. Could this be a potential Mint market or is this just purely load & scheduling based?


One this is certain... B6 is rotating some of their flights to MBJ between the JFK & FLL hubs. Eg... The early FLL- MBJ flight return as MBJ-JFK & vice-versa based on the arrival/departure times. I wouldn't be surprised to see the A321 more frequently in MBJ/KIN over time out of JFK in particular.

jm079 wrote:
Despite the many promises to grow CAL Airlines the government of Trinidad has revealed that CAL Airlines continues to be subside: TRINIDAD: Billions pumped into Caribbean Airlines since 2011


Brickell305 wrote:
Imbert can say what he wants. CAL will never be a standalone (subsidy free) entity in its current form. Their main advantages were the virtual monopolies they had in POS and GEO. That advantage declined most significantly in POS with the entry of B6 on the JFK and FLL routes, WS and AC on the YYZ route. They also faced increased though more limited competition in GEO with PY now serving MIA, OJ serving JFK via KIN and CM now providing connections through PTY. They already face too much competition in Jamaica at both KIN and MBJ. CAL would not survive without subsidy barring a change in route structure or strategy.


Well some former posters in the past (who have all virtually vanished from airliners.net) tried to paint a very different picture of the situation. No surprise here really.
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Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:24 pm

novak500 wrote:
Always some great pics in these threads, thank you.


Thanks very much.
 
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Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:29 pm

A388 wrote:
Great news about Jamaica reaching 1000000 tourists in six months. It will be a great year this year.

Also nice news about Sunrise Airways start up. I thought I heard they wanted to fly to CUR too but apparently this is not the case. I wish them good luck on the Chile route. Hope it will work out for them.

A388


Yes sir. Thanks for that. I was and wasn't surprised that we crossed the 1Million mark already because I've been studying the traffic and though winter had passed it was still a lot coming through when compared to similar period in prior years. Plus, now we have 2 big ones out of Spain and Portugal and coming first Monday in July we're getting Eurowings twice weekly However, VS has reduced its traffic to just twice weekly (down from 3) but that's the only downgrade. Oh, and RV is back to A319 but if there's a problem then the B763 substitutes and it's still a grand day. AAL has upgraded to B757 and DAL has switched the MD88 over the B757 but has reduced its ATL-MBJ trips to 2 daily during the week while the weekend, esp Saturday remains one higher.

I can't speak for Sunrise, though. Sorry.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:50 pm

However, VS has reduced its traffic to just twice weekly (down from 3) but that's the only downgrade.

The loss of the Sunday flights is only during the summer. They will resume on 29 October 2017 and operate until 22 April 2018.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:53 pm

airjamaica wrote:
Rmjhjr wrote:

Yes, JetBlue has recently begun a night service out of FLL but it has not replaced the AA slot. AA still has the morning MIA departure, same with DAL. I think this is for the summer though and for now that's the indication. If there is more light shed on it then you'll see it posted. For now, just know that there is increased traffic out of Fort Lauderdale from both JetBlue and Southwest.


hummingbird wrote:
Did not realize they have a late night service, but it makes sense to use the services of their FLL hub to transfer paxs. They have reduced their JFK-MBJ flights.


I noticed the second MBJ-FLL flight on B6, but wasn't aware it was a RON. B6 isn't playing in MBJ! They mean business. I reckon it also has many JFK bound passengers connecting at FLL.

Brandysull wrote:
Hey Guys, first time posting since making my account YEARS ago...


Welcome to our thread! :thumbsup:

novak500 wrote:
Always some great pics in these threads, thank you.


I agree & welcome to the Jamaican thread. Thanks to our native MBJ spotter. Rmjhjr big up yu self!

Brandysull wrote:
Hmmm... seems about right. I just checked FlightMapper and it has B6 doing two services to JFK... with 480 being up-gauged to an A321 through to November while 780 remains an A320. Could this be a potential Mint market or is this just purely load & scheduling based?


One this is certain... B6 is rotating some of their flights to MBJ between the JFK & FLL hubs. Eg... The early FLL- MBJ flight return as MBJ-JFK & vice-versa based on the arrival/departure times. I wouldn't be surprised to see the A321 more frequently in MBJ/KIN over time out of JFK in particular.

jm079 wrote:
Despite the many promises to grow CAL Airlines the government of Trinidad has revealed that CAL Airlines continues to be subside: TRINIDAD: Billions pumped into Caribbean Airlines since 2011


Brickell305 wrote:
Imbert can say what he wants. CAL will never be a standalone (subsidy free) entity in its current form. Their main advantages were the virtual monopolies they had in POS and GEO. That advantage declined most significantly in POS with the entry of B6 on the JFK and FLL routes, WS and AC on the YYZ route. They also faced increased though more limited competition in GEO with PY now serving MIA, OJ serving JFK via KIN and CM now providing connections through PTY. They already face too much competition in Jamaica at both KIN and MBJ. CAL would not survive without subsidy barring a change in route structure or strategy.


