On February 19, Cayman Airways carried out its first commercial service with the Boeing 737 MAX 8, after being the first company in the world to land it two years ago.
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The Cayman Islands Civil Aviation Authority (CAACI) recommends a number of changes, as stated by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which include the software updated and new training system for pilots.
Cayman Airways carried out a series of test flights between February 11 and 18, in order to check the systems, after several months on the ground, as well as the changes made. At the same time, he invited the inhabitants of the islands to approach the airport, to show the aircraft inside and out, and to be able to converse with the pilots and the crew.
On February 19, he made the MAX’s return to commercial services official, by making a flight between Grand Cayman (Owen Roberts International Airport) and Miami with the designation KX 3102. The debut was made by the VP-CIW, precisely the first to been delivered to the company. In command were Captain Perry Panton, Captain Rex Miller, and First Officer Dalkeith Whittaker.
The Cayman Airways Boeing 737-8 fleet is officially back in service! VP-CIW operated flight KX3102, which departed Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA) for Miami this morning. At the helm were Captain Perry Panton, Captain Rex Miller, and First Officer Dalkeith Whittaker. pic.twitter.com/mLiqM5RjYT
— Cayman Airways (@CaymanAirways) February 19, 2021
The second MAX, with the VP-CIX registration, carried out the first commercial service on the same day between Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, the second largest island in the country, and a third Boeing will soon be incorporated. The three aircraft would replace the two Boeing 737-300s immediately.
Counting Cayman, to date ten airlines have resumed operations with the MAX: AeroMexico, Air Canada, American Airlines, Copa Airlines, GOL Airlines, SCAT Airlines, TUI fly Belgium, United Airlines and Westjet. With a confirmed return date in March are Alaska Airlines, Smartwings and Southwest Airlines.