PIECE OF SKY: PM Portia Simpson-Miller (right) and Roxanne Reece, wife of CEO of Fly Jamaica Airways (Captain Ronald Reece), cut the symbolic cake at the airline's launch Wednesday at The Devonshire in St. Andrew. Established in September 2011 by a Jamaican and Guyanese group and with a staff complement of over 80, Fly Jamaica achieved its certification in 12 months. The airline will have its inaugural flight from Kingston to New York on January 25 and will offer four flights weekly from Kingston.
“Air Jamaica could not make it, not because it wasn't viable, but because it was government owned. Fly Jamaica will not have this burden to contend with, therefore it should soar.” – Carlton Reynolds
“The next time I travel it will be with Fly Jamaica. Good luck. I wish you great success, and I hope you learn from the mistakes [of] Air Jamaica.” – Alex Speed
“This is great news. All Jamaicans should support this airline. I myself am tired of supporting airlines that don't benefit Jamaica. Let us hope that this venture is successful and that it put Jamaica back on the map for customer service, creativity and safety of airlines.” – Dayne Anderson
“To God be the Glory, Great things he has done. A piece of Jamaica that flies again.” – David Tyler
“Will you please add the Ft. Lauderdale route to your plans? You are assured of tremendous support. Goodbye Jet Blue, goodbye Caribbean Airlines. This has shown how Jamaicans are resilient.” – CeeJoe Robbie
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