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7JetSet7 Code: INS
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Web: fly-inselair.com
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Formed and started operations in 1993. National carrier. Regional, & international, charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.

Maduro Plaza Building
Dokweg No 19, 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.

Visit Aruba:

With around one million visitors and cruise passengers per year, Aruba ranks as one of the most popular vacation spots in the Caribbean.

Aruba is part of the so-called ABC Dutch Caribbean islands, which also include Curacao and Bonaire. Since 1986, the island has a so-called status apartus, which means that Aruba has full autonomy in internal affairs, as opposed to the other 5 Dutch Caribbean islands which together constitute the Netherlands Antilles. Aruba’s beach- and night life are both centered along the island’s bustling south and west coast with their beautiful, long white beaches that stretch out over several miles. Not surprisingly, Aruba’s main source of income is tourism.

Capital: Oranjestad.

Other towns: Santa Cruz, San Nicolas and Savaneta.

Language(s): Papiamento, Dutch, English and Spanish are understood and spoken by most inhabitants.

Population: Approximately 100,000.

Political Status: Status apartus within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Area: 193 km²/75 sq miles.

Currency: Aruban Guilder/Florin (AWG).

Climate: Dry tropical climate with a practically constant temperature of 28°C/82°F.

Selected Main Attractions: Arikok natural park, the Quadirikiri cave, the Natural pool and the Hooiberg.

Shopping: Shopping paradise with ample choice of stores in downtown Oranjestad, the hotels and resorts.

Electrical Current: 12-127V/50Hz.

Visit Bonaire:

Bonaire is well-known for its friendly population, music, diving and windsurfing and its tranquil character. As 1 of the 5 island territories of the Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire belongs to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The island’s economy is dominated by tourism and salt production.

Its southern part is almost completely reserved for the salt production business. Bonaire boasts 1 of the world’s finest underwater nature reservations, which is why the island has been voted the top diving destination in the world by the "Scuba Diving Magazine." Bonaire also has the reputation of being 1 of the best windsurf places world wide.

Capital: Kralendijk.

Other towns: The only recognized towns on the island are Kralendijk and Rincon.

Language(s): Papiamento, Dutch and English are understood and spoken by most habitants.

Population: Approximately 15,500.

Political Status: Bonaire is preparing for a new constitutional status as a special municipality of the Netherlands.

Area: 288 km²/111 sq miles.

Currency: Netherlands Antillean Guilder (ANG).

Climate: Gentle sunny climate with a constant cool breeze and a yearly average temperature of 27.8°C/82°F.

Selected Main Attractions: The Nature Reservation Washington Slagbaai National Park, uninhabited Klein Bonaire (little Bonaire), Gotomeer (salt lake and breeding place of flamingos), former slave huts, Sorobon and Lac Bay beach.

Shopping: Chiefly in the main shopping avenue Kaya Grandi (clothes, jewelry, souvenirs) and in the resorts.

Electrical Current: 12-127V/50Hz.

Visit Barquisimeto:

Starting November 15th, InselAir (INS) will operate the route Barquisimeto to Curaçao on weekdays between Hato International Airport, Curaçao and Jacinto Lara International Airport, Barquisimeto, Venezuela. InselAir (INS) destinations: Miami, St Maarten, Bonaire, Aruba, San Juan, Haiti, and St Domingo have great connections via Curaçao to Barquisimeto and vice versa.

Barquisimeto, Venezuela’s 4th largest city, that holds the name of the city of music, is known for its events and cultural activities. The Palacio Municipal, the Museo de Barquisimeto and the modern cathedral in the city-center, are great to visit. The Barquisimeto business markets are focused on food trade, and industries such as plastic, farming and the automotive industry.

Capital: Irribarren.

State: Lara.

Language(s): Spanish is understood and spoken by most habitants.

Population: Approximately 1,500,000.

Area: 2760 km²/1066 sq miles.

Elevation: 566 m/1857 ft.

Climate: Gentle sunny climate with a constant cool breeze and a yearly average temperature of 27.8°C/82°F.

Sports: Football (soccer) and baseball. The Cardenales de Lara is a team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.

Site of Interest: Barquisimeto Atheneum; created by cultural promoters, for the rescue of the cultural traditions of the city. The Obelisk; which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the city. Museum Barquisimeto; this museum with several collections and used to be a hospital. Juares Theater; has several tourist attractions and many entertainment shows. It was the 1st theater of the state and was recently renovated.

Visit Caracas:

Caracas lies in a valley, separated from the Caribbean Coast by National park El Avila. In December and January, the Pachego sets in, the abundant fog appearance due to its daytime highs and night time lows in temperature. Caracas has a great variety in cultural activity, such as local cuisine, high class cuisine, multiple museums, great bars and salsa clubs. And shopping is available at local street markets and big commercial malls.

