Maybe this should be titled the bad news, good news and bad news. Because the bad news in the first place is that American Airlines gutted its presence out of San Juan, Puerto Rico where they used to have a bunch of flights to all over the Caribbean. They consolidated a lot of the flights out of Miami which also has its goods and bads. But, more choices is always better, which is why it’s ultimately a good thing that American announced a codeshare with Seaborne Airlines today.
In two cases (DOM and VIJ) this is actually new service. All others augment existing service to/from Miami.
Now, the bad news (again):
Can’t tell you the last time I saw a Twin Otter. Seaborne flies 15 seat and 19 seat puddle jumpers. I’m sure they’re safe. Well, I’m not sure. I hadn’t heard of Seaborne before today. There are no notes of any safety issues, some quirky schedule issues and one note they were getting Saab 340 Turboprops which are probably bigger.
Anyway, more options always better, though you won’t find me on a 15-seater any time soon unless it’s a really special destination with no jet service. I did my years on the turboprops and I’m happy to leave those memories where they are.