BVI Airways is planning to operate an Avro RJ85 beginning in the fall. The RJ85 will be used to operate nonstop flights between Miami and Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island, which is just off the main island of Tortola, and is the main gateway to the British Virgin Islands. Plans for the non-stop service were announced by British Virgin Islands’ Premier and minister of finance, Dr Orlando Smith, on 12 January. The 2:30 service will initially be flown three times a week, outbound to Miami in the morning and returning in the afternoon, before eventually becoming daily—and possibly more in the high season. The RJ85 will be configured with 86 seats, including a first-class cabin. The BVI government will invest USD7 million to support the service, over three years. BVI Airways began operations in 2010, using another British Aerospace product, the Jetstream Super 31. Although the BVI government and the promoters are describing the service as the “first ever” direct jet service between the BVI and Miami, British Caribbean Airways had actually operated the same route in 1986, using BAe 146-200 N246SS (msn E1003).
Recent news items on BVI Airways:
- Neptune acquires Avro RJ100 (2018-02-21)
- BVI government calls BVI Airways in breach of contract (2017-12-15)
- BVI Airways Avro RJ100 ferried to Summerside (2017-09-02)
- Out of cash, BVI Airways lays off flight crew (2017-07-19)
- BVI Airways denies date for service start (2017-07-05)