The national Park Avila, is home to beautiful flora and fauna which can be explored via multiple walking trails. Most economic activity surrounds the metropolitan areas. Business concentrates much around service, banking and retail, chemical, textiles and rubber and cement. Also the Caracas Stock Exchange and (PDVSA) are located in Caracas. Unfortunately some parts of Caracas are known as unsafe and should not be visited alone. Our advice is to listen to the locals, to make sure you can explore this beautiful city the safe way.

Capital: Caracas.

Language(s): Spanish.

Population: Approximately 1,850,000.

Political Status: Mayor Council.

Area: 2050 km².

Currency: Bolivar (VEB).

Climate: Tropical Savanne climate, with average temperatures of 23 C/74 F.

Electrical Current: 110V/60Hz.

Visit Charlotte:

Charlotte is the largest city in the USA state of North Carolina. Due to an InselAir (INS) – US Airways (AMW)/(USA) agreement, it is possible to connect to >50 destinations from Charlotte within 2 hours of departure or arriving. Charlotte has become a major USA financial center, and is now the 2nd largest banking center in the USA after New York City. The nation's largest financial institution by assets, the Bank of America calls the city home. Charlotte is also home of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association, the (NASCAR) car racing Hall of Fame and the USA National Whitewater Center. Charlotte has a humid subtropical climate and is situated halfway between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, between Washington, DC and Atlanta. Charlotte is located several miles E of the Catawba River and SE of Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina. Lake Wylie and Mountain Island Lake are 2 smaller man-made lakes located near the city.

Language(s): English.

Population: Approximately 731,424.

Political Status: Democratic.

Area: 771 km²/297.7 sq mi.

Currency: United States Dollar (USD).

Climate: Ranging between Winter 05°C to Summer 35°C.

Selected Main Attractions: Charlotte is well known for the (NASCAR) Hall of Fame, many (children) museums, the Football team Carolina Panters and Basketball team the Charlotte Bobcats. Charlotte is also known as a lively student-city with many shopping and leisure activities, such as great outlet malls and concerts and festivals of all the big artists. Also, golf is a main attraction for this city.

Electrical Current: 120 V, 60 Hz.

For more information on Charlotte, please visit: http://www.charlottesgotalot.com

Visit Curacao:

Curaçao is one of the 3 Dutch Caribbean leeward islands, located off Venezuela’s coast. Like any Caribbean destination, Curaçao offers an excellent combination of beach life, water sports and nightlife.

But what makes the island stand out in the region is its authenticity; throughout the ages European and African elements have blended into the island’s typical local culture and atmosphere, which Curaçao has managed to retain in a remarkable manner. Curaçao’s architecture is another asset that distinguishes it from surrounding Caribbean islands. The former Dutch golden age architecture has been mixed with local, tropical elements. The stately collection of some 90 former plantation houses, scattered over the island, is also worth exploring. Last but not least, Curaçao boasts the oldest Jewish synagogue on the Western hemisphere. For those interested in a combination of cosmopolitan life, a blend of Caribbean and European culture, beach life and water sports, Curaçao is the ultimate place to explore!

Capital: Willemstad.

Language(s): Papiamento, Dutch, English and Spanish.

Population: Approximately 141,766.

Political Status: Island territory within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, preparing for its new status as a separate country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Area: 444 km²/171 sq miles.

Currency: Netherlands Antilles Guilder (ANG) and US Dollars.

Climate: Semi-arid savanna-like climate with dry and wet season and an average temperature of 27°C/80°F.

Selected Main Attractions: Over 60 diving spots, the Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and Jewish Historical Museum, Slavery museum, the downtown area which is a (UNESCO) cultural heritage site.

Shopping: In the heart of Willemstad, and in several malls and promenades.

Electrical Current: 127V/50Hz and 220V/50Hz.

Visit Haiti:

Haïti occupies the western 3rd of the island of Hispaniola, along with the Dominican Republic. This former French colony is the 3rd largest country in the Caribbean behind Cuba and the neighboring Dominican Republic.

Two-thirds of all Haïtians depend on the agriculture sector; mangoes and coffee are 2 of the country’s most important exports. When it gained independence as part of a successful slave rebellion in 1804, Haïti was the 1st black-led republic worldwide. Haïti is world famous for its distinguishing art, especially painting and sculpture. Unfortunately the country is currently in the process of recovering from the major earthquake that hit the country’s capital Port-au-Prince in January 2010, killing >150,000 persons and destroying countless homes and businesses as well as the Presidential palace, Parliament and many other important structures.

Capital: Port-au-Prince

Other towns: Gonaives, Cap-Haitian, and Les Cayes.

Language(s): French, Spanish, Creole and English (only in the capital).

Population: Approximately 10 million.

Political Status: Parliamentary republic.

