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Seaborne Airlines
Seaborne Airlines Logo 2016.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
BB SBS SEABORNE
Founded 1992 (1992) [1]
Commenced operations 1992
Hubs
Frequent-flyer program Seamiles
Fleet size 10
Destinations 10
Company slogan Bringing the Caribbean Closer
Headquarters San Juan, Puerto Rico[3]
Employees 320 (April 2016)

Seaborne Airlines (IATA: BBICAO: SBSCall sign: SEABORNE) is a FAR Part 121 airline headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was established in 1992 and operates domestic seaplane and land plane services among Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St Kitts Nevis, St Maarten, and three stations in the Dominican Republic: La Romana, Punta Cana and Santo Domingo.[4][5] In late 2008, Seaborne Airlines began land based flight service between St. Thomas, St. Croix, and San Juan TJIG Isla Grande Airport under the brand name "Seaborne Airshuttle." In January 2011, Seaborne Airlines began service to San Juan TJSJ Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. On December 18, 2013, Seaborne announced a headquarters change from Christiansted, St. Croix to San Juan, Puerto Rico, completed by March 2014. With this, adding service to Punta Cana and St. Maarten.

On January 8, 2018, Seaborne Airlines announced its restructuring plan under the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code following the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, specifically Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. The airline announced the acquirement of a $4.2 Million credit facility and has entered a purchase agreement with Silver Airways, which is subject to the Court's approval and potential overbids.[6]

Destinations

Former Destinations

Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (San Juan, Puerto Rico)[10]
San Juan Seaplane Base (San Juan, Puerto Rico)[11]
Vieques, Puerto Rico[12]
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic[13][14]
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic[15]
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands[16][17]
Road Town Seaplane Base, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Fort-de-France, Martinique (Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport)
Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe (Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport)
La Romana, Dominican Republic (La Romana International Airport)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Punta Cana International Airport)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Las Américas International Airport)

Corporate affairs

The airline is headquartered at the “CAF2” building in the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). .[18]

Codeshare and Interline Agreements

News Developments

Seaborne has started codesharing flights with American Airlines, on routes which correspond in both timetables. This includes service from San Juan to all of Seaborne's destinations, excluding St. Croix and St. Thomas. Miles from Seaborne (SeaMiles) are not currently convertible to AAdvantage miles, and cannot be used for travel on American. All passenger services, including baggage and assistance, are provided by American on codeshared flights.

Seaborne has started new codesharing flights with Air Europa between Las Americas International Airport at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Luis Munoz Marin International Airport at San Juan, Puerto Rico for passengers from their route Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport - Las Américas International Airport.

Seaborne has also started an interline agreement with Jetblue Airways and Delta Air Lines.

As of September 30, 2014, Seaborne has an interline agreement with United Airlines.[19]

As of March 30, 2015, Seaborne Airlines expanded American Airlines' codeshare agreement to include St. Thomas and St. Croix,[20] and adding Anguilla Services April 30, 2015. Starting December 15, 2015, Seaborne will be flying to Antigua.[21]

As of October 21, 2015, Seaborne Airlines begins codesharing with Jetblue Airways [22]

As of July 18, 2016, Seaborne Airlines launches codesharing with Delta Air Lines.[23][24][25][26]

As of March 8, 2017, Seaborne Airlines launches codesharing with Vieques Air Link[27]

On January 8, 2018 it was revealed that Silver Airways is to acquire the assets of Seaborne Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy protection.

On March 28th, 2018 it was announced that Seaborne was bought by Silver Airways. As of April 24, 2018, Silver Airways completed the acquisition of Seaborne Airlines [28][29].

Fleet

Current Fleet

As of August 2017, the Seaborne Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft:[30]

Seaborne Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Saab 340B 8 34
Total 8

Fleet development

A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter in former Seaborne livery makes a water landing at St Thomas, USVI.

