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An Air Jamaica A340-300 (Photo: Adrian Pingstone [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons)

The Cost of Connecting the Caribbean: Overextensions, Fruitless Expansions and Disappearing Brands

Looking across the U.S., it’s common to see carriers cancel unprofitable routes in order to move aircraft to more popular and profitable routes. Whether it is a single route or the dismantling of an entire hub, carriers are not shy about doing what they can to maximize their profits.  However, the Caribbean poses a different issue, with many local carriers hanging onto years worth of unpaid debt to keep the island connected to the world. This series dives into the carriers…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Air Jamaica

Jamaica has always been a popular destination in the Caribbean. However, the country has primarily relied on the sea to bring people to the island. In the 1960s, as aviation was becoming more popular the government of Jamaica faced a decision. They could either invest in British West Indian Airlines,…