Discount Airliner Jet Blue Flies to Aruba … Hardly the Big Spenders Aruba Was Looking For


The first Jet Blue plane flew from New York to Aruba yesterday to the festive reception of JetBlueArubawater cannons. Lets just hope the passengers on board were told what was going on and did not think their plane was on fire.

We hardly think that the 156 leather JetBlue seats are going to make up for the KLM reducing the size and frequency of airplanes traveling to Aruba. All this will attract is a bargain basement price for those who wish to put price over principle.

Let’s remember what the AHATA and government stated that their goal was for Aruabn tourism … “Not only does the AVP want to reverse the trend, but wants to work with a new plan for tourism towards a restructuring from quantity to quality.” Exactly how does contracting with a discount airline get one quality? All it would appear to do is get those that would already go to Aruba there for a cheaper fare. Tourism based on price alone does not increase tourism, it shifts it from one pocket to another.

The addition of Jet Blue is not going to fix the “Monkey Wrench” in the Aruban tourism.


Amigoe; Sept. 18, 2006 First flight of JetBlue landed in Aruba 

The first airplane of JetBlue was welcomed yesterday with a festive fountain from two sprayer engines of the fire department of the airport.

ARUBA – The first aircraft of the American low cost airline company JetBlue landed in Aruba on Friday afternoon.  The Airbus 320 arrived with passengers from New York’s JFK airport. 

On the apron, they were ceremoniously received by two sprayer engines of the airport’s fire department.  Minister Edison Briesen (MEP) of Tourism and Transport, together with Rob Maruster, vice-president Airport Operations of JetBlue cut the tape at the gate right before the passengers got off the airplane. 

Representatives of the airport, Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) and Aruba Hotel And Tourism Association (Ahata) greeted the passengers with a warm ‘bon bini’, when they were getting off the airplane.   

There was a reception in the VIP-room of the airport afterwards and they toasted with blue-coloured champaign on a good collaboration between Aruba and JetBlue.  The airline company makes daily flights between New York and Aruba and maintains much lower tariffs than other companies.  The aircraft has 156 leather seats. 

Each passenger has his/her own TV-screen that gives the possibility to choose from a great deal of programs.  One passenger that had just arrived with JetBlue was very enthusiastic about the service on board.  “On my television screen I could read that I can ask for another drink and that they will be pleased to bring it to me.  That’s not the case with other airline companies.  Maruster joked that JetBlue can fly this cheap to Aruba, because upon arrival, the airplane gets washed free of charge.

Posted September 18, 2006 by
Aruba, boycott, Travel | 53 comments

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    53 Responses to “Discount Airliner Jet Blue Flies to Aruba … Hardly the Big Spenders Aruba Was Looking For”

    1. Miss-Underestimated on September 18th, 2006 9:41 am

      The jet gets washed free of charge? Just like evidence collected during a crime?

    2. Nut44x4 on September 18th, 2006 9:53 am

      HAHAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!! HAHAAA!! GOOD 1 Miss!! Sorry…had to laugh, but I know it isn’t really funny. Tragic, simply tragic.

    3. para2legal on September 18th, 2006 10:41 am

      Very disappointed in Americans who sell-out to this sorry excuse of a country for a cheap vacation. I hope you get what you paid for – a terrible experience. Shame on you.

    4. joe bear on September 18th, 2006 10:58 am

      Al Gore States with Global Warming and the Ice Pack melting ,the sea levels will suddenly raise several feet.With Aruba having less than 15% arable land and most of it and the beaches under water ,what will happen.The Dutch ruling class(rats) will leave.The native Arubans will suffer.It is time for Paulus to be MENSCH and seek atonement,when the book of life is closed.Joe

    5. JusticeforNatalee on September 18th, 2006 11:06 am

      Aruba can NEVER have a first class resort with a THIRD WORLD POLICE FORCE.

    6. ProAruba on September 18th, 2006 11:25 am

      Good job Aruba

    7. Jehnifer on September 18th, 2006 11:34 am

      Last week I emailed Larry Garrison directly asking some pointed questions about his public statements made about the case and someone now talking. His response:

      [Add to Address Book]
      Subject: Re: (no subject)
      Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 7:13:46 PM [View Source]

      Do you honestly think I am going to tell this information to a total stranger? I am taking care of things appropriately, and I appreciate your interest. For all I could know is that you may be a family member to one of the people going down.


    8. Jehnifer on September 18th, 2006 11:36 am

      Also from Larry Garrison…

      [Add to Address Book]
      Subject: Re: (no subject)
      Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 6:12:11 PM [View Source]

      You did not offend me. It was difficult to be able to give you the answers, when I do not know if you are from Aruba. All I can say is that I will never give up.