Well some former posters in the past (who have all virtually vanished from airliners.net) tried to paint a very different picture of the situation. No surprise here really.


There will be subisdies again this year: $41.6 million .

The Trinidad and Tobago Government has drastically reduced its subsidy to Caribbean Airlines (CAL) by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert disclosed that the Government subsidy to CAL in 2016 was TT$28.9 million and the amount budgeted this year is $41.6 million .


The former People’s Partnership government provided over $3 billion in subsidies to CAL during its five years in office

http://rjrnewsonline.com/business/tt-go ... idy-to-cal
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:47 am

Aruba Airlines Eyes The Guyana Market and expanding in the Caribbean

Aruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.

Aruba Airlines' network includes Venezuela, several cities in Cuba and Miami. There is good traffic between Guyana and Cuba and, with links to four cities in Cuba, it will haul in more traffic between Guyana and Cuba. And that will only increase because more Cubans will visit Guyana and Suriname to shop.

The airline hopes to use its Aruba hub, which houses a US Homeland and Border Control immigration office there, to link passengers to its network.

The airline has also applied to the civil aviation authorities in Suriname to fill the void left by the demise of Insel Air. There is excellent passenger traffic between Suriname and the ABC (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) islands. This will also bring Cubans directly to Paramaribo, which has many more shops that offer a much wider variety of goods.

Fly Jamaica and SLM will come in direct competition with Aruba Airlines on these routes. SLM and Fly Jamaica are waiting on Cuban government approval to land flights on that island. Competition on the route will force Fly Jamaica to lower its price.

http://curacaochronicle.com/aviation/ar ... na-market/
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:29 am

jm079 wrote:
Aruba Airlines Eyes The Guyana Market and expanding in the Caribbean

Aruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.

They may be planning but no seats are on sale.

Aruba Airlines' network includes Venezuela, several cities in Cuba and Miami. There is good traffic between Guyana and Cuba and, with links to four cities in Cuba, it will haul in more traffic between Guyana and Cuba. And that will only increase because more Cubans will visit Guyana and Suriname to shop.

As PY provides nonstops three times a week between GEO and MIA, and BW is daily direct via POS, I wonder how AG is going to attract enough passengers on the route via connections at AUA.

Also, the Cuba flights are not scheduled, so how are people going to know how to book between Guyana and Cuba.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:24 pm

jm079 wrote:
Aruba Airlines Eyes The Guyana Market and expanding in the Caribbean

Aruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.

Aruba Airlines' network includes Venezuela, several cities in Cuba and Miami. There is good traffic between Guyana and Cuba and, with links to four cities in Cuba, it will haul in more traffic between Guyana and Cuba. And that will only increase because more Cubans will visit Guyana and Suriname to shop.

The airline hopes to use its Aruba hub, which houses a US Homeland and Border Control immigration office there, to link passengers to its network.

The airline has also applied to the civil aviation authorities in Suriname to fill the void left by the demise of Insel Air. There is excellent passenger traffic between Suriname and the ABC (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) islands. This will also bring Cubans directly to Paramaribo, which has many more shops that offer a much wider variety of goods.

Fly Jamaica and SLM will come in direct competition with Aruba Airlines on these routes. SLM and Fly Jamaica are waiting on Cuban government approval to land flights on that island. Competition on the route will force Fly Jamaica to lower its price.

http://curacaochronicle.com/aviation/ar ... na-market/


Is there really a large market between Cuba and Guyana? That surprises me. I also do not see why Cubans would go to Suriname and Guyana to shop. First, many are not able to get a passport as it is prohibitively costly and for those that can, why those locations instead of places like Panama, Mexico, Europe, etc.?
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:56 am

jm079 wrote:
Aruba Airlines Eyes The Guyana Market and expanding in the CaribbeanAruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.


This will be an interesting route to watch. They need to have an interline to JFK. That is the key market.

Brickell305 wrote:
Is there really a large market between Cuba and Guyana? That surprises me. I also do not see why Cubans would go to Suriname and Guyana to shop. First, many are not able to get a passport as it is prohibitively costly and for those that can, why those locations instead of places like Panama, Mexico, Europe, etc.?


