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Name: DUTCH ANTILLES EXPRESS
7JetSet7 Code: ALM
Status: Operational
Region: LATIN AMERICA
City: CURACAO
Country: DUTCH ANTILLES
Employees 900
Web: flydae.com
Email: info@flydae.com
Telephone: +599 (9) 338-888
Fax: +599 (9) 461-7589
Sita: CURDDLM
Background
(definitions)

STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1964. TOOK OVER CARIBBEAN DIVISION OF (KLM).
REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
Salina 127
P O Box 4101
Willemstad,
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

The Netherland Antilles cover an area of 800 sq km, the population is 0.2 million, its capital city is Willemstad/Curacao, and its official languages are Dutch and Papiamento.

May 1970: ACCDT: (ALM) DC-9 ON ITS WAY FROM NEW YORK (JFK) TO ST MAARTEN EXECUTED A WATER LANDING AFTER THREE MISSED APPRAOCHES AND AN ATTEMPTED DIVERSION TO ST CROIX. 23 OF THE 63 ON BOARD WERE KILLED.

APRIL 1996: (KLM) OWNS 33.5%.

SERVICES TO ARUBA, ATLANTA, BARCELONA (VENEZUELA), BONAIRE, BARQUISIMETO, CARACAS, KINGSTON, MIAMI(MIA), PARAMARIBO, VALENCIA, PORT-AU-PRINCE, PORT OF SPAIN, SANTO DOMINGO, & ST MAARTEN. ATLANTA TO ARUBA, & ON TO CURACAO & BONAIRE.

1 MD-82 (49661) 5 YEAR LEASED.

SEPTEMBER 1996: 2 MD-82'S (49123 & 49661) "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK BY AEROMEXICO (AMX).

OCTOBER 1996: TO FORT LAUDERDALE (MD-80, 139 PASSENGERS (PAX).

NOVEMBER 1996: CODE SHARE WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL), ATLANTA, SAN JUAN, TO MIAMI (MIA). MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) FOR JOINT OPERATIONS WITH (KLM), TO NETHERLANDS, IN APRIL 1997.

JULY 1997: CHARTERS TO MIAMI (MIA), AND TAMPA (AIR ARUBA).

SEPTEMBER 1997: TO MARACAIBO.

OCTOBER 1997: DUNCAN FISHER, CEO, EX-CANADIAN REGIONAL AIRLINES.

FEBRUARY 1998: REGISTERS WITH USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) AS "AIR ALM," WITH 95% OWNED BY NETHERLANDS ANTILLES GOVERNMENT, & 5% BY (KLM).

MAY 1998: MD-82 "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK AT SHANNON AEROSPACE.

NOVEMBER 1998: KITLAND CHONG, CEO, REPLACES DUNCAN FISHER.

DECEMBER 1998: (http://www.alm-airlines.com).

JANUARY 1999: GOVERNMENT APPOINTS DR ARMAND KARIMBAKS, CEO (INTERIM), EX-KPMG CONSULTANT.

APRIL 1999: 1,050 EMPLOYEES. SITA: CURDRLM.

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

MAY 1999: DUTCH CARIBBEAN AIRLINES (ALM) CARIBBEAN ALLIANCE WITH ASERCA (SEZ), AND AIR ARUBA (AAU).

NOVEMBER 1999: PLANS TO REPLACE MD-82'S WITH MIX OF MD-83'S & MD-88'S.

DECEMBER 1999: PROPOSED A MERGER WITH WINAIR (WIA). PROPOSAL MET WITH IMMEDIATE OPPOSITION FROM BOTH AIRLINE UNIONS. SUSPENDED ALL FLIGHTS TO ARUBA, FOLLOWING DISPUTE WITH GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES.

FEBRUARY 2000: MD-83 (D-ALLV), AERO LLOYD (ACH) LEASED.

APRIL 2000: 1,050 EMPLOYEES.

MAIN BASE: CURACAO, HATO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

JULY 2000: TO REDUCE LOSSES, TO ELIMINATE 120 OF 900 JOBS, APPLY A FUEL SURCHARGE, INCREASE PILOT (FC)'S HOURS FROM 55 TO 80/MONTH, AND POSTPONE PAINTING AIRPLANES.

