Although it is not a commercial flight, as yet, HummingBird Air’s first aircraft has made its inaugural landing in Dominica.
The airline is an initiative by local hotelier Sam Raphael who expressed delight that the aircraft has made it to the island.
“It is slower than I had anticipated but it is progressing steadily and we expect to be able to provide good regional connections from Canefield in the not-too-distant future,” he said.
Raphael said the aircraft landed in Dominica on Thursday morning but is only doing test flights and commercial operations will kick in early next year.
“We expect to be fully operational some time in January,” he noted.
According to Raphael, “we still have a few more things to take care of’ before going commercial.”
“We waiting on one inspection, just simple stuff and because it is the Christmas season we do not know how long the inspectors are going to take,” he noted.
Raphael is confident HummingBird Air will grow in the future.
“This is our first airplane and we are already in negotiations for a second aircraft and so, by the summer we should have a few aircraft making good regional connections out of Canefield,” he said.