Apparently they are filling a B735 4 times a week.

airjamaica wrote:
I noticed the second MBJ-FLL flight on B6, but wasn't aware it was a RON. B6 isn't playing in MBJ! They mean business. I reckon it also has many JFK bound passengers connecting at FLL.


This would be a first for B6 to RON in MBJ.


Brandysull wrote:
Hmmm... seems about right. I just checked FlightMapper and it has B6 doing two services to JFK... with 480 being up-gauged to an A321 through to November while 780 remains an A320. Could this be a potential Mint market or is this just purely load & scheduling based?



airjamaica wrote:
One this is certain... B6 is rotating some of their flights to MBJ between the JFK & FLL hubs. Eg... The early FLL- MBJ flight return as MBJ-JFK & vice-versa based on the arrival/departure times. I wouldn't be surprised to see the A321 more frequently in MBJ/KIN over time out of JFK in particular.



Previous years they would operate up to 3 daily on the JFK-MBJ sector. The issue with their JFK market is other carriers are poaching traffic by offering lower fares via their hubs.

Three weeks ago our news team highlighted the complaints of Jamaicans who reported that they were left stranded in Curacao since March when InselAir in March grounded flights to several countries, pointing to resource constraints.
InselAir is the sole airline that flies directly between Curacao and Kingston.
The airline had said it would resume flights at the end of June, but with no indication of such resumption, a growing number of Jamaicans - especially visitors who would have purchased return tickets - are left without an economical means home.
Their only option is to fly through Miami or other countries, which is reportedly far more expensive, and in some cases require visas for in transit passengers.
Up to late last week, the foreign affairs ministry refused to comment on the matter, even after confirming knowledge of the concerns of the Jamaicans.
While the position of the ministry has left the Jamaicans miffed, they say the meeting with the public defender has given them some hope and may have thwarted a planned protest.


http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news ... nded-dutch

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interCaribbean Airways (JY, Providenciales) is planning to add its maiden jet equipment airline chief executive officer (CEO) Trevor Sadler has said.

According to the AirlinesandDestinations blog, Sadler told a press conference last week it would add a pair of Embraer ERJ-145s for use in expanding the Turks & Caicos Islands-based carrier's network further into the Eastern Caribbean. The region is home to island states that include Anguilla, the US & British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico.

Sadler has since confirmed the plans to ch-aviation but noted that more specific details, such as aircraft serials and proposed routes, would only be disclosed "in due course".


https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news ... -equipment

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Flights from Glasgow Airport will now head to Montego Bay, Jamaica, every Thursday.
Read More
Here are the cheapest flights leaving Glasgow this summer - including £17 seats
The new route's inaugural flight departed on June 22. Direct flights to Jamaica are not available from any other Scottish airport.


http://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasg ... t-13238958

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With the summer tourist season now upon us, New York-based air carrier JetBlue has plans to add a second weekly flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the resort city of Montego Bay, as well as to increase seating capacity for the Fort Lauderdale to Kingston route.
“As JetBlue continues to grow, we look forward to continuing to offer more opportunities for our customers to travel to and from Jamaica,” the airline told the Jamaica Observer by e-mail.

“We continually evaluate new route opportunities to better serve our customers and where they want to fly.”

The company explained that capacity decisions are influenced by customer demand, route performance, aircraft availability, as well as many other factors. One of the many other factors referred to being its focus cities: New York, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Los Angeles, and San Juan in Puerto Rico.

In fact, just last December JetBlue converted the Boston to Montego Bay route from a seasonal (winter) fixture to a permanent one, contributing to a 40 per cent increase in global flights from that focus city in 2016.


http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/business ... ofile=1056
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:19 pm

Greetings... Bless up... Blessed love... TGIF

A little late but here goes a small review of latest happenings. The Summer has been kicked with a bang with two European flights into Montego Bay - Orbest Orizonia Airlines and Evelop! Airlines. Orbest doing it's route via Santo Domingo on Fridays, night flight to be exact while Evelop! doing a non-stop flight between Madrid and Montego Bay on Sundays during the afternoon.

Beginning July 3 we welcome back Eurowings which will be a twice weekly service.

Orbest Orizonia Airlines

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Evelop! Airlines

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Some night spotting:

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A bit of Airbus doule

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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:26 pm

gunnerman wrote:
jm079 wrote:
Aruba Airlines Eyes The Guyana Market and expanding in the Caribbean

Aruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.

They may be planning but no seats are on sale.

