|By Dr. Director (BonaireTalker - Post #49) on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 8:01 am:|
Just returned from Bonaire trip 13, flying BonairExpress through Aruba this time, and here are my observations and recommendations.
|By Lydia S. Segal (BonaireTalker - Post #65) on Sunday, May 8, 2005 - 4:28 pm:|
Thanks for the level of detail in your report.
|By Kelly Baum (JATCCM) (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #2604) on Monday, May 9, 2005 - 12:27 pm:|
Maybe silly question, but what is the difference between Bonaire Exel and Bonaire Express? Is it the same airline?
|By Dr. Director (BonaireTalker - Post #50) on Monday, May 9, 2005 - 12:30 pm:|
Seats were assigned at the airport. Had seats 10 A&C (near the back of the airplane) on the way to BON and Seats 1 D&F (rearward facing, but with some extra legroom) on the way back to AUA. Both rows were fine. Aircraft is boarded via the door at the rear of the airplane but not in any particular order. No issues clearing customs or retrieving bags on the way into Bonaire as most people use the "residents only" lane and travel light. Larger carry-on bags (i.e., small suitcases that normally fit in the overhead compartments of full-size jets) were left at and retrieved from the foot of the stairs on the way to BON. On the return flight, they were just placed our 1 carry-on suitcase into a small compartment at the top of the airstairs immediately after boarding the aircraft. Not an issue either way.
|By Brigitte Kley - Coco Palm Garden (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #295) on Monday, May 9, 2005 - 2:27 pm:|
Kelly, it's the same .... Bonaire Exel changed name a few weeks ago as there are many problems including money laundry at parts of the Exel group in Holland (there are quite a number of Exels in different parts of Europe with different owners). The BonExel had its own owner but to not be liable etc they changed name.
|By Dr. Director (BonaireTalker - Post #51) on Monday, May 9, 2005 - 5:17 pm:|
The name on the side of each of the two ATR-42 airplanes I saw on the ground in BON before my 11 AM flight to Aruba both said "BonairExpress". One of the tails had a "BE" on it; the other an "AE" (and I am not talking about the aircraft registration numbers here). Don't know why the slightly difference tail schemes.
|By Benji Beaujon (BonaireTalker - Post #17) on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 7:44 pm:|
The reason one of the planes says be = Bonairexpress and the EA stands for exel aviation they never took it off the the tail, it used to belong to arubaexel.
|By Bonnie (BonaireTalker - Post #48) on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 1:53 pm:|
I'm a little confused about getting tickets for BE. Can tix be purchased ahead of time? or can a reservation be made ahead of time? Or are we arriving in Aruba with our fingers crossed hoping to make the next plane?? (gulp)
|By Cathy Smith (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 5:16 pm:|
We were able to purchase our BE tickets for September (Aruba-Bonaire and return) online with our American Express card. But there is an extra charge for currency conversion. My understanding from other posts is that it is paid for but you must take your confirmation to the ticket window and get your actual tickets in Aruba.
|By Andrew Voss (BonaireTalker - Post #19) on Saturday, May 14, 2005 - 7:45 am:|
As I've posted elsewhere on this board, it's possible to get BE paper tickets issued by an agent in the States (we used Carlson Wagonlit), and I've heard that any Delta ticketing agent can also issue paper tickets. Others have posted that e-tickets are now available purchased directly from BE over the Internet -- I don't know whether BE treats an e-ticket the same as paper -- i.e., whether you can avoid the ticketing agent kiosk at the Aruba airport and go directly to the check-in desk to get your boarding pass. That's the goal, from my perspective. I would secure at least a BE reservation before your arrival in Aruba. Planes were packed when we traveled in February, mostly local folks traveling between Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire, it seemed to me.
|By Jim Woodward (BonaireTalker - Post #47) on Monday, May 16, 2005 - 2:35 pm:|
I did a google search for bonairexpress and one that came up is an as yet undeveloped site
|By Jake Richter - NetTech (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5467) on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 1:58 am:|
Actually, their new site will likely be www.bonairexpress.an
|By Dr. Director (BonaireTalker - Post #53) on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 12:37 pm:|
E-mail from them is now coming from "@bonairexpress.an". The address provided by Jake presently redirects you to the older BonairExcel website, but I suspect that will change soon.
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