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FORMED IN 1968 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1969. REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
Air Jamaica Building
72-76 Harbour Street
NORMAN MANLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
JAMAICA COVERS AN AREA OF 10,990 SQ KM. IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1962. ITS CAPITAL CITY IS KINGSTON. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH, AND ITS POPULATION IS 2.6 MILLION.
DECEMBER 1995: TO ATLANTA, BALTIMORE, CHICAGO (ORD), FORT LAUDERDALE GRAND CAYMAN, LONDON HEATHROW (LHR), NEW YORK, NASSAU, ORLANDO (ORL), AND PHILADELPHIA.
HUBS AT KINGSTON, AND MONTEGO BAY.
PRIVATIZED IN 1994.
USING DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) PILOTS (FC) FOR ITS A310-300'S. 1ST OF 10 A310-300, LEASED, DELIVERY. 4/4 ORDERS (OCTOBER 1996) A320-200'S (CFM56-5B-4), 150 PAX, 2 CLASS.
JANUARY 1996: TO LONDON HEATHROW (LHR) (3/WEEK WITH A310-300, 18C, 180Y PAX). TO CODE SHARE WITH BMI BRITISH MIDLAND (BMA) (A310-300).
GORDON "BUTCH" STEWART, CHAIRMAN.
4 727-200'S, & 5 A300'S, TO BE REPLACED IN NEXT 8 MONTHS, BY 6 A310-300'S, & 6 A320-200'S. 1 A310-300 (PW4152), DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) LEASED.
MARCH 1996: TO MIAMI (MIA) WITH DC-8F, 13 PALLETS, 4 COMPARTMENTS BULK FREIGHT = 190,000 LB LIFT. A310 MAINTAINED BY DELTA AIRLINES (DAL). 727-200 "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK AT COOPESA (COO).
JULY 1996: 1,205 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 197 FLIGHT CREW (FC) AND 210 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
ALBERT CHAPPELL, REPLACED DAVID TAYLOR, PRESIDENT, EX-CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (CDI).
1 727-200 (19561), EX-(NAX), LEASED.
SEPTEMBER 1996: MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO (P&W) FOR FLEET MANAGEMENT OF (PW4152)'S OF 6 A310-300'S, INCLUDING MAINTENANCE, SPARES PARTS/ENGINES PERFORMANCE MONITORING, SUPPORT EQUIPMENT & TRAINING, @ "GUARANTEED COMPETITIVE MAINTENANCE RATES."
1 MD-83 (JT8D-219), & 1 A310-300 (PW4152) DELIVERIES.
OCTOBER 1996: WET-LEASE OF (GAR), OPERATING AS "TARGET AIRWAYS," 2 MD-80'S, 12F, 132Y, NEW YORK (JFK), & ATLANTA, TO ST LUCIA, ANTIGUA & BARBADOS. TO LOS ANGELES (LAX) (A310, 18F, 200Y), ASSUMING (FAA) RE-ASSESSES JAMAICA FROM CATEGORY 2 TO CATEGORY 1.
NOVEMBER 1996: 2 MD-83'S (53191; 53192), (GAR) WET-LEASED.
DECEMBER 1996: TO EAST CARIBBEAN (FEBRUARY 1997) (MD-83), NEW YORK, BARBADOS, ST LUCIA/ANTIGUA.
FEBRUARY 1997: 1 A320-200 (CFM56-5B4) DELIVERY.
MARCH 1997: NEW HUB IN MONTEGO BAY. SEEKS TO BE CARRIER OF CHOICE, IN CARIBBEAN, FOR CONNECTIONS TO BARBADOS, ST LUCIA, ANTIGUA, GRAND CAYMAN, NASSAU, AND TURKS & CAICOS.
APRIL 1997: 1,597 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 386 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 123 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JUNE 1997: MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) FOR "OPERATING PARTNERSHIP WITH BWIA (TTA).
2 MD-83'S (53191; 53192), AWAS (AWW) LEASED, OPERATED BY (AEG), FOR AIR JAMAICA (JAM).
JULY 1997: 2 A320-214'S (628; 630) DELIVERIES.
AUGUST 1997: THE USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) MAY REVOKE BILATERAL CARGO AUTHORITY SINCE AMERIJET (AMJ) WAS NOT GIVEN CARGO AUTHORITY TO JAMAICA. GIVES EXEMPTION TO (JAM) THROUGH DECEMBER 1997 TO FLY NEW YORK, ATLANTA, BARBADOS.
SEPTEMBER 1997: NEW ROUTE MONTEGO BAY TO HAVANA. CODE SHARE WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL).
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1996 = -$49 MILLION (NET LOSS).
(DOT) REVOKES EXEMPTION TO NEW YORK, & ATLANTA, IN THE ABSENCE OF CARGO SERVICE PROVISIONS FOR AMERIJET (AMJ) TO KINGSTON, AND NO WAREHOUSE CONSTRUCTION EVIDENT. LATER, (DOT) STAYED ITS REVOKE ORDER, AFTER DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER SAID IMPASSE COULD BE RESOLVED.
(FAA) UPGRADES JAMAICA REGULATORY SAFETY OVERSIGHT TO CATEGORY 1, FOLLOWING SOMETIMES HEATED EXCHANGE BETWEEN USA & JAMAICA, OVER LATTER'S LOWER STATUS, SINCE CATEGORY 2 DID NOT MEET (ICAO) SAFETY STANDARDS.
THE 2 MD-83'S HAVE NOT BEEN PUT BACK INTO SERVICE YET BECAUSE OF A LACK OF FLIGHT CREWS (FC).
OCTOBER 1997: (DOT) EXEMPTION TO NEW YORK, OK'D TO DECEMBER 2001. APPLIED FOR 2 YEAR EXEMPTION FOR DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) CODE SHARE, ATLANTA, NEW YORK, & MIAMI (MIA), TO MONTEGO BAY, & KINGSTON, BARBADOS, ANTIGUA, & ST LUCIA.
MARCH 1998: TO ATLANTA, BOSTON, & CINCINNATI.
DECEMBER 1997: ALBERT CHAPPEL, PRESIDENT, RESIGNED.
JANUARY 1998: CHRIS ZACCA, ACTING CEO REPLACES ANDREW GREY.
CONTRACT FOR "D" MAINTENANCE CHECKS ON 6 A310-300'S THROUGH NOVEMBER 1998, TO PEMCO WORLD AIR SERVICES, DOTHAN, ALABAMA.
