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Our History

Since 1968, Cayman Airways has been serving the Cayman Islands as our national flag carrier. We are proud to say that Cayman Airways is the best way to fly to, from, and within the Cayman Islands!

Cayman Airways was established and started operations on August 7, 1968. It was formed following the Cayman Government's purchase of 51% of Cayman Brac Airways from LACSA (the Costa Rican flag carrier) and became wholly government owned in December 1977. A few months after it was formed, Cayman Airways flew its first international route to Kingston, Jamaica. The airline acquired its first jet aircraft in 1978 and began services to Houston. In 1982 the airline acquired a Boeing 727-200 aircraft to strengthen the airline's regional and international capability, also allowing for the introduction of first class service. These jets were eventually replaced with Boeing 737-300 series, and during the 1980s Cayman Airways offered scheduled or charter service to Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, & St. Louis. Today Cayman Airways employs a staff of 300+ with two national and eight international gateways.

As the national flag carrier for the Cayman Islands, Cayman Airways operates non-stop Boeing 737 jet service between Grand Cayman and the following major US cities: Miami and Tampa, Florida; New York, New York; Denver, Colorado; and Chicago, Illinois.

Cayman Airways currently has three Boeing 737-300 aircraft, one Boeing 737-800, and will be receiving one of four brand new state-of-the-art Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft by the end of 2018 as part of the airline's Fleet Modernization Plan. The Plan will see CAL boast having the newest fleet in the Caribbean by 2020.

Nonstop jet service is also provided between Grand Cayman and regional destinations, including: Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica; Havana, Cuba; and La Ceiba and Roatan, Honduras.

The airline’s Cayman Airways Express service also operates two Saab 340 B+ aircraft between Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, and two Twin Otter aircraft between Grand Cayman and both Sister Islands, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.