Air Jamaica Express
|Founded||1973 (as Jamaica Air Taxi)|
|Commenced operations||April 18, 1996|
|Ceased operations||October 14, 2005|
|Hubs||Norman Manley International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||7th Heaven|
|Alliance||Air Jamaica - All service used JM flight numbers.|
|Destinations||12 (7 Regular, 5 Seasonal)|
|Parent company||Air Jamaica|
|Key people||Gordon Stewart (former chairman)|
Air Jamaica Express was an airline based in Kingston, Jamaica, which, before folding, operated as a subsidiary of Air Jamaica. It operated domestic and inter-island scheduled flights and charter services. The airline was established in 1973 as Jamaica Air Taxi, and later operated as Trans-Jamaican Airlines until it was taken over by Gordon Stewart, who also controlled Air Jamaica in 1994.
When Air Jamaica was renationalized in December 2004, responsibility for Air Jamaica Express remained with Stewart and his organization. The airline struggled financially and after attempts to reorganize and secure additional capital were unsuccessful, the airline ceased operations on October 14, 2005. The JQ code assigned by the IATA was later reassigned to Jetstar Airways.
In 2002, Air Jamaica Express served the following destinations:
Prior to Air Jamaica Express, predecessor air carrier Trans-Jamaican Airlines was operating ATR 42 turboprop service on a routing of Montego Bay - Kingston - Grand Cayman - Belize City, Belize - Cancun, Mexico twice a week in 1994.
In 2002, Air Jamaica Express was operating the following twin turboprop aircraft types:
|Aircraft||Amount in Fleet||Passengers|
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q100||6||37|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter||2||19|
In addition, predecessor air carrier Trans-Jamaican Airlines operated ATR 42 turboprop aircraft.
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