1 DC-8-63F, KITTYHAWK INTERNATIONAL (CKF) WET-LEASED, FOR SCHEDULED, ALL-CARGO OPERATIONS, MIAMI (MIA) - MONTEGO BAY/KINGSTON.
APRIL 1998: 1,597 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 386 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 123 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
SEPTEMBER 1998: 2 ORDERS (OCTOBER 1998) A320'S (422; 528), EX-ONUR AIR (ONU), AND EX-MONARCH AIRLINES (MON), (ILF) LEASED.
OCTOBER 1998: JULY & AUGUST TRAFFIC >160,000 PASSENGERS (PAX)/MONTH.
MONTEGO HUB HAD 30% INCREASE, LOS ANGELES (LAX) 125%, PHILADELPHIA, & NEWARK 61%, ATLANTA 20%, AND LONDON 12%.
MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 2 A320'S TO PEMCO, DOTHAN, ALABAMA. 1 A320-212 (528) DELIVERY, (ILF) LEASED.
NOVEMBER 1998: SELLS 2 727-200'S (21106; 21107) TO GUILFORD TRANSPORTATION FOR PAN AM (CVL).
DECEMBER 1998: NOW 29TH-RANKED CARGO CARRIER AT MIAMI (MIA), CARRIED 5,800 TONS IN 1ST 6 MONTHS OF 1998.
A320-212 (528), (ILF) LEASED. 1 A340-212 (085), EX-PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL), AIRBUS LEASED, TO REPLACE A310-300.
JANUARY 1999: A340-212 (085), EX-PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL), TAKEN BY AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS (ARG). AIR JAMAICA (JAM) MAY ACQUIRE A340-300, TO BE RETURNED TO (ILF) OFF LEASE, TO AIR MAURITIUS (MAU). PLANS FOR MONTEGO BAY - LONDON.
FEBRUARY 1999: 1 ORDER (1999-05) A340-300 (048), EX-AIR MAURITIUS (MAU), (ILF) LEASED. 2 ORDERS A321-211'S (666, 775), EX-FLYING COLOURS (FLN), (ILF) LEASED.
MARCH 1999: MONTEGO BAY - LONDON (A340), IN JUNE 1999.
1998 = -$33 MILLION (+66%). REDUCED COSTS -30%. HAS 15 AIRPLANES. 16 TO 18 BY MID-2000. 80% REVENUE FROM USA MARKET.
APRIL 1999: 30TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
1,597 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 386 FC & 123 MT).
(http://www.airjamaica.com). SITA: KINZZJM.
JULY 1999: DC-8-50F, FINE AIR (FNE) WET-LEASED FOR 2 YEARS.
AUGUST 1999: TOTAL TECHNICAL SUPPORT CONTRACT, WITH LUFTHANSA TECHNIK (LTK) (DLH), FOR A340.
(DOT) OK'S 1 YEAR EXEMPTION, FROM CO-TERMINAL POINTS, BARBADOS, GRENADA AND ST LUCIA, TO NEW YORK.
NOVEMBER 1999: THROUGH PURCHASE OF NEW AIRPLANES, AIR JAMAICA (JAM) WILL CUT MAINTENANCE COSTS FROM $69 MILLION IN 1996, TO $46 MILLION THIS YEAR.
MAINTENANCE (MT) WORKERS INCREASED FROM 280 TO 316 EMPLOYEES.
A310-324 (650, N835AB), RETURNED TO AIRBUS (EDS).
DECEMBER 1999: GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE ITS STAKE IN AIR JAMAICA (JAM), FROM 25% TO 45%.
(DOT) OK'S MONTEGO BAY - PHOENIX (A320, 150 PAX, 2 CLASS). IN 6/00, TO TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (A320). GOVERNMENT PROVIDES GUARANTEE OF $135M, AS PART OF ITS ON-GOING SUPPORT.
AIR JAMAICA (JAM) IS NAMED "CARIBBEAN'S LEADING AIRLINE" BY 1999 "WORLD TRAVEL" AWARDS, IN LONDON.
JANUARY 2000: 2 ORDERS (4/00) A320'S (CFM56), & 1 ORDER (4/01) A321 (CFM56), (GEH) 10 YEAR LEASED.
FEBRUARY 2000: 5 YEAR COMPONENT PART MAINTENANCE CONTRACT, TO AIR CANADA (ACN), FOR A320 & A321'S.
1 A320-200, WET-LEASED TO ECUATORIANA (ECU), FOR OPERATIONS GUAYAQUIL - NEW YORK (JFK).
MARCH 2000: IN JUNE 2000, MONTEGO BAY - PHOENIX (A320).
APRIL 2000: 4-YEAR, HEAVY MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (CDI), FOR A310'S.
1 A310-300 (PW4000) (650), AIRBUS LEASED, WHILE A310-300 (676) IS HAVING ITS DAMAGED TAIL REPAIRED.
MAY 2000: CODE SHARE WITH CUBANA (CUB), TO HAVANA.
JUNE 2000: MONTEGO BAY TO PANAMA CITY (A320, 2/WEEK).
1 A320 (CFM56) (1213), GECAS (GEH) 10 YEAR LEASED.
JULY 2000: ROBERT MAURACHER, VP TECHNICAL RESOURCES, RESIGNS. TONY GORDON, SENIOR DIRECTOR AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, NOW HEADS TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT.
AUGUST 2000: ALTHOUGH PRIVATIZED, GOVERNMENT WILL INCREASE ITS STAKE IN AIR JAMAICA (JAM), FROM 25% TO 45%, TO PROVIDE A GUARANTEED $45M LOAN.
1 A320 WET-LEASED TO ECUATORIANA (ECU), FOR NEW YORK OPERATIONS. 1 DHC-8-100 (DASH 8) (PW121) (175, 6Y-JML), EX-RHEINTALFLUG.
SEPTEMBER 2000: CHRIS ZACCA, CEO, STATED AIR JAMAICA (JAM) CONTRIBUTED $10B/YEAR TO JAMAICAN ECONOMY, INCLUDING $600M IN 1999 SPENT BY THE TOURISTS, (JAM) BROUGHT TO THE ISLAND.
OCTOBER 2000: GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE ITS STAKE, FROM 25% TO 45%, IN ORDER TO COVER LOANS TO AIRLINE.
USA - JAMAICAN GOVERNMENTS AGREE ON ALL-CARGO "OPEN SKIES" SERVICES.
1 767-300ER, CITY BIRD (CBD) SHORT-TERM WET-LEASED.
