Photos: Inaugural Baltimore/Bermuda Flight Lands

April 7, 2011

[Updated with video] The inaugural AirTran flight from Baltimore-Washington International arrived in Bermuda a few minutes past 3:30pm today [Apr.7].

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The flight was greeted by a water salute from fire trucks on the runway of LF Wade International Airport.

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To mark the first flight, the airline proclaimed today “Bermuda Shorts Day” in the Baltimore/Washington area. They gave one lucky winner and a guest a free trip to Bermuda, and $25 discount ticket vouchers to anyone who wore Bermuda shorts to Arundel Mills Mall.

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Passengers on today’s first flight were regaled with the Gombeys, a steel drum band and island-themed food and drinks during a celebration at the airport.

“We are excited to add Bermuda to our list of ‘island paradise’ destinations,” said John Kirby, AirTran Airways’ senior director of planning. “Reaching the famous pink sand beaches and unique culture of Bermuda has never been easier or more affordable.”

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Minister Kim Wilson said, “We are all very excited that AirTran Airways is making it easier than ever for Baltimore/Washington area residents to get to Bermuda’s world famous pink sand beaches in just two hours.”

“The Mid-Atlantic region is very important to Bermuda and there is no doubt that our visitors, as well as Bermudians, will enjoy AirTran’s outstanding service. We appreciate AirTran’s commitment to our destination and look forward to a strong partnership,” concluded Minister Wilson.

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Transport Minister Terry Lister previously said, “This seasonal service also offers visitors an alternative, a more economical option to travel to the island. In fact, connections to Bermuda will now be available from more than 45 cities throughout the AirTran Airways network via Baltimore/Washington and Atlanta including New York, Boston and Orlando.”

In addition to this new service from Baltimore, next month AirTran Airways will add flights from Atlanta. Airport General Manager Aaron Adderley said it is the first time Bermuda has welcomed a new airline that has introduced two flights in its first year.

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The Baltimore route began today and will run through to October 24, 2011, while service from Atlanta to Bermuda will begin on May 26, 2011, and run through to September 6, 2011.

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  1. Doin' the Dip says:

    Cool. Hopefully this will also bring cheaper flights.

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  2. KMHBermuda says:

    Glad to see them. I was kind of hoping that they'd have the 717 on this route instead of the 737...

    On a side note, anybody know what the two fighter jets were that we saw flying along South Shore yesterday? They were too far away to make out...

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  3. Sheriff says:

    My new best friend to get me to the Mall...

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  4. Wonderful says:

    Hope the prices are good :) Need a quick get-away. Atlanta is my place to be. :)
    *Also this morning the fighter jet were still at the airport. But was impressed with the u-turn Britsh made last night. Went to Clearwater and got out of the car to have it fly right over me. Such an amazing sight to see :)

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  5. Gateway island says:

    Wonderful! Choices, avalabilty and affordability is what we (and the world)need! I reeaally wish they could do the same with Bermuda to Gatwick! Maybe Easyjet or somthing of the like. Because BA ticket prices to London too expensive.

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