Cayman Airways has received the first of a planned four 737 MAX 8s. The aircraft is the first 737 MAX to enter service in the Caribbean and marks the beginning of the airline’s plans to modernize its fleet and expand its network. The four MAX 8 aircraft will replace the carrier’s fleet of 737-300s and have been taken on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). Compared to their existing 737 Classic fleet, Cayman Airways’ new 737 MAX 8 offers 30 percent greater seat capacity, and a more than 30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency per seat.
Cayman Airways president and chief executive Fabian Whorms remarked “Cayman Airways is able to achieve the highest levels of efficiency with the 737 MAX 8, along with unparalleled levels of reliability and comfort,” “In addition, the MAX’s incredible range opens up the potential for several new markets within the Americas.”
Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation Steven F. Udvar-Hἁzy stated: “ALC is pleased to announce this new Boeing 737 MAX 8 delivery with Cayman Airways today,” “With this new MAX 8 and the additional three aircraft set to deliver from ALC, Cayman Airways is successfully modernizing its fleet with the most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient aircraft to enhance the airline’s overall operations, maximize customer comfort and bring a new standard of excellence for travellers to and from the Cayman Islands.”
Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing for Boeing, reiterated Udvar-Hἁzy’s sentiments saying: “We are delighted to open a new chapter in our partnership with Cayman Airways and ALC, and bring the 737 MAX to the Caribbean,” “The 737 MAX will help Cayman achieve significant improvement in performance and operating costs, while providing an even better flying experience for their passengers.”