DECEMBER 2000: IN 2/01, MONTEGO BAY - BOSTON (5/WEEK).
PROJECTS 2000 = -$40 MILLION: -$20 MILLION FUEL COSTS.
1 A300B4-200 (109) PARTED OUT.
FEBRUARY 2001: IN JUNE 2001, MONTEGO BAY - HOUSTON.
1 A320-214 (1390, 6Y-JMG), GECAS (GEF) LEASED.
MAY 2001: IN NOVEMBER 2001, MONTEGO BAY - WASHINGTON DULLES. IN OCTOBER 2001, TO CURACAO.
MAIN BASE: KINGSTON (NORMAN MANLEY INTERNAYIONAL).
HUB: MONTEGO BAY (SANGSTER INTERNATIONAL).
JUNE 2001: NEXT MONTH, CODE SHARE WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL), MONTEGO BAY - BOSTON (A320, 6/WEEK).
1 A321 (CFM56) (1503), (GEF) 10 YEAR LEASED.
JULY 2001: IN SEPTEMBER 2001, MONTEGO BAY - CURACAO (A321, 3/WEEK).
AUGUST 2001: MONTEGO BAY - TAMPA.
SEPTEMBER 2001: 2 ORDERS (2002-02) A340-300'S, EX-AIR CANADA (ACN), INCLUDING RETURN OF CURRENT A340-300, (ILF) 8 YEAR LEASED.
OCTOBER 2001: CHRISTENS ONE OF ITS A320'S "SPIRIT OF AMERICA" TO HONOR VICTIMS OF 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS.
DANIEL STONE, VP TECHNICAL RESOURCES.
PLANS TO GROUND ITS 2 MD-83'S IN MARCH 2002, AND RETURN TO LESSOR, IN MAY 2002.
DECEMBER 2001: PROJECTS 2001 = -$45 MILLION.
IN MARCH 2002, TO LONDON HEATHROW (LHR). IN APRIL 2002, HAVANA - KINGSTON - (LHR). IN MAY 2002, TO MONTEGO BAY - MANCHESTER (A340, 2/WEEK).
JANUARY 2002: IN MAY 2002, TO BELIZE. IN APRIL 2002, TO MONTEGO BAY - MANCHESTER, UK (A340), AND IN JUNE 2002, TO DULLES (A320).
FEBRUARY 2002: IN JUNE 2002, ANTIGUA - NEW YORK (JFK) (A320).
APRIL 2002: NEXT MONTH, CODE SHARE WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL), FROM MONTEGO BAY TO CURACAO, AND IN 6/02, TO ANTIGUA.
OWNERS: AIR JAMAICA ACQUISITION GROUP (70%); JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT (25%); EMPLOYEES (5%).
MAIN BASE: MONTEGO BAY - SANGSTER INTERNATIONAL (MBJ).
1 ORDER A320, & 2 ORDERS A321'S, (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED (2003-02).
MAY 2002: CHRIS ZACCA, CEO AND DEPUTY CHAIRMAN. BRUCE NOBLES, EX-HAWAIIAN AIRLINES (HWI), PRESIDENT & COO.
A340-313X (216), EX-AIR CANADA (ACN), (ILF) LEASED.
July 2002: 2001 = 4.41 Billion (RPK) Passenger traffic (+5.7%); 67.7% LF load factor; 1.95 Million passengers (PAX) (+1.5%); 26.39 Million FTK freight traffic (-45.3%); 1,597 employees.
September 2002: Becomes 1st Caribbean-based-member of the Air Transport Association (ATA). Has >360 flights/week between the Caribbean and USA East and West Coast destinations.
October 2002: Phillip Campbell, Director Security.
November 2002: Jamaica signs "open skies" accord with USA. This will allow Air Jamaica (JAM) to expand un-restrictedly from its current 14 USA gateways.
December 2002: Code share with Delta Airlines (DAL), Montego Bay to Belize, and Bonaire.
Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, is pushing the proposal to form a single, regional Caribbean airline. He has the support from several govts in the eastern Caribbean, many of whom are investors in their regional carriers. Airlines being considered for the merger including Air Jamaica (JAM), Bahamasair (BAH), BWIA West Indies Airways (TTA), Cayman Airways (CAY), and LIAT, an inter-island commuter, based in Antigua.
February 2003: A321-211 (1905, 6Y-JMR), (ILF) leased, delivery.
March 2003: Bruce Nobles, President & COO, resigned, although he will remain as a part-time consultant. Christopher Zacca, CEO, will assume the day-to-day operations of the company.
Dismissed 29 management employees. The CEO and VPs volunteered to take a -10% pay cut, and General Managers and Directors a 6% cut. Employees have been asked to give back 3 to 10% of salaries for 3 months starting in 4/03.
2002 = -$80 Million.
April 2003: 2,700 employees.
May 2003: A321-211 (1966, 6Y-JMS), (ILF) leased.
July 2003: 1,600 employees.
A320-214 (CFM56) (2048, 6Y-JMK), (ILF) 10.5 years leased. A321-211 (1988, 6Y-JMW) (ILF) leased.
August 2003: Is closing its Miami reservation center.
In April 2004, (Kingston) - Montego Bay - Toronto.
A310-324 (678, 6Y-JAC) returned to Airbus (AFIS).
September 2003: In November 2003, Montego Bay - Belize (4/week, nonstop).
Becomes 27th airline and 5th outside USA to join the Air Transport Association (ATA).
In January 2004, St Lucia - Antigua - New York (JFK).
March 2004: Code share with Air Canada (ACN), Toronto - Kingston and Montego Bay.
August 2004: 2,700 employees.
October 2004: A320-212 (528, 6Y-JMA), (ILF) leased.
November 2004: David Banmiller, Executive VP & COO resigned to become CEO of Aloha Airlines (ALO).
Is negotiating with government to increase its stake in Air Jamaica (JAM) from 25% to 45%, in exchange for the government waiving $110M in unpaid taxes & fees.
Will return one of its A340-313X's to (ILF).
December 2004: Was renationalized by the Jamaican Government, who paid a token $1 to purchase the 78% of the loss ravaged airline held in private hands, and assumed the airline's liabilities. Installed Vin Lawrence, CEO, ex-government appointee to Air Jamaica (JAM)'s board of directors, who replaced Butch Stewart. Former owners will inject $20M into (JAM) over the next 3 months, & government has agreed to guarantee $25M in new loans to the airline and provide $30M in debt forgiveness and additional capital.
