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Name: AIR ARUBA
7JetSet7 Code: AAU
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: LATIN AMERICA
City: ORANJESTAD
Country: ARUBA
Employees 250
Web: interknowledge.com/air-aruba
Email: patrick.rotsaert@homemail.com
Telephone:
Fax:
Sita: AUADDFQ
Background
(definitions)

FORMED IN 1986. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED PAX & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

MARCH 1996: TO BONAIRE, CURACAO, BALTIMORE, BOGOTA, CARACAS, HOUSTON, MEDELLIN, MIAMI, NEW YORK, NEWARK, SAO PAULO, AND TAMPA.

MD-83 (49950) & MD-88 (49766) "C" CHECK COMPLETED BY (TTA). DC-9-31 "C" CHECK AT COOPESA (COO).

APRIL 1996: VIA BONAIRE & CURACAO TO MIAMI (MIA), NEW YORK & BALTIMORE.

APRIL 1997: 300 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 86 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 20 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

MARCH 1997: CODE SHARE WITH SURINAM AIRWAYS (DC-9 OR MD-80).

APRIL 1997: 4 MD-80'S RETURNED TO OPERATIONS. RESTRUCTURING.

SEPTEMBER 1997: USA/ARUBA OPEN SKIES AGREEMENT SIGNED.

KIWI INTERNATIONAL (KIW) TO OPERATE NEW YORK (JFK) - MIAMI (MIA) - ARUBA FOR AIR ARUBA (AAU). CODE SHARE WITH SURINAM AIRWAYS (SUR) PARAMARIBO - ARUBA - (MIA).

DECEMBER 1997: 1 MD-82 (48003), EX-SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) UNTIL 4/98.

FEBRUARY 1998: MD-88 (49766) "C" CHECK AT AVTEL SERVICES.

APRIL 1998: MD-83 (1913-49950) RETURNED TO GECAS (GEH).

JUNE 1998: PLANS FOR PRIVATIZATION INCLUDING GOVERNMENT 25% AND BIDS FOR 75%.

LOU GUIGLIANO AND IGNACIO MARTINEZ-YBOR, ACTING GENERAL MANAGERS.

JULY 1998: ASERCA (SEZ) LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) TO BUY 70% OF AIR ARUBA (AAU). (AAU) TO KEEP ITS NAME & STILL SERVE ARUBA.

SIMEON GARCIA, (SEZ) CEO, WILL PROBABLY BECOME CEO OF (AAU).

SEPTEMBER 1998: CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL) ALLIANCE WITH ASERCA (SEZ) AND AIR ARUBA (AAU) TO NEW YORK/NEWARK.

ASERCA (SEZ) HAS 3 MD-90'S ON ORDER (11/98), 2 FOR OPERATIONS BY (AAU), 1 BY (SEZ).

OCTOBER 1998: 1ST 6 MONTHS: 227M RPK (PASSENGER TRAFFIC) (-34%), 108K PASSENGERS (PAX) (-44.1%).

2 MD-90'S (53578; 53579), HWA-HSIA LEASED. 1 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A)(47638, P4-DCA), EX-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES.

NOVEMBER 1998: 3RD MD-90-30, HWA-HSIA LEASED. MD-90-30 (V2525-D5)(53580), SUB-LEASED TO ASERCA (SEZ).

DECEMBER 1998: STARTS SERVICE TO NEWARK (MD-90), AND CARACAS - ARUBA - MIAMI (MIA).

MD-90-30 (V2525-D5) DELIVERY.

APRIL 1999: 250 EMPLOYEES (INCL 33 FC, 71 CA, & 29 MT).

(http://www.interknowledge.com/air-aruba). SITA: AUADDFQ.

MAY 1999: AIR ARUBA (AAU) & ASERCA (SEZ) CARIBBEAN ALLIANCE WITH (ALM).

ARUBA TO ISLA MAGARITA.

TECHNICAL TEAM VISITS BRITISH WEST INDIES (BWIA) (TTA) TO REVIEW MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS CONTROL FOR POSSIBLE 24 HOUR COVERAGE AT (AAU).

SEPTEMBER 1999: CODE SHARE WITH CONTINENTAL AIRLINEWS (CAL) ON HOUSTON (HOU) TO TAMPA, MIAMI (MIA) ROUTES.

1ST 8 MONTHS = 460M RPK (+42.4%), 242K PAX (+56.7%).

