BY Ewalt Ainsworth                                                    02 28 2012

A consortium of former employees of Guyana Airways Corporation (GAC), are re-reuniting but this time as employee/ owners of a new airline. Jamaica will be the regional and operating headquarters of the new airline that will come on stream shortly to ferry Guyanese between and among major hubs like New York, Toronto, Miami, Bridgetown, Kingston and St, Johns, initially.

Flights to North America will be one-hop and non-stop and will be scheduled in such a way that it will not conflict with cultural and industry bottlenecks.  The consortium is working out of Jamaica because they want to have a handle on the tourist industry.  They will also do special charters to Europe and other Caribbean territories on an ‘as-needed’ basis without affecting their core group…the friendly Guyanese and Caribbean peeps.  All fares will be market-driven.

As we speak one aircraft has already been retrofitted to suit the peculiar needs of regional fliers, especially Guyanese.  There will be one flight daily to North America and thrice weekly to Toronto.  Miami, Antigua, Jamaica and Barbados will also be thrice weekly until a second 787 dream-liner is acquired.  Already six teams of pilots are undergoing special training in Florida in preparation for the imminent launch of the service.

Informed sources have indicated that this consortium has been in the making for more than two years but only midsummer did immediate past President Jagdeo sign the relevant documents and approval.  Truthfully, the system had to be tweaked and new arrangements are being put in place to recruit, train and operate the project which is long overdue.

Most of the aviation staff are Guyanese who went to work within CARICOM.  They are all coming back now, as employee owners, and this is a good thing.  The plane acquired so far has also been repainted to reflect the mood, attitude, latitude and gratitude of all the affected publics.  There also will be satellite offices in each Caribbean territory and diaspora.
And from all indications Easter weekend is projected to be the official launch of the airline that will be flying one-hop and non-stop to the friendly ports of call.  No names, no warrant.

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