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The Bahamas is an independent state in the West Indies and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The Bahamas comprise an archipelago of about 700 islands and islets and nearly 2400 cays and rocks, extending for about 1200 km (about 750 mi) from a point southeast of Palm Beach, Florida, to a point off the eastern tip of Cuba. The Biminis, the westernmost of the group, are about 97 km (about 60 mi) east of Miami, Florida. Only about 40 of the islands are inhabited. New Providence is economically the most important of the group and contains more than half of the Bahamas' total population. The other chief islands, all of which are low-lying, include Acklins, Andros, Cat, Crooked, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Great Inagua, Harbour, Long, Mayaguana, and San Salvador (Watling). The capital of the islands is Nassau, on New Providence. The only other large town is Freeport, on Grand Bahama.

Amendments  

29 Jan 2018

Island Flying Service [added] known previously as Bahamas Air Traders [added] operated charter services throughout the Bahamas, and to the mainland of the USA

25 Jan 2018

Bahamas Helicopters was nominally based at Nassau (it has no connection with Bahamas Airways, being owned by American interests) [added]

12 Sep 2016

Junkanoo Air commenced commercial freight operations on 30Aug2016 [status change]

Abaco Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

1975* - date
Airline Code : -- : MHH
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Abaco Air was formed in 1975. Scheduled and charter airline of the Bahamas
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Air Bahama  last update: 05Mar2018

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1974 - 1981
Airline Code : IW : ---
Genealogy : International Air Bahama >Air Bahama
Comments : Air Bahama was formed in 1966 and started operations as International Air Bahama on 20Jul1968. It was formedto operate scheduled passenger services between the Bahamas and Luxembourg and general charters to the rest of Europe. Ceased operation on 18May1981
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Airstream Airlines   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

2000* - 2000*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bahamas Air Ferries   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1998* - 1998*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bahamas Air Traders  added: 29Jan2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1959* - 1963*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : [Island Flying Service known previously as Bahamas Air Traders (formed in 1959) operated charter services throughout the Bahamas, and to the mainland of the USA. Island is also a fixedbase operator]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bahamas Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1949* - 1970
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bahamas Helicopters  added: 25Jan2018

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1958* - 2013*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Bahamas Helicopters was nominally based at Nassau (it has no connection with Bahamas Airways, being owned by American interests) and is associated with Armstrong-Flint Helicopters, Inc., Agricultural Helicopters, Inc., and WorldWide Helicopters, Inc.
Aircraft : De Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide

Bahamas World Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1971 - 1982
Airline Code : WQ : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Bahamas World Airways was founded in 1968. Nassau based carrier
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bahamasair  last update: 25Dec2017

Status : Active

Dates :

1973 - date
Airline Code : UP : BHS
Genealogy : Flamingo Airlines + Out Island Airways (OIA) +>Bahamasair
Comments : Bahamasair was established by the Bahamas Goverment in 1973 and started operations on 17Jun1973, by acquiring the routes of Flamingo Airlines and the operations of Out Island Airways ( International, regional, domestic scheduled passenger services. National airline of the Bahamas)
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Caribbean Air Charters   

Status : Unconfirmed

Dates :

(****)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Caribbean International Airways   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1953* - 1953*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Cat Island Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1997^ - 2011*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Cherokee Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

1987* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Cherokee Air was formed in 1987
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Colony Airlines   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1969* - 1969*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Congo Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1999* - 1999*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Destination Airlink Bahamas   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2014)
Airline Code : AL : DLB
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

EFS Bahamas  last update: 16Jan2018

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1976* - 1977*
Airline Code : EJ : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : EFS Bahamas was a Nassau based cargo carrier that was set up by EFS, West Germany in 1976
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Flamingo Air  last update: 30Dec2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2004* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Flamingo Air is a scheduled carrier based out of Freeport International (FPO)
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Flamingo Airlines   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1971* - 1973
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Flamingo Airlines + Out Island Airways (OIA) +>Bahamasair
Comments : Bahamasair was established by the Bahamas Goverment and started operations on 17Jun1973, by acquiring the routes of Flamingo Airlines and the operations of Out Island Airways
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Golden Wings Charter  last update: 20Nov2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2000* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Golden Wings Charter is an Air Charter airline based in Nassau. It was founded in 2000
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Grand Bahama Island (Airlines)   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1998* - 2001*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Helda Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1981* - 1990
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

