(CMR) As the Cayman people are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Cayman Airways's first Boeing-737 MAX 8; they hosted the leaving party for the first airplane last night in Washington DC.
The plane is scheduled to be on the island tomorrow, November 30th. It is the first Max 8 in the Caribbean.
The leasing costs for Cayman Airways' new 737 Max 8 planes continue to be a tightly guarded secret, even from the scrutiny of the Legislative Assembly’s Finance Committee.
The issue was raised last Thursday (22 November) as legislators wrapped up a marathon session where 17 bills were passed. Pressed on the issue, Tourism Minister Hon. Moses Kirkconnell declined to say anything, pointing out there could be commercial implications.
“To bear everything that you’re doing, your cost structure, your lease payment and telling your competition exactly what it costs you to compete against them,”
Mr. Kirkconnell said.
However, Opposition Leader Hon. Ezzard Miller countered,
“That’s called management and efficiency. Not refusing to tell us where the public funds are going,”
Mr. Miller projected that the new planes could drive the airline’s annual costs up by $10 million per year.
The plane will be landing around 4:40 pm and CAL is welcoming the public to join them at the Airport Park on Grand Cayman this Friday from 3 pm-6 pm for a family-friendly “welcome party” for Cayman Airways' brand new Boeing 737-Max 8 aircraft!