Seaborne Airline's De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters are equipped with Wipline 13000 floats. The Twin Otters are on lease from the Kenn Borek Aviation. Twin Otters provide near hourly service between Christiansted Harbor in St. Croix and Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas. Saab 340 aircraft entered scheduled operations in 2013, and serve all land destinations. Each has a different sea animal painted on the tail. The eight tails are dolphin, shark, manta ray, lobster, octopus, seahorse, marlin, and sea turtle. Of the eight Saab 340s, six were originally American Eagle aircraft (N283AE, N327SA, N334CJ, N341CJ, N343CJ, and N350CJ), while two were originally delivered to Formosa Airlines (N336SA and N353SA). Prior Seaborne's acquisition of Saab 340s service, De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300 were used for land and water operations.

References

  1. ^ http://www.seaborneairlines.com/about-us/our-story/
  2. ^ http://newsismybusiness.com/seaborne-airlines-relocating/
  3. ^ http://www.seaborneairlines.com/wp-content/uploads/BB-Press-Release-Announcing-Move-to-Puerto-Rico-3.pdf
  4. ^ Seaborne Airlines Dispatcher
  5. ^ Flight International 12–18 April 2005
  6. ^ https://www.seaborneairlines.com/restructure/
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGE7hipweoU Seaborne Airlines Saab 340 Inaugural Flight in Antigua!
  8. ^ https://finance.yahoo.com/news/san-juan-british-virgin-islands-190800371.html
  9. ^ New flights to San Juan International Seaborne Airlines
  10. ^ http://ourairports.com/airports/TJIG/#lat=18.45680046081543,lon=-66.09809875488281,zoom=13,type=Satellite,airport=TJIG Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport
  11. ^ http://ourairports.com/airports/PR34/#lat=18.457799911499997,lon=-66.12110137939999,zoom=14,type=Satellite,airport=PR34 San Juan Seaplane Base
  12. ^ http://ourairports.com/airports/TJVQ/#lat=18.1347999573,lon=-65.49359893799999,zoom=14,type=Satellite,airport=TJVQ Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport
  13. ^ http://ourairports.com/airports/MDST/#lat=19.406099319458008,lon=-70.60469818115234,zoom=13,type=Satellite,airport=MDST Santiago de los Caballeros
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP4WWfcrNIA
  15. ^ http://ourairports.com/airports/MDPP/#lat=19.75790023803711,lon=-70.56999969482422,zoom=13,type=Satellite,airport=MDPP Gregorio Luperón International Airport
  16. ^ http://ourairports.com/airports/TUPW/#lat=18.446399688720703,lon=-64.42749786376953,zoom=15,type=Satellite,airport=TUPW Virgin Gorda Airport
  17. ^ http://www.globalaircraftphotos.com/photos/46020150902-5cl2/airport_newest_TUPW_VIJ
  18. ^ https://newsroom.aviator.aero/seaborne-airlines-continues-improvements-in-san-juan-with-move-to-new-on-airport-headquarters/
  19. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/seaborne-announces-an-interline-agreement-with-united-airlines-277599481.html. Missing or empty |title= (help); External link in |website= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  20. ^ http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2015/03/30/seaborne-codeshares-american-airlines-territory
  21. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGE7hipweoU Seaborne Airlines Saab 340 Inaugural Flight in Antigua! [HD]
  22. ^ http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2015/10/21,br>/seaborne-and-jetblue-codeshare-begins
  23. ^ https://thedailyherald.sx/islands/58880-delta-and-seaborne-airlines-expand-customers-options Seaborne Airlines launches codesharing with Delta Airlines
  24. ^ http://news.delta.com/delta-seaborne-codeshare-expands-travel-options-us-caribbean
  25. ^ http://www.seaborneairlines.com/alert/airlines-announce-codeshare/
  26. ^ http://www.aviationtribune.com/airlines/south-america-and-caribbean/delta-seaborne-airlines-expand-codeshare-agreement/
  27. ^ http://viconsortium.com/business/seaborne-airlines-and-vieques-air-link-enter-cooperative-agreement/
  28. ^ https://stthomassource.com/content/2018/04/24/silver-airlines-completes-takeover-of-seaborne/
  29. ^ http://viconsortium.com/business/silver-airways-acquisition-of-seaborne-airlines-is-official-carrier-now-serves-caribbean-florida-and-bahamas/
  30. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2017): 29. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

External links

  • Official website
  • Seaborne Airlines Aircraft
  • More Seaborne Airlines Aircraft

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