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A church service is to be held in Miramar, Florida, on Sunday, April 26, to mark the 40th anniversary of Air Jamaica’s first flight.
Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, will join Jamaica’s Consul-General in Miami, Sandra Grant Griffiths, Air Jamaica Executives, Jamaican nationals, and friends in the Diaspora for the occasion.
The thanksgiving service will be held at Christway Baptist Church, in Miramar, beginning at 4:00 p.m. A similar service of celebration was held in New York last week.
Air Jamaica boasts an excellent safety record since its first flight left the Norman Manley International Airport, in Kingston, on April 1, 1969.
Manager, Community and Special Market Sales at Air Jamaica, Kaye Chong, told JIS News that the airline is using the milestone to focus on its areas of successes, including safety. She said that safety has always been the primary focus of the airline and that Air Jamaica is proud to continue maintaining the highest airline industry safety standards.
She praised the Air Jamaica team for their tenacity in surviving during the economic downturn. She said that while the Government remains committed to finding investors for the airline, the Air Jamaica team would continue to do the airline proud.
The Manager described Air Jamaica as a trendsetter and leader in the aviation industry, with the introduction of in-flight fashion shows and aerobics during the earlier years of the airline. This, she said, spoke to the creativity and ingenuity of the people.
Through its corporate citizenship programme, several social groups have benefited from the airline’s community assistance efforts. Many schools, citizen groups, civic associations, and churches throughout the Diaspora and across the island, have gained from services, such as handling of shipments and sponsorship packages.
More importantly, the airline has helped in times of national need, particularly after hurricanes, by transporting relief supplies to help those in need.

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