|By Sue Goodman (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #117) on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 6:15 pm:|
Found this interesting link on the AJ website today. There's no date, so I'm not sure when this went into effect:
|By Carole Baker (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4745) on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 9:03 pm:|
Thanks, Sue. I wonder what the aircraft numbers were before these numbers you have listed. Is that from the AJ website? I guess some of the changes they are making have already been occurring in the4 Boston, BWI, Houston, etc. routes.
|By Israel A. Sanchez (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #163) on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 9:27 pm:|
Sue, I remember reading that message in early january. Carole, my wife and I will be flying on Sunday 20 from Newark to MB, and then Bonaire. I've been tracking the departing flights, and they have been leaving pretty much on time, the only exception being the day we had snow. The returning flights are a whole different story. When I purchased the tickets, our flight from MB to EWR was supposed to arrive at 9:40 p.m. Now it's scheduled to arrive at 11:40 p.m. and from what I've been tracking, it's not uncommon for the airline to have been arriving as late as 1:00 am. I'm carrying 3 books with me just in case. Keep your fingers crossed, we'll keep you posted. Coach Izzy
|By Sue Goodman (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #118) on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 11:01 pm:|
|By Susan Funnell (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 1:07 pm:|
Thanks to all on BT - after reading so many posts indicating problems with AJ, I called to verify my flights for the 23rd (yippeee - only a week to go!!). The flight from Boston has been cancelled, and they had re-booked us on an American flight. Because I knew two weeks ahead of time, I was able to call AA and get seats (which AJ wasn't able to do). There are only six seats left on the San Juan - Bonaire flight. If they were to overbook that flight I do believe we might have been spending the first night in the San Juan airport had I not called ahead. At least now I have a confirmation number from American and (technically) have seats on the planes. The bottom line - call and verify ahead of time!
|By Ann Phelan (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1732) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 1:10 pm:|
Susan, Air Jamaica cancelled the Wed. flight from BOS about a month or so ago. You are very lucky to have made the change. Safe trip.
|By Linda Stoltzfus (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #549) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 1:53 pm:|
|By Susan Funnell (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 2:03 pm:|
|By Rod Childs (BonaireTalker - Post #17) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 2:22 pm:|
We just got home last night from Bonaire and AJ is really messing up the flights. Keep checking your flights up to the day of departure. Our flight out of Philly on the 6th was canceled and we were lucky enough to get rebooked via US Air and made the MB connection. Our friends were not so lucky and got routed on AA through San Juan and had a 4 or 5 hour lay over. Coming home was a mess last night. Flight out of Bonaire late by a couple of hours - in MB sat on the runway for an hour and they used a charter flight (Falcon Air) for the plane. I splurged on First Class seats for this trip and guess what - no First Class on Falcon Air. Very small seats and limited service (no booze). Got into Philly at midnight. Guess we were lucky - one poor couple flew out of Curaco to Bonire to MB to Philly (had to spend the night) while trying to get to Atlanta.
|By Rod Childs (BonaireTalker - Post #18) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 3:32 pm:|
Ahhhh AJ just sent me an automated reply, apparently a Human will get back to me within 96 hours. Glad they didn't over commit themselves.
|By Vince DePietro (BonaireTalker - Post #78) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 4:00 pm:|
Sue Goodman..Sounds like you were on my flight (Montego Bay to Newark on Sat Feb 26)..I didn't get home till 7:00AM & THEN had to snowblow my driveway.. I honestly thought there was going to be some physical altercations between some of the passengers & the AJ personnel. At any rate, I was just so glad that I did not have to spend the next 24-48 hours on Jamaica. AJ has really dropped precipitously in my book!
|By Ron Ruesch (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 4:35 pm:|
I wish we would have known all the problems AJ has been having with flights before we booked our tickets. We do not leave for Bonaire for another 4 weeks so maybe AJ will have some of this straightened out by then (hopefully it will not be worse). Its too bad when people have to go through so much BS with airlines while trying to take a vacation, sort of ruins the whole thing.
|By Joanie (BonaireTalker - Post #20) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 4:59 pm:|
We flew 2/16 AJ EWR to BON and returned 3/2. Trip down was good. Our flight home, was 40 min late out of BON, made the MB, EWR flight with no problem. They did cancel the MB to JFK, and combine them, went to EWR and bused JFK people to New York. They MB to EWR flight was chartered and run by North American Air.
|By Daren Daniels (BonaireTalker - Post #17) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 7:18 pm:|
It sounds like AJ is a bad idea. Have people had terrible experiences with the AA route via SJU? At least AA is in sound order, unlike AJ.
