DC-8-63CF Iceland 1976
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.
Thelma getting ready for OB
life vest demonstration
Boeing 707-320c N525EJ, 1969
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
If you can find that DC-8, Iím ready to
build a reservations center!
CROWDED ON THE
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
Stunning beauty Marina Glinton Butler
Cutest of them all, Joan Armaly
High Fashion with Jacinta Fox Blake
and Betty Zimmer Bamberg
Bahamas Top Model,