Dominican Airlines Information

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I haven't been able to find much on the history of Dominican airlines. Can anyone tell me what year the Dominican national airline went bankrupt?

How many Dominican airlines have there been? What years did they operate?

Wasn't APA strictly cargo?

Was CDA the only national carrier that Trujillo founded?

Are there any photos of the airplanes or air crews available online?

Brugal and Dominican food served on inflight meals?(hhhmmmm) Could I hear more details about that.

Are there any books available on this topic?
 
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Brugal and Dominican food served on inflight meals?(hhhmmmm) Could I hear more details about that.

I flew on Aeromar once or twice like about 2 or 3 years ago out of Orlando(plne originated in NY) and from what I remember they had free Brugal. I seem to remember that they had typical Dominican food served but can't be for sure.
 
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Dominicana de Aviacion was the only "national" carrier in that it was the flag carrier and the only one owned by the government. It was a real airline until the mid 1980s, with routes to San Juan, Miami, Caracas and New York. It officially went bust in the mid-1990s, but had operated as a wet-lease carrier only for many years before that. The 1991 World Aviation Directly listed Dominicana as having 3 airplanes and 2000 employees. Not too shocking, then, that it went bankrupt.

In 1970, Dominicana suffered back-to-back disasters, including a new DC-9 that fell out of the sky due to contaminated fuel. The DR's only world champion boxer, and most of the Puerto Rican volleyball team, were killed.

Some personal history with Dominicana: They left me standed once after two of their jets were seized for lease non-payment in New York and Miami; and it is the only airline where an employee ever solicited a bribe from me for a boarding pass. Ah, Dominicana is truly missed!

The 1960s and 70s saw Quisqueyana airlines. It was the last airline in the world to fly the Lockheed Constellation.

Since the demise of Dominicana, the DR lost its category I status by the FAA, meaning essentially that it could not certify passenger aircraft for travel to/from the USA due to its unsatisfactory oversight of safety and security. As a result, various schemes popped up to take advantage of the DRs slot rights through wet-leases. This essentially means a DR company becomes the ticketing agent for aircraft owned and operated by foreign companies. This type of operation is notoriously unreliable and many ticketed passengers ended up getting screwed. These wet lease operations included APA, Quisqueya (different from Quisqueyana), Air Santo Domingo, Aeromar and Alas Dominicanas. The latter used a wet-leased 757 from a Turkish airline until it crashed into the Atlantic off of Puerto Plata. The crash occured after the pilot decided not to wait for the replacement of a faulty air speed indicator.

Also, some foreign airlines created Dominican marketing subsidiaries in the early 2000s, also to take advantage of slots while using foreign aircraft and crews. These included Lan Dominicana (Chile) and Aerocontinente Dominicana (Ecuador).
 

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Thank you Porfio -- interesting info....guess you've been around the block a time or two.
 
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In 1970, Dominicana suffered back-to-back disasters, including a new DC-9 that fell out of the sky due to contaminated fuel. The DR's only world champion boxer, and most of the Puerto Rican volleyball team, were killed.

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General Antonio Imbert's 1st wife and daughter Leslie were also killed on that CDA flight to Puerto Rico(February 15,1970). They were on their way to Puerto Rico to purchase a wedding dress and trousseau for the daughter's upcoming marriage to an Italian diplomat's son.
 
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Thank you profi, and now a few more questions...

The 1960s and 70s saw Quisqueyana airlines. It was the last airline in the world to fly the Lockheed Constellation.

Since the demise of Dominicana, the DR lost its category I status by the FAA, meaning essentially that it could not certify passenger aircraft for travel to/from the USA due to its unsatisfactory oversight of safety and security. As a result, various schemes popped up to take advantage of the DRs slot rights through wet-leases. This essentially means a DR company becomes the ticketing agent for aircraft owned and operated by foreign companies. This type of operation is notoriously unreliable and many ticketed passengers ended up getting screwed. These wet lease operations included APA, Quisqueya (different from Quisqueyana), Air Santo Domingo, Aeromar and Alas Dominicanas. The latter used a wet-leased 757 from a Turkish airline until it crashed into the Atlantic off of Puerto Plata. The crash occured after the pilot decided not to wait for the replacement of a faulty air speed indicator.

Also, some foreign airlines created Dominican marketing subsidiaries in the early 2000s, also to take advantage of slots while using foreign aircraft and crews. These included Lan Dominicana (Chile) and Aerocontinente Dominicana (Ecuador).


Profi, can you tell me anything about Quisqueyana airlines?

Does anyone have any photos of any of these airlines? Does anyone have photos of the flight attendants? What type of uniforms did they wear?

What was the service like on these Dominican airlines? Did they all serve Dominican style food? Brugal?

Thank you for the informative post Profi.
 

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General Antonio Imbert's 1st wife and daughter Leslie were also killed on that CDA flight to Puerto Rico(February 15,1970). They were on their way to Puerto Rico to purchase a wedding dress and trousseau for the daughter's upcoming marriage to an Italian diplomat's son.

That son is Frank Rainieri. He was the son of Francesco Marranzini, ambassador of the Orden de Malta at the time.

Regards.
 

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Ogre.. go to Airliners.net for pictures on the Aircraft, unfortunately they do not have pictures of the uniforms used..... They did use Navy Blues Uniforms and the Pilots used a white visor hat. Pretty neat!
 
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Thank you for the suggestion.

I've never been able to find any photos of CDA flight crews. I have always wondered what the flight attendents and pilots wore during the Era of Trujillo. Were the flight attendents only female?

I own a CDA brochure from 1954 that features the upcoming 1955 Fair for World Peace. The hotel rates listed on the brochure were not cheap. The DR appears to have been a luxury tourist destination during The Era.

I am always on the lookout for any CDA airlines memorabilia.
 

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Thank you for the suggestion.

I've never been able to find any photos of CDA flight crews. I have always wondered what the flight attendents and pilots wore during the Era of Trujillo. Were the flight attendents only female?

I own a CDA brochure from 1954 that features the upcoming 1955 Fair for World Peace. The hotel rates listed on the brochure were not cheap. The DR appears to have been a luxury tourist destination during The Era.

I am always on the lookout for any CDA airlines memorabilia.


CDA Was the truly dominican carrier that this country ever had.

In 2001 CDA had an Memorabilia website that showed its routes, Schedules and photos.

Airlines like Aeromar, Air Santo Domingo, APA or Quisqueyana and more to come never get to CDA feet beacause they were lack of planes and Money.
 

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Dear Ogre,

As per your message. Yes, there is a book titled "Aviaci?n Comercial, Origen y Evoluci?n en Rep?blica Dominicana" it was published in 2006. It covers the origin and history of Airlines, both national and foreign to the country, history of the airports, travel agencies, governmantal authorities, etc. It has very interesting and fascinating illustrations.

I believe it is being sold in Libreria Cuesta as well as Libreria Thesaurus in Dom. Rep.

Rgds.

I haven't been able to find much on the history of Dominican airlines. Can anyone tell me what year the Dominican national airline went bankrupt?

How many Dominican airlines have there been? What years did they operate?

Wasn't APA strictly cargo?

Was CDA the only national carrier that Trujillo founded?

Are there any photos of the airplanes or air crews available online?

Brugal and Dominican food served on inflight meals?(hhhmmmm) Could I hear more details about that.

Are there any books available on this topic?