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Formerly Caribbean Sun, @Wikipedia, 01 September, 2010

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World Atlantic Airlines

IATA
ZQ ICAO
WAL Callsign

World Atlantic
Founded 2002
Fleet size One (1) Boeing MD-83
Destinations pending announcement
Headquarters Miami / Fort Lauderdale

Key people President and CEO - Joseph A. Fernandez
CFO - Florentino (Tino) Gonzalez VP/DOO - John Rupert
Website http://www.worldatlanticair.com

Caribbean Sun Airlines d/b/a World Atlantic Airlines, originally known for short as Caribbean Sun, was headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA and operated regional services in the Caribbean between January 2003 and January 2007. Its main base was Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In 2009, the airline was sold and is presently doing business under its new image and branding name "World Atlantic Airlines" (WAA), with headquarters located at Miami, Florida USA.


Contents
* 1 History
* 2 Destinations
* 3 Fleet
* 4 Livery
* 5 External links
* 6 References

History

The airline was established in September 2002 and started operations in January 2003, with flights from San Juan to Tortola, using Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, under the leadershiop of Ms. Yolanda Suarez, who served as the President/CEO. Caribbean Sun had a sister airline Caribbean Star Airlines. Caribbean Sun grew out of necessity to add more frequencies on certain Caribbean Star destinations, and to add new destinations to Caribbean Star's route system.[citation needed]

On January 9, 2007, the airline announced that it would shut down operations by month-end. [1][2] Flights between San Juan and Santo Domingo stopped on January 16, and all other flights ceased January 31. [3]

In August 2007, Caribbean Sun Airlines unveiled a new branding image for the airline, and a new fleet, with service due to start before the end of 2007. But the airline apparently couldn't reach the pertinent agreements, and never flew again. The company was purchased by Merengue Airlines Dominicana, a Florida corporation, on March 13, 2008. The airline was seeking certification to operate with Boeing 737.

On January 13, 2009, the company was sold to a new industry group. Mr. Joseph Fernandez, who is an industry veteran has been appointed by the company to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, the airline is planning to resume flight operations with Boeing MD-83 aircraft with a new branding and image as: "World Atlantic Airlines" (WAA). After receiving certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate the MD-83 aircraft, and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) certification, WAA is planning to resume flight operations by August 2010.

On August 12, 2010, the company conducted its flight attendant procedures demonstration for the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft, MD-83 N802WA, was used to simulate the cabin attendants proficiency in evacuating the aircraft in the event of a ditching. This event was instrumental in achieving certification to place the DC-9/MD-83 on the World Atlantic Airways operating certificate.

Destinations

As World Atlantic Airlines is a scheduled charter operation, the airline has no specific destinations at the moment. The clients who charter the aircraft will set schedules in which the DC-9 will fly.
[edit] Fleet

The Caribbean Sun fleet consisted of the following aircraft:

* 3 Bombardier Dash 8 100.

The new World Atlantic Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft: One (1) Boeing MD-83 aircraft and option of two (2) Boeing MD-82/83 aircraft [1]

Livery

The original livery was all white fuselage with the name Caribbean Sun in green near the cockpit, below the passenger windows. Sunshine yellow tail, with the green Caribbean Sun logo on it. Their livery reflected that of sister company Caribbean Star.

With its unveiled plans to re-launch the airline under new branding and with a new fleet, a new livery was created.

The latest new branding of the airline includes a new paint livery with white fuselage with "World Atlantic" on blue lettering and the two arches in blue and green next to the aircraft entry door. The livery colors and arches also cover the entire vertical stabilizer and rear fuselage. The arches are the symbols for the letters "WAA".

External links

* Caribbean Sun Airlines

References

1. ^ "Caribbean Sun to shut down", South Florida Business Journal, January 9, 2007
2. ^ "Caribbean Sun Airlines Announces Shutdown; San Juan-Santo Domingo Service Ends Jan. 16, 2007; All Remaining Flight Operations End Jan. 31, 2007", Business Wire, January 9, 2007
3. ^ Caribbean Sun website

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(Ed. Note: Also found the following elsewhere:
World Atlantic Airways Inc MIA
Miami, FL 33165
Tel: 305-227-7211

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