Area: 27,750 km²/10,714 sq miles.

Currency: Gourde (HTG) and US Dollars.

Climate: Haiti’s year-round temperature is about 78.8°F/26°C and it’s mostly sunny.

Selected Main Attractions: Haïtian music, Fort Dauphin, Lake Etang Saumâtre, Lake Miragone and the seaport Cap-Haïtien.

Shopping: The stores near the Baptist Mission in Fermathe sell exquisite native handicrafts. Petion Ville: high quality and wide range of local handicrafts and artifacts. Port-au-Prince: iron works, woodcarvings, wooden bowls, painted trays and plates, embroidered Haitian clothing, jewelry, and Haitian Naïve painting.

Electrical Current: 110 V, 60 Hz.

Visit Jamaica:

Jamaica is the largest English speaking Caribbean capital, the 3rd largest island and the 4th largest country in the Caribbean. At the foot of the Liguanea Plains and surrounded by the Blue Mountains lies Kingston, the island’s cosmopolitan capital. Kingston is Jamaica’s cultural, industrial and financial center. Jamaican paintings, sculpture and pottery are among the best in the Caribbean. What makes Jamaican art extraordinary is its diversity, based on its ethnological African, European and American blend and the great variety of styles, modes and forms employed by the local artists. Jamaican music has also made the island famous, especially with reggae lovers. Kingston’s night life is centered in Knutsford Boulevard, also referred to as the Kingston Strip.

Jamaica has a mixed, free-market economy consisting of a combination of state-owned entities and private-sector organizations. The Kingston Harbor is one of the largest natural harbors world wide. The 4 most important economic sectors are tourism, mining, agriculture and manufacturing.

Capital: Kingston.

Other towns: Montego Bay, Portmore, and Spanish Town.

Language(s): English and Jamaican Patois (Creole language, based on English).

Population: An estimated 700,000.

Political Status: Parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. The Queen of England is the head of state, locally represented by a Governor-General.

Area: 10,991 sq km²/682,949 sq miles.

Currency: Jamaican Dollar (JMD).

Climate: Tropical climate with a wet and dry season and an average temperature between 22°C/72°F and 31°C/88°F.

Selected Main Attractions: Blue Mountains: Newcastle (historic fort), John Crow National Park and Mavis Bank (coffee farm), Bob Marley Museum, National art gallery, Lime Cay (beach) and the former pirate capital Port Royal.

Shopping: In Kingston you will find plenty of major department stores as well as discount warehouses or individual boutiques. There are a number of interesting shopping areas selling a broad range of locally-crafted, original and antique merchandise.

Electrical Current: 110 V/50 Hz.

Visit Las Piedras:

Las Piedras is an attractive village, located on the Paraguana peninsula, to the north of Punto Fijo city in Venezuela. Surrounded by a gorgeous landscape, las Piedras is a typical fisherman’s place. Its fishing port, in which many shrimp merchants are active, is significant in the area and las Piedras is renowned for its fresh seafood. Despite its location in a well-developed touristic region, Las Piedras has not yet been discovered as a touristic spot, adding to its unspoiled character.

Language(s): Spanish and English.

Population: Approximately 255,321.

Political Status: Federal Republic.

Currency: Bolivar Fuerte (VEF).

Climate: Average temperature of 30°C/86 °F.

Shopping: In the main tourist part Zona Libre.

Electrical Current: 120 V, 60 Hz.

Visit Medellin:

Medellín, in the NW part of Colombia, is Colombia’s 2nd largest city in terms of population and economy. With its location in the Aburra Valley along the Medellín River, you will find many flowers, including orchids, and tropical birds, earning Medellín its reputation as the most beautiful city in South America. Medellín's year round spring-like climate of 22 Celsius/72 F makes it known as La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera or ‘City of the Eternal Spring.’ Medellín’s yearly flower festival Feria de Las Flores attracts visitors from the whole of South America. The city also boasts Colombia’s only transit subway system: an efficient and fast Metro. Medellín citizens have the reputation of being hard-working and industrious. The production and export of coffee and flowers, information technology (IT) and hotel services are among Medellín’s major industries. The city of Medellín alone contributes 55% of Colombia’s (GDP). Tourism is becoming an increasingly important source of income which is no wonder, considering the natural, cultural and cosmopolitan attractions of this beautiful city and its warm and friendly inhabitants.

Language(s): Spanish and English.

Population: Approximately 3.5 million.

Political Status: Republic.

Area: 382 km²/237 sq miles.

Currency: Colombian Peso (COP).

Climate: Tropical monsoon climate with average temperature of 22°C/72°F.

Selected Main Attractions: Parque Explora (educational science and technology park for children), Museum of Antioquia, Palacio De Cultura Rafael Uribe, and Plaza Botero.

