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AIR BAHAMA HISTORY BY FRED COX CREW FRIENDSHIP REUNION WEBSITE FIRST PUBLISHED JULY 16, 2000

Boeing 707-320c
N525EJ, 1969

Boeing 707-320c
N525EJ, 1969

DC-8-63CF
Scotland 1975

DC-8-63CF
Le Bourget
Paris 1977

DC-8-63CF
Shannon
Ireland 1972

DC-8-63CF
Basel Mulhouse
Switzerland 1976

DC-8-63CF
Arlanda
Sweden 1976

DC-8-63CF Iceland 1976




Wonderful Bahamas


Yellow bird, up high in banana tree,
yellow bird, you sit all alone like me

The Bahamas consist of over 700 islands,
rocks & keys and is well known for its
perfect combination of sun, sand and sea,
you will also find big hearts, open arms
and warm smiles.
INTERNATIONAL AIR BAHAMA CREW WEB

Thelma getting ready for OB
life vest demonstration






Boeing 707-320c N525EJ, 1969

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JOE WRIGHT - IAL



AIR BAHAMA LOFTLEIDIR

I left IAL in 1979. Freddie Laker had arrived
on the scene and IAL saw problems ahead and
started letting people go. Curiously, this was
just after my cohort in REK and I had figured
out how they could save over $1 million a year.
Anyway, I was on the short list and left.

I started a telecommunications and reservations
consulting business. The timing was right.
The CAB had been dismantled and a slew of
airlines started in. This is was in the 1980s.
So I ended up being involved in almost every
start up airline to one extent or another.

Notable airlines that I set up from scratch
were New York Air (versus the Eastern Shuttle)
and Virgin Atlantic Airways. The one big
airline that I could never get into was
People Express. Even though I had inside
contacts, I couldnít even get a meeting.

FYI, a new airline calling itself People
Express
is trying to start up. They will be
based in Newport News, VA.


New York Air was opening a new destination
basically every two weeks. It became
difficult to obtain communications
equipment and services because AT&Tís
monopoly had been busted up, creating
some degree of chaos. In response to
this worsening situation, I started my
own telecom equipment company. Thatís the
only way I could guarantee that demands
by New York Air and Virgin Atlantic
Airways could be met. I ended up starting
up and shutting down several related
companies. The survivor of all of this is
TotalVoice, LLC which sells telephone
systems, voice mail systems and Interactive
Voice Response systems. It has now been
in business for over ten years.

Thatís a brief story of my work in the
airlines.

If you can find that DC-8, Iím ready to
build a reservations center!
Joe







CROWDED ON THE
FORWARD JUMPSEAT


Left to right, By airplane door Ruthie Lightbourne
Marian Hessinck Gessell, Joan Armaly and
Georgette Kohn Frisch, in front Rosina Breuer RIP





Photo taken on the Azores of an Air Bahama
aircraft beside the supersonic, photo
courtesy Gun Vidal

IN FLIGHT FASHION SHOW


Stunning beauty Marina Glinton Butler

Cutest of them all, Joan Armaly

High Fashion with Jacinta Fox Blake
and Betty Zimmer Bamberg

Bahamas Top Model,
Carnetha Carew
SOS CHILDREN VILLAGES - SHARE YOUR ABUNDANCE



IN FOND AND LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF ALL FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US