KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday January 18, 2013 – Fly Jamaica, a new local airline, makes its first commercial flight on January 25, the airline’s chief operating officer Captain Lloyd Tai has said.
The airline, with 80 employees, will operate a single Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Its first flight on January 25 will be to the JFK Airport in New York.
“We are a standard carrier. Initially, we will fly to New York; however, plans are in the pipeline to also fly to Toronto and also Guyana. Full service will also be offered, especially on our long flights when passengers will get a full meal. We are also competitive in terms of our prices,” Tai said.
Tai revealed plans to acquire an additional aircraft by year-end to bring its fleet to two.
The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) issued an Air Operator Certificate to Fly Jamaica in September of last year.
Fly Jamaica is a partnership between Guyanese Paul Ronald Reece, the company’s chief executive officer, and three Jamaican shareholders including Tai.
Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies called it “real evidence of regional co-operation”.
Fly Jamaica will also operate between Kingston and Guyana, with Davies noting that air travel between the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries has always been problematic.
“This is an example of how Jamaicans can work together. This venture will reduce the challenge of travelling between Jamaica and Guyana,” Davies said.