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Formed in 2001. Set up with assistance from Air Holland (HOL), and with staff from Air Aruba (AAU), who ceased flying in October 2002.
Scheduled, regional & international, passenger and cargo, jet airplane services in the Caribbean.
Aruba: Island in the Caribbean. 193 Sq Km. Capital city: Oranjestad. Official language: Dutch. Population: 0.1 million.
December 2002: Preparations made to start operations to neighboring islands and coastal cities in Venezuela with 2 Embraer 120 Brasilias. However, due to the limited operations permit obtained from the Netherlands Antilles regulatory authority, the operations were put on hold. Later, filings have been completed for permits to serve Venezuela (Caracas and Valencia), and Colombia (Medellin) and other regional destinations such as St Maarten, Santo Domingo, Port au Prince, Port of Spain, in addition to Curacao and Bonaire with DC-9-10's.
2 DC-9's, Capital Aircraft leased for service to Venezuela, Trinidad, and St Maarten.
April 2003: Receives authorization to begin service.
(Telephone: +297 883300). (FAX: +297 829380).
Parent organization/shareholders: MCI Group.
June 2003: Aruba - Fort Lauderdale. Aruba - Bonaire, Curacao, Caracas, and St Maarten (DC-9). Plans to operate a DC-9F for all-cargo services.
October 2003: In December, code share with Viva International (QUD), Curacao - Aruba - Fort Lauderdale (737, (FAX) wet-leased). Also, code share with Air Holland (HOL), Aruba - Surinam.
November 2003: DC-9-14 (19-45725, N600ME), Centec Aviation leased.
April 2004: Royal Aruban Airlines (RAN) operates regional and international services. Initial services link Aruba and Curacao with Fort Lauderdale.
Parent organization/shareholders: Eric Hagens (80%); & Caribbean Airlines Investment Group (20%).
International, Scheduled Destinations: Bogota; Bonaire; Caracas; Curacao; Medellin; Santo Domingo; & St Maarten.