By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The aviation arm of the BK Group of Companies – BK Air/JAGS Aviation – today (Tuesday, December 23), welcomed what has been referred to as a ‘game changer’ for domestic travel.
JAGS has added to its young and growing fleet a Polish made, M28 Skytruck aircraft. The airline commenced serving the local aviation sector this year and in August inaugurated its brand new Cessna Grand Caravan 208B EX, adding to the already existing fleet.
At a welcome reception at the Ogle International Airport this morning, Accounting Manager, Bryoni Tiwari reminded of a promise during the launch of the Cessna Grand Caravanto continue investment in quality aircraft.
“Today you can see those were not empty words,” she said.
Tiwari boasted of the Skytruck’s diverse capabilities; expressing confidence in its ability to serve several local sectors including mining, tourism and health.
She said it was the delivery of an aircraft that was not available but necessary in Guyana; drawing attention to its ability to do short takeoffs and landing on short and unprepared airstrips.
“A game changer,” she labeled it.
She promised to continue to deliver on fleet expansion and training for staff.
Present at today’s event were Chairman of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Hugh Denbow; Tourism Minister, Irfaan Ali; Transport Minister, Robeson Benn; Natural Resources Minister, Robert Persaud; Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo; Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Joseph Harmon and Chairman of BK Group of Companies, Brian Tiwari along with private sector representatives, pilots and aviation professionals.
JAGS received congratulations from all present while being cautioned ahead of likely challenges.
Harmon pointed out that management of the new aircraft was likely one of those challenges but said he was particularly excited about the addition to domestic travel.
His comments were followed closely by those of the Tourism Minister who wasted no time in pointing out that this could not have been possible had the 22 – year old People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government not developed the Ogle airport.
“They are all linked together and cannot be separated… you can’t support one component and not the other,” Ali said.
Meanwhile, his Cabinet colleague Benn also said that the introduction of the new aircraft was indeed a game changer.
He acknowledged the administration’s constraint of maintaining local airstrips while recognizing the ability of the Skytruck to overcome those challenges.
Benn said the Tiwari family must be congratulated for the manner in which they have invested in Guyana and said they must be used as an example. He said too that government stands ready to support these ventures.