    9. vicki on September 18th, 2006 11:47 am

      proaruba,#6, just what the heck are you so pro about???the place stinks of rotten liars. Tell us just one good thing about the place? its filthy, besides the resort area, the rest of the Island is trash..the people there are supressed and poor. The only ones on the island with any money are the elite…Justice will be served.
      On another note, look at the casino video again, paulus the swine is gambling next to Natalee…and there is someone in the dark behind him.

    10. Miss-Underestimated on September 18th, 2006 12:12 pm

      Yes Vicki

      I often wondered who that old man was on the casino video, I haven’t heard of any denials, have you?

    11. dennisintn on September 18th, 2006 12:30 pm

      after reading this article, why does the song “is that all there is?”, and the old wendy’s commercial “where’s the beef?” come to mind? of course, the frugal traveler should only buy one way tickets, as a return trip ticket is not always needed from aruba.

    12. Richard on September 18th, 2006 12:38 pm

      This is not related directly to this thread, but today I received the following answer to a letter I wrote to ASTA some months ago, calling on them to denounce the plans of Gogo Worldwide Vacations to have a travel agent conference or such a thing in Aruba and to urge members to shun it.

      Below is their expression of deep concern. They’re so sincere that they can’t spell Natalee’s name correctly.

      September 15, 2006

      Dear (Richard),

      Thank you for taking time to address your concerns with Gogo Worldwide Vacations’ travel agent convention in Aruba. While we sympathize with your plea to ASTA to encourage members to boycott this event, ASTA maintains its position that “there is no evidence that a travelers’ boycott of Aruba will serve the cause of justice”, (sic) as previously expressed in the following statement issued December 2005:

      The tragic case of Natalie (sic) Holloway is regrettable and saddens us all. Our sincere sympathy goes out to her family and friends. It is our clear desire that the perpetrators of this crime be brought to justice as soon as possible. However, a boycott of travel to Aruba will not solve this crime nor guarantee justice. Rather the people of Aruba will suffer for something that they did not do. Travel is about the freedom of free people to go where and when they want. There is no evidence that a travelers’ boycott of Aruba will serve the cause of justice.

      I appreciate your passion and enthusiasm for upholding ASTA’s code of ethics and industry standards.


      William A. Maloney, CTC
      Executive Vice President and COO
      American Society of Travel Agents

      cc: Gilbert Haroche
      President and CEO, Gogo Worldwide Vacations

    13. Carpe Noctem on September 18th, 2006 12:52 pm


      I wonder if there was fecal water in
      those cannons, like from their toxic
      beaches? Ewww.

      Perfume it Lie-Ruba!


    14. cenote530 on September 18th, 2006 12:56 pm

      They can spray from now till doomsday and not wash the blood of NATALEE HOLLOWAY off aruba’s hands.

    15. JusticeforNatalee on September 18th, 2006 1:20 pm

      I don’t think there was anything “accidental” about Natalee’s death.
      The use of the word “accidental” minimizes the seriousness of the crime against Natalee.

      Let’s look at the simplest scenario. J2K slip Natalee a drug in order to take advantage of her. She dies as a result of the drug.

      There is nothing “accidental” about it. They KILLED her.

      In the United States, if you kill someone while committing another felony–intentional or not–it is murder, right?

      Does anyone know how Aruban law would view this situation?

    16. Houston on September 18th, 2006 1:24 pm

      A nightmare vacation for Nightmare Island?

    17. Richard on September 18th, 2006 1:28 pm

      Here’s my reply, dashed off in a fit of pique:

      September 18, 2006

      Mr. William A. Maloney
      Executive Vice President and
      Chief Operating Officer
      American Society of Travel Agents
      1101 King St., Suite 200
      Alexandria, VA 22314

      Dear Mr. Maloney:

      Thank you for your reply of September 15 to my request that ASTA urge its members to shun a travel event that Gogo Worldwide Vacations was arranging in Aruba. I was most heartened to read the December 2005 statement that ASTA extended “sincere sympathy” to the family and friends of Natalee Holloway. Had the statement managed to spell her name correctly, it might perhaps have had more of the ring of sincerity than it does.

      Few would quarrel with your statement that “Travel is about the freedom of free people to go where and when they want.” The converse of this statement must also hold true: that people who choose to avoid a locale have the right to do so. Aruba, which has maintained that a tourist boycott is illegal, seems unable to comprehend this idea.

