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Bahamasair planes blocked from entering U.S. due to failure to meet equipment requirements

Written by on January 6, 2020

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Three of Bahamasair’s nine-fleet planes have had to be rerouted from the United States because they currently do not comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) equipment standards, Bahamasair Chairman Tommy Turnquest confirmed yesterday.

As a result, the airline will have to wet lease flights on Saturday to meet the holiday demand residue and prearranged agreements.

A wet lease is an arrangement for one airline (the lessor) to provide an aircraft, complete crew, maintenance, and insurance to another airline or other type of business acting as a broker of air travel (the lessee).

Turnquest explained that as of January 1, 2020, the FAA requires all aircraft flying into the U.S. to have the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment installed.

He noted however, that Bahamasair’s supplier was unable to provide the navigation kit for three of its 737-500 planes.

“The 737-700 series we were able to get the kit for and the 5 ATRs we were able to get the kits for,” Turnquest said.

“So those six planes are able to go to the United States of America.


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