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3 What happened to British Airways?
Bahamasair, ironic as it might seem, was born out of the oil crisis of the 1970s. In 1970, British Airways stopped flying to The Bahamas, and the Bahamian Government accurately predicted that some of the other major airlines flying to the country would follow British Airways' lead out of the country. So, Bahamasair was established by the government. Bahamasair was met initially with a lot of problems, such as poor maintenance facilities, economic shape and company structure. All that brought public distrust as a consequencial added problem. But soon, jets started to arrive in the shape of brand new Boeing 737s, and in 1972, it opened it's first international service, from Nassau to Tampa. In 1973, the government's vision of many airlines leaving the island became a reality, when Pan Am and a few other major companies decided to walk the road out that had been opened by British Airways. With that, Bahamasair grabbed a substancial part of the Bahamas air market.
Through the rest of the 1970s, Bahamasair kept adding flights to other cities in Florida and, domestically, the presence of the airline also grew at a large rate.
During the early 1980s, Bahamasair unsuccessfully tried to expand to the North East United States, opening flights to Philadelphia, Washington DC (Dulles) and Newark, New Jersey. But in 1989, the airline's directors decided that those routes were not profitable and cut them off the airline's route map.
Also in 1989, the Boeing 727 first came into the fleet. They would acquire a total of two. That was also the year that a new livery and workers' uniform were introduced.
In 1991, De Havilland DHC-8 were brought over to substitute the whole jet fleet, but in 1997, the 737's made their way back, and those, in turn, substituted the DHC-8's on the routes to Florida, while the DHC-8's were kept to cover the domestic routes.
Nowadays, Bahamasair is still but a small player in the international airline world, it's only international services being to their northern neighbor of the American state of Florida. Domestically speaking, however, it is the largest airline around The Bahamas. It's livery is comprised of white, ocean blue and sunshine yellow on the fuselage with the name Bahamasair written over the passenger windows in ocean blue, with an ocean blue tail that has the face of a white, green and yellow bird portrayed.
What happened to British Airways?
British Airways had since came back to the Bahamas. They now fly to Nassau from London Heathrow Airport on all days of the week except Monday and Thursday. Ever Sunday, the flight continues to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Every Tuesday, Wedensday, Friday, and Saturday, the flight continues to Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.