Air Jamaica (officially Caribbean Airlines-Air Jamaica Transition Limited) is the current national carrier of Jamaica. It is has been owned and operated by Caribbean Airlines since May 2011. The company which is headquartered in Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago, also has administrative offices located in Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica. The airline is majority owned by Caribbean Airlines, while the government of Jamaica owns 16% stake.
Established in October 1968, Air Jamaica started operations in 1969 and became the National Airline of Jamaica under a tripartite agreement between the Government of Jamaica, BWIA, and BOAC (now British Airways). At that time the Jamaican government owned a substantial part of the airline, with Air Canada owning a minor share and providing technical, maintenance and logistical help.
Over the years, Air Jamaica expanded its routes and flight schedules. The 70â€™s marked an era of rapid growth for Air Jamaica. However, during the 1980s, growth slowed. In 1984, the government acquired the full ownership of the airline through a buy back agreement. In 1994 the company was partially privatized, with the government retaining 25% of the company and giving 5% of it to the airline"s employees. In December 2004, after financial losses, the Government of Jamaica took back full ownership of Air Jamaica. In September 2007, the new Jamaican government began to consider privatization of Air Jamaica. Investors with interest in the airline were speculated to be China National Aviation Holding Company (parent company of Air China), Delta Airlines, Virgin Group (parent company of Virgin Atlantic Airways), Iberia Airlines (the national airline of Spain) and The Emirates Group (the Emirates Group is the parent company of Emirates Airlines) and Caribbean Airlines. A private Jamaican, Spanish, British and American consortium was in talks with the Government of Jamaica to bid for the national carrier as well. Air Jamaica"s complete privitisation and divestment was extended from March 2009 to June 2009.
After several rumours and delays, it has been decided that Air Jamaica will cease to operate under Jamaican ownership and be majorly run by Caribbean Airlines until the transitional process is complete. On 1 July 2011, all Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines"s flights began operating under Caribbean Airlines"s "BW" IATA code.
Air Jamaica offers a wide range of flights throughout the Caribbean, United States & Canada, including: Fort Lauderdale â€“ Hollywood International Airport â€“ Fort Lauderdale, Miami International Airport â€“ Miami, John F. Kennedy International Airport â€“ New York City, Orlando International Airport â€“ Orlando, Philadelphia International Airport â€“ Philadelphia (United States); Norman Manley International Airport â€“ Kingston, Sangster International Airport (Jamaica); Lynden Pindling International Airport â€“ Nassau (Bahamas); Toronto Pearson International Airport â€“ Toronto (Canada).
Currently, Air Jamaica is operating a fleet of 6 Boeing 737-800.
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The cheapest flights offered by Air Jamaica is for the route Flights from Kingston to Negril, and the longest flight is on route Flights from Philadelphia to Montego Bay which takes 3h 39m.
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