April 2005: 3,000 employees (225 FC, & 499 CA).
May 2005: A320-214's (1213; 1390), returned to (GEF), leased to EirJet (EIR).
June 2005: A320-214 (1751, 6Y-JMC) leased to United Eagle Air (UEG), Chengdu, China, as (B-6266). A340-312 (048) returned to (ILF).
October 2005: Air Jamaica (JAM) named Michael Conway as CEO. Conway co-founded America West Airlines (AMW) in the early 1980s and served as that carrier's CEO in the early 1990s. He also founded and led National Airlines (NAB), a short-lived, Las Vegas-based carrier that failed in December 2000.
December 2005: Air Jamaica (JAM) is expected to announce the resumption of St Lucia service. Operations are expected to restart in early 2006 with flights to Montego Bay and at least 2 weekly nonstop flights to New York.
March 2006: Latin American Airline Association (AITAL) issued a statement protesting "massive air transport fee increases" by the Jamaican government and warning that some members already are rethinking current and future operations. (AITAL) said Jamaica raised overflight fees by +180%, boosted communication fees and instituted a jet fuel storage and handling fee of 3.7 cents per gallon. "We are outraged that a country so dependent on air travel and tourism would choose to raise costs so significantly with no justification," (AITAL) Executive Director Alex de Gunten said.
May 2006: Air Jamaica (JAM) operates scheduled services from Kingston and Montego Bay to more than 23 destinations in the Caribbean, the USA, and the UK.
Employees = 2,848.
(IATA) Code: JM - 201. (ICAO) Code: AJM (Callsign - JAMAICA).
Parent organization/shareholders: Jamaican government (100%).
Alliances: Air Canada (ACN); Cubana de Aviacion (CUB); & Delta Air Lines (DAL).
Main Base: Kingston Norman Manley International airport (KIN).
Hub: Montego Bay Sangster International airport (MBJ).
Domestic, scheduled destinations: Kingston; & Montego Bay.
International, scheduled destinations: Atlanta; Baltimore; Bonaire; Bridgetown; Chicago; Curacao; Fort Lauderdale; Grand Cayman Island; Grenada; Havana; London; Los Angeles; Miami; Nassau; New York; Newark; Orlando; Philadelphia; & Toronto.
Air Jamaica (JAM) adds a fifth weekly flight to its New York (JFK) - Grenada service from the week of June 25 through September 10 using a 757.
September 2006: Air Jamaica (JAM) will increase the frequency on its Barbados - St Lucia - New York (JFK) route from 3 to 4 flights a week on January 10th. To the current Mondays, Thursdays, & Sundays flights the airline will add a new Wednesday flight, all operated with A320s.
October 2006: (ALTA) (formerly AITAL), the Latin American Air Transport Association, announced that three more airlines have joined the organization. Air Jamaica (JAM), Icaro (ICR) and Aerolitoral bring membership to 32 carriers. Brazilian petroleum company Petrobras joined (ALTA) as an affiliate member.
March 2007: A320-212 (528), returned to (ILF), and leased to Vladivostok Air (VLK).
May 2007: Air Jamaica (JAM) will drop its Kingston - London Heathrow (LHR) route, on which it reportedly was losing -$20 to -$25 million annually, and sold its (LHR) landing and takeoff slots to Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA), according to media reports out of London and Jamaica. Virgin (VAA) beat out rival British Airways (BAB) to replace Air Jamaica (JAM)'s (LHR) - Kingston service, and will operate two weekly flights on the route beginning this fall. Virgin (VAA) currently operates two weekly London Gatwick (LGW) - Montego Bay flights and will continue that service. It will place the Air Jamaica (JAM) code on its flights and jointly sell seats on the routes with the Caribbean carrier. (BAB) operates thrice-weekly (LHR) - Kingston service, but reportedly was seeking to add flights and codeshare with Air Jamaica (JAM).
August 2007: Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR), the Mexican airport operator, said Cancun, Cozumel and Merida airports closed Monday night, August 20th, due to Hurricane Dean, the intense storm that moved across the Yucatan Peninsula. (ASUR) said that "as of now, the airports' infrastructures have not experienced any significant damage." Flights resumed at Montego Bay and Kingston airports, which had closed earlier this week when the storm passed near Jamaica.
October 2007: Air Jamaica (JAM) released a statement confirming the resignation of CEO, Michael Conway, saying that his contract "offered the option" to resign owing to a change in the national government, which owns the carrier. The airline's new board, chaired by Shirley Williams, will meet this week. "She will be temporarily assuming a larger executive role until the new direction of the airline's management is determined," the carrier said.
A320-214 (630), returned to lessor, leased to Air Tanzania (TNZ).
December 2007: Jamaica's new government is considering privatizing Air Jamaica (JAM) - SEE ATTACHED ARTICLE - "JAM-PLANS-2007-12.".
March 2008: A340-313X (257, 6Y-JMP), returned to (ILFC) (ILF).
April 2008: A320-214 (630, 6Y-JAJ), returned to AerCap (DEA), leased to Air Tanzania (TNZ).
May 2008: The Jamaican government and International Finance Corp signed an $820,000 grant agreement with the USA Trade and Development Agency "to assist with technical services for the Air Jamaica (JAM) divestment process," Jamaica's Ministry of Finance & Public Service announced. The government is targeting March 2009 as its divestment deadline. Prime Minister, Bruce Golding previously said that Air Jamaica (JAM) lost approximately $170 million in 2007, and has accumulated losses in excess of >$1 billion overall. It carried 1.7 million passengers last year.
Jun 2008: A320-212 (422), returned to (GEF), leased to Vladivostok Avia (VLK).
November 2008: Air Jamaica (JAM) assigned Subodh Karnik, Executive VP Commercial Services, and Howard Hall, Senior VP & CFO.
SEE PHOTO WITH NEW LIVERY - - "JAM-A319-2008-11."
December 2008: A340-313X (216), returned to (ILF).
January 2009: Air Jamaica (JAM) released a 2009 business plan designed to "quickly stem the substantial cash losses at (JAM)." It includes a reduction of its fleet to nine airplanes and the cancellation of flights to Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Grand Cayman, Barbados, and Grenada.
March 2009: Air Jamaica (JAM) said it is ending its economy (Y) class meal service effective May 1 and will offer a "packaged snack" instead. Nonalcoholic beverages will remain free. A buy-on-board snack program will be launched in September.
A321-211 (666, 6Y-JMD), returned to (ILF).
