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“Mr RedJet” Ian Burns passes at 58

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“Mr RedJet” Ian Burns passes at 58

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Jul 31, 2014

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“Mr RedJet” Ian Burns passes at 58
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CEO and founder of defunct regional carrier RedJet, Ian Burns, has died. He was 58. Burns succumbed to a massive heart attack in his native Ireland on Wednesday.

Burns founded and ran regional low fare carrier RedJet which was started in May 2011. Incorporated in Barbados after Jamaica refused to register the airline in that jurisdiction.

Burns believed that the region could be unified by affordable and efficient air travel which would be a boon to the region’s economy.
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With two MD-82 planes and 94 employees, Burns set about to link Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, St Lucia and Guyana with fares as low as US$9.99 one way.

His model posed a serious threat to the more traditional regional carriers who sought to see the back of RedJet.

Speaking of Ian Burns, Loop News’ Group Executive Editor Al Edwards said: “ Ian Burns was irrepressible and remained steadfast in his vision of affordable air travel that would link the region. Many men would have given up long ago and consigned their dream to just that – a dream. Not Ian, he remained indefatigable, unbowed and kept on striving. The Caribbean would be altogether better if his vision was able to become a reality. I for one will miss him dearly and he exemplified what a champion is all about. He had the qualities of a great sportsman- heart,will,tenacity, dignity and endurance.”

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