Washington, Sept. 20, 2002 - The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) today announced that its board of directors voted Air Jamaica Ltd. as the association’s newest member. This addition brings the ATA membership to 22 U.S. members and five associate (international) member airlines.
“The addition of Air Jamaica as ATA’s first Caribbean-headquartered airline broadens our reach in the hemisphere, enabling us to represent a growing number of the world’s finest airlines,” said Carol Hallett, ATA president and chief executive officer. “By featuring such innovative concepts as beach side check-in and the world’s only flying chef, Air Jamaica’s award-winning service makes it one of the most dynamic commercial airlines operating today.”
“We are very excited to join the Air Transport Association,” said Bruce R. Nobles, President and Chief Operating Officer of Air Jamaica. “Since the majority of our operations are to and from the United States, we feel that an affiliation with ATA will be a definite benefit for our company.”
Air Jamaica, headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica, employs nearly 3,000 professionals and offers more than 360 flights per week between the Caribbean and New York, Boston, Newark, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore/Washington, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Orlando, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. The airline operates the newest fleet of aircraft to the Caribbean, consisting of 20 Airbus aircraft, including four A-310s, 10 A-320s, three A-321s and three A-340s. Current plans call for the A-310s to be phased out between now and 2004, and replaced with the more economical and efficient A-320 and A-321 equipment.
Last year, Air Jamaica flew more than 2.8 billion revenue passenger miles, an increase of 7.5 percent from the previous year. Furthermore, Montego Bay, Jamaica, ranks 20th among the top 40 international passenger gateways to the United States, according to Department of Transportation figures, surpassing such international gateways as Madrid, Hong Kong, Brussels, Rome and Sydney.
Air Jamaica reservations and information in North America and the Caribbean may be obtained by calling (800) 523-5585 or visiting their Web site at www.airjamaica.com
The Air Transport Association is the trade association for leading U.S. airlines and its members transport over 95 percent of all the passenger and cargo traffic in the United States.