Trans Island Air 2000 History

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Trans Island Air 2000 History

Unread post by bimjim » Sun Apr 09, 2017

(Partly from Wikipedia)

Trans Island Air was originally a small charter and day-tour airline which existed as far back as 1965 named Aero Services, based at what used to be Seawell Airport in Barbados, and their Head Office and maintenance base was the small hangar which is still located on the south side of the runway (directly opposite the terminal building, which is on the north side).

Aircraft being operated by Aero Services were Beech Barons and Britten-Norman Islanders. Aero Services also carried out the maintenence for the BLAC Barbados Light Aeroplane Club and for Barclays Bank's turboprop executive aircraft, which were various models of KingAir and eventually a WestWind business jet.

In 1982 the name was changed by previous owner Bernard Weatherhead to Trans Island Air, and the company was then purchased and rebranded in 2000 by American buyer Bruce Kaufman as Trans Island Air 2000, and at this time operated a mixed fleet including Pilatus Britten-Norman Islanders, Rockwell Aero Commanders, a DHC-6 Twin Otter and an Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante out of its base at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados.

The airline was subsequently closed, and remained so for several years.

After "false starts" in 2015 and 2016 TIA2000 has now apparently received an AOC to re-commence flight operations. It was lately expected to be fully operational by April 2017, but has encountered several difficulties along the way, and its Chief Pilot just walked out.

Its web-site, http://www.tia2000.com, was said to be currently under design development, and was expected to launch by April 1, 2017 at the latest, but so far [April 17, 2017] is still not functional.

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Re: Trans Island Air 2000 History

Unread post by islandflyer » Sun Apr 16, 2017

It was expected to be fully operational by April 2017, but has encountered several difficulties along the way, and its Chief Pilot just walked out.

It was expected to be fully operational in mid-2015, then early 2016, then was sidelined, then brought back, and now ... the CP has left? Holy moley!

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