Aruba Airlines' network includes Venezuela, several cities in Cuba and Miami. There is good traffic between Guyana and Cuba and, with links to four cities in Cuba, it will haul in more traffic between Guyana and Cuba. And that will only increase because more Cubans will visit Guyana and Suriname to shop.

As PY provides nonstops three times a week between GEO and MIA, and BW is daily direct via POS, I wonder how AG is going to attract enough passengers on the route via connections at AUA.

Also, the Cuba flights are not scheduled, so how are people going to know how to book between Guyana and Cuba.

Aruba Airlines has sent 2 of its 3 jets to PAWA. They currently use the remaining plane to do AUA GEO.

I will not take this too seriously unless the PAWA arrangement isn't going to happen.

BW and PY are well established in the MIA GEO space. HAV GEO are Cubans going to shop in GEO. If Fly Jamaica gets approval to do HAV GEO then this is what they will use as it is nonstop, and with a larger plane I bet the baggage/cargo allowance will be more liberal.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:07 pm

Brickell305 wrote:
jm079 wrote:
Aruba Airlines Eyes The Guyana Market and expanding in the Caribbean

Aruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.

Aruba Airlines' network includes Venezuela, several cities in Cuba and Miami. There is good traffic between Guyana and Cuba and, with links to four cities in Cuba, it will haul in more traffic between Guyana and Cuba. And that will only increase because more Cubans will visit Guyana and Suriname to shop.

The airline hopes to use its Aruba hub, which houses a US Homeland and Border Control immigration office there, to link passengers to its network.

The airline has also applied to the civil aviation authorities in Suriname to fill the void left by the demise of Insel Air. There is excellent passenger traffic between Suriname and the ABC (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) islands. This will also bring Cubans directly to Paramaribo, which has many more shops that offer a much wider variety of goods.

Fly Jamaica and SLM will come in direct competition with Aruba Airlines on these routes. SLM and Fly Jamaica are waiting on Cuban government approval to land flights on that island. Competition on the route will force Fly Jamaica to lower its price.

http://curacaochronicle.com/aviation/ar ... na-market/


Is there really a large market between Cuba and Guyana? That surprises me. I also do not see why Cubans would go to Suriname and Guyana to shop. First, many are not able to get a passport as it is prohibitively costly and for those that can, why those locations instead of places like Panama, Mexico, Europe, etc.?

Although many Cubans do shop in Guyana, there are some who use Guyana merely as a gateway to South America in order to make their way to the US via Central America. Every day, dozens of Cubans board a COPA flight at Havana to Panama City and onto Guyana with no intention of using their return ticket. If there were direct flights from HAV to GEO, there would be a lot of passengers - but not as many on the return.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:31 pm

About 500 Cubans are shopping in Guyana weekly and this is actually been reported as a not insignificant boost to the local retail sector. This is why several carriers are now eyeing that route. The Cubans are there to buy cheap stuff like panties. They require visas to go to many Latin American countries, but not to Guyana. Which is why GEO has been selected. Apparently other places which don't require visas don't have cheap goods on offer. Guyana is filled with these Chinese merchants selling their cheap Chinese products.

I also doubt that they use GEO is a transit point unless they are headed to PBM or CAY. After all the only reliable way to get from GEO to South America (aside from PBM) is via PTY or MIA. Note that Guyana is really a Caribbean island anchored onto the South American continent. I don't think that Cubans are going to be traipsing through the jungle to get to Brazil or Venezuela.

http://demerarawaves.com/2017/04/25/hun ... ng-review/

It is the Haitians (and maybe some Dominicans) who use GEO as an intransit point to PBM and CAY. PBM as many of them actually work in French Guyane but live in Suriname where they can more easily hide from the authorities. They canoe across the river daily.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:09 pm

There are Cubans who are desperate to get to the US and are willing to take huge risks. There are well-established smuggling routes from South America. Once in Guyana, they are taken by bus to either Brazil or Venezuela (this is the easy part). If in Brazil, they can go through Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. On Mexico's northern border, towns such as Altar are controlled by local mafia who smuggle people into the US. All of this is well-known and documented.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:50 am

gunnerman wrote:
There are Cubans who are desperate to get to the US and are willing to take huge risks. There are well-established smuggling routes from South America. Once in Guyana, they are taken by bus to either Brazil or Venezuela (this is the easy part). If in Brazil, they can go through Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. On Mexico's northern border, towns such as Altar are controlled by local mafia who smuggle people into the US. All of this is well-known and documented.


The numbers who do so are few in number. 99% of those who arrive in Guyana from Cuba return, with panties and other cheap goods. it is Haitians who use Guyana as a transit point in large number.