April 2009: Air Jamaica (JAM) expects to complete its privatization by the end of June. The Jamaican government appointed a privatization committee and has asked International Finance Corporation, a private-sector arm of World Bank Group, to serve as adviser. A mid-April meeting is scheduled with an "international airline group" that has indicated it plans to bid on (JAM), which has been losing an estimated -$150 million annually. "We've had flat growth over the last five years," (JAM) President & CEO, Bruce Nobles said at the (FAA) Aviation Forecast Conference in Washington. To stem losses, it cut -20% of its flying to "loss-making markets" and increased fleet utilization +25%. "We need to provide value for the money. We are trying to right-size (JAM)," Nobles said, adding that he expects to reach break-even by this summer.
A321-211 (1905, 6Y-JMR), (ILF) leased, ex-(N361LF).
July 2009: Air Jamaica (JAM)'s rumored sale to Spirit Airlines (SPR) owners Indigo Partners and Oaktree Capital has not been finalized, airline and government officials told "The Jamaica Observer." "We are still talking to interested parties and the matter has not yet gone to Cabinet," a (JAM) board member told the paper, while a government official said, "There has been no sale as yet. The recommendation still has to go to the Cabinet and the board of Air Jamaica (JAM) before a decision is taken."
Focus Aviation (FOS) was selected by Air Jamaica (JAM) to re-market two (CFM56)-powered A320-200s.
August 2009: A320-214 (1751, 6Y-JMJ), (GEF) leased (again), ex-United Eagle Air (UEG), ex-(B-6266).
September 2009: A320-214 (2048, 6Y-JMK), returned to (ILF).
November 2009: A former president of the Air Jamaica (JAM) Pilots Association (JALPA) has sent an open letter to Spirit Airlines (SPR), asking the low-cost carrier to drop its bid to purchase Air Jamaica (JAM) and disclose the purchase price to the current and former (JAM) employees who are determined to keep the country's only airline under Jamaican ownership - even if it means purchasing it themselves. Wesley Sampson and his organization, "Mayday Air Jamaica" (http://www.maydayairjamaica.com/), mean business: If (SPR) does not walk away from the deal, Mayday Air Jamaica and its supporters will picket at (JAM) in Miami on December 15. Sampson is staging the peaceful protest knowing full well its potential to disrupt holiday travel at one of the nation's busiest hubs.
"According to the United Nations (UN)'s Human Development Index, which measures the percentage of a population suffering from malnourishment, Jamaica is one of the ten poorest countries in the world," Sampson stated. "(JAMK) is our one remaining national treasure, our only resource to hand down to the children of Jamaica in hopes of a better future for them. It is unconscionable to take this asset out of Jamaican hands and place it under the control and ownership of private foreign nationals when we have capable, experienced Jamaicans ready, willing and able to purchase and run the airline right now."
Mayday Air Jamaica contends the national airline of Jamaica is the only net foreign exchange earner the government of Jamaica owns; to remove it completely from Jamaican ownership would be to push the country further into poverty. In addition to asking (SPR) to withdraw its offer to buy (JAM) and publicly disclose the terms of its purchase deal, Mayday Air Jamaica is asking the Jamaican government to sell (JAM) to the employees at the same terms, at a -20% discount designed to show support for the people of Jamaica.
Sampson, an American citizen, and his colleagues in the Mayday Air Jamaica cause who are standing by in hopes of purchasing (JAM) are not seeking to shut out (SPR) completely. The group is open to talking with (SPR) about (SPR)'s specific needs on the route in which it is primarily interested in operating.
"Mayday Air Jamaica's intent is to use all peaceful and legal means at its disposal, including picketing at Miami International (MIA) and boycotting all potential foreign buyers, to discourage foreign interests from pursuing the purchase of (JAM) and to convince the government of Jamaica to sell the national airline to its current and former employees," Sampson finished.
A petition supporting Mayday Air Jamaica's platform is now circulating at (MIA), and discussion is underway at Mayday Air Jamaica's blog, http://blog.maydayairjamaica.com/.
January 2010: The Jamaican government said that Air Jamaica (JAM)'s acquisition by Caribbean Airlines (TTA) was "expected to be consummated." The deal was expected to include an equity infusion but will require the government to pay JMD27 billion/$298.8 million toward (JAM)'s 2010 capital expense budget, debts and costs required to cover "the redundancy of hundreds of employees." The government appointed a new five-member board chaired by insurance executive, Denis Lalor to oversee (JAM)'s divestment and transition to Caribbean (TTA) along with President & CEO, Bruce Nobles. The "Trinidad & Tobago Express" reported that nearly 900 of (JAM)'s 1,200 employees could lose their jobs.
Jamaica Finance Minister, Audley Shaw said the government expects a final decision regarding Caribbean Airlines (TTA)'s potential takeover of Air Jamaica (JAM) by the end of the month. He said some 70% of (JAM)'s staff of 1,200 will be laid off if the deal goes through, "The Gleaner" reported. "They'll probably need to keep the planes because they will keep the routes," he said. "We are seeking to divest (JAM) on the best terms available and to ensure that we have the seat-lift capacity from all those cities for which we have tourism and Jamaican market travelers. We want to ensure we preserve those markets." He confirmed the divestment will cost the government around JMD27 billion/$302.2 million in severance payments, taxes and debt service. The sale reportedly is a condition of a $1.25 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, which is requiring the government to divest loss-making assets.
March 2010: Air Jamaica (JAM) said it has "targeted" April 12 for beginning "the transition to Caribbean Airlines (TTA)." (JAM) appears to be settled on an arrangement whereby its assets would be taken over by (TTA), although no final agreement has been reached between the Jamaican government, which controls (JAM), and (TTA). Finance Minister, Audley Shaw previously said the government is "seeking to divest Air Jamaica (JAM) on the best terms available" and to ensure that there is adequate air services to/from the island nation. While it has been speculated that most of (JAM)'s workers would be laid off following the (TTA) takeover, (JAM) said in the statement that the "transition to (TTA) will be phased over a period of up to one year [and] . . . (JAM) airplanes will continue to be utilized during the transition period. Current Air Jamaica (JAM) pilots (FC), flight crews (FC)/(CA) and ground staff (MT) will operate the airplanes for the [spring/summer] schedule already published."
