Fly Jamaica set to launch operations

By Gay Nagle Myers
Fly JamaicaFly Jamaica takes to the skies on Feb. 14 with four weekly flights between New York Kennedy and Kingston.

The flights will operate on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays.

Fly Jamaica will use a Boeing 757, seating 198 passengers in business and economy. The airline will offer complimentary meal service and two free checked bags per passenger.

The carrier is not positioning itself as a low-cost carrier.

"We are a standard carrier, offering all services," said COO Lloyd Tai at a ceremony in late January introducing the carrier.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority issued an air operator certificate to Fly Jamaica last September following a series of certification tests for the aircraft and its pilots, including a demonstration flight from Jamaica to Guyana.

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued its certificate of authority on Nov. 30.

The carrier is a partnership between its chairman and CEO, Guyana-born Paul Ronald Reece, and three Jamaican shareholders, including Tai.

The airline plans to add routes to Guyana and Toronto, according to Reece.

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