Bahamasair Holdings Limited, operating as Bahamasair is an airline based in Bahamasair House in Nassau, Bahamas. The airline is the national airline and operates in 15 destination domestic and regional flights to Havana and four cities in Florida. Its main base is at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.
Bahamasair was born after the 1970s oil crisis. In 1970, British Airways stops flights to the Bahamas, and the Bahamas government to accurately predict that several other major airlines that fly to the Bahamas will follow British Airways’ actions.
So Bahamasair was established by the government and began operations on June 7, 1973, by purchasing the operating permit Flamingo Airlines and Out Island Airways. Bahamasair is directly facing many problems, such as care facilities are limited, the shape of the economy, and corporate structure.
All of these eliminate the public’s trust and ultimately increase the problem. However, as soon as the jet came in the form of new aircraft, and in 1972, the airline opened the first international service from Nassau to Tampa, Florida. In 1973, the government’s vision that many airlines will leave the Bahamas became a reality, when Pan Am and some companies decided to follow the path that has been initiated by British Airways.
As a result, Bahamasair got a big part of the Bahamas air market. During the 1970s, Bahamasair continue to add flights to other cities in Florida and in the presence of domestic airline gets a big welcome.
In the early 1980s, Bahamasair fail when attempting to expand its range into the northeastern United States by opening a flight to Philadelphia, Washington DC (Dulles) and Newark, New Jersey. But in 1989, director of the airline decided that the route was not profitable and closed the route.
At the same time, the first Boeing 727 coming into the fleet. They totally bought 2 planes. At that time also introduced an employee uniforms and a new hue. However, the Boeing 727 can not operate in a long time because of political problems and interventions, which resulted in the company lost money in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
In 1991, De Havilland DHC-8 purchased to replace the main jet fleet of 737-200s. In 1997, Boeing 737 back in operation as the main route requires cargo and passenger capacity offered by 737-200. 737-200 was flown to Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando and one domestic destination, Freeport.