Shopping: With Medellín being well-known for its textile industry, local branded clothing can be very reasonable. The city is also famed for its leather products including shoes, belts, wallets and purses. February is the month of the big sales.

Electrical Current: 110 V, 60 Hz.

Upcoming events: July 29, 2011 - Feria de las Flores.

Visit Miami:

Other towns: Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Hialeah.

Language(s): English and Spanish.

Population: Approximately 5,414,712.

Area: 143.1 km²/55.27 sq miles.

Currency: US Dollars.

Climate: Tropical monsoon climate, with hot humid summers and short dry warm winters. Average temperature of 14.8 °C/58.6 °F.

Selected Main Attractions: South Beach, the Art Deco district, Miami Metro zoo, Miami Sea aquarium, Children’s museum, Everglades National Park, Coral Castle, Fruit and spice park, Fairchild tropical botanical garden, and Miami Museum of Science.

Shopping: Miami is well-known for its fabulous shopping in the numerous malls which include Dolphin Mall, Sawgrass Mills, Lincoln Road and Coco Walk.

Electrical Current: 120 V, 60 Hz.

Visit Puerto Rico:

Puerto Rico is a popular vacation destination, well-known for its majestic beaches and magnificent nature. Puerto Rico consists of the main island of Puerto Rico and various smaller islands. It is located in the NE Caribbean and is part of the Greater Antilles, which also include Cuba, Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic), and Jamaica.

As a self-governing unincorporated territory of the USA, Puerto Rico is not an independent country. Native Puerto Ricans have the status of USA citizens and USA federal law applies to Puerto Rico, even though it is not one of the states within the American Union.

In the course of the 20th century, Puerto Rico’s colonial agrarian economy was replaced by an economy primarily based on industry (pharmaceutical and petrochemical) and increasingly by services (financial sector and tourism). Although the Puerto Rican income per capita is lower than the average USA income, according to the World Bank, it stands out in the Caribbean region as a high income country.

Capital: San Juan (approx. 433,000).

Other towns: Bayamon (approx. 233,000); Ponce (approx. 190,000);
Mayagues (approx. 101,000).

Language(s): Spanish and English.

Population: Approximately 4 million.

Political Status: Republic.

Area: 9,104 km2/5.59 sq miles.

Currency: US Dollar (USD).

Climate: Hot, tropical climate with an average temperature of 82.4 °F/28 °C throughout the year.

Selected Main Attractions: Natural reserve Las Cabezas de San Juan and Piñones (famous for its beaches), the San Felipe de Morro fortress, the San Juan National historic site Casa Blanca (residence of the Spanish conquistador Ponce de Leon), the Children’s museum Museo del Niño, Museo de San Juan and the Luís Munoz Rivera Park in San Juan.

Shopping: Shopping mall Plaza Las Américas, Condado Area (design shops) and the Old San Juan town center for art galleries, small antique shops and souvenirs.

Electrical Current: 120 V, 60 Hz.

Visit Santo Domingo:

Santo Domingo is the perfect place from which to discover the beauty of the Dominican Republic with its golden beaches, tall mountains, lush valleys and friendly population. The city is located on the island’s S coast, from which (day) trips can be made to many attractive spots in the surrounding country. Being the very 1st settlement from where Europeans discovered and conquered the rest of the Americas, this city is crammed with historically significant buildings and offers an ample and interesting choice of museums. On the other hand, Santo Domingo has the reputation of being the Caribbean’s most bustling city with the largest variety of restaurants and night life and great shopping.

The Dominican Republic occupies a prominent position in the Caribbean: besides being the largest tourist destination, it boasts the region’s largest population and second largest economy. Though the country’s economy was long dominated by the production of sugar, services now form its main source of income, which accounts for its well-developed telecommunication network. The Dominican Republic is also famed for its cigars, rum, music and dancing (meringue!) and for its excellent golf facilities.

Capital: Santo Domingo (approx. 2,253,000).

Other towns: Santiago, San Perdo de Macorís, and Barahona.

Language(s): Spanish, English and French.

Population: Approximately 10 million.

Political Status: Republic.

Area: 48,442 km²/18,704 sq. miles.

Currency: Dominican Peso, US Dollars and EURO.

Climate: The temperature on the island remains fairly consistent at around 28.5°C/83.3°F throughout the year.

Selected Main Attractions: Museum Alcazar de Colon, Museum Casa Tostado, Columbus lighthouse, housing the remains of Christopher Columbus, Santo Domingo botanical Gardens, and Basilica Santa Maria la menor (oldest cathedral in the New World).

Shopping: Shopping venues in the 27 de Febrero Gustavo Mejia Ricart, including Plaza Central, Plaza Lama, Plaza Naco, Americana Departamentos, Hache, Acropolis, Plaza Bolera, Cuesta, and Bella Vista.

