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|Commenced operations||18 August 2003|
|Ceased operations||30 April 2005|
|Fleet size||See Fleet below|
|Destinations||See Services below|
|Parent company||Bonair Bellegings Participatie Maatschappij|
|Headquarters||Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles|
Bonaire Express was an airline based in Bonaire, Netherlands. It was the regional airline for the Netherlands Antilles and also acted as a feeder to KLM for its long-haul services to Europe. Its main bases were Flamingo International Airport (BON), Bonaire, Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA), Aruba and Hato Airport (CUR), Curaçao.
The airline was established in 2003 and started operations on 18 August 2003. It was formerly known as BonairExel and was wholly owned by Bonair Bellegings Participatie Maatschappij. On 30 April 2005 BonairExel was merged with Curaçao Express and both companies assets and personnel where transferred which together formed Dutch Antilles Express.
Bonaire Express operated the following services (at January 2005):
- Domestic scheduled destinations: Bonaire, Curaçao and St Maarten.
- International scheduled destinations: Aruba.
The Bonaire Express fleet consisted of the following aircraft (at January 2005):
Incidents and Accidents
In the month of September 2004, a BonairExel ATR 42-320, Registration PJ-XLM, had to make an emergency landing due to a small fire that started in the number 2 engine. The plane was flying from Bonaire to Curaçao when the passengers sitting on the left side of the aircraft noticed that smoke was coming out of the engine. The aircraft landed safely at Hato International Airport. No one was hurt. A few weeks later, the ATR aircraft was successfully restored and continurd flying with DAE until irs bankruptcy
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