JANUARY 2000: PARENT COMPANY, ASERCA (SEZ) ACQUIRES "APA INTERNATIONAL AIR," DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, & PLANS TO RESUME OPERATIONS WITH (AAU) WET-LEASED DC-9'S.

MARCH 2000: JESUS MORA, PRESIDENT, EX-VP SPECIAL PROJECTS, ASERCA GROUP (SEZ), REPLACES SIMEON GARCIA, WHO IS OWNER OF ASERCA GROUP. RUMORS OF ASERCA (SEZ) TAKING OVER AVENSA (AVN) & SIMEON GARCIA BECOMING NEW PRESIDENT OF (AVN).

1 DC-9-32, EX-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL) WITH FORWARD AUXILIARY FUEL TANKS (926).

APRIL 2000: 250 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 33 FC, 71 CA, & 29 MT).

(patrick.rotsaert@homemail.com).

TO FT LAUDERDALE AND ORLANDO (MD-88/MD-90, DAILY) STARTING 7/00.

JULY 2000: 1999 = 679M RPK (+34.4%); 369K PAX (+44.3%); 250 EMPLOYEES.

AUGUST 2000: WITHOUT CASH INFUSION, MAY CEASE OPERATIONS.

(http://www.fedexcorp.com).

SEPTEMBER 2000: GOVERNMENT INJECTS SOME CASH TO ASSIST AIR ARUBA (AAU) TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS. DIVORCE OF (AAU) AND ASERCA (SEZ) SEEMS TO BE IMMINENT.

JAVIER CUMMINS, PRESIDENT, REPLACES JESUS MORA.

OCTOBER 2000: CEASES OPERATIONS AFTER RETURNING HALF ITS FLEET TO LESSORS FOLLOWING A CASH SHORTAGE.

3 MD-90'S RETURNED TO HWA-HSIA LEASING. 1 MD-88 IS IN A "C" CHECK AND ANOTHER WITH ENGINE REPAIRS.

NOVEMBER 2000: DECLARES BANKRUPTCY.

FEBRUARY 2001: AIR HOLLAND (HOL) SIGNS CONTRACT WITH GOVT OF ARUBA TO FORM A NEW ARUBAN FLAG CARRIER (ALTHO THE "AIR ARUBA" NAME WILL NOT BE USED). OPERATIONS TO START WITH A MD-90, AND (HOL) WILL USE ARUBA AS ITS CARIBBEAN HUB, ALTHO BOTH COMPANIES WILL OPERATE SEPARATELY.

July 2002: 2001 = 800M RPK; 71.1% LF; 401K PAX.

OCTOBER 2002: CEASES OPERATIONS. SEE ROYAL ARUBAN AIRLINES (RAN).

Fleet:
(definitions)

October 2002:

0 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A) (730-47638, /74 61 58 P4-DCA), EX-(XTI) & (CAL), (IAS) LSD (926-48112, /79 54 42, N18513, (PLM) LSD 2000-03), 47638 RTND TO (CAL) 2000-07, 48112 RTND (PSS) 2000-07.

0 MD-83 (1913-49950, /91 "JAMANOTA" 16 08), EX-(YHG), (GEH) LSD GROUNDED, RTND.

0 MD-88 (1606-49759, /89 "BARICA GEEL" N11FQ; 1657-49766, /89 "ARIKOK" N12FQ), POLARIS LSD, COOPESA MAINT, EX-(MID), (GEH) LSD, GROUNDED, 49766; & 49759; RTND, LST (SJI) 2001-07. 49759; ST (EFT) 2005-09. 8F, 135Y.

0 MD-90 (V2525-D5)(53578; 53579), HWA-HSIA LSD, 53580; SUB-LST (SEZ), 3 RTND 2000-10.

0 EMBRAER EMB-120 BRASILIA, 1 LSD OUT.

Management:
(definitions)

SIMEON GARCIA, CHAIRMAN (OWNER ASERCA GROUP).

JAVIER CUMMINS, PRESIDENT (2000-09).

IGNACIO MARTINEZ-YBOR, GENERAL MANAGER.

JEFFERSON JOSEPH, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (2000-06) (AUAMTFQ) (auattfq@setarnet.aw).

STEPHAN SPAANDONK, MANAGER ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (2000-06),
(vspaandonk@setamet.aw) (AUAMTFQ).

HILTON WHARFE, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MAINTENANCE (1999-10) (AUAMTFQ), (hwharfe@yahoo.com).

 
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