May 2010: Air Jamaica (JAM) this month entered into a contractual arrangement with Caribbean Airlines (TTA) whereby (TTA) assumed "full financial responsibility" for (JAM) while (JAM)'s current operations continue uninterrupted. Within 6 to 12 months, Caribbean (TTA) "will fully implement its plan to provide sustainable air lift to/from Jamaica," it said, adding that Caribbean (TTA) has committed initially to continue serving New York (JFK) - Montego Bay (MBJ), (JFK) - Kingston (KIN), Baltimore - (MBJ), Philadelphia - (MBJ), Toronto - (KIN), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) - (MBJ), and (FLL) - (KIN). "Any changes to that schedule would be announced by Caribbean Airlines (TTA) in due course," (JAM) said.
The Jamaican government agreed to transfer (JAM)'s routes to Caribbean (TTA) in exchange for a 16% ownership stake in the latter. The government, however, retained full ownership of (JAM)'s real estate and industrial assets. (TTA) reportedly is investing $50 million in the airline and has agreed to "re-hire" and retain (JAM)'s 1,000 employees and take control of (JAM)'s airplanes, at least for the immediate future. (JAM) Chairman, Denis Lalor said, "Under these terms, the deal is financially speaking superior to the initial bid submitted by Caribbean Airlines (TTA) and superior to the transaction which was contemplated with the other bidder, Indigo Partners. We believe this transaction creates a unique, historic opportunity to create a true Caribbean air carrier, leveraging the expertise and strengths built up by Air Jamaica (JAM) and Caribbean Airlines (TTA) to be able to compete in a fierce global market environment."
A320-214 (628, 6Y-JAI), returned to AerCap (DEA).
August 2010: Air Jamaica (JAM) named Howard Hall, General Manager. President & CEO, Bruce Nobles left the company "as Caribbean Airlines (TTA) and Air Jamaica (JAM) continue the integration process," (JAM) said. Hall will also continue to serve as VP Finance & Information Technology (IT).
December 2010: Caribbean Airlines (TTA) on December 14 is to operate a twice-weekly service between its hub at Piarco International airport in Trinidad and Tobago, and New York John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport with a stop in St John’s, Antigua.
The route announcement is (TTA)’s first communication since the departure of CEO, Ian Brunton, who was dismissed by the board of directors in late November and replaced by Robert Corbie, who was VP Commercial & Customer Experience at Caribbean Airlines (TTA) and Air Jamaica (JAM).
Brunton’s departure has created a storm of controversy in Trinidad which forced the directors, led by Chairman, George Nicholas, to state publicly that they believed Corbie was better suited to running (TTA) when it fully merges with Air Jamaica (JAM) and not, as widely reported, because of a dispute with Brunton over a fleet acquisition plan (linked with an ATR order cancellation). “The new board has a fiduciary duty to carry out the vision of being the preferred airline of choice for the Caribbean,” said Nicholas in a statement. Corbie will oversee a newly merged workforce of 1,866 employees that will retain both brands and maintain executive offices in Trinidad and Jamaica.
The decision to keep the Air Jamaica (JAM) brand is counter to a previously announced integration plan and means the leased 737-800s destined for Kingston to replace (JAM)’s current fleet will retain (JAM)’s name and branding.
January 2011: New wide bodies are also expected to be announced for Air Jamaica (JAM), as is the resumption of service between Kingston Norman Manley International Airport and London.
June 2011: Air Jamaica (JAM) flights starting next month will operate under Caribbean Airlines (TTA)'s 'BW' code, part of the ongoing integration of the carriers.
Trinidad and Tobago owned-(TTA) in May finalized its acquisition of Air Jamaica (JAM), a move first announced last year. As part of the deal, the government of Jamaica now owns 16% of (TTA) and is represented by a member appointed to the airline's board of directors. (TTA) Chairman, George Nicholas has said a "truly Caribbean airline will now be of service to the Caribbean and its people."
Regarding both carriers' operating on the same code, Acting (TTA) CEO, Robert Corbie said, "We continue to pursue our philosophy of 'one airline, two brands.' This will mark a milestone in the streamlining and merging of operations and routes."
(TTA) added that the carriers (JAM)/(TTA) "will be able to realize the cost synergies that were anticipated from the onset. In addition to operating under the same flight code, the airlines are moving towards one fleet type for both Caribbean Airlines (TTA) and Air Jamaica (JAM) and customers will also notice that front line staff for both carriers will be custom uniformed to represent both brands."
(TTA) earlier this year finalized an agreement to order nine ATR72-600s, some of which it said could operate on Air Jamaica (JAM) routes. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in October.
There will be some brand distinctions, Corbie emphasized: "We have maintained the Caribbean Airlines (TTA) and Air Jamaica (JAM) experience by retaining separate in-flight videos and magazines for that distinction between the brands for the customer, as we want our customers to experience the best service from both brands."
The combined staff of the airlines exceeds >1,850 workers.
July 2011: ACCDT: A Caribbean Airlines (TTA)/(JAM) 737-800 crashed on a hard landing at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Georgetown, Guyana, when it slid off the end of a rainy 7,400 foot runway, crashed through a chain-link fence, and broke in half just short of a 200 foot deep ravine. There were no fatalities of 6 (Flight Crew (FC) & Cabin Attendants (CA)/157 passengers. More than >30 people were taken to hospital. Only three of those had to be admitted for a broken leg, bumps, cuts and bruises. The airport sits on a ridge in a forested region just south of the ocean-front capital, Georgetown, which has a population of approximately 300,000. The 737-800 was Flight 523 from New York (JFK) Airport which had made a stop in Trinidad before landing in Guyana. SEE ATTACHED "ASSOCIATED PRESS" ARTICLE AND PHOTO - - "JAM-2011-07-ACCDT-GUYANA."
FOR FUTURE DETAILS, SEE CARIBBEAN AIRLINES (TTA).
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3 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B27) (1129-30645, /02 9Y-JMA; 1195-28252, /02 97-JMC; 2399-30730, /07 9Y-JMF). 2011-07, WITH WINGLETS. 16C, 138Y.
1 737-86J (CFM56-7B26) (1279-32919, /03 9Y-JME), EX-(D-ABBH),(2011-05). 16C, 138Y.
0 767-300ER, (CBD) WET-LSD 2000-10 (SHORT TERM), RTND.
0 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (2151-53191, /96; 2155-52192, /96), EX-(GAR), (AWW) LSD, OPS BY (AEG) "SPIRIT OF KINGSTON." 2 RTND 2002-07. 12F, 135Y.
