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DAE Airlines landing at SXM (Photo provided by Ian McMurtry)

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Dutch Antilles Express

Dutch Antilles Express, also known as DAE, dates back to 2003 when the airline consisted of various smaller carriers inside one parent company. The parent company, named Exel Aviation, started operation in 2003 with BonairExel with a single ATR 42 to operate within the Netherland's Antilles. The airline quickly became profitable, adding an Embraer ERJ-145 on the Bonaire-Aruba flights. As BonairExel expanded, Exel Aviation added a Curacao branch titled CuracaoExel. With the recent failure of the government backed Dutch Caribbean…