(CMR) Caymanian pilot Anthony Hawkins Schick, who flew to the Cayman Islands as a First Officer just over a year ago, is now one of Delta Air Line's new captains.
“It's been a long journey with many ups and downs, but every moment I will cherish forever. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and we have to learn from them,” Captain Hawkins Schick stated in a post sharing his recent accomplishments on social media.
“I've been very busy the past month studying and waking up at 3:15 a.m. for many of my events, but it was worth it to finally say I passed my training with Delta Air Lines to become one of their new captains,” he continued.
He expressed his gratitude to all those who supported him over the years.
Schick started with Delta in 2022 and flew his inaugural flight into Owen Roberts International Airport on 2 November 2022 as a First Officer from Atlanta into Grand Cayman.
“This is my first time flying the Delta airbus 320 into Grand Cayman, so that to me was actually an amazing feeling. I had the opportunity to land the plane,” he said during an interview with CMR.
First Officer Schick, who lives in the US, also calls Cayman home. He is the son of Antonio Hawkins and Vernice Hawkins.
“I love every opportunity when I can come here. But now I have the opportunity where I can fly in as a pilot, and that's an amazing experience,” he told CMR during his inaugural flight in 2022.
Schick said flying to his home country gave him feelings of pride and nostalgia as he landed in Grand Cayman.
“The excitement of knowing that I was behind the control of the aircraft and bringing these wonderful people to these wonderful islands,” he said, adding it's not something that other pilots with airlines outside Cayman Airways experience regularly.