0 DC-8-50F, (FAS) 2 YR WET-LSD 1999-07.
0 DC-8-55F. 2 RTND.
0 DC-8-63F, (CKF) WET-LSD. 1 RTND.
0 A300B4-203 (109; & 143; PARTED OUT).
0 A310-324 (PW4152) (676, /93 6Y-JAB "SPIRIT OF SPANISH TOWN;" 678, /93 6Y-JAC "SPIRIT OF NEGRIL;" 682, /93 6Y-JAD "SPIRIT OF MANDEVILLE;" 686, /93 6Y-JAE "SPIRIT OF MORANT BAY"), EX-(DAL), MAINT BY (CDI). 678 RTND (AFIS) 2003-08. 676; 682 RTND 2003-12. RTND. 18F, 200Y.
0 A310-325 (PW4000) (650, N835AB), RTND 2000-08, LSD (BNG).
1 A319-112 (6Y-JAD - - SEE PHOTO - - "JAM-A319-2008-11").
0 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (422, /94 6Y-JMB, (GEF) LSD; 528, /95 6Y-JMA, 2004-10), EX-(ONU)/(MON), (ILF) LSD, 528 RTND 2004-05. LSD (AGAIN) 2004-10. 528 RTND, LST (VLK) 2007-03. 422; RTND 2008-06, LST (VLK). 12F, 138Y.
0 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1213, /00 6Y-JMF "SPIRIT OF FREEDOM;" 1390, /00 6Y-JMG "SPIRIT OF AMERICA"), 1 WET-LST (ECU) 2000-02, (GEH) 10 YR LSD 2000-06. 1213; 1390; RTND, LST (EIR) 2005-06. 12F, 138Y.
3 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (624, /96 6Y-JAF "SPIRIT OF CARIBBEAN;" 626, /97 6Y-JAG "SPIRIT OF BARBADOS;" 628, /97 6Y-JAI "SPIRIT OF MONTEGO BAY;" 630, /97 6Y-JAJ "SPIRIT OF OCHO RIOS"), (ILF) 10 YR LSD. 630; RTND, LST (TNZ) 2008-04. 628; MAINT AT SHANNON 2010-06. 12F, 138Y.
0 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (2048, 7/03 6Y-JMK "SPIRIT OF MANDEVILLE"), (ILF) 10.5 YRS LSD 2003-08. RTND 2008-09. 12F, 138Y.
2 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1747, /02 6Y-JMI (TCI) LSD; 1751, /02 6Y-JMJ, 2009-08; (GEF) LSD). 1751 LST (UEG) 2005-06 as (B-6266). RF (UEG) 2009-08. 12F, 138Y.
4 A321-211 (CFM56-5B3/P) (666, /97 6Y-JMD "SPIRIT OF WESTMORELAND;" 775, /98 6Y-JME; "SPIRIT OF PORTMORE;" 1905, /03 6Y-JMR, 2009-06) (1966, /03 6Y-JMS; 1988, 2003-07 6Y-JMW "SPIRIT OF SPANISH TOWN"), (ILF) 10 YR LSD. 666; RTND 2009-03. 12F, 175Y.
1 A321-211 (CFM56-53/P) (1503, /01 6Y-JMH "SPIRIT OF MAY PEN"), (GEF) 10 YR LSD 2001-06. 12F, 175Y.
1 ORDER A330-200, (GEF) LSD.
0 A340-312 (CFM56-5C3) (048, /94 6Y-JMC "SPIRIT OF NEW YORK"), EX-(MAU), (ILF) LSD, RTND 2002-04, LST (ACN) 2005-06. 12F, 35C, 254Y.
0 A340-313X (CFM56-5C4) (216, /98 6Y-JMM "SPIRIT OF JAMAICA;" 257, /99 6Y-JMP "SPIRIT OF JAMAICA"), EX-(ACN), (ILF) LSD, 2002-05. 257; RTND 2008-03. 216 RTND 2008-12. 12F, 14C, 251Y.
0 DHC-6-300 (532, 6Y-JMU) RTND 2003-08.
1 DHC-8-100 (PW121) (175, 6Y-JML, 8/00). 37Y.
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JAM SVP IND AFF
JAM SVP SALES
JAM-SVP CUS SVC
JAM-SVP FLT OPS
DENIS LALOR, CHAIRMAN.
OWEN MELHADO, CHAIRMAN.
O K Melhado has over 35 years experience in general and financial management. In 1966, at the age of 27, he was appointed General Manager of IBM Jamaica. In 1969, he joined Desnoes and Geddes Ltd brewers and soft drink manufacturers as Marketing Director. He held this position until 1973, when he accepted the offer to serve as Special Assistant and administrative head of former Prime Minister Michael Manley's personal staff. He remained in the public sector until 1984, during which time, among other responsibilities, served as a founding member of the independently established Electoral Commission and from 1977 to 1984 was Chief Executive Officer of the government owned Jamaica Commodity Trading Company. In 1984, he rejoined Desnoes & Geddes as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and held this position until 1993. In 1993, he was primarily responsible for the negotiation and sale of the controlling interest in Desnoes and Geddes to a major international brewer. In 1988, along with his partner, Cliff Cameron established Manufacturers Merchant Bank [MMB]. Later the bank merged with the Pan Caribbean group, a leader in the banking and financial sectors. His experience in the tourism sector includes his Chairmanship of the Jamaica Tourist Board from 1989 – 1991. He was the leader of the (MMB) team that mobilized the financing to build a US$ 38 million, 225 room hotel in Negril. The property, Beaches Negril, is operated by the Sandals chain. More recently, he has been directly involved in establishing a pan regional group of investors for the major expansion of a Caribbean hotel company. Among his other activities, he is currently Vice Chairman of Desnoes & Geddes Ltd, the Jamaica Tourist Board, and Chairman of Real Resorts Ltd.
WILLIAM RODGERS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
BRUCE NOBLES, PRESIDENT, EX-(AAL), LEFT (JAM) 2010-08.
HOWARD HALL, GENERAL MANAGER AND VP FINANCE & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) (2010-08).
SUBODH KARNIK, EXECUTIVE VP COMMERCIAL SERVICES (2008-11).
WILLIAM RODGERS, SENIOR VP INDUSTRY AFFAIRS (2007-10).
William Rodgers has responsibility for Air Jamaica (JAM)’s industry and government affairs, and plays a key role in the strategic placement and repositioning of the national airline. Will joined Air Jamaica (JAM) in July 1974 as Special Assistant to the President. He has held numerous executive positions, including Director Contracts & Technical Services, Vice President In-Flight Services, Vice President Marketing & Sales, as well as a ten-year assignment overseas as Vice President in charge of the company’s North American operations. In 1979, he acted as President & Managing Director for six months. Will attended Kingston College and later received Certification in Accounting and Strategic Marketing at Harvard University.