International Air Bahama  last update: 05Mar2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1968 - 1974
Airline Code : IW : ---
Genealogy : International Air Bahama >Air Bahama
Comments : No further information at this time - [Air Bahama was formed in 1966 and started operations as International Air Bahama on 20Jul1968. It was formedto operate scheduled passenger services between the Bahamas and Luxembourg and general charters to the rest of Europe. Ceased operation on 18May1981]
Aircraft : DC-8-63

Island Flying Service  added: 29Jan2018

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1966* - 1966*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Island Flying Service known previously as Bahamas Air Traders (formed in 1959) operated charter services throughout the Bahamas, and to the mainland of the USA. Island is also a fixedbase operator < Aircraft utilised: Super Widgeon, Grumman Goose, Piper Aztec, Cessna 336 >
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Junkanoo Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

2016 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Junkanoo Air plans to connect Bahamas with destinations across South Florida using a pair of Piper PA-31 Navajo freighters. Commenced commercial freight operations on 30Aug2016
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Kwin Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1973* - 1988
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Laker Airways Bahamas  last update: 06Feb2018

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1992* - 2004
Airline Code : 7Z : LBH
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Laker Airways Bahamas was founded in 1992. Formed by Sir Freddie Laker operating out of Grand Bahamas. Scheduled and charter services mainly into the Bahamas. Ceased operations < Aircraft utilised: B.727-200 Adv., DC.10-30 >
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Leair Charter   

Status : Active

Dates :

1995^ - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lucaya Air   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1986* - 1986*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : >Unknown
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lucaya Beach Air Service   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1973* - 1983*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Major's Air Services (Major's Air Charters)   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1994* - 2007*
Airline Code : -- : FPO
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

MD Air Services   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1986* - 1988
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : MD Air Services >Reliable Air Services
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Nixon's   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2007* - 2007*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Out Island Airways (OIA)   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1971* - 1973
Airline Code : OE : ---
Genealogy : Flamingo Airlines + Out Island Airways (OIA) +>Bahamasair
Comments : Bahamasair was established by the Bahamas Government and started operations on 17Jun1973, by acquiring the routes of Flamingo Airlines and the operations of Out Island Airways
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Package Delivery Express   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

2004* - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Performance Air   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

2007* - 2008*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Pinders Charter Service   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2007* - 2007*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Pineapple Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

2003 - date
Airline Code : -- : PNP
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Regal Bahamas International Airways   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1998* - 2001*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Regional Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

2001 - date
Airline Code : -- : RGB
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Reliable Air Services   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1988 - 1994*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : MD Air Services >Reliable Air Services
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Sandpiper Air   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1990^ - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Seair   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

2002* - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Sky Bahamas (SkyBahamas)   

Status : Active

Dates :

2006 - date
Airline Code : Q7 : SBM
Genealogy : Sky Unlimited >Sky Bahamas
Comments : Sky Bahamas was formed in Apr1988 & started operations as Sky Unlimited on 05Sep1988
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Sky Unlimited   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1988 - 2006
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Sky Unlimited >Sky Bahamas
Comments : Sky Bahamas was formed in Apr1988 & started operations as Sky Unlimited on 05Sep1988
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Southern Air Charter   

Status : Active

Dates :

1998^ - date
Airline Code : PL : SOA
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Stella Maris Resort Air Service   

Status : Active

Dates :

1992^ - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Sunair Bahamas   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(1975*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Sunbird Aviation   

Status : Unconfirmed

Dates :

(****)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Taino Air   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1959* - 1990*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Take Flight Charter   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

2007* - 2008*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

TIA (Trans Island Airways)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1978* - 1992
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Transair Bahama   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1975 - 1975
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Trans-Oceanic Airways   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(1973*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Trinity Air Bahamas   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1992 - 1994
Airline Code : T6 : TBH
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Vision Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

2004* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Western Air  last update: 27Nov2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2001 - date
Airline Code : WT : WST
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Western Air was founded in 2001 by husband and wife Rex & Shandrice Rolle. Operations started on 30Jun2001 (Western Air offers daily flights between Nassau and San Andros, Congo Town, Bimini, Abaco and Freeport on Grand Bahama. It also operates corporate and touristic charters throughout The Bahamas, the Caribbean, (including Haiti and Cuba), as well as South America)
Aircraft : Nil at this time
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