Divi Divi Air adds two Twin Otters to its fleet.
Divi Divi Air is a popular airline for making connections from Curacao to Bonaire. The small airline is known for their good customer service, and many times is sold out weeks in advance.
To help allay the issue of seating capacity, Divi Divi Air has recently purchased two additional de Haviland DHC 6-300 aircraft, commonly called Twin Otters, from Air Labrador and Air Inuit.
Those visitors who have been coming to Bonaire for many years might recall that Twin Otters were previously used between the ABC islands by ALM’s commuter service, as well as Dutch Caribbean Airlines.
Additional seating and STOL capabilities.
These planes have more seating than the Islander aircraft that Divi Divi Air is currently utilizing. The new Twin Otter planes have 19 seats, while the Islander aircraft, although having 9 seats, is normally flown with a maximum of eight passengers, so there is ample space and weight for luggage and freight.
The Twin Otter aircraft are Canadian STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) utility aircraft, developed by de Haviland Canada and currently produced by Viking Air. The aircraft’s fixed tricycle undercarriage, STOL capabilities, twin turboprop engines, and high rate of climb have made it a successful commuter passenger airliner as well as a cargo or medical evacuation aircraft.
It should be noted that currently Divi Divi Air utilizes Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and therefore flies only during daylight hours. Those who wish to take advantage of their flights should take this into consideration when making flight plans. There is the possibility, with the aquisition of the new planes, that flights to Aruba could be implemented in the future.
(Source: Skyquest International)
Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.