AUGUST 2000: BWIA (TTA) MAKES BID TO ACQUIRE CONTROL OF DUTCH CARIBBEAN AIRLINES (ALM).

OCTOBER 2000: PLANS FLIGHTS TO AMSTERDAM - BRUSSELS, USING A WET-LEASED CITY BIRD (CBD) MD-11. PLANS TO PRIVATIZE, WITH GOVERNMENT RETAINING 20% STAKE; ANTILLES INVESTORS 30%, OVERSEAS INVESTORS 30%, AND EMPLOYEES 10%. CONRAD ALEONG, PRESIDENT (BWIA) (TTA) HAS OFFERED A BID WITH A PRIVATE INVESTOR.

NOVEMBER 2000: 1 MD-11, CITYBIRD (CBD) WET-LEASED, FOR SERVICE TO AMSTERDAM (2/WEEK).

MAY 2001: THE GOVERNMENT OF THE ISLAND TERRITORY OF CURACAO TAKES OVER DUTCH CARIBBEAN AIRLINES (ALM) ASSETS FOR $15.8 MILLION, INCLUDING A TAX DEBT OF $25 MILLION.

JUNE 2001: THE GOVERNMENT OF CURACAO RENAMES (ALM) FROM "ALM ANTILLES AIRLINES" TO "DCE - DUTCH CARIBBEAN EXPRESS." THE NEW AIRLINE WILL DROP -900 EMPLOYEES TO 500.

AUGUST 2001: 2 DHC-8-311'S IMPOUNDED, BECAUSE OF ARREARS IN LEASE PAYMENTS. 1 DC-9, ASERCA (SEZ) LEASED, TO COVER FOR A MD-80, CURRENTLY IN HEAVY MAINTENANCE.

SEPTEMBER 2001: PLANS TO LEASE 1 767-300ER FROM SOBELAIR (SBL), FOR SERVICE TO AMSTERDAM.

NOVEMBER 2001: CURACAO - PORT OF SPAIN (4/WEEK) REPLACING AIR ALM, CURACAO - PARAMARIBO (2/WEEK), & CURACAO - KINGSTON (2/WEEK).

DECEMBER 2001: TO CARACAS, AND VALENCIA.

JANUARY 2002: PLANS TO FORM CARGO SUBSIDIARY, NAMED DUTCH CARIBBEAN CARGO, IN COOPERATION WITH AN INTERNATIONAL PARTNER. ONE OF THOSE INTERESTED, INCLUDING WESTERN EXPRESS AIR LINES (WESTEX).

FEBRUARY 2002: SITA: CURDDLM.

APRIL 2002: PLANS TO EXPAND TO MIAMI, AND SEVERAL MAJOR DESTINATIONS IN THE CARIBBEAN AND SOUTH AMERICA.

MAIN BASE: CURACAO - HATO AIRPORT (CUR).

OWNER: CURACAO GOVERNMENT (60%).

July 2002: Introduces business class 42C seats on two of its daily Amsterdam services.

2001 = 524 million (RPK) traffic (-14.4%); 57.2% LF load factor; 812,000 passengers (PAX) (-12.2%); 3.62 million (FTK) freight traffic (+47%); 1,000 employees.

August 2002: Defers plans to lease a 767 for their Amsterdam service, and instead has increased the number of weekly flights, to be contracted from Sobelair (SBL).

To try and reduce costs, will return 1 MD-82 to lessor, and replace it with a DC-9-31 (48139), ex-US Airways (USA), Jetran leased.

November 2002: Air ALM was declared bankrupt, but decision will not affect Dutch Caribbean Airlines (ALM), which was set up by the ALM Beheer (ALM management), headed by (VBC)-Chairman, Bas Kooijman, and who hired Mario Evertsz, Director of the Effective Management Group (EMG) in August 2000 to reorganize and privatize the previous (ALM). Some 360 employees still work for the previous (ALM), although they are expected to join the present airline in December 2002.

In January 2003, code share with Iberia Airlines (IBE), Caracas to Curacao.

