AA introduces more modern aircraft for Barbados

Passengers travelling between Miami and Barbados on American Airlines will now do so in a more modern aircraft.

On Friday the company announced the introduction of its new state-of-the-art A321S aircraft, which will replace the 757 aircraft. American Airlines currently has two daily flights to Barbados from Miami.

The carrier, which will be celebrating 42 years of service to Barbados in September, is in the process of a historic fleet renewal programme that includes spending of $4.1 billion on new aircraft this year alone.

The new airplane, with 16 seats in first-class and 165 seats in the main cabin, was scheduled to arrive in Barbados Friday afternoon flown by Barbadian Captain Basil Lowe, but was delayed due to bad weather.

However, during a short ceremony at the Grantley Adams International Airport to mark the occasion, Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) Alvin Jemmott welcomed the change in aircraft, as he recalled the increase in American Airlines flights to the island over the years.

Stating that the partnership between the country and American Airlines was an important one, Jemmott said the airline provided in excess of 100,000 passengers to the island annually, which was about 50 per cent of the passengers out of the U.S. market.

“In order for us to continue to grow our performance here in Barbados we are absolutely dependent on these partnerships,” said Jemmott.

“We certainly want to congratulate American airlines on this milestone and thank them for the collaboration we’ve had over this period of time. When you started service in 1975 that first service to Barbados flew out of New York. In 1997 we started the service out of Miami, now we have two flights a day out of Miami and this certainly helped us in our journey and our path to growth here in Barbados,” he said.

“I recalled well that in 2014 we did about 118,000 passengers to Barbados and that grew to 148,000 by 2015, and by 2016 we have gone to 168,000 passengers and that is no small feat. So we say thank you,” added Jemmott.

Promising a more modern travel experience on the new aircraft, General Manager of American Airlines for Barbados Jennifer Carter said the upgrade consisted of AC/USB power ports in every seat and “a more refined business class experience”, as well as in-flight entertainment.

Pointing out that Barbados had lovely weather and people, Carter said it was no surprise that it remained a preferred destination for Americans, adding that she was looking forward to further growth “and many milestones together”.

27 Responses to AA introduces more modern aircraft for Barbados

  1. Paul Gill
    Paul Gill June 3, 2017 at 10:58 am

    That old 757 have been replaced.

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  2. Ladyann Gill
    Ladyann Gill June 3, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Cars gine start flying just now

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  3. Richard Johnston June 3, 2017 at 11:16 am

    “… a more modern travel experience …” Gimme a break. Shameless pandering to business. They still haven’t restored the non-stop flight to New York.

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  4. Shakir S. Foggo
    Shakir S. Foggo June 3, 2017 at 11:24 am

    About time you start getting value for the price of the ticket you pay for.

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    • Martine Boyer
      Martine Boyer June 3, 2017 at 11:47 am

      How much does it cost to fly from Miami to Barbados?

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    • Shakir S. Foggo
      Shakir S. Foggo June 3, 2017 at 11:49 am

      That is largely dependent upon what time of the year you chose to fly to Barbados. Crop over or busy season. Easily over a $900

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  5. Jade Drusilla Fenty
    Jade Drusilla Fenty June 3, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Finally. Tek Them Long Enough.

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  6. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith June 3, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Wow. About 10 years overdue

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  7. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes June 3, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Well I hope it is a new one I get to fly back on later this month.

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  8. Chrissy Pantoja
    Chrissy Pantoja June 3, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    There are a few reasons why I started taking Jet Blue; AA’s old planes are one of them.

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  9. John JT Titheridge
    John JT Titheridge June 3, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I bet THAT isn’t a pic of economy

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  10. Nigel Holloway
    Nigel Holloway June 3, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Need to introduce cheaper tickets

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  11. Janina Greaves
    Janina Greaves June 3, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Q-Sound Suffice

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    • Q-Sound Suffice
      Q-Sound Suffice June 3, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      was supposed to be coming here since 2016 winter season….

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  12. David McGregor
    David McGregor June 3, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    at last… 200 of us no longer need to share 4 TV’s….

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  13. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony June 3, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    All in the name of fuel efficiency, the 757 was a power house!!!

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  14. Keisha Scantlebury
    Keisha Scantlebury June 3, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Claudia

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  15. Peter June 3, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    That Airbus ain’t new. They should put the spanking new Boeing 787 Dreamliner into service. That plane can carry more Pax, and more luggage. With reduced fares, they will rope in more Pax and put the obnoxious Caribbean Air Lines in deep trouble. best plane, Best ride, more leg comfort.

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    • Thane Marshall June 5, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      The 787 is by that new and that is a wide body aircraft and AS does not get enough booking to use that plane

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  16. Richard Johnston June 4, 2017 at 8:00 am

    The 757 was a disgrace, but the 787 is too big for that route. The A321S is a completely modern aircraft. The dirty little secret is that traffic from Miami has increased because there is no longer any traffic from New York. Passengers who used to fly from or through New York now have to go through Miami or Charlotte.

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  17. Mr Rock usa June 4, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Would Barbados ever have its own airlines? If these carriers ever pull out of Barbados what would we do. Start catching the cruise ships out if Florida and Newyork? A good leader thinks like this. God help us!

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    • Alex June 29, 2017 at 12:09 am

      That is a very immature comment. Barbados can’t not afford its own Airlines, why put the country in debt when you can have other Airlines trying to fly here? If AA ends their flights to Barbados there are others in line waiting to take over. Delta, SouthWest, United would try to take over that route. AA will never leave Barbados unless tourism dies completely in Barbados and family members don’t fly here anymore.

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  18. Peter June 4, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    The 321 is a performance dog! Can’t climb over turbulence. The 757 is a much stronger, faster, longer range aircraft….

    But some people just think new paint makes all the difference.

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    • Thane Marshall June 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      At least the a321 is more aerodynamic and fuel efficienct. But every has different opinions no hate.

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    • Alex June 29, 2017 at 12:13 am

      AA has been replacing their 757s with a321 because they are more fuel efficient, the era of big planes is coming to an end. Airlines are now focusing on new smaller planes that thanks to new technology can flight long distances and still be able to carry a lot of people. Virgin Atlantic will replace their 747 fleet with Airbus a350 so in the next couple of years you won’t be seeing the 747 coming to Barbados anymore. In St Marteen KLM got rid of the 747 and now flies the smaller a330.

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  19. Thane Marshall June 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I hope that I go on that in August

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