Thanks to Adrian Balch for helping get quite an obscure airline model made!
For part 1 of this blog series see: Bahamas Airways Pt 1: Money for Nothing
The new airline's priorities were to regain competitiveness by acquiring pure jets and to present for the first time a truly independent brand. The latter was unveiled almost immediately with a lovely new blue crown scheme complete with a pink flamingo whose wing took up most of the tail aside from a stylised B behind it on the rudder.
One of the major factors inhibiting Bahamas Airways from profitability was its lack of long haul routes such as a service to New York. The new fleet and livery hadn't improved profitability and the airline quickly applied for a Nassau-New York service even though it did not have any aircraft to operate the service. Both Pan Am and Eastern flew the route with 727s and for a time it appeared likely that BAL would lease a 727 for the service, probably from one of the supplemental airlines like World Airways.
BAC was keen to avoid Boeing involving itself with another of its customers and instead offered a specially modified One-Eleven 500, which would have long range fuel tanks added into the forward cargo hold. BAL still had a pair of options outstanding for the One-eleven and confirmed one as an order for the 'new' type. Bahamas Airways did actually add a third One-eleven to the fleet but this was a new series 301AG, which arrived in April 1970. Although the long range 517FE was completed and painted into BAL colours it never left Bournemouth, as Bahamas Airways finally ceased operations on October 9, 1970.
Evanich III, J.E. Lost Schemes: #52 Bahamas Airways One-Eleven 517 (1968-1970). Airlinercafe
Mexico & Caribbean One-Eleven operators. BAC1-11jet.co.uk
Bahamas Airways. Aerobernie
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