Why would a Cuban go to Guyana to get to Venezuela when there are so many direct flights. Relations between Guyana and Venezuela are quite poor and so you bet the Venezuelans will monitor those entering from Guyana.

Even via Brazil I am skeptical.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaPyrNFRT30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJVcZJ-BPd0

This is the bus trip to Brazil. We aren't talking about scheduled bus service along high ways. Clearly travel is light and a Cuban will be highly visible and vulnerable. They might be robbed (by Guyanese or Brazilians) before getting to Brazil, given that they will have cash, and there are levels of crime in this area. This is a frontier region as one would expect any poorly policed gold mining region to be. Given that about 500 Cubans are entering Guyana weekly the movement of several hundred Cubans through the interior will not be a secret.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:24 am

hummingbird wrote:
jm079 wrote:
Aruba Airlines Eyes The Guyana Market and expanding in the CaribbeanAruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.


This will be an interesting route to watch. They need to have an interline to JFK. That is the key market.

Brickell305 wrote:
Is there really a large market between Cuba and Guyana? That surprises me. I also do not see why Cubans would go to Suriname and Guyana to shop. First, many are not able to get a passport as it is prohibitively costly and for those that can, why those locations instead of places like Panama, Mexico, Europe, etc.?


Apparently they are filling a B735 4 times a week.

airjamaica wrote:
I noticed the second MBJ-FLL flight on B6, but wasn't aware it was a RON. B6 isn't playing in MBJ! They mean business. I reckon it also has many JFK bound passengers connecting at FLL.


This would be a first for B6 to RON in MBJ.


Brandysull wrote:
Hmmm... seems about right. I just checked FlightMapper and it has B6 doing two services to JFK... with 480 being up-gauged to an A321 through to November while 780 remains an A320. Could this be a potential Mint market or is this just purely load & scheduling based?



airjamaica wrote:
One this is certain... B6 is rotating some of their flights to MBJ between the JFK & FLL hubs. Eg... The early FLL- MBJ flight return as MBJ-JFK & vice-versa based on the arrival/departure times. I wouldn't be surprised to see the A321 more frequently in MBJ/KIN over time out of JFK in particular.



Previous years they would operate up to 3 daily on the JFK-MBJ sector. The issue with their JFK market is other carriers are poaching traffic by offering lower fares via their hubs.

Three weeks ago our news team highlighted the complaints of Jamaicans who reported that they were left stranded in Curacao since March when InselAir in March grounded flights to several countries, pointing to resource constraints.
InselAir is the sole airline that flies directly between Curacao and Kingston.
The airline had said it would resume flights at the end of June, but with no indication of such resumption, a growing number of Jamaicans - especially visitors who would have purchased return tickets - are left without an economical means home.
Their only option is to fly through Miami or other countries, which is reportedly far more expensive, and in some cases require visas for in transit passengers.
Up to late last week, the foreign affairs ministry refused to comment on the matter, even after confirming knowledge of the concerns of the Jamaicans.
While the position of the ministry has left the Jamaicans miffed, they say the meeting with the public defender has given them some hope and may have thwarted a planned protest.


http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news ... nded-dutch

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interCaribbean Airways (JY, Providenciales) is planning to add its maiden jet equipment airline chief executive officer (CEO) Trevor Sadler has said.

According to the AirlinesandDestinations blog, Sadler told a press conference last week it would add a pair of Embraer ERJ-145s for use in expanding the Turks & Caicos Islands-based carrier's network further into the Eastern Caribbean. The region is home to island states that include Anguilla, the US & British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico.

Sadler has since confirmed the plans to ch-aviation but noted that more specific details, such as aircraft serials and proposed routes, would only be disclosed "in due course".


https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news ... -equipment

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Flights from Glasgow Airport will now head to Montego Bay, Jamaica, every Thursday.
Read More
Here are the cheapest flights leaving Glasgow this summer - including £17 seats
The new route's inaugural flight departed on June 22. Direct flights to Jamaica are not available from any other Scottish airport.


http://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasg ... t-13238958

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With the summer tourist season now upon us, New York-based air carrier JetBlue has plans to add a second weekly flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the resort city of Montego Bay, as well as to increase seating capacity for the Fort Lauderdale to Kingston route.
“As JetBlue continues to grow, we look forward to continuing to offer more opportunities for our customers to travel to and from Jamaica,” the airline told the Jamaica Observer by e-mail.

“We continually evaluate new route opportunities to better serve our customers and where they want to fly.”

The company explained that capacity decisions are influenced by customer demand, route performance, aircraft availability, as well as many other factors. One of the many other factors referred to being its focus cities: New York, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Los Angeles, and San Juan in Puerto Rico.

