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Bahamasair Rejects Claims Posted On Website

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Chief Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

BAHAMASAIR officials yesterday defended the airline against “erroneous” and “malicious” claims they believe were posted online by an employee.

The airline took issue with photographs and article posted on a website which suggested an aircraft purchased in 2014 was damaged. Officials said they have taken legal action to obtain a retraction and apology for the claims made on the website, breakingnews242.com.

Airline officials explained that the image reflected a fuselage purchased from a dismantled aircraft in Miami that was bought to assist with simulated cabin training for flight attendants.

In a statement, the airline said it suspected an employee had authored the article because it renewed concerns over the purchase of new aircraft, adding that the photograph had to be obtained from someone with security access.

“The board and management of Bahamasair are greatly disturbed and disappointed that individuals would attack the integrity of the organisation, by posting erroneous and misleading information to the public,” the statement read.

“Bahamasair will never place our passengers or our staff in a position where their safety is ever in jeopardy. To suggest that the company purchased a compromised aircraft was intended to create fear and concern.”

Bahamasair explained that the decision to train flight attendants locally is expected to save the company more than $70,000 annually.

The government signed a $100m contract with Avions de Transport Régional for the purchase of five ATR 600 planes to replace Bahamasair’s aging Dash 8-300 fleet in July. The airline provided a breakdown of the loan: Three ATR 42 purchased at $52.8 million; two ATR 72 purchased at $41.4 million; pilots training at a cost of $633,000; maintenance training at a cost of $640,000; inventory and spare parts at a total initial cost of $3 million; and a spare engine at $2.8 million dollars.

The statement read: “We believe the source of this malicious attack to be an employee, as the photograph requires someone having security access to the ramp and Bahamasair’s hangar. The fact that the issue of aircraft from jet manufacturer, Embraer (EMB) is once again being raised confirms our suspicion of same.”

“The operating cost per hour for an EMB 175 is $4,935 vs $2,403 for the ATR,” the statement continued, “a difference of $2,532 per hour. Bahamasair’s turboprop fleet accumulates 8,500 hours per annum. Operating a jet would cost the tax payers an additional $21,522,000 each year.”

It continued: “Due to the libelous nature of the online article, we have since turned this matter over to the authorities with a view to having the information removed from the site and an apology issued.”

Comments

Cobalt 5 years, 2 months ago

So let me get this straight......

Bahamasair just got the second lowest global scale rating by an international consumer agency as one of the worst airlines in operation...... they remained mute and elusive on this particular issue........ now all of a sudden they're blaming their employees for a malicious attack on the airline???

In other words, they refuse to address a major issue.... but instead they prefer to focus on a minor matter of little or no consequence. Smh.

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wishpeoplecared 5 years, 2 months ago

The Bahamas is a country full of institutions that do not care. They have zero interest in providing a good service to their customers. Staff are almost entirely the same in this attitude. The approach is "This is the thing I do each day, that's all". It is such a shame. There are three things holding this country back, above all others. 1. The government and institutions are not simply corrupt, they are also incompetent. 2. Staff do not even try to be efficient or caring. 3. Bahamians are culturally averse to taking advice or following examples from outside. There is no shame in looking outside your own country to learn how to do things well. Even the Bank Of England has employed a Canadian to run it. All successful countries have learned that no-one can do it alone, you have to learn from the best. It does not diminish a country to do this, it enhances it. You are still in control, you're not giving anything away by getting help from outsiders. It is somewhat encouraging at least that an outside company is being brought in to help BEC. BahamasAir is a typical example of the problems faced by the Bahamas. The actual flights are not bad, but woe betide you if they lose your suitcase. That's when you find out that they do not care, that the telephone numbers all just put you through to voicemail, the email addresses bounce and that no-one EVER calls you back when they say they will. It is scarcely believable that they can just shrug their shoulders and turn away when a paying passenger has just lost irreplaceable possessions of sentimental value due to their negligence, but that's what they do. The Bahamas will sink into oblivion soon if they do not turn themselves around and start acting like the nation of talented, inspirational people that they believe themselves to be. The world moves on, and it will move on without you if you don't rise to this challenge.

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