Since Sunday afternoon February 2, Insel has been experiencing operational issues with its Fokker aircraft. Although the Fokker aircraft is airworthy, issues were identified during an audit done in cooperation with the Department of Transportation (CCAA). Last Saturday, it was decided by InselAir, due to the uncertainties surrounding the operations, it was best to postpone the operation of its Fokker aircraft until further notice.
Later on February 11 it updated the situation:
Unfortunately at the moment booking a ticket through our Website or any other Sales channel is not possible until further notice.
Please keep in mind that passengers who have already booked a ticket to and from St.Maarten are protected on the Corendon Dutch Airlines flight.
We are very sorry for this inconvenience.
If we have any update about the situation we will inform you through our social media channels.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): InselAir Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 PJ-KVM (msn 20288) CUR (Ton Jochems). Image: 931452.
The Government of Curaçao and the Administrators of InselAir International BV have confirmed it is in discussions with interCaribbean Airways.
interCaribbean Airways is a regional airline based in the Turks & Caicos, founded 26 years ago and forms part of the InterIsland Aviation Services Group.
interCaribbean Airways has expressed an interest in InselAir International BV where it can quickly respond to re-establish the company and its routes, and the opportunity to bring both brands under one umbrella, to create synergies in offering greater options for pan Caribbean travel.
CEO, Mr. Trevor Sadler stated we have been speaking with the Administrators of the company and look forward to next steps.
Lars de Brabander, Executive Chairman for InselAir International BV stated that while details are to be finalized, we firmly believe that this is good for Curacao, the shareholders and the customers of InselAir. The current operation of interCaribbean would fit well into the current and previous network of InselAir, connecting the south Caribbean seamlessly with the northeastern and eastern Caribbean and although discussions with other possible strategic partners continue, this seems like an option toward a smooth strategic aviation alliance.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the two airlines): InselAir McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) PJ-MDB (msn 48021) CUR (Ton Jochems). Image: 931449.
InselAir (Curacao) on January 14 inaugurated its new Aruba – Manaus route with an festive early gathering at Queen Beatrix International Airport during which Minister Oduber and InselAir Aruba CEO Frederick Nuboer addressed the audience and elaborated on this new route. After the official words and opening, the group proceeded to the gate and boarded for the three-hour inaugural flight to Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus. InselAir was officially and warmly welcomed in Manaus by the traditional water salute, official words and food and drinks before flight 8i696 departed Manaus again.
The flight was operated with a Fokker 70, with 80 seats, which was acquired by InselAir earlier this year to support its growth plans.
InselAir now has 19 aircraft, 600 employees, 22 destinations and expects to transport 1.4 million passengers in 2015.
InselAir will also add Miami – Havana to its network this month with McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82/83 aircraft (MD-82/83) (above) and will then serve 22 destinations from its hubs on Aruba and Curacao. This year, InselAir expects to add more routes to its network which, amongst other routes, include Cali and Bucaramanga in Colombia, San Juan in Puerto Rico and Quito in Ecuador.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (marketed as the MD-83) PJ-MDG (msn 49935) in the updated 2011 livery arrives at Miami International Airport.
Insel Air International (Curacao) has established a new subsidiary airline named Insel Air Aruba to operate in neighboring Aruba.
Insel Air International announced a new agreement with the Aruban government and Aruban national carrier, Tiara Air.
The new agreement is valid for all routes that both airlines operate to and from Aruba. The Aruban government also stated that it was committed to awarding a new AOC (Air Operating Certificate) to Insel Air Aruba within three months. Insel Air Aruba hopes to launch operations in August.
Insel Air Aruba will be able to operate additional flights to Aruba, therefore creating more inbound flights for the island.
Insel Air Aruba will operate three Fokker 50s and one DC-9-80 (MD-80) increasing the total availability of seats to 50,000 a month.
Insel Air Aruba’s first Fokker, the pictured former KLM CityHopper F.27 Mk. 050 PH-KVG (msn 20211) arrived at Curacao on June 5, 2011 where it is pictured. PH-KVG carries a partial color scheme with a new logo expected to be added on the tail.
Tiara Air is also adopting the same basic new livery.
Insel Air International (Curacao) announced today it will add twice-weekly, nonstop flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to Curaçao International Airport (CUR).
Insel Air flight 7I 913 will depart Curaçao at 9:10 a.m. (0910) and arrive in Charlotte at 1:25 p.m. (1325). Insel Air flight 7I 914 will depart Charlotte at 2:35 p.m. (1435) and arrive in Curaçao at 6:40 p.m. (1840).
Insel Air currently services Curaçao with daily flights from Miami.
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