Bahamasair’s jets have been outfitted with the requisite navigational systems that will allow them to fly into the United States under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules that came into force this year, a press statement from Bahamasair revealed yesterday.
“Bahamasair wishes to notify the public that all of its planes are now equipped with the ADSB-OUT navigational kits, as required by the FAA and are able to fly to the United States of America without limitation,” the statement noted.
“Initially the three 737-500 Classics in Bahamasair’s fleet did not meet with the January 1, 2020 deadline to be equipped with the required navigational kits. However, the 737-790NG and the five ATRs all met the deadline, which ensured that Bahamasair was able to maintain its full schedule, including its routes to Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and West Palm Beach.
“The first 737-500 BFE flew to Orlando at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020 and the 737-500 BFC flew to Miami this morning, January 30, at 7 a.m.”
Yesterday, rumors that Bahamasair had been once again grounded were dismissed by the airline. Instead it explained that one of its jets is currently undergoing maintenance in Costa Rica until March, where it is also being outfitted with the required ADSB-OUT navigational kits.
“The third 737-500 BFD is currently undergoing its heavy maintenance ‘C check’ at a maintenance facility in Costa Rica and will be returned to service by mid-March. The navigational kit for that aircraft is part of that maintenance service,” the statement pointed out.
Last week the airline won Best Caribbean Airline at the World Travel Awards at Sandals Royal Bahamian resort, where its Managing Director Tracy Cooper said the award is a testament to the hard work of the airline’s staff and the importance of the airline to Bahamians and The Bahamas’ tourism industry.
“Bahamasair is here to stay,” he said.
“We will continue to provide that valued transportation in and around The Bahamas, as well as being a contributor to our tourism industry. We understand our importance. We are pivotal for Bahamians getting around The Bahamas.”