Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – Air Bahama DC-8-63




Fred
Cox

DC-8 Jet Collection




INTERNATIONAL
AIR
BAHAMA

DC-8-63

1/100
Scale









Color Scheme: First
Colors


Composition: A
Refinished One Piece Polished Aluminum Model made by Fermo Models,
Denmark


Dimensions: Length:
22″ (56cm), Wingspan 18″ (46cm)


Condition: Excellent


Model History: The
Blank was Produced by Fermo Model Factory, Denmark. A private collector bought the blank and decals at an Airliners Show back in 1995 and had Jim Powroznik finish it off in this livery the same year. It was then sold to Steve Spatz in 1996. I was Lucky in Winning this Great Model on
eBay from the Beautiful Steve Spatz Collection. It was received
on January 25, 2001 and then I added the stand.


International
Air Bahama’s DC-8 History:
International
Air Bahama was created in 1968 in Miami, Florida to fly passengers
Miami – Nassau – Shannon – Luxembourg and return at highly discounted
fares which were found rarely on the transatlantic market. Initially,
the airline leased a Boeing 707-355C from July 20, 1968 to October
1969. From October 1969 to May 1970 International Air Bahama switched
to a DC-8F-55 leased from Seaboard World Airlines. Click
Here To See Seaboard World DC-8F-55 Model & History.
These
flights were in direct competition with another low fare innovator
– Loftleidir Icelandic Airlines which had been flying passengers
at highly discounted fares from New York to Luxembourg via Iceland
for decades. Loftleidir had up until this time used old prop airliners
for this service but with International Air Bahama on the scene
this forced Loftleidir Icelandic to upgrade their equipment –
to Douglas DC-8-63CF jet equipment – also leased from Seaboard
World Airlines. Additionally, in 1972, Loftleidir Icelandic decided
to buy out International Air Bahama, shorten it’s name to just
Air Bahama & make it a subsidiary of Loftleider. The combination
of the two discount airlines brought new route opportunities &
combinations. To cope with the resulting greater demand a larger
DC-8-63CF for Air Bahama was also leased from Seaboard World Airlines.
Click Here To See Air Bahama’s
DC-8 Fleet Information.
Thus these two airlines became the
economical way to travel between the USA & Europe during most
of the 1970s. Their routes was somewhat circuitous (via either
Nassau or Reykjavik) & the trip was a longer one but the price
was cheap and demand was great. In 1973, after the first oil crisis
had occurred, the Iceland Government decided to merge it’s two
main airlines – Flugfelag Islands (which flew within Iceland)
and Loftleidir Icelandic (which flew the International Routes)
into one airline – Icelandair which was governed by the parent
company created named Flugleidir. Both Loftleider (and subsidiary
Air Bahama) and Icelandair would all continue independent operations
until 1979 when Loftleidir and Air Bahama were fully integrated
into the surviving airline – Icelandair. Thus is the ending for
a very colorful, if short-lived, airline which helped open up
the transatlantic market to the "ordinary traveler"
who wouldn’t have been able to travel overseas otherwise.


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