Cayman Brac welcomed the newest addition to the Cayman Airways fleet Wednesday with a water cannon salute.
The second of the national flag carrier’s two Saab 340 B+ turboprop’s completed its inaugural flight into Charles Kirkconnell International Airport. Cayman Airways told Cayman 27 the first Saab, which went into service last year, has proved to be the perfect aircraft for the route’s airlift needs.
The second Saab gives the airline extra flexibility and should increase reliability.
“We can’t drive from Stake Bay to George Town, we gotta fly or go by boat,” laughed Cayman Brac District Commissioner Ernie Scott. “So the second Saab gives us, it adds capacity to our airlift, and gives us the added assurance that if we want to jump on a flight at the last-minute we have the opportunity to get on the plane, our chances of getting on the plane are significantly increased. Reliability has been increased today, been improved, so we are excited about it.”
The Saab is initially supplied on a lease agreement from Jet Stream. The airline said it has plans to buy the plane outright in the near future.
This particular aircraft had previously flown around 35,000 flights when it was operated by Northwest Airlines and Delta. Cayman Airways said it has about 15 to 20 years left in its projected service life.