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ROYAL ARUBIAN AIR
I just recieved an email today from a manager at Royal Arubian Air... It is copied/pasted below. Lets keep our fingers crossed that they make it this time. I sent him a response suggesting that they select a departure time from Aruba to Bonaire that is later in the day so that the in bound flights from the U.S. will arrive in time to make a transfer. It does not help us much if we have to overnite in Aruba. Unless they have multiple flights per day, this will be hard to do. I hope they can get to the schedule their site originially stated.
"According to trustworthy information, we will be granted our Air Operating Certificate (AOC) by the Aruba Civil Aviation Department on July 17. This being the case we are planning an official start-up of commercial operations on July 30, 2002.
In the beginning stages we will be operating one daily flight to Bonaire, leaving Aruba at 1:15 p.m., with a return flight scheduled to leave Bonaire at 2:20 p.m. In the next couple of days we will open our reservation system for online reservations.
Thank you for your interest in Royal Aruban Airlines.
Manager PR "
Great idea. I had gotten an email a while back about their starting up and the more limited flight schedule, which would not work for us, as you stated without overnights. So I just emailed
him with suggested times for potential customers, like us who are coming into Aur too late to
get their connections.
I would suggest to the rest of you, who might also
find this a viable alternative to getting to Bon
to write to him. Maybe it will help. Lydia
Rory Arends at
Within two hours of writing Rory at RAA I got the
following email. Ok, everyone start writing to him..Lydia (his message is cut and pasted below)
Thank you for your comments. We will take a second look at the possibilities that we have considering the initial limitations on equipment.
Hey, something good may be happening...just got the following email from RAA today... Our suggestions may have registered with them.
"The good new is: We have taken a second look at our Aruba-Bonaire flight schedule and have come up with the
Aug. 1, 2002
Aug. 1, 2002
Aug. 1, 2002
Aug. 1, 2002
We trust that this will better fit your travel
Thank you for drawing our attention to this matter.
On Friday, July 19, 2002 Royal Aruban Airlines was granted its AOC (=Air Operating Certificate). We are now in the process of requesting landing permits in Bonaire & Curaçao. This should take a couple of days. Depending on the latter, we should be operating two daily flights between Aruba and Bonaire as of August 1, 2002.
Flight V5-573 leaves AUA at 9:45 am and arrives BON at 10:25 am;
Flight V5-574 leaves BON at 10:50 am and arrives AUA at 11:30 am
Flight V5-577 leaves AUA at 6:30 pm and arrives BON at 7:10 pm;
Flight V5-578 leaves BON at 7:35 pm and arrives AUA at 8:15 pm.
In a couple of days these flights can be booked online at: www.flyraa.com
Do you know what you expect to be charging for
the fare between Aua and Bon? And is there a
difference between weekend and weekday?
The airfare between Aruba and Bonaire varies depending on the day of booking. However for our start-up operation we will have a special introductory fare of US$122.00 round-trip.
Normally, when you book online the reservation system will quote the lowest available fare at that moment. Regards, Rory
Today, July 30, 2002, Royal Aruban Airlines is still awaiting to obtain the Landing Rights in Curaçao and Bonaire from the Netherlands Antillean Civil Aviation Department. As soon as we have that, we will set a definite date to start the service. We expect this to happen in the next couple of days.
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