|By C Poteet (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #249) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 7:36 pm:|
|By Carol Eddy (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #498) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 7:37 pm:|
We have AJ flights booked out of Atlanta on the 26th. We have called and checked a couple of times and were assured everything was still "as scheduled". After reading Sue's post last night, we called AJ again to "double-check". Seems that the AJ flight from Atlanta to MB has been changed to a Delta flight. We are using Delta bonus miles and are actually flying Delta into Atlanta, so we were concerned that out seats were still confirmed. A call to Delta confirmed that they were indeed making that flight for AJ on the 26th - apparently AJ has "contracted" with Delta to provide the plane and crew - all seat assignments etc are supposed to stay the same. The flight to Bonaire is still AJ and at this point in time the flight back from MB to Atlanta on April 2 is still an actual AJ plane. We will be double-triple-quadruple checking before we leave.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5396) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 7:39 pm:|
|By Susan Taft (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #456) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 8:42 pm:|
Jake, here's hoping you did not just jinx yourself on AA!! Charles, AA has added more flights to Bonaire beginning in April. Like all I am watching this closely as we have flown AA, Air Jamaica and USAir to Aruba then BE. All this after also having done the old ALM route from Curacao years ago. In July we are doing AA but next month I am doing Air Jamaica -- chose that route because I am going alone this trip and did not want the long lay-over alone in SJ. Am keeping my fingers crossed that I won't be spending too much time in Jamaica!! Thanks to all for keeping this updated.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5397) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 8:56 pm:|
I did knock on wood as I wrote that above ;-)
|By Jeffrey Rein (BonaireTalker - Post #19) on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 10:21 pm:|
I was supposed to be on the AJ JFK to MB on 2/26 which was cancelled 4 days prior to the flight. AJ booked us on a 5am Delta flight from JFK to Atlanta then Atlanta to MB then from MB to BON. The MB to BON flight left 1hr late because the crew was not "legal" because they came in 1 hour late the night before. We were assured the Bonaire flight will be held up for us. (It was because it was the same plane that was being used). All in all the Air Jamaica staff were very accomdating and helpful. The only problem was that we arrived in Bonaire on Saturday 2/26 and my dive gear arrived there on Wednesday March 2. I do think this was Delta's fault in the changeover in Atlanta though even though my other 2 bags made it all the way through. On the way home, on 3/5 The Bonaire to MB flight was fine and so was the MB to JFK which did leave a little late but i think that was due to the fact that they added extra passengers. There was an American Airlines plane earlier that day in which a food truck hit the plane so the plane couldn't fly to JFk so they tried to get as many of those passengers on the AJ flight as possible
|By Susan Porter (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #123) on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 7:12 am:|
|By Rod Childs (BonaireTalker - Post #20) on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 9:28 am:|
Daren If you are planning on the AA to SJU and SJU to BON there is a 4 or 5 hour layover in SJU if you fly in on an early morning flight.
|By Tom Cousino (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1535) on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 10:21 am:|
Susan T, AJ routed Smack and I through Aruba on American and BonaireExel in October. Just a thought.
|By Susan Taft (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #457) on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 11:40 am:|
Tom, I have been checking weekly with AJ and as of now they assure me the flights are set but I know that can change in a heartbeat. Biggest concern is the trip home as I need to be at work the next morning .... schools frown on teachers not returning from vacation!!
|By Robert Grover (BonaireTalker - Post #61) on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 12:10 pm:|
|By Carl Pflanzer (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #151) on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 12:36 pm:|
I found that all the flights through San Juan via American had a 26 hour flight time on them - overnight stay in San Juan. How did you folks get around that?
|By George Blanchard (BonaireTalker - Post #75) on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 12:43 pm:|
We just booked AA through SJU for our next trip. AA informed us that they are adding AE flights and will be flying daily to Bonaire during the busy tourist seasons. This is good news. By the way Carl, we arrive in SJU from Miami at 4:20PM and depart at 5:50PM. Check the AA website for flight times, I think you can do better.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5400) on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 12:49 pm:|
|By Rich Riggs (BonaireTalker - Post #14) on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 1:05 pm:|
I just wish Delta or US Air would fly into Bonaire. Its a nice place to dive...but heck to get to.
|By Benji Beaujon (BonaireTalker - Post #14) on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 7:56 pm:|
AJ Sold 3 of there planes and dropped several routes including Heathrow and anguilla ( not that it will bother u in any way )Which means that AJ haz 17 Planes now with a few on the ground.
|By Freddie Hughes (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5965) on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 8:01 pm:|
for a 13 year old Benji you sure get alot of information!! Whatz up with that??
|By Wally and Eva (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #730) on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 12:14 am:|
He's an AJ pilot perhaps
|By Rod Childs (BonaireTalker - Post #21) on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 12:25 am:|
Debbie; It was at Monte's Divi, but I heard it has been seen around Klein
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