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Cayman Airways new Max 8 arrives at Owen Roberts

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.



About the author

Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at or 326-2243.

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