In fact, just last December JetBlue converted the Boston to Montego Bay route from a seasonal (winter) fixture to a permanent one, contributing to a 40 per cent increase in global flights from that focus city in 2016.


http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/business ... ofile=1056
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An Update from Fly Jamaica Airways

Fly Jamaica eagerly awaits Guyana-Cuba flights

“We have everything ready,” Reece told the newspaper, adding: “We have captains, co-pilots, cabin crew. Everything is ready. We are just waiting on one of the governments to give us the word to go.”

Reece said as far as she is aware, permission for the Cuban operation is to be decided at Cabinet level and the company is awaiting that decision.

http://guyanachronicle.com/2017/06/18/f ... ba-flights
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:49 pm

jm079 wrote:
Flights from Glasgow Airport will now head to Montego Bay, Jamaica, every Thursday.
Read More
Here are the cheapest flights leaving Glasgow this summer - including £17 seats
The new route's inaugural flight departed on June 22. Direct flights to Jamaica are not available from any other Scottish airport.


http://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasg ... t-13238958


Oh there is a Thursday flight from Dublin now.


jm079 wrote:
An Update from Fly Jamaica Airways

Fly Jamaica eagerly awaits Guyana-Cuba flights

“We have everything ready,” Reece told the newspaper, adding: “We have captains, co-pilots, cabin crew. Everything is ready. We are just waiting on one of the governments to give us the word to go.”

Reece said as far as she is aware, permission for the Cuban operation is to be decided at Cabinet level and the company is awaiting that decision.

http://guyanachronicle.com/2017/06/18/f ... ba-flights


Speaking of OJ - what has happened to their 767? Till now I haven't seen it airborne since it went to Mexico...
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:35 pm

OJ273 from JFK to KIN today should be operated with the 767.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:54 pm

Trans Island Air , which was founded in 2002, based in Barbados has relaunched as TIA200. Serving Dominica, St Vincent Grenada and St Lucia

www.tia2000.com:
Welcome to TIA
Welcome to hassle-free travel. Trans Island Air is a revolutionized schedule and private charter aviation company. Our vision is to provide a relaxing, reliable and flexible flight experience. Now flying to 5 scheduled charter destinations and 8 private charter destinations, we connect you throughout the Caribbean. Wherever you want to go next, TIA will take you there.

TIA 2000 (Bridgetown) commenced commercial operations last week with the launch of scheduled and chartered flights to Bridgetown, St. Lucia Vigie, Grenada, St. Vincent Argyle Int'l, and Dominica Cane Field.

Operations are on-board Beech C99s and Beech (twin turboprop) King Airs with plans to add a DHC-6 at some point in the future.

The airline was founded in 1982 as Trans Island Air (TRD, Bridgetown) by Barbadian businessman Bernie Weatherhead. Weatherhead then sold the carrier's assets to current owner Bruce Kaufman who rebranded it as Trans Island Air 2000 (TRD, Bridgetown) in 2000. At the time, it operated a mixed fleet including Islanders, Rockwell Aero Commanders, a DHC-6 Twin Otter, and an EMB-110.

It subsequently hit a rough patch going out of business in 2004 before resurrecting itself last year in time for its aforementioned launch

www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/56973-b ... operations

This is a welcome addition to the airlift capacity and locals and the growing tourist trade will appreciate a cheaper and hopefully reliable option to LIAT. This is the competition the region needs
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:09 pm

Although I normally welcome a new airline, I'm afraid that TIA's boss Bruce Kaufman does not have a successful record when it comes to running airlines. So, I have to have doubts about his latest enterprise.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:38 pm

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This is a welcome addition to the airlift capacity and locals and the growing tourist trade will appreciate a cheaper and hopefully reliable option to LIAT. This is the competition the region needs



And this is in response to all those who believe the babble of that Irishman who owned Redjet. TIA didn't received issues with route rights and is operating planes suitable to the routes.

