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cameronmd80
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Western Air (Bahamas) receives Jets

Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:40 pm

Hello Everyone,

Most of you are aware of the Flag Carrier of the Bahamas, Bahamasair. However, there are several other local airlines around. Prior to a few weeks ago, Bahamasair was the only Bahamian based airline utilizing jets, Boeing 737-500s to be specific. The majority of the other airlines use turboprops like Saab 340s, Embraer 110s and Beech 1900s. Western Air has now become the second Bahamian airline to acquire jets. They have recently received two Embraer ERJ-145LRs (With planes to acquire one more) but have yet to start schedule service with them as yet.
The first 145, C6-REX, has begun training flights around the islands. The jets are based in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

I did not take pictures, but I instead recorded it's first visit to Nassau, Bahamas.
The link is below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGK6plf3mCQ
Last edited by cameronmd80 on Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.
 
wedgetail737
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Re: Western Air (Bahamas) receives Jets

Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:48 pm

I think you meant 737-500s.
 
cameronmd80
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Re: Western Air (Bahamas) receives Jets

Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:49 pm

wedgetail737 wrote:
I think you meant 737-500s.


Thank you Kindly.
 
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spinkid
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Re: Western Air (Bahamas) receives Jets

Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:56 pm

Very nice video. Great production quality!

Their name and logo are a big confusing. It doesn't exactly say "BAHAMAS!". It reminds me of something that should be based in the Western USA.
 
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Re: Western Air (Bahamas) receives Jets

Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:50 am

Hope they got them with built in air stairs if they want to serve some of the Family Islands capable of jet service, failing that they will need those airports to have more mobile stairs.
At least we now have additional options for airlift into the USA from Freeport, wonder if the government will give them a subsidy like what is given to foreign carriers?
 
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Re: Western Air (Bahamas) receives Jets

Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:00 am

that font and the W on the tail, ugh puke
I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list!
 
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Re: Western Air (Bahamas) receives Jets

Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:03 pm

spinkid wrote:
Very nice video. Great production quality!

Their name and logo are a big confusing. It doesn't exactly say "BAHAMAS!". It reminds me of something that should be based in the Western USA.


Struck me too. Strange brand/livery for sure. Once I saw the side of plane, I was let down. Hoping so see something more representative of the Bahamas.
 
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Re: Western Air (Bahamas) receives Jets

Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:44 pm

Finally Western and InterCarribbean intend to operate the jet on inter island schedules. AA/Envoy could have protected marketshare had they deployed the ERJ to SJU but not too many fans of that formula. NOW finally the jungle jet to do what it was build to do....
B6 at one time thought of basing the E190 in SJU and 100seats was too much capacity. Lets see how this turns out.
 
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Re: Western Air (Bahamas) receives Jets

Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:43 pm

they are named Western Air because the airline is based in the WESTERN part of the Bahamas, on the island of Andros.
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Re: Western Air (Bahamas) receives Jets

Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:14 pm

C6-REX Is the former N284SK she wore lots of different colors when I flew her at Chautauqua. Glad to see she found a home.

Its a little strange Western would reregister it to the same tail number that had an accident. (Metroliner)
 
cameronmd80
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Re: Western Air (Bahamas) receives Jets

Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:38 pm

mwmav8r01 wrote:
C6-REX Is the former N284SK she wore lots of different colors when I flew her at Chautauqua. Glad to see she found a home.

Its a little strange Western would reregister it to the same tail number that had an accident. (Metroliner)


I believe "REX" is actually a tribute to the founder of Western Air, Rex Rolle. In that instance, it seems fitting to resurrect it on their first jet.

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