      ASTA may care little that the Holloway Twitty family have been insulted for their impudence in seeking to learn their daughter’s fate; that elements of Aruba’s government and law enforcement have since day one conspired to prevent the truth from emerging, presumably to protect certain local individuals and perhaps others; and that reports of drug dealing, assaults and other crimes are routinely suppressed on the “happy island.”

      Those of us who see a moral issue in where and how we spend our money, however, care deeply. If the organizations that should champion the interests of Americans abroad see fit to turn their eyes aside, we will protect ourselves. Aruba whines that tourism is down; with no justice for Natalee (please note the spelling), there will be no tourists for Aruba. Nothing but our voluntary boycott could have induced them to seek Dutch assistance.

      I appreciate your attention and assistance on this matter. If you want some of the “boycott Aruba” stickers on my envelope, hoping thereby to promote justice in a country that seems indifferent to the very concept, I shall be only too pleased to supply them to you.



    18. Carpe Noctem on September 18th, 2006 1:35 pm

      torso position

      Justice for Ms Natalee Holloway!
      Corruption and

    19. dennisintn on September 18th, 2006 1:41 pm

      nice work, richard. keep the fire going.

    20. sunny71 on September 18th, 2006 1:51 pm

      Richard, get off your high horse. Life is about making choices. You choose to boycot Aruba, good for you. You choose to try to impose your take on morals on others, also good for you. However, some others choose not to listen to you. Nice try.
      You can boycot JetBlue and Gogo if you want. If you’re gonna boycot everyone and everything that has to do with Aruba, then that’s your coice. Can’t stop you. But there won’t be much left for you to boycot if you reaaly wanna take your boycot to the extremes that you aspire to. And why is that? Well, because you guys are a minority, and in your country a minority is listened to, but cannot decide.
      May your vacation in Jamaica or the Virgin Islands or Cancun be a safe one.

    21. dkpen on September 18th, 2006 2:18 pm

      Someone once quoted…

      “I believe she is alive because they are trying so awfully hard to convince us she is dead.”

      I wonder how much this could possibly be true.

    22. KELMAL on September 18th, 2006 2:34 pm

      sunny, EXCELLENT POST, BUT we are also botcotting Jamaica so please take them off your list . Thank You, KELMAL

    23. Miss-Underestimated on September 18th, 2006 2:47 pm


      Wouldn’t they would at least provide dummy evidence of Natalee, rather than deny that all that is found is irrelevant. Wouldn’t they have toasted the two security men saying they murdered her? The case would have been closed and Aruba would be along its merry way.
      Lets face it, the two security men were released due to Beths persistance. I think the evidence found would have lead directly to those accused and could not be manufactured to lead to Johns and Abrahams.(sp)

      Aruba give Natalee back to her family.

    24. JusticeforNatalee on September 18th, 2006 2:52 pm

      Debbie at BFN heard that the Dutch take over the case today.

      Let’s hope this is true and that we start to see RESULTS of a REAL investigation soon!

    25. Meee on September 18th, 2006 3:06 pm

      Richard, good job as always. I will be firing them a letter also. Everybody feel free to let Jet Blue know how you feel about them dealing with the Corrupt Country of Aruba. To Sunny71. My family and friends will also be doing our best to boycott anything that has to do with this Corrupt Country of Aruba. I am proud to say that I have been able to disuade a couple of people from going to Aruba to vacation this summer. Just by giving them examples of what has taken place. It’s a small step. But it’s a step foward. And it hurts the Corrupt country of Aruba

    26. KELMAL on September 18th, 2006 3:16 pm

      Mee, Great point, I will send one too and I think we ALL should send them one. I think if they got all 54 of them in one week they will STOP going to Aruba !!

    27. Houston on September 18th, 2006 4:27 pm

      In the 1970s St Croix had a couple of guys go out on one of their golf courses and machine gun the people playing golf. St Croix has not completely recovered from that….over 30 years ago and they still have to deal with it. Now Aruba is looking at the same thing. Maybe Jet Blue has not done their “due dilligence,” things are just going down hill for Aruba from here on taking Jet Blue with it.

    28. Carpe Noctem on September 18th, 2006 4:45 pm
    29. vicki on September 18th, 2006 5:25 pm

      #28-Carpe i know nothing about this is funny, but oh man…that head shot of Urine is tooooo funny. Thanks I needed that.Cant wait till he is locked up for the”butt” shot.
      I wrote to jetblue about the radar not working and that its on them if something happens and that I am saving my email to them to prove it.
      @20Sunny, go back under the rock you crawled out of and leave Richard alone. Who the heck are you anyway…You just dont come on a board and start blasting people…Go on now back to mama. Isnt that what you pimps like to do???

