BlueSky Airlines Selects Dash 8-Q400 for Regional Routes

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BlueSky Airlines Selects Dash 8-Q400 for Regional Routes

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BlueSky Airlines Selects Dash 8-Q400 for Regional Routes
Richard Maslen
25 February 2014

Cayman Islands-based start-up carrier, BlueSky Airlines, outlined its initial development plans to delegates at this year’s Routes Americas in San Salvador, El Salvador. The airline, which is planning to run scheduled flights connecting to the Caribbean and Latin America, presented a special Route Exchange briefing to an audience of airport and tourism authority delegates.

Speaking exclusively to The HUB following the presentation, Matt Ellinger, managing director of the new airline, outlined plans to bypass the US and introduce new services linking Grand Cayman to islands around the Caribbean, as well as central and South America.

“BlueSky is an airline that has been built out of the niche in the Caribbean and Latin America that is the need for connectivity,” explained Ellinger. Currently there is limited capacity for customers hopping from one island to another or for travel from one of the Caribbean islands to Latin America. On many city pairs the only option is to transit via another airport, quite often Miami.

“Our strategy is very simple. We want to open up new direct routes to enable connectivity without the need to make a change,” said Ellinger. “In addition we want to feed the areas major hubs like Panama, Bogota, Cancun, to make connections on to other parts of Latin America and Europe.”

BlueSky plans to launch operations in the middle of this year and has selected the Bombardier Aerospace Dash 8-Q400NetGen turboprop as its entry to market aircraft. “It’s a fantastic high-speed turboprop. It’s just perfect for these markets,” said Ellinger, noting the type’s excellent operating costs. “The speed on flights of around an hour or an hour and a half, which are the average, we will be maybe five minutes slower than a jet but at a quarter of the operating costs.”

It will initially take a conservative approach, according to Ellinger and launch with just two aircraft flying from the Cayman Islands. “Our main destinations are going to be the Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, Nassau, Turks & Caicos and Cancun to the west. Down to the south we will have Panama; San Andreas, Colombia; as well as Bogota and Cartagena,” he added.

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Re: BlueSky Airlines Selects Dash 8-Q400 for Regional Routes

Unread post by Yaadman » Fri Jul 18, 2014

Hello all,
does anyone have any further information on this start up? i have noticed for the last few days their website has been offline. I hope that isn't signs of things to come!!

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Re: BlueSky Airlines Selects Dash 8-Q400 for Regional Routes

Unread post by bimjim » Sat Jul 19, 2014

Yaadman...

I have received reliable info that the correct web site is http://flyblueskyairlines.com/, and that they are still working towards a start in the last quarter of this year.

I hope that helps...

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