On Friday (30 November), Cayman Airways welcomed their new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft to Owen Roberts International Airport.
This is the first Max 8 to be operated by a Caribbean-based airline.
The inaugural flight arrived shortly after 5 p.m. from Seattle.
A host of MLAs, including the Premier, along with the Tourism and Finance Ministers, joined the Governor and Cayman Airways employees and their families to celebrate the plane’s safe arrival.
The afternoon was deliberately Caymanian in flavour, with the Miss Cayman Universe runner-up and several pirates in attendance, plus a steelpan band playing the plane into land.
The plane teased the expectant crowd, with two fly-bys and a dip of its wing, before it finally landed at its new home, to cheers and applause.
Water cannon and a Cayman flag flanked the plane as it was steered into the Cayman Airways hanger.
And – right on schedule – as the crew on board were due to disembark, the rain started.
Guests were then invited on board to view the Max 8.
Finance Minister Hon. Roy McTaggart, himself a former chairman of the Board of Cayman Airways, praised the airline’s westward expansion, referencing the new routes planned to Denver and Los Angeles.
When asked what the new aircraft was like after his tour, he joked he had enjoyed the plane’s new smell.