Haiti-based Sunrise Airways announces fleet expansion

New aircraft to pave the way for routes connecting more of the Western Caribbean

Sunrise Airways recently announced that it will expand its fleet with the addition of a new 46-seat ATR 42-320 aircraft. The airline expects to accept delivery of the new ATR in late-February 2016 in advance of launching new routes better serving a wider swath of the Western Caribbean from its hub in Port-au-Prince.

“Bringing an ATR into the Sunrise fold represents a bright new beginning for our airline; one that will see us branching out swiftly to serve longer-haul routes connecting more of the Western Caribbean more effectively than ever before,” said Philippe Bayard, President of Sunrise Airways.

From its hub in Port-au-Prince, Sunrise Airways currently operates regularly scheduled service to/from Santo Domingo (JBQ), Santiago de Cuba (SCU), and Cap Haitien (CAP) utilizing 19-seat Jetstream 32 EP aircraft.

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“This fleet expansion is really all about our passengers, many of whom have long expressed an interest in having us spread our wings further afield,” added Bayard. “Havana, Camaguey, Kingston, Nassau, a return of the service to Turks and Caicos – the demand is strong for these and several other attractive regional gateways. Now, with the added size, comfort, and luggage capacity afforded by the ATR, we can look to serving routes like these with the same uncompromising style, safety, and reliability that our passengers have come to expect from Sunrise.”

The first and only Haitian-owned airline to be awarded a Part 129 Dominican Operating Permit, Sunrise Airways currently serves Santo Domingo (JBQ), Santiago de Cuba (SCU), and Cap Haitien (CAP).

New flights connecting Port-au-Prince with Kingston, Jamaica (KIN); Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (PLS); Camaguey, Cuba (CMW); and Nassau, The Bahamas (NAS) are planned for 2016. In line with the expansion of its route network, Sunrise Airways will also augment its fleet in 2016, adding new 46-seat ATR 42-320 aircraft to serve alongside its pre-existing cadre of 19-seat Jetstream 32 EP turboprops.

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