BVI Airways acquires second plane
December 20, 2016
Two of the four Honeywell LF507-1F engines that power the AVRO RJ 100 and allow it to take off and land on the Beef Island/Terrance B Lettsome International runway.
“The AVRO Regional Jet (RJ) 100 will have a seating capacity of 86, including 12 in Premier Class. The 4-engine plane has a cruising altitude of 31,000 feet, and a speed of approximately 500mph. At that speed, the flight times between Miami and Tortola should be approximately 2.5 hours long,” added BVI Airways.
It further stated that the second plane, which was manufactured by BAe Systems (formerly British Aerospace), is now located at the airline’s major maintenance facility.
BVI Airways added that the interior of the plane is being outfitted, and the exterior painted and rebranded. It is also being thoroughly inspected.
“Our second plane is yet another major step in readying BVI Airways to dramatically improve the convenience and comfort of getting to the BVI,” said Jerry Willoughby, the Chief Executive Officer and President of the airline. “We are currently undergoing the certification process with our regulator.”
Willoughby further claimed that the airline has been “getting tremendous feedback” from BVI hotels and charter companies, as well as the travel trade in the United States, Europe, and South America.
“They’re really excited by the opportunities we’ll be bringing to the islands with non-stop service from Miami to Tortola. So are we!”
Back in September, the airline announced the acquisition of its first plane, which is similar to the second one now being announced.
The BVI government is investing $7 million into the privately owned BVI Airways, which already has missed the initial schedule for commencement of service between the United States and the BVI.