Fly Jamaica Airways

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Fly Jamaica Airways
Fly Jamaica.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedSeptember 2011
Commenced operations14 February 2013; 6 years ago (2013-02-14)
Ceased operations1 April 2019[1]
Fleet size1
Company sloganOne Team, One Dream
HeadquartersKingston, Jamaica
Key peoplePaul Ronald Reece (Chairman)

Fly Jamaica Airways was an airline headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica[2]

On March 30, 2019, Fly Jamaica Airways suspended operations and made all employee positions redundant due to lack of aircraft. The airline had been trying to recover after one of its aircraft crash landed at Guyana's Cheddi Jagan International Airport in November 2018.[3]

A Fly Jamaica Airways Boeing 757-200 taxiing at Toronto Pearson International Airport. This aircraft crash landed at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in November 2018 and was subsequently written off.


Fly Jamaica Airways was formed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Guyana-born Paul Ronald Reece, Mrs. Roxanne Reece and three Jamaican shareholders including Captain Lloyd Tai and Mrs. Christine Steele and Mrs. Shaun Lawson-Laing. Captain Reece is also the owner of Wings Aviation Ltd, based in Guyana, which owns and operates Cessna aircraft in the interior of Guyana.

Fly Jamaica Airways was certified by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in September 2012, and was cleared to operate in the United States by US authorities in December.[4] Its inaugural flight from Kingston to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in the United States, was made on 14 February 2013.[5]

On November 16, 2017, Fly Jamaica Airways was given permission by the Government of Guyana to begin direct flights between Guyana and Cuba.[6]

Citing financial problems and lack of aircraft, Fly Jamaica Airways suspended their operations and made all of their staff redundant on 31 March 2019.[3]


At the time the airline ceased operations in March 2019, Fly Jamaica Airways served the following destinations:[7]

[Hub] Hub
[F] Future destination
[S] Seasonal
¤ Charter
# Terminated destination
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs/Notes
Toronto  Canada YYZ CYYZ Toronto Pearson International Airport
Kingston  Jamaica KIN MKJP Norman Manley International Airport
New York City  United States JFK KJFK John F. Kennedy International Airport
Georgetown  Guyana GEO SYCJ Cheddi Jagan International Airport
Havana  Cuba HAV MUHA José Martí International Airport Never began


Prior to suspension, Fly Jamaica Airways operated 1 aircraft.[8]

Fly Jamaica Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 767-300ER 1 12 234 246
Total 1

Previous Fleet[edit]

Fly Jamaica Airways previously operated a Boeing 757-200 that was written off after an emergency landing as Fly Jamaica Airways Flight 256.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On 9 November 2018, Fly Jamaica Airways Flight 256, Boeing 757 (reg. N524AT), returned to Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Timehri, Guyana for an emergency landing, 45 minutes into a flight destined for Toronto. During the landing, the aircraft overran the runway. The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 am. There were approximately 118 passengers and 8 crew members were on board the aircraft. The aircraft was severely damaged.[9][10][11][12] On 16 November 2018, an elderly passenger who had been on the flight died from injuries suffered in the crash.[13][14][15]


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  4. ^ Staff Writer (19 January 2013). "Fly Jamaica ready for January 25 takeoff, Guyana flights in pipeline". Stabroek News. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Fly Jamaica soars". Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Jamaica Observer Limited". Jamaica Observer.
  7. ^ "News Fly Jamaica considers raising fleet funding via IPO". ch-aviation. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
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  9. ^ "Six injured as Fly Jamaica aircraft makes emergency landing in Guyana".
  10. ^ By EDITOR. "Fly Jamaica plane crashes on emergency landing at CJIA – News Room Guyana". maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "CRASH: Fly Jamaica plane makes emergency landing in Guyana - St. Lucia News Online". St. Lucia News Online. 9 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Boeing jet bound for Toronto crash-lands at Guyana airport, 10 injured". 9 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Fly Jamaica 'investigating' after passenger on crash-landed flight to Toronto dies days later". CBC News. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Senior injured in Fly Jamaica crash landing succumbs". Stabroek News. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  15. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 757-23N N524AT Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO)". Retrieved 19 November 2018.

External links[edit]

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