Air Sunshine

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Air Sunshine
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IATA ICAO Callsign
YI RSI AIR SUNSHINE[1]
Founded 1982
Hubs Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
Fleet size 3
Destinations 10
Headquarters Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Website http://www.airsunshine.com

Air Sunshine is an airline based in United States. It operates scheduled service to and from San Juan, Vieques, Puerto Rico, Anguilla, Dominica, Sint Maarten, Nevis, Tortola and Virgin Gorda in British Virgin Islands and St.Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.[2] Its main base is Fort Lauderdale, with a Caribbean hub located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

As of 1982 the airline considered Fort Lauderdale to be its corporate headquarters however the main base of operations is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[3] Air Sunshine's website lists two separate post office boxes for contacts, one in Fort Lauderdale and another in San Juan.

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

As of August 2006 the Air Sunshine fleet included:[4]

Air Sunshine Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Notes
Beechcraft 1900C 1
Saab 340A 2
Total 3

According to the airline's website, Air Sunshine also continues to operate Cessna 402 aircraft.

Other previously operated aircraft:

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Air Sunshine had a better than average safety record between 1997 and 2004 per the NTSB. Air Sunshine did have a crash that claimed two fatalities July 13, 2003 on a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Abaco Island, Bahamas. An engine failure caused an at sea ditching about 6 miles short of the Abaco Island airport. In that same period there were a few incidents. [1]

On January 7, 2007, an Air Sunshine Cessna 402, had hydraulic problems with the landing gear, in a flight from Virgin Gorda to San Juan (SJU), there were no injuries and the pilot managed to land the plane safely. The airport was closed for approximately 30 minutes until the emergency ceased.

On February 11, 2017, an Air Sunshine Cessna 402 overran the runway on Virgin Gorda following a brakes failure. The UK Air Accidents Investigation board has reported 'shortfalls' in procedure and recommended that the FAA review Air Sunshine's operations and maintenance. [5]

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