Cayman Airways has taken delivery of its new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from Air Lease Corporation at a ceremony in Seattle hosted by Boeing to mark the occasion.
“This year, as we celebrate 50 years of safe and reliable service, we take great pride in introducing the first Boeing 737 Max 8 to our fleet,” said Fabian Whorms, president of Cayman Airways.
“Over the next 20 months, we will be adding three additional Max 8 aircraft while retiring our existing Boeing 737-300 jet fleet.
“Following a competitive public tendering process, the unique lease structure and terms offered to Cayman Airways by ALC, has afforded Cayman Airways the ability to be the first B737-8 MAX operator based in the Caribbean, and we look forward to a strong working relationship with ALC.”
As part of its fleet modernisation plan, Cayman Airways is replacing its four 737-300 aircraft with the MAX 8, offering 30 per cent more seating capacity while achieving up to 30 per cent savings in fuel costs.
The airplane incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, and other airframe enhancements to improve performance and reduce operating costs.
“ALC is pleased to announce this new Boeing 737 MAX 8 delivery with Cayman Airways today,” said Steven Udvar-Hἁzy, executive chairman of Air Lease Corporation.
“With this new MAX 8 and the additional three aircraft set to deliver from ALC, Cayman Airways is successfully modernising its fleet with the most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient aircraft to enhance the airline’s overall operations, maximise customer comfort and bring a new standard of excellence for travellers to and from The Cayman Islands.”
Image – Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony in Seattle, Washington, are (from left): Kishore Korde, Air Lease Corporation; Ricardo Cavero, Boeing; Phillip Rankin, Cayman Airways; Steve Hazy, Air Lease Corporation; Fabian Whorms, Cayman Airways; and Andrew Zollers, Boeing