We will see if they succeed but their business model makes more sense than the lunatic who thought that he could survive through running MD80 planes on the BGI GND route. Redjet wanted to run a 160 jet on a route where only 20-30 passengers might have showed up.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:00 pm

OJ is adding capacity to the NYC KIN route due to seasonal demand, Jamaica is hosting festivals and carnivals across the country during the summer in celebration of Emancipation Day and Independence Day
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:38 pm

MONTEGO BAY - Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica’s push to rebuild the German tourism market is bearing fruit with over 20,000 visitors expected from that gateway this year.Between January and April this year, the island welcomed 9,800 German tourists but the rate of arrival will be increased significantly with the start of scheduled twice weekly service by Eurowings, a major subsidiary of Lufthansa Airlines, between Cologne/Bonn and Montego Bay.Speaking at a press briefing following the arrival of the inaugural Eurowings flight, Minister Bartlett said with the resurgence of the German market, the aim was to attract over 50,000 annually by the year 2020.“We are well on track now and this particular series of rotations which begins today and will be twice per week, on Mondays and Fridays, until the end of October, will bring some 20,524 more people into Jamaica out of Germany and they will be out of Cologne/Bonn and Berlin,” he said. Up to around 1998 Jamaica was getting an average 40,000 German tourists, mostly during the summer months.The inaugural flight brought 291 passengers who were welcomed on arrival at the Sangster International Airport (SIA) by a team of tourism officials led by Minister Bartlett and included, among others, Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board, John Lynch; Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook and Chief Executive Officer of the SIA, Dr Rafael Echevarne.


https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/ja ... ism-market

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Jamaica is on track to welcoming 50,000 German tourists by 2020, with the addition of some 20,000 seats out of Germany.
The announcement comes at a time when the country is experiencing a 24 per cent increase in German arrivals, in comparison to the same time last year.
Speaking at a press briefing during the arrival of new carrier, Eurowings from Cologne/Bonn on Monday, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said between January and April 2017, the country welcomed 9,800 Germans.
"We expect these numbers to increase considerably with the number of seats available," argued Bartlett, adding that the Eurowing inaugural flight had some 291 passengers, plus crew.
He was particularly excited by the prospects, noting that the majority of the passengers, who are from the metropolitan area of the Rhine, were among the most successful Germans, drawing from a demographic that has spending power, and are booked to stay for 14 days on the island.


http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news ... itors-2020

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gunnerman wrote:
OJ273 from JFK to KIN today should be operated with the 767.


Now being used as the B757 had to divert to KIN en route from GEO-YYZ. The B757 is now in MIA.


Rmjhjr wrote:
Speaking of OJ - what has happened to their 767? Till now I haven't seen it airborne since it went to Mexico...


Returned to base and is now being used until the B757 is repaired.

jm079 wrote:
OJ is adding capacity to the NYC KIN route due to seasonal demand, Jamaica is hosting festivals and carnivals across the country during the summer in celebration of Emancipation Day and Independence Day


Long overdue. I believe this Fri service will become a permanent fix in the near future.

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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:31 pm

jm079 wrote:
OJ is adding capacity to the NYC KIN route due to seasonal demand, Jamaica is hosting festivals and carnivals across the country during the summer in celebration of Emancipation Day and Independence Day

OJ has a regular schedule of four flights a week from JFK to KIN, but there for five from KIN to JFK. The extra flight is OJ270 on Saturdays which departs at 0210, arriving 0700. The aircraft does not return immediately to KIN as it's used to operate JFK-GEO as OJ275, departing 0900, arriving 1455.

That aircraft then returns to KIN as OJ262, departing on Sundays at 0130, arriving 0400.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:39 pm

Hey guys,

If there are diecast scale model airplane collectors here, there's a very nice scale model coming out which is the Air Jamaica A340-300!!! It's scale 1:200 and the brand is called Inflight200. Because of this I'm in a big Air Jamaica mood now hahaha. I'm watching videos on YouTube of Air Jamaica and have seen a video in Montego Bay with lots of Air Jamaica planes such as the A340, A310, A321, A320, MD83, Twin Otters, Do228 and Shorts360. I didn't even know Air Jamaica had so many aircraft types at the same time!!! Fantastic and sad now that I never got the opportunity to see all these beautiful iconic birds!!!

This is the video I watched:

https://youtu.be/AJ8t6bvJ_yA


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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:06 am

hummingbird wrote:
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The photos look great as usual. Good to see that EW is beefing up their services to MBJ.

A388 wrote:
Hey guys,

If there are diecast scale model airplane collectors here, there's a very nice scale model coming out which is the Air Jamaica A340-300!!! It's scale 1:200 and the brand is called Inflight200. Because of this I'm in a big Air Jamaica mood now hahaha.


I have a replica of the A310 that my cousin purchased on board for me when she flew LHR-KIN back when they were around. It's plastic though.


A388 wrote:
I'm watching videos on YouTube of Air Jamaica and have seen a video in Montego Bay with lots of Air Jamaica planes such as the A340, A310, A321, A320, MD83, Twin Otters, Do228 and Shorts360.


