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Aero Virgin Islands began operations in the spring of 1977. The fleet was basically all DC-3s. Their route network consisted of flights to St. Thomas, and Saint Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and San Juan, in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico-based airline Prinair was the company’s main competitor until their bankruptcy in 1984. Prinair’s failure gave the opportunity for Aero Virgin to be more involved in the region. However, the airline faltered as its aging fleet of DC-3s got many problems, which led to them virtually being unusable. The final nail in the coffin was the total destruction of the DC-3 fleet when Hurricane Hugo struck in September 1989.



Aero Virgin Islands DC-3 (Manfred Jahn)

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Great post witht he history! :cool:

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Thanks fellas. This airline should have been more successful as they held a monopoly in the region after Prinair's collapse. If they had attended to their DC-3s with a little more TLC they would probably have survived longer than they did. Then again, that devastating Hurricane Hugo really did a job on this airline in 1989. It just wasn't meant to be.
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