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INVITATION!

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Georgette, Betty and Leo arranged a fantastic Air Bahama 40 year
celebration dinner at the Hotel Italia in Luxembourg!

SUPER REUNION IN LUXEMBOURG! SUPER REUNION IN LUXEMBOURG! SUPER REUNION IN LUXEMBOURG! SUPER REUNION IN LUXEMBOURG! SUPER REUNION IN LUXEMBOURG! SUPER REUNION IN LUXEMBOURG!

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TOM BRANDENBURGER

Hotel Italia Saturday September 6, 2008 Air Bahama 40 year anniversary

Once more, I must say that it has been a wonderful evening there in Hotel Italia, and Lilian, Elisa and I will certainly remember this for a long time. Also, I would like to express my gratitude to all of the good people that made this event happen!
I wonder if there are many other companies in the world that are able to evoke such strong feelings and memories in so many people, after so many years, as Air Bahama still does today?
Air Bahama was mainly known to the regular Luxembourgian by this beautifully painted DC-8-63 aircraft he could see flying over the city every day. Moreover, a huge poster, displaying a sun-tanned girl at a Bahamian beach, in the window of our “Town office”, arose much public attention - you could already spot it when coming out of the train station across the street. With its shining white and red colours and the sun on its tail, the Air Bahama airplane seemed to bring along a small part of the Caribbean Sea to this cool and rainy Central Europe. It was so much different from all the other, regular, airliners you could see, and it was by far the most beautiful aircraft around. In fact, I haven’t seen anything like it after it was gone. Remarkably, the heydays of International Air Bahama and Loftleidir Icelandic Airlines at the beginning of the 1970s were, at the same time, the heydays of Luxembourg airport. It was a time, when it seemed that this makeshift looking “ Luxembourg Departure and Arrival hall” would soon burst into pieces, with all those large aircraft bringing tons of folks from the US and the Bahamas over here. Hundreds of Hippies streamed in and out, and when left behind, because of overfilled flights, they simply arranged for an overnight in their sleeping bags outside on the grass around the facilities. The low airfares of Loftleidir Icelandic Airlines produced a sort of over- production, resulting in full flights and stiff over-bookings, sometimes forcing the company to throw in extra flights to evacuate the massive number of standby passengers.
All this, in conjunction with long delays “due to technical”, sometimes made for unheard-of situations, funny and not so funny, that would probably fill a whole book. Sadly, once Air Bahama, and later on, Icelandic Airlines, stopped operating to Luxembourg, we were left like a dog without a bone, and until today, without any flights to the USA, let alone to the Caribbean Sea. Also, and even more sadly, the somewhat special and romantic aspect of aviation of that time has vanished today, and flying became a non-personal and strictly cost-effective mass carriage. When I talk to younger colleagues today about Air Bahama and Loftleidir Icelandic Airlines, it appears that most of them haven’t even heard these names, and some cannot believe that all this was going on in tiny Luxembourg more than 35 years ago. But then again, they might not even know who Jimi Hendrix was ... Long gone the days when an elegant, shiny red and white DC-8 came thundering across the sky over Luxembourg, on it’s way down to the Bahamas. But very comforting the fact, that there are so many, that still remember those glorious days, and that manifest this strongly by meeting and having a good time together. Keep it up, Air Bahama, and let’s all be “Eleutheran Adventurers”! See you all soon! Tom Brandenburger Luxembourg







Magnificent Reunion
Organizers Betty,
Leo and Georgette
photos by Elisabeth



Air Bahama Crew
at the Hotel Italia!



MISS AIR BAHAMA
JUNIOR

Danielle Romanazzi
Georgettes daughter




Air Bahama Reunion
by Olive Schneider


IAB 40 year anniversary
by Angelina van Oortmarssen



Air Bahama Moselle
River Cruise
by Olive Schneider


Photos courtesy
Georgette Kohn Frisch

A magical day with
Air Bahama
at the Moselle River!




Air Bahama Crew at
Luxembourg reunion!


A toast for IAB!


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HELLO AIR BAHAMA! HELLO AIR BAHAMA! HELLO AIR BAHAMA! HELLO AIR BAHAMA! HELLO AIR BAHAMA! HELLO AIR BAHAMA!

A silent question to would be reunion attendants
who had reserved cruise and dinner and forgot to cancel.
Who do you think paid your reservation?