Electrical Current: 110 V, 60 Hz.

Visit St Maarten:

St Maarten stands out as an island where Caribbean island culture combines with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. It holds the record for being the smallest territory in the world ever to have been partitioned between 2 nations; this island has been harmoniously shared by The Netherlands and France for >350 years.

St Maarten is 1 of the 5 Dutch Caribbean island territories within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is 1 of the leeward (northern) Caribbean islands, located approximately 150 miles SE of Puerto Rico. The French part (roughly 2/3 of the island’s surface) stands for European sophistication with its secluded beaches, open air markets and shops, lining the waterfront in Mediterranean style. The Dutch part bustles with a combination of lively beaches, hotels, (duty–free) shops, casinos and a vibrant night life.

Capital: Philipsburg (Dutch side).

Other towns: Marigot (French side).

Language(s): English, Dutch and French.

Population: Approximately 41,000.

Political Status: Currently an island territory within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, planned to become an autonomous country.

Area: 87 km²/54 sq miles.

Currency: Dutch Antillean Guilder/Florin (AWG), EURO (French part), dollars are widely accepted.

Climate: Average year-round temperatures between 25 and 30c/66 and 86F.

Selected Main Attractions: Marigot, Ford Amsterdam, Simpson Bay, over 30 beaches and an ample selection of day trips by boat or car.

Shopping: Tax-free shopping in downtown Philipsburg, Marigot and the resorts, from jewelry to caviar to rum, cigars and (designer) clothing and accessories.

Electrical Current: Dutch part: 110 V, 60 Hz; French part: 220 volts, 50 Hz.

Visit Suriname:

Abundance is 1 of the prime characteristics of the country Suriname. The richness of its natural setting, in the middle of tropical rain forests and mighty rivers, is mirrored in its multi-ethnic population and exquisite, varied cuisine. Suriname is situated just north of the Equator, with French Guyana to its east, Guyana to its west and Brazil to its south, while the northern border is formed by its Atlantic coast. This former Dutch colony became independent in 1975 and is currently the only Dutch-speaking region in the Western Hemisphere outside of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In spite of the country’s touristic potential, its economy is still heavily dependent on mining and the export of aluminium oxide. In Suriname, there is much to be explored: in terms of its business opportunities as well as the country’s natural beauty and rich cultural and historical heritage.

Capital: Paramaribo.

Other towns: Albina; Lelydorp; and Nieuw Nickere.

Language(s): Dutch, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Sranan Tongo, Javanese, Maroon and other ethnic languages.

Population: Approximately 481,000.

Political Status: Constitutional democracy.

Area: 163,800 km²/101,283 sq miles.

Currency: Surinamese dollar (SRD) and US Dollar.

Climate: Tropical climate with 2 dry seasons and an average temperature of 27 °C/80.6 °F and 2 rainy seasons.

Selected Main Attractions: The Suriname Museum, housed in Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Onafhankelijkheidsplein with the Palm garden behind it, Cola Creek, Galibi nature reserve (sea turtle nesting area), Brownsberg nature park and the Raleighvallen (waterfalls).

Shopping: Paramaribo for gold and silver, jewelry, electronics, clothing and gifts.

Electrical Current: 110 V/60 Hz and 220V/50Hz.

Visit Valencia:

Valencia is the capital city of the Carabobo State and the 3rd largest city of Venezuela, located 180 km west of the capital Caracas. Valencia lies in a central valley, surrounded by a mountain range called the Coastal Range (Cordillera de la Costa). On the eastern outskirts of the city lies Lake Valencia, Venezuela's 2nd largest lake. Valencia is a booming industrial city whose polite inhabitants and clean streets make it very special. The city is also the seat of the University of the Venezuelan state Carabobo. Downtown Valencia has beautiful old buildings that have been restored, like The Capitol, the local government headquarters. Valencia also has many interesting museums exhibiting fine objects and documents of its historical past. The city is an economic hub that contains Venezuela's top industries and manufacturing companies.

Language(s): Spanish and dialects like Wayuu, Warao, Pemon and Kariña.

Population: About 2,227,000.

Political Status: A City within the Venezuelan state Carabobo.

Area: 4,650 km²/1.794.9 sq miles.

Currency: Bolivar Fuerte (VEF) and US Dollars.

Climate: Average temperature between 18.5 and 32.6°C/65.3 and 90.7 °F.

Selected Main Attractions: Museo de la Ciudad, Iturriza Palace or Quinta Isabela, la casa Paez museum, Negra Hipólita Park or Fernando Peñalver Park, Valencia Aquarium and Las Dunas Amusement Park.

Shopping: Main shopping malls: Sambil and Metropolis.

Electrical Current: 120 V, 60 Hz.

