Every year around this time, there is a wonderful excitement in the air as families and friends jet off on much-anticipated Summer vacations. For all of us at Cayman Airways, it’s always such a pleasure to see the happiness on the faces of our customers and to be part of making their vacation dreams come true.
As a company, this time of year is also particularly special for us as we celebrate another successful year serving as the National Airline of the Cayman Islands. Whether connecting the Sister Islands to Grand Cayman or connecting the country to the world, for the past 49 years Cayman Airways has focused on serving the needs of the Cayman community and the needs of the country as a whole.
As many may know, Cayman Airways Limited (CAL) was established on August 7, 1968, following the Cayman Islands Government’s purchase of 51 percent of Cayman Brac Airways from LACSA, the Costa Rican flag carrier. At its inception, it would have perhaps been difficult for most people to appreciate the significance of transferring ownership shares from LACSA to the Government of the Cayman Islands, since Cayman Brac Airways was already meeting a real need prior to 1968. However, as Cayman Airways, the airline was about to meet many more needs. The rest, as they say, is history.
And it’s this strong history that we look to in order to evolve for the future. Today, the airline is continuing to blaze new trails and meet the needs of our passengers. Our Fleet Modernization Plan will continue to see our current fleet of Boeing 737-300 aircraft fully retired and replaced with new Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft by 2020 — which will allow for more comfortable travel and ensure that our passengers experience the best of Caymankindness.
The launching of new routes and the expansion of service to others allows convenient access to and from the Cayman Islands, which is an important mandate for us as Cayman’s National Airline. Cayman Airways passengers can once again take advantage of expanded service for the Summer with daily nonstop flights between Grand Cayman and Tampa, as well as the return of seasonal nonstop Summer flights to Dallas.
There is also our new route to Roatán in the Bay Islands of Honduras, which launched earlier this year, and enhanced service to Cayman Brac, which was realised within the past two years with the introduction of two Saab 340B+ aircraft.
Our commitment to providing exceptional value, comfort and safety for our passengers also continues to exceed expectations. For almost five decades we have had an impeccable safety record while working hard to meet the needs of our passengers, especially with the Caymankind offer of two free checked bags, free inflight Seven Fathoms Rum Punch and a complimentary meal for all passengers aboard our long-haul flights.
It goes without saying that CAL’s success wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated employees. In this issue’s “Local Spotlight,” we speak with CAL’s 2016 Employee of the Year, Stephan Smith, about his passions and his commitment to our customers. Also, in the article titled “Above and Beyond,” we detail just how much effort goes into becoming a flight attendant for Cayman Airways by highlighting the careers of three incredible employees: from one who started just a few years ago to two seasoned veterans who have been exemplifying “Caymankind in the skies” for more than two decades.
I am very proud to say that all of us here at Cayman Airways take great pride in ensuring that everyone enjoys an excellent journey with us and can experience for themselves why we promise “Those who fly us, love us!”
Whatever your reason for travelling with us today, we are thrilled that you chose Cayman Airways, and we look forward to seeing you on board with us again soon.
President & CEO, Cayman Airways Ltd.