[Guyana] TravelSpan introduces new Boeing 767
– eyeing other destinations
May 4, 2014
TravelSpan General Manager Vanita Jagnarain (Second from right) with other airline officials
Brazil and Grenada have been listed as possible markets, but Jagnarain stated that it will take some time before these flights are introduced, claiming various factors will have to be considered.
Recently, she added that the airline introduced two flights to Port of Spain, Trinadad at very low prices, starting at US$283, tax inclusive.
TravelSpan, she noted is also plying the Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic-Port of Spain route.
However, with all the new possible markets and additional flights, there is need for an effective Guyanese flight attendant crew; thus, the airline has shortlisted 31 prospective candidates to be trained.
The training, which is overdue, will likely get underway in the first part of May, but she assured that all training will be completed in time before the 767-300 flights becomes fully operational.
“A part of the training is done in Guyana and another part is done overseas and as such, a screening process has to be completed and approved by the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration],” she added.
Jagnarain stated that Guyanese flight attendants are necessary since TravelSpan recognises that a large number of Guyanese have confidence in the service and Guyana is one of its main routes.
On this note, she added that Guyanese attendants will be more effective in communicating with Guyanese passengers.
Apart from creating employment for flight attendants, TravelSpan has also expanded its office staff with more reservation and accounts clerks at its main office.
Meanwhile, the 767-300 aircraft will be used as a back-up to the 767-200 jet, which currently has a capacity to hold 210 passengers. The new aircraft can carry some 221 passengers and fly at 500 miles per hour, with a flying time of 10 hours.
The plane, which is about 10 years old, has been certified by the FAA and has been operated by Vision Air out of the John F Kennedy International Airport. The aircraft can also carry about 500 bags at 50 pounds each and also has large cargo space.
According to Operations Manager David Goberdan, during a tour on the aircraft on Saturday at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the 767-300 aircraft is the first to land in Guyana.
While there might have been concerns about the runway to accommodate landing, Goberdan said the runway at the CJIA can accommodate a 747-200-370 Boeing aircraft, a double-decker which has a capacity of 350 passengers, hence, landing is not an issue.
He added that security has been at its optimum and they continue to put passenger’ safety first. In addition, he noted that while he cannot comment or reveal anything about its security arrangements, the airline has special procedures in detecting drug mules.
TravelSpan will be introducing five flights to the JFK International Airport, USA to accommodate the influx of passengers that have booked to travel to Guyana for the August vacation.