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Cayman Airways marks an important milestone in its plan to modernise its fleet, with the arrival of its new Boeing 737 800.

Before being welcomed to its new with the traditional water cannon salute, the new 800 and its all-Caymanian crew started their journey in Shannon, Ireland where the colourful Cayman crest and other decals were applied. The new aircraft made a quick stop for re-fueling before thrilling attendees at a Friday afternoon ceremony.

The national flag carrier said the new plane is the first of the next generation of aircraft to take the country forward, and with a lot more baggage space.

“As you well know, or might not know, the 300’s that we have carry only 200 passenger bags, this will carry 300 passenger bags,” said Phillip Rankin, Cayman Airways board chairman.

The new plane will be the bridge between the 737-300’s and the new “8-maxes” Cayman Airways plans to add starting in 2018.

The airline plans to retire the first of its aging 737’s in the 3rd quarter of 2017, until then it will operate with a five jet fleet.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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