December 2006: Insel Air (INS)'s 1st MD-83 (49449, PJ-MDA), Air Adriatic (AZD) wet-leased, seen at Curacao - see photo, ex-(9A-CBJ).

January 2007: Jet airplane service was introduced with the MD-83.

December 2008: 4x-weekly to Miami operated by its MD-83, as the national carrier.

February 2009: For information regarding cargo services please contact mas@madurosons.com

June 2009: Insel Air (INS) will operate weekly, Miami to Bonaire service beginning July 4 aboard an MD-80.

September 2009: MD-82 (49434, PJ-MDC), AerGo Leasing leased, ex-(N434AG).

December 2009: MD-82 (49972, PJ-MDD), delivery, ex-(N972AG).

August 2010: Insel Air (INS) is a privately-owned carrier operating scheduled jet airplane services linking 12 destinations in Aruba, Bonaire, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, St Maarten, Surinam, Miami, and Venezuela.

(IATA) Code: 7I - 958. (ICAO) Code: INC - (Callsign - INSELAIR).

Main Base: Curacao airport (CUR).

Destinations: Aruba; Barquisimento; Bonaire; Brazil; the Dominican Republic; Haiti; Las Piedras; Miami; Paramaribo; Port-Au-Prince; Santo Domingo; St Maarten; Surinam; Valencia; and Venezuela.

May 2011: Insel Air (INS) will launch 2x-weekly, Charlotte to Curacao service on June 22.

November 2011: InselAir (INS) has revealed plans to establish a new carrier based in Aruba aiming to launch service early next year as part of strategy to grow long-haul flights and expand in South America. Initially, "InselAir Aruba" plans to inaugurate flights in January, building up flights to the Caribbean and Central and South America including Cuba, Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela. InselAir (INS) already flies to some of those points from Curacao.

InselAir Aruba Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Albert Kluyver explained Aruba captures higher levels of point-to-point traffic than its Curacao base, and cited Aruba's strong brand recognition. Kluyver said in the near future, InselAir Aruba plans long-haul flights to Toronto and Sao Paulo, joining flights to Miami and Florida that InselAir (INS) offers from Curacao.

The MD-83 airplane InselAir (INS) plans to operate on the 6.5 hour flight to Toronto are flown with an engine modification designed to cut fuel burn by -10%, said Kluyver.

InselAir (INS)'s operating fleet in 2012 will reach 13 airplanes: 7 MD-80s (3 MD-83s, 4 MD-82s), 3 Fokker F 50s purchased from (KLM) earlier this year, and 3 Embraer EMB-110P Bandeirantes. 1 MD-83 and 2 of the Fokkers will be based in Aruba.

Kluyver is less worried about competitive pressure as InselAir (INS) embarks on an expansion and said the biggest challenges the airline faces are of the "regional and political nature", and include securing landing rights and favorable airport rates.

InselAir (INS) has no plans to stop with the launch of an operation from Aruba. Kluyver said (INS) is talking to different countries "for which there is large interest by them and us" to establish bases in those regions.

November 2012: Dutch Antilles Express (DAX) launched flights on the route from the Caribbean island of Curaçao (CUR) to Paramaribo (PBM) in Suriname in northern South America on November 19. Services on the 1,700 km route will depart with daily frequencies and will be operated using 1 of (DAX)’s 3 Fokker F 100s. Competition on the route comes from another Curaçao-based carrier, Insel Air (INS), which serves the route with 3x-weekly flights.

January 2013: Insel Air (INS) and (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines signed a code share agreement. The 2 carriers signed an interline agreement in July 2011.

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) has criticized a +150% increase in taxes and landing fees at Curacao Airport. Curacao Airport Partners (the international consortium that manages Curacao International Airport) announced the hike November 30 and made it effective December 1.

According to (ALTA), the increase includes all passenger facility charges (PFCs) and landing fees.

The organization has sent an official message to the Minister of Traffic, Transport & Regional Planning of Curacao, protesting the “unjustified measure to increase airport revenues at the expense of passengers and carriers.” “Raising taxes by +150% from 1 day to the next is drastic and unheard of,” the organization stated. It pointed out that “although the Curacao airport authority will assume the cost of the (PFC) increase on tickets previously sold at a price that included the existing (PFC), if the flight date on said tickets is within 3 months of the new charges becoming effective, carriers will be forced to absorb the additional taxes on tickets already sold for flights departing after February 28, 2013.” (ALTA) and its 35 airline members called the initiative “deplorable,” contrary to (ICAO)’s recommended practices and detrimental to Curacao’s tourism. The organization said the industry supports 5.4 million jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean and $125 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the region, while 4 million additional jobs are supported “through the catalytic impacts of travel and tourism.”