    30. Scared Monkeys on September 18th, 2006 6:13 pm

      [...] We don’t remember reading about this recreation that one could have on Aruba in the travel brochures. Funny, don’t remember reading about a visit to the hospital after being beat up by a bouncer as one of the things to do while in Aruba. Let’s hope it was no one that came to Aruba aboard the maiden voyage of JetBlue. [...]

    31. JusticeforNatalee on September 18th, 2006 6:32 pm

      Overview of Aruban justice system, courtesy SunFreak
      (scroll down)

    32. Carpe Noctem on September 18th, 2006 6:59 pm

      #28-Carpe i know nothing about this is funny, but oh man…that head shot of Urine is tooooo funny. Thanks I needed that.Cant wait till he is locked up for the”butt” shot.


      lol. glad you enjoyed it. I have to put out some funny ones…
      some of the negativity with the news, and the gosh awful
      island of you know what… it’d kill you if u didn’t let off steam and have a laugh, huh? ;)

    33. Allan K on September 18th, 2006 7:04 pm

      Sunny you have a problem, We all here seem to care what happens with Natalee and her family. Most of us here agree with Richard here and his letters. If you will please shut hell up and don’t blame anybody for trying to help. Your logic is foul and stupid. I am personally attached to this case and a conclusion.. Your logic astounds me, just plain stupid. If you talk nice I can too!

    34. on September 18th, 2006 7:05 pm

      I noticed a very interesting thing about the JetBlue article. While they told us how many leather seats the jet had, they didn’t tell us how many of them were filled with passengers to Aruba. If it had been full or close to full, I think we would have read that.

      So wonderful, 50 passengers took a flight to Aruba.

    35. Richard on September 18th, 2006 7:57 pm

      We should ask JetBlue how many of those people on the first flight made it back home. I expect that Aruba will be doing its damndest to get positive comments from them … maybe Julia Renfro was on the tarmac to greet them with a charm offensive. (Sort of like using Sylvester Stallone to teach ballet, but anyways ….)

      And Sunny is right: “Life is about making choices.” One who believes passionately in the choices that one makes has the right … perhaps the duty … to defend them.

      The choice that I have made is to boycott Aruba, and to do whatever legal measures I can to promote that goal. I wouldn’t force anyone to do so, even if I could, but I can and will argue that the simple action of not spending money there is the most powerful tool, if not the ONLY tool, that we have to promote the cause of the Holloway Twitty family; to find answers for Natalee.

      As I said, had the boycott not been effective so far, Aruba would never have asked the Dutch to come over. Whether that will be effective is unknown; but at least it is a step, or maybe only half of one. But the more of us who continue to raise our voices and to insist that the world pay heed, the more effective we can be.

    36. KELMAL on September 18th, 2006 8:15 pm

      KAT, I heard they gave them all a SPINACH salad !!!!

    37. hammer on September 18th, 2006 9:37 pm


      Great Letter Richard !!

      Consider sending same to exec management BUT not e-mail.

      Send hard copy, registered mail, return reciept requested.

      You’ll get a personal reply from a JetBlue exec within 5 days. If you carbon copy the US State Dept, your local Congresman and your local Better Business Bureau, your reply will likely be received alot faster than that.

      Do It Now — as am I.


    38. Carpe Noctem on September 19th, 2006 3:52 am


      Those look like water cannons…

      It was actually the murdering
      raping Kalpoes on either side
      of the plane giving it
      its scheduled
      bi-weekly wash!

      They were rinsing for ants
      crabs, sand, leaves,
      ….cough, ahem what???


    39. Richard on September 19th, 2006 5:11 am

      Wrote to JetBlue twice already … got the identical form letter in response. Let’s hope they will accept losses on their cheap flights for only so long.

    40. Carpe Noctem on September 19th, 2006 7:00 am
    41. Gary on September 19th, 2006 8:12 am

      Congratulations to Aruba! While I understand SM’s spin, it just doesn’t work here. They wouldn’t fly to Aruba unless there was a market for them. Certainly, there are enough other islands they could go too. SM looks very silly trying to spin this good news into bad.

    42. Carpe Noctem on September 19th, 2006 8:43 am

      Aruban Official reporting on faulty no-working RADAR


      Q: Disappeared, can you elaborate on that???

      “Yes, the BLIPS, ummmm, they just KINDA VANISHED.”