THOMAS HILL, CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER.
As Chief Revenue Officer, Tom Hill’s responsibilities include Scheduling, Pricing, Revenue Management, Revenue Budget and Statistics. A Pennsylvania native and Vietnam veteran, Tom is no stranger to the airline industry. His airline experience dates back to 1968 when he joined American Airlines (AAL) and then BWIA (TTA), where he served in various positions including Station Manager, Reservations Manager, District Sales Manager and Regional Sales Manager. Tom then joined the Air Jamaica (JAM) family in 1988 as a Regional Sales Manager based in New York. In 1994, he left and began a short stint at the Barbados Tourism Authority, but returned to Air Jamaica (JAM), where he has held several positions, including General Manager, Eastern Caribbean, Director Passenger Sales, Director Sales Administration and Director Airline Planning & Revenue Controls. Tom has served on the Tourism Council of six different Caribbean nations, has served for two terms as president of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, New York Chapter and has been Awarded the Caribbean Friend of the Arts award for bringing Caribbean culture and music to the United States.
CAPTAIN LLOYD TAI, SENIOR VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (KINZMJM).
Captain Lloyd Tai, Senior Vice President Flight Operations has responsibility for the Flight Operations Department, managing the Company’s pilots; the Systems Operations Control Centre, including Crew Scheduling, which coordinates the movement of the flight crew; the Flight Dispatch group, responsible for Dispatch and Flight Watch of the airplanes worldwide; and Load Control responsible for airplane weight & balance. A senior captain with over forty years’ flying experience, Lloyd brings a vast reservoir of knowledge in the field of aviation. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Operations & DFO, and Senior Vice President, Technical Services. Lloyd’s employment with Air Jamaica (JAM) spans some thirty six (36) years, dating back to 1970 when he joined as First Officer, after completing five years as a pilot with BWIA (TTA). He was promoted to Vice President in 1976. With over 12,000 hours of flying time, Lloyd has served as an instructor on all airplanes operated previously and currently by Air Jamaica (JAM) - DC-8, DC-9, 727, A300, A310, A320, A321 and A340 airplanes. He currently holds dual competency on A340 and A320 airplanes. A graduate of the University of Miami with a Masters in Business Administration, Lloyd is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Aviation Industry Advisory Board, and a past member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Technical Committee.
LUTHER BREWSTER, SENIOR VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING.
Luther Brewster has responsibility for the general maintenance of the airline’s airplane fleet, which includes Fleet Planning, Ground Equipment, Stores, Purchasing and Quality Assurance. With thirty years experience in the field of airplane maintenance, Luther joined the Air Jamaica (JAM) family in March 2005 as Senior Vice President Maintenance and Engineering. Luther has held various positions including Flight Engineer, Supervisor Aircraft Maintenance, Manager Aircraft Maintenance, Area Director Aircraft Maintenance and Managing Director Aircraft Maintenance, while being employed to the US Air Force McGuire, Pan American Airlines (PAA) and most recently, American Airlines (AAL). A past student of the Academy of Aeronautics, Harvard University, Business School and Olivet Nazarene University in the USA, Luther holds an associate degree in Applied Science - Aircraft Maintenance Technology, a Certificate in Program Management Development and a Bachelor of Applied Science - Management.
SUE ROSEN, SENIOR VP CUSTOMER SERVICE.
As Senior Vice President Customer Service, Sue Rosen has responsibility for Customer Service, Cargo, Reservations, In-Flight Services and Training. Sue migrated to Jamaica from her native England in 1972. She joined Air Jamaica (JAM) in 1979 as a Customer Service Representative. She left Air Jamaica (JAM) to serve as Sales Manager with British Airways (BAB) for Jamaica and the Cayman Islands between 1986 and 1995. By October 1995, she rejoined Air Jamaica (JAM) as Customer Service Manager and moved through the ranks as Manager Customer Support and Regional Manager Airports, overseeing the opening of the Air Jamaica (JAM) hub at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Sue was then promoted to Director Airport Services, then Vice President and Senior Vice President.
PAUL PENNICOOK, SENIOR VP SALES & MARKETING (2006-04).
Paul Pennicook, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing has responsibility for sales and marketing worldwide as well as Air Jamaica (JAM) Vacations, the tour arm of the Company. An experienced Hotelier, Paul started his career at the Montego Beach Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He has subsequently held management positions at the Holiday Inn Montego Bay and at Couples, Ocho Rios, before becoming the Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Superclubs.
In 1995, Paul joined Unique Vacations, the marketing arm of the Sandals Resorts chain, as Executive Vice President. Two years later, he was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Couples Resort, which owns and operates the Couples group of hotels. Paul has served as 1st Vice President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and was Chairman of that organization’s marketing committee. The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association named him Hotelier of the Year in 2001. Paul was appointed Director of Tourism for Jamaica in 2003. He also serves on the board of the Victoria Mutual Building Society and served on the board of Air Jamaica (JAM). Paul is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
ROBERT MAURACHER, VP TECHNICAL RESOURCES.
JOHN GREENFIELD, VP AIRLINE PLANNING.
GEORGE DEMERCADO, VP SALES.
ALLAN CHASTENET, VP MARKETING & SALES.
DON (TONY) GORDON, SENIOR DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE, (KINZMJM) (2000-06).
BEVERLY HALL-ALLEYNE, SENIOR DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).
ROGER VEZINA, DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (KINZMJM).
PHILLIP CAMPBELL, DIRECTOR SECURITY (2002-10).
HOWARD MCCALLA, GENERAL MANAGER MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS.
VICTOR SPENCE, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT (2000-09).
WILLIAM SMITH, MANAGER MAINTENANCE (KINGSTON) (1997-11).
ROBERT LUE, MANAGER ENGINEERING & RELIABILITY.
LINCOLN JACKSON, MANAGER QUALITY.
FITZROY ROSS, MANAGER MAINTENANCE TRAINING.
CAPTAIN JOHN EYRE, MANAGER OPERATIONS QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (KINZQJM), (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CAPTAIN PATRICK COUSINS, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
CAPTAIN LEIGHTON LINDO, MANAGER FLIGHT STANDARDS.
MS CARMEN DOUGLAS, TECHNICAL LIBRARIAN.