December 2002: 767-300ER, Sobelair (SBL) wet-lease for Curacao - Amsterdam by May 2003, will be painted in (ALM) colors and start using (ALM) flight crews (FC).

February 2003: Acquired 2 DHC-8-300 Twin Otters for services to Aruba and Bonaire. In March 2003, will be used for flights to Las Piedras, and Coro, Venezuela.

March 2003: Dutch Caribbean Airlines (ALM) as the official airline of the Netherland Antilles, operates international schedules from its hub at Curacao to Venzuela, Surinam, and the USA. It also operates inter-island flights within the Caribbean by its sister company Dutch Caribbean Express.

Parent organization/shareholders: Government of Curacao (60%).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Bonaire; Curacao; & St Maarten.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; Aruba; Caracas; Kingston; Maracaibo; Paramaribo; Port of Spain; & Valencia.

(feedback@flydca.net). SITA: CURDRLM.

(IATA) Code: K8 - 559. (ICAO) Code: ALM (Callsign - ANTILLEAN).

June 2003: 900 employees.

DC-9-31 (48138), Jetran leased.

February 2004: Takes over the former Sobelair (SBL) 767-330ER, which will be operated by Air Holland (HOL) under a joint subsidiary called Holland Dutch Caribbean.

March 2004: Will now wet-lease airplanes from Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) for its Curacao - Amsterdam flights, since Air Holland (HOL) has gone defunct.

April 2004: In May 2004, Miami - Santo Domingo.

May 2004: In June 2004, Aruba - Miami (3/week).

October 2004: Dutch Caribbean Express (ALM) operated its last flight, Valencia to Curacao. Ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy.

February 2013: Dutch Antilles Express (ALM) is about to take delivery of its first ex-Executive Airlines (USA) ((IATA) Code: OW, based at San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International airport (SJU)) ATR72-200 (407) that will be its second ATR turboprop after ATR42-300 (80, PJ-DAJ). (ALM) plans to add additional five second hand ATR airplanes to its fleet to significantly enhance its regional operations. Besides the ATRs, it also operates three Fokker F 100 and wet-leases MD-83s from Falcon Air Express for its route between Curacao and Miami International airport (MIA).

(ALM) has again taken delivery of one of the ATR42-300s it had previously operated. It has extended its wet-lease agreement with Falcon Air Express until the end of 2013. (ALM) plans to replace its Fokker F 100 and the MD-83 from Falcon Air Express by 737-400s and 737-500s over the next couple of years.

March 2013: Dutch Antilles Express (ALM) will launch daily services to Miami International (MIA) from both Aruba Reina Beatrix International (AUA) and Port au Prince Toussaint Louverture International (PAP) airports from April 15 complementing its twice daily service linking Curacao with Miami. The Aruba flights will originate and terminate in Curacao as well, increasing the frequency on the route to three times daily.

(ALM) plans to lease ex-Meridiana fly (ALS)/(EUY)) MD-83 (N307MS) from US lessor Jetran International as the first of two MD-83s it will operate on its own air operator certificate (AOC). (ALM) has recently been fully acquired by former Aeropostal - Alas de Venezuela ((IATA) Code: VH, based at Caracas Simón Bolívar International airport (CCS)) (LAV) owner, Nelson Ramiz after a period of restructuring. (ALM) plans to use the airplanes to launch new routes from Curacao to Lima Jorge Chávez International (LIM) and Quito Internacional (UIO) later this year. It also plans to replace Fokker F 100s on routes to Maracaibo La Chinita (MAR) and Valencia Arturo Michelena International (VLN). (ALM) currently uses various MD-83s wet-leased from UFly Airways (formerly Falcon Air Express) ((IATA) Code: 6F, based at Miami International (MIA)) for its twice daily service between Curacao and Miami International (MIA), since it cannot operate to the USA with its own airplanes, due to Curacao's Category 2 status with the USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It plans to eventually replace the MD-83s and Fokker F 100s with newer A319-100s and A320-200s once it is allowed to serve the USA itself again.