Airline groups are joining forces to protest Curacao Airport’s +150% fee increase in taxes and landing fees. Curacao Airport Partners (CAP) (the international consortium that manages Curacao International Airport) announced the hike on November 30, 2012 and made it effective on December 1, 2012.

Earlier this month, Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) criticized the fees and sent an official message to the Minister of Traffic, Transport & Regional Planning of Curacao, protesting the “unjustified measure to increase airport revenues at the expense of passengers and carriers.”

(IATA) and the Curacao Airline Association (CAA) are now joining the protest and are leading a coalition of aviation groups to reinforce the industry’s concern “over the significant increases in landing fees and passenger facility charges imposed on passengers and airlines operating to Curacao.”

Representatives from the three organizations met Curacao’s Minister of Transportation, Earl Balborda, criticizing the fees “imposed by Curacao Airport Partners on only 3 days’ notice and without prior consultation or transparency,” (ALTA) announced.

The organization said that “significant funds previously paid by airlines and passengers remain unused in the hands of Curacao Airport Holding and dividends are being paid to (CAP)’s owners.” (IATA) Regional VP Latin American & Caribbean, Patricio Sepulveda said, “Tourism is vital to Curacao’s economy and all stakeholders need to work together to ensure aviation can continue to play a vital role in the country’s economy.”

(CAA) President Germaine Richie pointed out that “not only is Curacao’s 1 of the most expensive airports to operate, but we are downgraded to CAT II by the (FAA) for not having followed rules and regulations, which continues to be the case even after the downgrading.” Richie added it is necessary “to halt this way of proceeding so as to bring transparency and due process in our negotiations with all the stakeholders involved.”

November 2013: InselAir (INS) will open its long-planned Aruba base in December, as it continues expansion by adding Boeing MD-80s and Fokker F 70s. (INS) will launch its new Aruba subsidiary with 1 MD-80 and plans to add a 2nd in March 2014, said its President & (CEO) Albert Kluyver.

Aruba will also be the base for 2 of 4 Fokker F 70s (INS) is buying from (KLM), he said.

The 1st Fokker F 70 will arrive in April 2014 for certification purposes, with the 2nd following in June and the final 2 in August, said Kluyver. The type will enter service with (INS) in June, he said.

(INS) flies 7 MD-80s, 3 Embraer EMB-110s and 3 Fokker F 50s.

The launch of the Aruba subsidiary comes >1 year after InselAir (INS) received traffic rights to fly to the USA and Venezuela, and 2 years after it announced plans for the operation.

The new airplanes will allow (INS) to continue growing passenger numbers by about +20% to +25% per year, says Kluyver. (INS) plans to add destinations in South America (including Cali, Manaus and Costa Rican capital San Jose) and others in the Caribbean, including Havana, Punta Cana and San Juan, with a focus on flows between the 2 regions.

"We can do it," he said on (INS)’s expansion plans. "The market is there."

February 2014: Route Network Update for Insel Air (INS):
Insel Air ((IATA) Code:7I, based at Curacao) (INS) network changes:
New route: Aruba to La Romana starting April 12, 2014.
New route: Curacao to La Romana starting April 14, 2014.
New route: La Romana to Aruba starting April 12, 2014.
New route: La Romana to Curacao starting April 14, 2014.

April 2014: InselAir Aruba, which operates with the (ICAO) code of 8I, has begun non-stop flights from Aruba (AUA) to Miami, Florida (MIA). The new 4x-weekly service was launched on April 11th and will be operated by the airline’s MD-83s. The 1,820 km route is already served by American Airlines (AAL) with 2x-daily, and Surinam Airways (SUR), with 3x-weekly flights. According to Frederick Nuboer (CEO) of InselAir Aruba, “This is, for many reasons, a very important route for Aruba. 4x-weekly to Miami will give passengers from both Aruba as well as Miami more travel flexibility. It’s important that a local carrier services this route as all InselAir Aruba employees, such as maintenance (MT) personnel, crew and pilots (FC) are recruited locally and directly benefit the local economy.” Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T González, said: “We enthusiastically welcome InselAir Aruba as our newest international airline partner. (MIA) offers more flights to the Caribbean than any other USA airport, and this new service represents another strong option for passengers who want quick, easy access to this beautiful region.”

August 2014: Insel Air (INS) has launched non-stop service between Aruba (AUA) and Paramaribo (PBM), the capital of Surinam. The 2x-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service on the 1,806 km route was started on August 18 using (INS)’s MD-83s. Competition is provided by Surinam Airways (SUR) who operate the route with 3x-weekly 737-300 flights. Those passengers who want to travel between Aruba and Paramaribo on other days of the week have the option to travel with Insel Air (INS) via Curacao on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

2 F 50s (20278, P4-KVL; 20288, P4-KVM) ex-(HK-4496 & HK-4497), and 2 F 70s (11528, P4-FKA; 11537, P4-FKB) ex-(PJ-JCH & PH-JCT) deliveries.

