Published On: Mon, Jun 29th, 2015

Curaçao’s InselAir eyes four more ex-KLM Fokker 70s

InselAirWILLEMSTAD - InselAir is planning to acquire four more Fokker 70s from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines this year adding to the three it bought in July 2014. CEO Albert Kluyver told CAPA in an interview that the Curaçaoan carrier's board is still considering the purchase which, if concluded, would see two delivered in early 2016 and two more in early 2017.

The CEO added that InselAir is also planning to acquire one more MD80 series aircraft, adding to the four MD-82s and three MD-83s already in service with both it and its InselAir Aruba subsidiary.

However, unlike the Fokker Aircraft (Woensdrecht), which will be used to grow the carrier's extensive Caribbean and Latin American scheduled route network, the added McDonnell Douglas twinjet will be used on charter flights between Miami Int'l and Havana Int'l, Cuba which InselAir Aruba expects to launch during the third quarter of the year.

InselAir recently announced it would acquire an undisclosed number of A319-100s for use on flights to southern Brazil and Argentina.

In all, InselAir is looking to tap into demand for premium travel and is now set to reconfigure its MD-XX fleet with a two-class layout featuring a new 8-seat Business Class cabin.

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