|Frequent-flyer program||Insel Star Miles|
|Airport lounge||Plesman Lounge|
|Alliance||Pan Caribbean Alliance|
|Subsidiaries||Insel Air Aruba (Starts services 3Q 2013)|
|Fleet size||12 (+6 orders)|
|Company slogan||Reaching Higher|
|Parent company||Maduro Holding|
|Headquarters||Maduro Plaza, Dokweg 19, Willemstad, Curaçao|
|Revenue||$126.6 million USD (2012)|
Insel Air (formally Insel Air International B.V.) is the national airline of Curaçao. As of 2013, Insel Air serves 16 destinations with further routes pending the launch of Insel Air Aruba in 3Q 2013. It's fleet consists of 4 McDonnell Douglas MD-82's, 2 McDonnell Douglas MD-83's, 4 Fokker 50's and 3 Embraer 110-P1 Bandeirante's. The airline's main hub is Hato International Airport with a secondary hub at Princess Juliana International Airport. Insel Air was incorporated as a private limited liability company (Dutch: Besloten Vennootschap) on September 8, 1993 and is registered with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Curaçao under number 64577.
Insel Air started operations in August 2006 with one Embraer 110-P1 Bandeirante flying out of Curaçao to the neighboring island of Aruba. Soon afterwards, Insel Air began flights to the neighbouring island of Bonaire and also to Las Piedras in Venezuela.
Starting in January 2007, the airline began serving the Eastern and Northern Caribbean via Sint Maarten with a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 and with an additional McDonnell Douglas MD-82 in June 2008. Insel Air also added services to Miami via Curaçao and Bonaire at this time.
In September 2009, Insel Air took delivery of a second MD-82 aircraft. The aircraft arrived at Curacao as N434AG, being the only MD-80 with the known "screwdriver tail" at the time. Insel took delivery of its third MD82 on December 4, 2009 and fourth MD82 in May 2011. At this time Insel Air began operating four new destinations – Medellin, Charlotte, Barquisimeto and Caracas.
Since then, the company has grown into an airline with thirteen aircraft. Of these thirteen, eleven are owned by Insel Air. With the additional aircraft, the total seat count in Insel Air's fleet has risen from 19 seats in 2006 to 167 in 2007, 319 in 2008, 653 in 2010, 955 in 2011 to 1,259 in 2013.
Following the introduction of new services to Medellin, Bogota and Charlotte, the airline added a fifth MD-80 on May 12, 2011. Insel Air currently has an interline agreement with Charlotte-hubbed US Airways, covering service to Curaçao and Bonaire. Apart from the new flights to Charlotte, Bogota and Medellin, Insel Air is looking to introduce service to Brazil and Argentina. Acknowledging that the carrier's MD-80 fleet doesn't have the range to reach Argentina, the airline stated that it may consider another aircraft type depending on future partnerships.
The Company also completed the IATA operational safety audit (IOSA) and joined ALTA, the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association in November 2011.
On November 16, 2012, Insel Air inaugurated its Curacao-Maracaibo route and began regular operations on December 14. Mr Kluyver (CEO of Insel Air) said a sixth MD80 series aircraft will enter service in December 2012 and a seventh aircraft is slated to enter service in May 2013. The capacity generated by the forthcoming expansion of the MD-80 fleet will be directed by the Aruba venture. Insel Air was originally planning to expand its MD-80 fleet in early 2012 but delayed the project due to delays in launching Insel Air Aruba.
In 2012 Insel Air Aruba received its AOC certificate, giving the airline official authorization to perform services out of Aruba. Insel Air Aruba will begin operating 13 new routes - Miami, Santo Domingo, Cuba, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, Curacao, Caracas, Valencia, Maracaibo, Ecuador, Belem, Manaus.
Insel Air and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines consolidated their cooperation with a code-sharing agreement, offering customers greater comfort and options and thereby enabling them to travel to destinations served by the two partners without having to re-check luggage. Additionally, flight schedules will be closely coordinated so that travel time is minimized.