      -shoulder shrugs-


    43. JusticeforNatalee on September 19th, 2006 11:00 am

      “On my television screen I could read that I can ask for another drink and that they will be pleased to bring it to me. ” comments of JetBlue passenger

      Did Jetblue also tell you that they are dropping you off on a drug-infested, crime-ridden island where a VERY bad crime might happen to you and the police force will do NOTHING about it. Cheers!

    44. viet vet on September 19th, 2006 11:02 am

      #41, Gary, no one should congratulate Aruba on anything but total corruption. Seems another one of their corrupt government workers beat up a tourist. I don’t think the Blue Jet flights will last very long. Truth is Aruba is over priced, over rated, unfriendly, and overly corrupt. SM does not look silly, you do. Justice for Natalee, boycott Aruba.

    45. KELMAL on September 19th, 2006 11:02 am

      Gary, I think you may be RIGHT. If there wasn’t a market for Aruba they WOULD go somewhere else. STUPID AMERICANS !!!!!!!!

    46. JusticeforNatalee on September 19th, 2006 11:03 am

      Who cares about the LEATHER seats?!

      You are still being transported to ARUBA!

      I have leather seats in my CAR, but that doesn’t mean that I drive to the most dangerous part of the city and get out and take a walk!

    47. Richard on September 19th, 2006 11:37 am

      I wonder whether, or to what extent, Aruba may be subsidizing the JetBlue flights. At this point, we can assume that they would do anything to give the impression that their tourist market is active.

      How about jet fuel at sharply discounted prices (after all, Valero has a refinery on Aruba)? How about laundering money via guaranteed wins at the casino?

      Further allurements, the mind dreads to dwell upon….

    48. stumpwater on September 19th, 2006 12:53 pm

      #42, rofl,:) Good one! You made my day.

    49. KELMAL on September 19th, 2006 7:16 pm

      Richard, What ever they are doing it is working. Thousands of tourists go there EVERY WEEK !!!!!!!!!!

    50. punkingale on September 19th, 2006 10:18 pm

      I posted this somewhere else, but I’m going to post it here, too. I e-mailed Michelle at Her address is on her web site. . She sent me a package of Boycott Aruba/Justice for Natalee and letters to Oduber, Croes & Briesen. I signed them and put them in the stamped envelopes she provided. Please, y’all do it, too. Boycott Aruba!!!

    51. Carpe Noctem on September 20th, 2006 12:07 pm

      I did the Michelle Boycott package too punkingale.

      HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOLKS… you can do as much
      or as little as you want… meaning you can
      write the letters yourself, and tell them
      exactly what u think… or u can send some of the stock
      ones that she supplied in the package. There’s
      NO EXCUSE not to get those letters out,
      she’s done ALL THE LEGWORK for you.

      Again, good going Michelle. KAPOW -J4N-

    52. Ed on September 20th, 2006 10:34 pm

      After searching for something (work related) I came upon this site containing many info of Aruba, sadly in a negative way. Upon reading some I came to the conclusion that whatever news there is about Aruba, wether it be a bad-good-neutral one. It’s basically the same. The name of Aruba is bad, end of story. And everything about Aruba is bad.
      For the people who are not so fond (or rather hate) Aruba and everything Aruba related. I have to tell u ure loss. Natalee went missing. We’re all saddened by that. If we, the people of Aruba, could have given her back to her family. We would have done so in a beartbeat. Sadly that is not the case and seeing so far how things have turned out I don’t see that happening. She is in our mind but there is so much we can do. And as the saying goes: Life goes on.
      There wasn’t enough evidence to convict someone….anyone.
      Every country has their judicial system and we convict everyone based upon the laws of that particular country. The law is not perfect. In our ‘rage’ we cannot become blindsided and start to convict everyone just because we ‘feel’ like that particular person is guilty.
      Perhaps some of u are familiar to the Bible where if I’m not mistaken there is a piece in it stating that “those who are without sin cast the first stone.”
      From my parents I learned a lesson from childhood “laga pa Dios”. Literally translated that would be ‘leave it to God.’ If anyone deserved some kind of punishment think that when he or she leaves this world behind, he will pay for his mistakes he made in live.
      If the judicial system couldn’t convict someone. Let it be. He/she will be convicted by a Higher authority.
      Thus I leave u. A good night to everyone. Have a great life.

    53. dennisintn on September 20th, 2006 10:55 pm

      ed, we want them punished here and there, now and later, any way you want to think of it. letting the perps get away with it here will cause them and others that they can continue getting away with rape and murder. that’s not good for your people or ours.

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