Monday, 11 June 2018

CURACAO: Divi Divi Air

Divi Divi Air N.V. is a small regional service airline in the Curaçao.

It was established in 2001 and is based in Curaçao. In the area its nickname is Divi.

The airline is named for the Divi-divi tree which grows in the region.

Divi Divi Air was founded in 2001 and commenced operations in 2002 with a fleet of Britten-Norman BN-2P Islanders to Bonaire.

For over 17 years Divi Divi Air has been a household name on the route between Curaçao and Bonaire.

The locals on the islands characterize the airline by its small scale, personal attention and particularly high punctuality.

Although the aviation company run by the Richie family has concentrated almost entirely on maintaining the route between Bonaire and Curaçao in the first 17 years, Aruba was added in 2018.

According to director Germain Richie-Durand, the intention is to improve the connection between Bonaire and Aruba.

Divi wants to bring the population of the three islands closer together, says Richie-Durand.

According to the Divi director, the Twin Otter will gradually be deployed more broadly on the routes of islands.

Divi Divi Air began flights out of Curaçao to Aruba on February 15, 2018. This was followed by the launch of operations to Aruba out of Bonaire on February 17, 2018.

The expansion signals that Divi Divi Air has now joined Aruba Airlines and Insel Air as the only known airlines connecting the Dutch Caribbean's ABC islands.

The Curaçaoan airline operates the Curaçao-Aruba service 6x weekly, the Curaçao-Bonaire service approximately 10x daily, while the flights out of Bonaire to Aruba are scheduled as 1x weekly.

All flights will be operated with Twin Otter and the Britten-Norman Islander.

Divi Divi Air strives to be an efficient and reliable airline for all the travel needs of people traveling between Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.

Divi Divi Air Destinations

- Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands, Flamingo International Airport.

- Oranjestad, Aruba, Queen Beatrix International Airport.

- Willemstad, Curaçao, Hato International Airport.

The Divi Divi Air fleet is composed of the following aircraft.

- Britten-Norman BN-2P Islander: 2

- Cessna 172P: 1

- de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter: 2

- Piper PA-32R: 1

- Total Aircrafts: 6

On October 22, 2009, a Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander operating as Divi Divi Air Flight 014 suffered an engine failure and ditched five minutes flying time away from Bonaire.

The pilot was knocked unconscious on impact; his passengers could not undo his safety harness and he went down with the aircraft, but rescue boats picked up all nine passengers.

Tourism Observer

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