Celebrating Five Decades of Flying
Taste of Cayman foodies were greeted this year with a message of national pride and longevity as Cayman Airways — the National Airline of the Cayman Islands — launched a year-long celebration for its 50th anniversary in 2018. Joining Sir Turtle and CAL’s uniformed staff were: Miss Cayman Islands Anika Conolly, wearing her 2018 Miss Universe costume depicting Cayman’s indigenous parrot; Cayman’s famous pirate, Darvin Ebanks; and CAL employees dressed in traditional Caymanian attire representing Caymanian culture and heritage. Event-goers also received complimentary Sir Turtle pirate hats.
Sir Turtle Makes Surprise Appearances in Cayman Brac
Cayman Airways’ Sir Turtle mascot made surprise appearances at various events on Cayman Brac in January as part of Cayman Airways’ year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary. The “Golden Year” campaign launched in Cayman Brac in honour of the airline’s historic beginnings as “Cayman Brac Airways.”
Sir Turtle’s first appearance was on January 22, 2018 at the annual Corporate Cup Relay organised by the Lions Club of Cayman Brac, which was sponsored by Cayman Airways. Sir Turtle presented each member of the winning team with a roundtrip ticket from Cayman Brac to Grand Cayman. He also handed out commemorative Cayman Brac Airways T-shirts and pirate hats, and he even participated in one of the races.
Sir Turtle then surprised Cayman Brac’s senior citizens with an appearance during a special Bingo Night held at the Cayman Brac Civic Center on Thursday, January 25, 2018, a community initiative organized by the Department of Children and Family Services, and sponsored by Cayman Airways. Attendees received Cayman Airways prizes. The only couple in Cayman Brac celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year attended, which was Mr. and Mrs. Guy Banks. Sir Turtle presented the couple with two roundtrip tickets to any Cayman Airways destination, a Cayman Airways model airplane, a lovely gift basket with roses.
Wrapping up his Cayman Brac tour, Sir Turtle made an appearance at the Family Fun Day on January 27, 2018 at the Public Beach, organised by the National Drug Council and sponsored by Cayman Airways. Sir Turtle also handed out pirate hats and presented prizes to raffle winners.
Cayman Airways Obtains Full Membership to IATA
Cayman Airways Limited (CAL) recently obtained its full membership as part of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This achievement was officially marked and celebrated on November 16, 2017 at an admission ceremony held at Cayman Airways’ headquarters. Peter Cerda, IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Americas, led a delegation from IATA to formally welcome Cayman Airways as the newest member of IATA.
“We are thrilled to now be full members of IATA,” remarked Fabian Whorms, CAL President and Chief Executive Officer. “For many years, Cayman Airways has maintained a close relationship with IATA, which provided us with access to the IATA services necessary to conduct business, such as IATA airline codes, interlining, billing and settlement, and the IATA Safety Audit. At this juncture, it has become more cost effective and advantageous for Cayman Airways to seek full membership. We look forward to the lower costs and many additional benefits that this membership will now provide to Cayman Airways.”
Alexandre de Juniac, IATA Director General & CEO, commented, “We welcome Cayman Airways to the IATA fold. In the Caribbean, commercial aviation supports job creation and boosts the region’s GDP. With Cayman Airways on board, we will work to maximise aviation’s benefits for passengers, governments and the regional economy. Our vision is to be the force for value creation and innovation, driving a safe, secure and profitable air transport industry and sustainably connects and enriches our world. Our current priorities include strengthening the IATA financial systems, reducing costs to the industry, developing new technical standards to facilitate innovation in distribution, improving global safety, protecting the industry’s ability to grow sustainably, and seeking to avoid further burdensome regulation.”
From its base in Grand Cayman, Cayman Airways provides air transport to 12 destinations. The airline works closely with the Government of the Cayman Islands to ensure that strategic services necessary for economic development and domestic support are accomplished successfully and to the benefit of the Cayman Islands.