April 2013: Dutch Antilles Express (ALM) added three extra USA routes to its network on April 15th, all of them operated with its 153-seat MD-83s. (ALM) inaugurated thrice-weekly flights in the previously unserved market of Curaçao (CUR) to Orlando (MCO), and also commenced daily services to Miami (MIA) from both, Aruba (AUA) and Port-au-Prince (PAP), thus extending its USA network to a total of four routes.

May 2013: Dutch Antilles Express (ALM) launched 3x-weekly, Orlando, - Curaçao service.

(ALM) has been prohibited from entering Venezuelan airspace by the government there. On May 14, the Venezuelan Civil Aviation Authority (Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil - (INAC)) accused Dutch Antilles Express (ALM) of "failing to comply with aviation safety standards". (INAC) claims it had "repeatedly penalized (ALM) for failing to furnish it with itineraries, flight frequencies and schedules", as well as "flaws" in the quality of its service. In its defence, (ALM) claimed that (INAC) made the decision based on inspection records issued on January 10, 2013 and April 20, 2012, which listed a number of requirements that were duly met by the airline. (ALM) said it would ask the Government of Curacao "to take action against Venezuelan airlines currently operating in the island on the basis of the principle of equal treatment," adding that it intended to sue (INAC) for libellous damages. (ALM)'s Venezuelan network consists of Caracas Simón Bolívar International (CCS), Maracaibo La Chinita (MAR), and Valencia Arturo Michelena International (VLN).

(ALM) currently serves 10 countries, 13 destinations, and 17 routes.

Fleet:
(definitions)

Click below for photos:
ALM-767-330ER
ALM-DC-9-31
ALM-MD-82-F
ALM-MD-82
ALM-MD-83 - 2013-05

April 2016:

1 767-330ER, (AID) WET-LSD.

4 DC-9-31 (JT8D-9A HK) (1021-48138, PJ-SNN, 2003-02; 1024-48139, /81 PJ-SNM 2002-10; 1039-48144, /81 PJ-SNK; 1046-48154, /81 PJ-SNL, 2002-08), EX-(USA), JETRAN LSD. 12C, 89Y.

2 DC-9-50.

3 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (1075-49123, /82 PJ-SEF "FLAMBOYANT;" 1077-49124, /82 PJ-SEG "KIBRAHACHA;" 1452-49661, /88, PJ-SEH), EX-(ZAA), "C" CHECK BY (AMX). 8C, 131Y.

0 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (D-ALLV), (ACH) LSD FOR WINTER, RTND. 146CY.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1370-49344, /88 N306FA; 1794-53046, /90 N836RA; 1964-53120, /92 N120MN; 1968-53199, /92 N307FA), EX-(EI-CFZ) UFLY AIRWAYS, FALCON AIR EXPRESS WET-LSD 2011-01. 146CY.

0 MD-11, (CBD) WET-LSD 2000-11, RTND.

2 DHC-6-300 (PT6A-27) (371, /73 PJ-TOC; 675, /80 PJ-TOD), 2003-02. 19Y, DUTCH CARIBBEAN EXPRESS OPS. 19Y.

0 DHC-8-311 BOMBARDIER. (301; 303) RTND (TCI) 2001-09.

2 DHC-8-311 DASH 8 (SCD) (PW123) (242, /90 PJ-DHE; 230, /90 PJ-DHI), 48Y/COMBI, DUTCH CARIBBEAN EXPRESS OPS. 48Y/COMBI.

Management:
(definitions)

DUNCAN FISHER, CHAIRMAN.

CHARLES DE ROOY, PRESIDENT (2004-08).

ARNOLD LEONORA, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

HUBERT LA CROES, GENERAL MANAGER, USA & CANADA.

WALFRIED KOPRA, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (T: (599-9) 338-888)

CHARLES DE ROOY, VP COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS.

CESAR PRINCE, VP COMMERCIAL SALES.

PH MARTIS, VP FINANCE.

CAPT RONALD HOEFDRAAD, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

WILLIAM WHITE, MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR.

ELIGIO ALBERTOE, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (CURMCLM).

RONALD MIMIE, MANAGER ENGINEERING (CURMCLM).

CARL LEGRAND, MANAGER BASE MAINTENANCE.

MAURIELLO HERMINA, MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL (QC).

LIONAL RAFAELA, MANAGER PURCHASING.

 
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