Posted: Friday, September 27, 2019. 11:32 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Tropic Air announced today that it has acquired a twin engine, 19 passenger, Beech 1900D aircraft in a deal worth nearly US$3million.
The delivery of the aircraft is scheduled for December with its first revenue flight early in the new year.
Initially, the aircraft will be placed on current international routes to Cancun, Roatan and Flores.
Flying time to those destinations will be significantly reduced.
“The 1900D is a fantastic aircraft. It is fast, pressurized, roomy, and has a stand up cabin. This is a significant investment for Tropic Air, and we are excited to be the first in Belize to fly it. We also hope to buy more,” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air.
“Adding a new aircraft type with new capabilities also means opportunities to look at new regional markets to add to our network, and we intend to do that. The 1900D brings cities such as Guatemala City and San Pedro Sula within a comfortable flying time for our passengers. This investment underscores our commitment to Belize, and to our confidence in tourism,” said Steve Schulte, CEO.
The 1900D is a turboprop aircraft that is designed primarily for regional routes.
It is popular for its speed and passenger comfort, and is the most successful 19 seat airliner ever built.
With 40 years of service, Tropic Air currently flies over 200 daily scheduled flights with 20 aircraft to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.
Tropic Air now employs over 360 team members and will carry over 300,000 passengers and 425,000 items of freight system wide this year. It has two additional aircraft on order.
Tropic Air is a member of the Latin American Airlines Association (ALTA), and recently successfully completed IATA’s Industry Standard Safety Audit for the third time, after joining the program in 2015.
Tropic also won the Traveler’s Choice Award in the Speciality and Leisure Category in Latin America in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines.
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