Add the A319 to that mix too! And if we want to go waaaaaay back... B727s, A300s, DC8s, DC9s.
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:50 am

In a bid to meet the surge in demand during the peak holiday season, Delta intends to add more non-stop flights to popular Caribbean tourist spots like Montego Bay, Jamaica; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas; from Dec 21.


http://www.nasdaq.com/article/delta-dal ... s-cm812899

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Cayman Airways’ summer schedule also includes nonstop service between Grand Cayman and Montego Bay on Mondays and Fridays until Sept. 11/


http://www.caymanreporter.com/2017/07/0 ... dule-hots/

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AvA Airways (Dominican Republic) (Santo Domingo Las Américas) is planning to launch later this year, with flights from Santo Domingo to St. Maarten, Curacao, Jamaica and the US. Flights will be aboard A320 aircraft, and closer destinations will be served with Dash 8-400 aircraft, reports the Curaçao Chronicle

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news ... o-facility

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A malfunctionwas reported on a plane arriving Miami International Airport Friday afternoon.
Swift Air flight 923 landed around 3:20 p.m. after taking off from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
A source told NBC 6 there was a malfunction in the plane's air conditioning unit. 
The flight was headed to Cleveland, Ohio with 155 people aboard, airport officials said.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Inci ... 66203.html

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Eurowings will launch other tourism long-haul routes from Munich, including Bangkok (Thailand), Fort Myers (Florida), Windhoek (Namibia), Mauritius, Varadero (Cuba), Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic), Cancun and Punta Cana (Mexico), as well as Montego Bay (Jamaica).
Cologne will remain the main base for Eurowings’ long-haul operations, where the LCC has reported load factors of nearly 90% and a capacity of 800,000 seats.
Long-haul operations from Cologne will focus on routes to the Caribbean and North America, including flights to Thailand, Namibia and Mauritius. The carrier will offer 700,000 seats on long-haul routes for the coming winter season from Cologne.


http://atwonline.com/airports-routes/eu ... -haul-base

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airjamaica wrote:
The photos look great as usual. Good to see that EW is beefing up their services to MBJ.


Nice to see them adding MUC=MBJ 2 weekly S18. If they do decide to return from CGN, that will make it 4 weekly flights..





gunnerman wrote:
OJ has a regular schedule of four flights a week from JFK to KIN, but there for five from KIN to JFK. The extra flight is OJ270 on Saturdays which departs at 0210, arriving 0700. The aircraft does not return immediately to KIN as it's used to operate JFK-GEO as OJ275, departing 0900, arriving 1455.That aircraft then returns to KIN as OJ262, departing on Sundays at 0130, arriving 0400.
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The Sat flight is not extra, has been around for a while. The service on Fri is new. The #275 JFK-GEO nonstop is seasonal, during slow season it stops in KIN.
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:55 pm

hummingbird wrote:
gunnerman wrote:
OJ has a regular schedule of four flights a week from JFK to KIN, but there for five from KIN to JFK. The extra flight is OJ270 on Saturdays which departs at 0210, arriving 0700. The aircraft does not return immediately to KIN as it's used to operate JFK-GEO as OJ275, departing 0900, arriving 1455.That aircraft then returns to KIN as OJ262, departing on Sundays at 0130, arriving 0400.


The Sat flight is not extra, has been around for a while. The service on Fri is new. The #275 JFK-GEO nonstop is seasonal, during slow season it stops in KIN.

By "extra" I mean five KIN-JFK each week but four JFK-KIN.

I've no idea what this Friday flight is as it not on sale by OJ or in a GDS timetable.
 
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Re: Westbound over the Atlantic. Jamaican Thread #59

Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:25 pm

gunnerman wrote:
hummingbird wrote:
gunnerman wrote:
OJ has a regular schedule of four flights a week from JFK to KIN, but there for five from KIN to JFK. The extra flight is OJ270 on Saturdays which departs at 0210, arriving 0700. The aircraft does not return immediately to KIN as it's used to operate JFK-GEO as OJ275, departing 0900, arriving 1455.That aircraft then returns to KIN as OJ262, departing on Sundays at 0130, arriving 0400.


The Sat flight is not extra, has been around for a while. The service on Fri is new. The #275 JFK-GEO nonstop is seasonal, during slow season it stops in KIN.

By "extra" I mean five KIN-JFK each week but four JFK-KIN.

I've no idea what this Friday flight is as it not on sale by OJ or in a GDS timetable.



It seems as if the 757 is in MIA for some maintenance. They cannot run the Fr as there is also the YYZ GEO running at the same time, so I guess when the 757 is back in service deeper into the summer.

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