With over 30 years of service and the most modern fleet in the western hemisphere Air Jamaica is truly ?The World?s Best Airline to the Caribbean.?
Air Jamaica began operations in 1966 as the first Jamaican based international airline. It was governed by a tripartite agreement between the Government of Jamaica, BWIA, and BOAC (now British Airways). However, on April 1, 1969, Air Jamaica Limited was born with the Government of Jamaica holding majority shares in the airline. Air Canada held a minority interest and provided equipment, technology, training, pilots, and some top management. Then in 1984, the Jamaican Government acquired the airline through a ?buy back? agreement with Air Canada. Ten years later, in 1994, the Government of Jamaica embarked on a privatization exercise. The Gordon ?Butch? Stewart led Air Jamaica Acquisition Group (AJAG) acquired majority ownership of the national airline with the government retaining a minority stake.
In 2004, after severe turbulence in the airline industry and massive financial losses, the Government of Jamaica reclaimed full control of the airline. Businessman, O.K. Melhado is chairman of the board and veteran airline executive, Mike Conway is the President and CEO.
Air Jamaica now provides more non-stop flights from its North American gateways to the Caribbean than any other carrier serving the region. The airline offers scheduled service with more than 350 direct flights per week from Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York (JFK), Orlando, and Philadelphia in the U.S.; Toronto, Canada and London, England, to Montego Bay and Kingston in Jamaica, and to the Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, Cuba, Cura?ao, Grand Cayman and Grenada in the Caribbean. In addition, the airline?s code share agreement with Delta Air Lines, and its joint fare arrangements and compatible schedules with United, and other U.S. carriers, extend its access to over 150 cities within the Continental U.S.