First REDjet aircraft arrives – January 2011 start seems possible

REDjet, the Caribbean’s Low Fare Airline arrived to its home in Grantley Adams International Airport today.

The arrival in Barbados marks a milestone in the development of Civil Aviation and air transport for the island. With the constant development and investments being made by GAIA and the BCAD, it is fitting that REDjet will be using a modern, easy to use airport and operate under the latest global standard in regulations. The airlines first aircraft named ‘Jacqalicious’ will become a permanent feature of the airport and the Barbados skyline and she will soon be joined by a sistership in a few weeks.

The aircraft is a MD-82, which is one of the most successful jet airliners in the skies today, with a total of over 2,400 units produced. The aircraft has a proven track record for delivering a safe and reliable service around the world, and is currently operated by major airlines including American Airlines, SAS, Delta Airlines and Alitalia. A key feature of the aircraft is that it was designed for rapid turnaround times at airports enabling us to keep flying and not waste time or money on the ground, which in turn saves time and money for all. The aircraft is designed for frequent, short-haul flights and ideal to ferry REDjet’s passengers across the Caribbean safely.

Fittingly the aircraft arrives in the middle of International Civil Aviation Week. The airline is working closely under the guidance and scrutiny of the Barbados Civil Aviation Department (BCAD). Chairman Ian Burns said he was excited to be working closely with the BCAD in the delivery of this project, “the Department officials are putting us through a tough but fair process that will ensure that Barbadians can be satisfied that the airline is safe and operating professionally. It is a tremendous responsibility and we don’t take this lightly. We have 100% Commitment to the safety of our passengers, crew and aircraft,” said Mr. Burns.

The aircraft is one of (2) MD-82 aircraft purchased by the airline to deliver a safe and reliable low fares service to the Caribbean.

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