The consolidation and expansion of cooperation between KLM and InselAir enables KLM to establish better connections to Caribbean destinations via Curacao. It also allows Insel Air to better accommodate this growing need and to offer passengers greater convenience and additional destinations.
Insel Air has interline agreements with the following airline - Tiara Air, US Airways, Winair, GOL, Avianca, Blue Panorama, Hahn Air, and Air France. Furthermore, Insel Air has code share agreements with KLM and Surinam Airways.
Insel Air and Tiara Air
In order to serve passengers best, the agreement is valid for all routes that both airlines operate. The Aruban government also stated that it was committed to release an AOC (Air Operating Certificate) to Insel Air within three months, making it possible for Insel Air to also proceed as an Aruban airline under the name "Insel Air Aruba."
According to Mr. E.K. Heerenveen, Chief General of International Affairs, "Under this new agreement Insel Air Aruba will operate three Fokker 50's and one MD-80, increasing the total availability of seats to 50.000 a month."
Insel Air and KLM
As of March 27, 2011, passengers carrying a KLM ticket can now also fly to all Insel Air destinations. Passengers will be transported on one ticket with automatic baggage transfer via Insel Air's hubs in Curacao and Sint Maarten.
This interline agreement pertains to five destinations - Kingston, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Port-au-Prince and Las Piedras.
On December 1, 2012, codeshare flights began between both carriers.
Insel Air and US Airways
Due to the interline agreement with US Airways, passengers can get ticketed through on US Airways flights and vice versa, making it possible to connect to 58 US Airways destinations within 2,5 hours of the InselAir arrival and departure time in Charlotte.
Insel Air's frequent flyer/loyalty programme is called "Insel Star Miles" in which members earn points for miles flown, with benefits such as priority check-in and free bagagge allowances. Membership levels include Basic, Silver, Gold and Diamond.
Insel Air has a simple livery on its aircraft. The fuselage is all white with the logo next to the main exit. The tail has a blue colour with a yellow curved line flowing horizontally on the tail. It also includes two white stars representing Curaçao and Klein Curaçao "Little Curaçao". The tail represents the national flag of Curaçao. The Fokker Embraer's have a darker coloured tail and a thicker, more curved line than the MD80s. The MD80s have recently received a logo update, while the update of the Embraer's livery is unknown.
The new Insel Air Aruba fleet consisting of 3 Fokker 50's will receive the official logo of Aruba.
As of December 2013, Insel Air serves the following destinations.
|7ICur||Insel Air Curacao|
|8IAua||Insel Air Aruba|
|Bogota||Colombia||El Dorado International Airport||Proposed|
|Havana||Cuba||José Martí International Airport||Proposed|
|San José||Costa Rica||Juan Santamaría International Airport||Proposed|
|Port of Spain||Trinidad and Tobago||Piarco International Airport||Cancelled|
As of December 2013, the Insel Air fleet consists of the following aircraft.
|Embraer 110-P1 Bandeirante||3||0||15||PJ-VIA PJ-VIC PJ-VIP||PJ-VIP in new colors|
|Fokker 50||3(+1^)||0||50||PJ-KVG PJ-KVI PJ-KVK||^used for parts|
|Fokker 70||0||4||80||Deliveries April 2014|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-82||4||1||152||PJ-MDB PJ-MDC P4-MDD PJ-MDE||P4-MDD undergoing C-Check
P4-MDD operated under Insel Air Aruba brand
PJ-MDC in new colors
|McDonnell Douglas MD-83||2||1||152||PJ-MDA PJ-MDF||PJ-MDA has been retired in late August 2013
PJ-MDF in new colors
- 2 Bombardier Dash 8-300 (leased from Voyageur Airways)
- 2 Dash 6-300 Twin Otter (leased)
- 1 McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (leased from World Atlantic Airlines)
- About Insel Air
- A very positive year for InselAir
- Insel Air joins ALTA as IOSA certified airline
- Curacao’s InselAir targets Miami-Venezuela market with launch of new Aruba subsidiary
- Insel Air istablishes Insel Air Aruba and sign agreement with Tiara Air
- KLM and InselAir To Initiate Code-Sharing
- Insel Air Destinations
- Insel Air fleet
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