December 2014: InselAir (INS), on December 15th, began a 3x-weekly (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) service between Curaçao (CUR) and Port of Spain (POS) in Trinidad & Tobago. The 850 km route will be served with (INS)’s 80-seat Fokker F 70s and faces competition from Surinam Airways (SUR)’s 4x-weekly. Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain becomes (INS)’ 20th destination.

February 2015: Havana Air (based at Miami International) (HAV) has chartered an MD-82 from InselAir Aruba ((IATA) Code: 8I, based at Aruba) (INS) for use on its Miami International to Camagüey and Santa Clara de Cuba services. MD-82 (49972, P4-MDD) was recently spotted in Curacao sporting the Floridian virtual carrier's titles and logo.

(HAV) operates 4x-weekly charter flights between Miami and Havana, as well as to 2x-weekly flights to Camagüey and Santa Clara de Cuba.

June 2015: News Item A-1: InselAir ((IATA) Code: 7I, based at Curacao) (INS) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Albert Kluyver, said his airline is looking to add an undisclosed number of used A319-100s to its fleet, as it prepares to expand its route network.

(INS) currently serves various Caribbean islands, the USA, Colombia, Venezuela, Suriname, northern Brazil, and Guyana using a fleet of 6 Fokker 50s, 3 MD-82s, and 1 MD-82 with an overall average fleet age of 24.8 years.

According to Kluyver, InselAir (INS) will initially acquire 2 A319s, thus allowing it to serve destinations such as São Paulo Guarulhos and Buenos Aires Ezeiza in Brazil and Argentina, respectively.

(INS) also operates an Aruban subsidiary, InselAir Aruba ((IATA) Code: 8I, based at Aruba), whose own fleet consists of 3 Fokker F 70s, 1 MD-82, and 2 MD-83s making for an overall mean age of 20.7 years.

InselAir (INS) currently operates 10 airplanes, and serves 15 countries, to 23 destinations, 26 routes and 54 daily flights.

News Item A-2: InselAir (INS) is planning to acquire 4 more Fokker 70s from (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines this year adding to the 3 it bought in July 2014. (CEO) Albert Kluyver told (CAPA) in an interview that (INS)' board is still considering the purchase which, if concluded, would see 2 delivered in early 2016 and 2 more in early 2017.

The (CEO) added that InselAir (INS) is also planning to acquire 1 more MD-80 series airplane adding to the 4 MD-82s and 3 MD-83s already in service with both it and its InselAir Aruba ((IATA) Code 8I, based in Aruba) subsidiary.

However, unlike the Fokker Aircraft (Woensdrecht), which will be used to grow (INS)' extensive Caribbean and Latin American scheduled route network, the added McDonnell Douglas twinjet will be used on charter flights between Miami International and Havana International, Cuba which Insel Air Aruba expects to launch during the 3rd quarter.

(INS) recently announced it would acquire an undisclosed number of A319-100s for use on flights to southern Brazil and Argentina.

In all, (INS) is looking to tap into demand for premium travel and is now set to reconfigure its MD-XX fleet with a 2-class layout featuring a new 8C-seat Business Class cabin.

July 2015: Fokker Services recently delivered its 500th Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution to InselAir (INS).


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March 2019:

2 MD-82 (JT8D-217C) (1078-48021, /83 PJ-MDB; 1446-49434, /88 PJ-MDC 2009-09), EX-(ZS-OPU) & (N434AG). AERGO LEASING (CLJ) LEASED. 16C, 134Y.

3 MD-82 (JT8D-217C) (1755-49971, /90 PJ-MDE; 1757-49972, /90 PJ-MDD, 2009-12 SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "INS-MD-82 ARUBA SUBSIDIARY"), EX-(N972AG). AERGO LEASING LEASED. 49972 LEASED TO INSELAIR ARUBA 2011-11. 152Y.

3 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1354-49449, /87 PJ-MDA "LUCKY NUMBER 7" - SEE PHOTO; 1740-53014, /90 PJ-MDF), (AZD) WET-LEASED 2006-12. 167Y.

3 EMBRAER EMB-110P1 BANDEIRANTE (PT6A-34) (110261, /80 PJ-VIC; 110382, /81 PJ-VIP; 110387, /82 PJ-VIA), 19Y.

5 FOKKER F 50 (20211, /91 PJ-KVI; 20218, /91 PJ-KVI; 20219, /91 PJ-KVK; 20278, P4-KVL; 20288, P4-KVM), EX-(PH-KVG; PH-KVI; PH-KVK) 2011-07. 50Y.

2 FOKKER F 70 (11528, P4-FKA; 11537, P4-FKB), EX-(PJ-JCH & PH-JCT), 2014-08.


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