The start of 2018 signals the launch of our “Golden Year” as we celebrate 50 years of dedicated service as the National Airline of our beloved Cayman Islands — and we are so excited!
As we gear up to celebrate this significant milestone in the history of our airline, the story of how Cayman Airways came to be never gets old. Our roots were planted in 1955 as a small airline called “Cayman Brac Airways,” operated by Costa Rican carrier LACSA, primarily to provide airlift between Grand Cayman and our Sister Islands. Thirteen years later, on August 7, 1968, Cayman Brac Airways was purchased by the Cayman Islands Government and renamed Cayman Airways Limited (CAL). With the newly expanded role, Cayman Airways began connecting the Cayman Islands to the world, with the very first international flight being to Kingston, Jamaica.
As tourism became a main pillar of the Cayman economy, Cayman Airways also grew to help blaze new trails to our shores, whilst ensuring convenient and reliable airlift to the Cayman Islands from key tourism destinations. In 1982, the acquisition of a Boeing 737-200 aircraft allowed Cayman Airways to introduce First Class service for the first time, whilst also strengthening the airline’s regional and international capability. With the introduction of a Boeing 737-300 aircraft in the 1980s, Cayman Airways was then able to offer scheduled or charter service to multiple cities in the United States, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Philadelphia and St. Lois, in addition to Miami and Tampa.
Fast forward 50 years, after multiple fleet changes, route launches, a vibrant rebranding, and the launch of a new Fleet Modernization Plan that will see us have the newest fleet in the Caribbean by 2020 with four brand new Boeing 737-8Max aircraft — Cayman Airways remains more poised than ever to exceed its current $200-million-dollar contribution to the economy of the Cayman Islands. All whilst delivering the unique and generous Caymankind service that everyone has come to expect of Cayman’s National Airline.
At Cayman Airways, we still believe that flying should be enjoyable for our passengers, so we remain dedicated to providing excellent value for money, delivering unique travel experiences, and serving up true Caymanian hospitality. Our complimentary Seven Fathoms Rum Punch, free meals on flights over two hours and generous baggage allowance of two free checked bags up to 55 pounds each, are examples of this commitment, and reminds us all that Caymankind is so much more than a national slogan — for Cayman Airways and its family of employees, it’s a way of life. As our old company slogan goes, “We Go The Extra Smile,” which was the foundation for our current slogan’s promise, “Those Who Fly Us, Love Us.”
On behalf of the entire Cayman Airways family, thank you for flying with us today, and I wish you all the best for the year ahead.
President & CEO, Cayman Airways Ltd.