|By David Fox on Sunday, April 8, 2001 - 8:50 pm:|
Well, I have secured a flight to Bonaire that does not include ALM or Air Jamaica. I am flying from San Francisco thru Dallas thru San Juan and on to Bonaire. This flight is on American and their new service from San Juan to Bonaire on American Eagle. I don't know if this is good or bad, We'll see. What I do know is I got a great price, $663.00 round trip from California.
|By Kerri Freeman on Sunday, April 8, 2001 - 10:14 pm:|
Oh, goodie, someone else gets to experiment for a change. Luck to ya, David. Am.Eagle is starting 3 a day Toronto to Boston about same date. Another possible egress for Josie? me? et al? Possible better prices.
|By David Fox on Sunday, April 8, 2001 - 10:23 pm:|
Kerri, Ive flown American Eagle all over the US into small cities that American does not service like Charleston. They have proven to be reliable, at least here at home. With all of the horror stories about ALM here I wasn't willing to take the chance. This may prove to be no better, but at least I have a track record with them and at the very least I will get my frequent flier miles no matter how long it takes me to get there!
|By Kerri Freeman on Monday, April 9, 2001 - 3:16 am:|
Thanks David. Only know 'em from mentions on the boards, and we can be quite testy about airlines. You may need a re-cert with a flight that long (lol) Wish you good trip. Josie, here's one for you. Virgin starts Toronto/London flights about same date. Haven't seen fare schedules yet,but nifty commercials. Maybe some good deals since they're trying to shake up Air Canada who certainly deserves it. Kate Tymstra is right about their bad attitude and worse booking arrangements. Can.3000 has merged yet again. Hoping one of them keeps Bonaire.
|By Linda Densmore on Monday, April 9, 2001 - 11:40 am:|
David how many times will you switch planes? We will try that next time we go. We did American to Curacao and ALM to bonaire but it took two days and four different airplanes from Portland Oregon. Have fun! We didn't meet anyone else from the west coast while we were there. It is definetly worth the time it takes to get there!
|By Lorraine Meadows on Monday, April 9, 2001 - 6:05 pm:|
I am curious about the American Eagle flight too. when we booked this yr it was just a "rumor" on the site(quote my travel agent)wondering how those flights might work from NY. Please keep us posted.
|By Rosemary Beck on Monday, April 9, 2001 - 8:48 pm:|
I investigated the American Eagle flights---starting in Tucson. Many logistics didn't work for us, but one thing caught my attention. The American Eagle flight was leaving Bonaire at something like 6:30 in the morning. Since we aren't supposed to dive within 24 hours of a scheduled flight, that means the entire last day on Bonaire can't be a diving day. With the other airlines, the flights seem to leave late in the afternoon so that a morning dive the day before is possible. Since everyone seems to try to get in as many dives as possible, that could be a deciding factor. Just my 2 cents......
|By David Fox on Monday, April 9, 2001 - 9:50 pm:|
To all, I will be flying SFO to Miami (plane 1) Miami to San Juan (plane 2)and San Juan to Bonaire (plane 3). So three planes, two changes. It is only one more change than my usual flights say to Maine or Mexico. And yes Rosemary, the plane does leave at 6:30am from Bonaire. This was prefered by me since it gets me home the same day and fairly early in the day on Saturday so that I have Sunday to get some rest before work on Monday. As far as the no diving on Friday, that is the day that I will do my sight seeing of all the wonderful places on Bonaire. Have a great dinner and a good nights rest for the flight back home.
|By Kerri Freeman on Monday, April 9, 2001 - 11:23 pm:|
You're a good sport,David. Hope it's everything you planned.
|By Lorraine Meadows on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 - 1:47 pm:|
A friend of mine said that Delta just started flying into Aruba recently from JFK, what about a a hook up to Bonaire, not for this time but I'm wondering if that would work, anyone know anything? Waiting to hear of your report too, David.
|By Glen Reem on Wednesday, April 11, 2001 - 1:51 pm:|
Bonaire Reporter today relates that AE has agreements
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Wednesday, April 11, 2001 - 3:15 pm:|
The June start for the Aruba/Bonaire flights is not yet confirmed. I've also heard that one plan may be to have the flights overnight on Bonaire (much like the currently schedule San Juan flight will), meaning a late evening arrival from Aruba, and an early morning departure back to Aruba. However, even that is not definite.
|By George Thom Thomas on Thursday, April 26, 2001 - 3:17 pm:|
|By Glen Reem on Sunday, June 3, 2001 - 5:59 pm:|
The inaugural American Eagle flight San Juan-Bonaire was totally unremarkable--just what the traveller wants. My flight to SJ was on time. The departure from SJ on time as was the arrival in Bonaire. Plane full of paying passengers-1st AE inaugural flight to be so. Bonaire travel notables aboard so I am sure AE took some extra care but it looks as though Bonaire has another professional airline connection.
|By Kerri Freeman on Sunday, June 3, 2001 - 9:01 pm:|
Good man,Glen! Thanks. You've earned your R and R.
|By Barry Gassert on Sunday, June 3, 2001 - 9:12 pm:|
Glen, Have a great time and give G a hug and kiss from me. Later.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Tuesday, June 5, 2001 - 12:53 pm:|
What was not routine on Saturday were the thousand plus people at the Flamingo International Airport on Saturday to greet the arrival of the first scheduled American Eagle flight. Linda and I got there about 30 minutes after the flight landed and it was still one big party, with speeches being made, drinks being given out, etc. Apparently there were fireworks too (I heard them but didn't see them). Definitely a nice way to great American Eagle to Bonaire!
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