It was a bright and joyous morning when the Caribbean Airlines aircraft CAL 737/800 branded with Guyana’s 50th anniversary logo arrived at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
The aircraft was greeted with loud cheers from the students of Timehri Primary School and senior officials of the Government and CAL. Also in attendance were First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger and wife of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Mrs. Sita Nagamootoo.
In her remarks, Mrs. Granger noted that she was pleased to be a part of this occasion. “I know that this aircraft will be seen at international airports and around the Caribbean,” she said. The First Lady recalled that last year Guyana celebrated 100 years of aviation, and prior to that Caribbean Airlines celebrated it centenary of service in the region. In this regard, she expressed appreciation to CAL for delivering ‘faithful service’ to Guyanese.
She also thanked Caribbean Airlines for partnering with Guyana in the promotion of the 50th anniversary celebrations. The First Lady added that many Guyanese have travelled throughout the Caribbean, and even further, with CAL dating back to when the airline was called BWIA.
“I hope that our young people, upon whose shoulders the mantle of development will fall, will seize the opportunities and be challenged by working in the airline industry and in other industries as we in this dear land celebrate our 50th anniversary and move onward and upwards to our own centenary,” the First Lady stated.
She emphasized the hope that all Guyanese will celebrate our oneness with unity, harmony and purpose.
In her remarks, the Minister within the Ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry noted that the logo is a demonstration of the remarkable spirit of the Guyanese people and the rest of the world.
Minister Henry added that as we celebrate our 50th anniversary of Independence with determination we can improve our citizens’ quality of life, to transform our economy and to pursue a path to progress.
CAL’s Chairman, Phillip Marshall, noted that the theme ‘Coming Home 2016’ is quite fitting not just for those Guyanese that will travel to Guyana but for those who will be travelling to other destinations throughout the year. He added that Caribbean Airlines has the privilege of being the flag carrier for Guyana, this is a beneficial relationship with Guyanese and the diaspora.
While outlining the number of flights and people that use the airline, Marshall emphasized that CAL’s Guyana station is one of the top performers with an outstanding on-time performance record and a reputation for efficient aircraft turnaround time. He added that CAL’s team which includes Guyanese nationals who work diligentlytowards the consistent delivery of quality service at the ticket office in Georgetown and at CJIA.