Take a look at some of the photos from Air Jamaica’s inaugural flight on May 1, 1966. Read excerpts from The Gleaner article written about the historic flight.
“On May 1, 1966 Air Jamaica, the national airline, started flying its first two routes between the island and the
United States of America. Three flights — one inward and- two outward — marked the start of the airlines operations. The inward flight came from New York, and the two outward flights went to Miami and New York respectively.”
“A full load of 143 passengers and eight crew were aboard the Boeing jetliner, marked in gold with the colours of Air Jamaica when it took off on time from Kennedy International Airport for Montego Bay and Kingston. First-flight certificates were given to all the passengers.”
What’s on the menu?
“A special Jamaican menu was served on the first flight, featuring such items as lobster Port Antonio, bouquetiere of vegetables Ocho Rios, roast potatoes a la Jamaica, ice cream bombe Montego.”
Hoist the flag
“The Hon. Donald Sangster Acting Prime Minister, unfurled the flag of the airline an attractive design in the colours of magenta, green and blue, with a golden sunburst and the words "Air Jamaica" also in gold.”
“An all-Jamaican crew flew the first flight, which left for Miami. Captain Herbert Steele, Captain Michael Guilfoyle and Captain John Purchas. Stewardesses were Winsome Marrett, Joye Beld, Carol Chung, Carol Feurtado and Donna Fisher — all Jamaicans.”
Air Jamaica was sold to Caribbean Airlines in 2010, ending Jamaica’s foray into mainstream aviation.
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