British Virgin Islands’ BVI Airways adds maiden ARJ
25 August, 2016
BVI Airways (XV, Beef Island) has taken delivery of its first ARJ-100 following the recent arrival of ex-Brussels Airlines (SN, Brussels National) machine OO-DWF (msn E3332) in the Caribbean.
The quadjet, which was originally scripted to be an ARJ-85, will be used on the carrier’s proposed Beef Island-Miami Int’l, United States service due to launch later this year in partnership the government of the British Virgin Islands.
“We are working with the regulators in both the US and the UK to get all of the final approvals in place as fast as we can,” the airline said in a statement on its Facebook page. “The final timing of our first flights, however, is in their hands. At this time, our best estimate of when service will start is early December – but that is only our best estimate.”
Airline officials anticipate an initial frequency of three weekly flights weekly graduating to at least once daily as demand picks up. All regulatory considerations aside, the launch is scheduled for September of this year.
“…we expect consequential infrastructural development in the tourism sector; higher participation of BVI businesses in activity outside of the BVI; and ultimately more employment opportunities for our people,” Premier and Minister of Finance, Orlando Smith, said. “The partnership with BVI Airways is meant to fill the immediate need to solve our air access issues and constitutes another investment by my Government in the continued development of the BVI economy and its people.”
A British overseas territory located in the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands are connected to the surrounding islands of Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts & Nevis, Barbados, Dominica, Puerto Rico, St Maarten, and the US Virgin Islands by VI Airlink, interCaribbean Airways, LIAT, Air Sunshine, Seaborne Airlines, Winair, and Cape Air.