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The Cayman Islands Government recently approved a plan for modernising the flag carrier’s fleet. The 4 737-300s, with an average age of 21.8 Years, will be replaced with 4 brand new 737-8 MAX aircraft from Boeing. Deliveries will happen between 2018 and 2020.
The modernisation already begins this year when Cayman Airways will add a leased 737-800 to its fleet in November, which will be phased in on their current routes to Cuba, Jamaica, Honduras, and the United States.
Minister for Tourism, District Administration and Transport Hon Moses Kirkconnell said “Cayman Airways will now have the range to be able to reach any part of the United States and most of Canada with a significant growth in capacity, poising the airline to increase the $200 million economic contribution to the local economy annually. We are also pleased to state that due to the airline’s continued positive financial performance, with the full support of this Progressive Government, no government guarantees or other contingent liabilities were necessary to achieve this milestone.”
Cayman Airways President and CEO Fabian Whorms said the flights would represent a 20 percent reduction in fuel costs, along with a new Boeing Sky Interior and other design improvements.
“Cayman Airways intends to equip each aircraft with on-board Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment, seat power and other amenities to ensure that its passengers experience the best of Caymankindness,” he said.