Matt D
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Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:20 am

Found a nonstop flight from LAX to Montego Bay. Going on Air Jamaica.

Two questions. What is the service like?

And what is the equipment? A320 or A340?

I would think A340....I don't believe that a -320 has that kind of range.

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airfrancejfk
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:34 am

From LAX-MBJ, it's going to be the A320. A340's are used on the U.K route and sometimes JFK.

Service can vary. JM's service has decline alot in the past few years. I remember three years ago, flying from JFK-MBJ-JFK, the flights were very punctual, great service, excellent flight attendants.

Today, flights are often delayed, cancelled, rerouted. Don't really know too much about the inflight service now, however check out www.airlinequality.com. It has some great JM trip reports.
 
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:42 am

Quoting Airfrancejfk (Reply 1):
From LAX-MBJ, it's going to be the A320. A340's are used on the U.K route and sometimes JFK.

Service can vary. JM's service has decline alot in the past few years. I remember three years ago, flying from JFK-MBJ-JFK, the flights were very punctual, great service, excellent flight attendants.

Today, flights are often delayed, cancelled, rerouted. Don't really know too much about the inflight service now, however check out www.airlinequality.com. It has some great JM trip reports.

I flew with JM in 2000, 2001, and 2005. All times were either on the A310 or the A321, and all times we have a great exp... hot meals, champagne breakfasts.. and in 2000, I got to sit in the cockpit during landing (one of the best exp. in my life!) JM gets my vote.
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:27 pm

I flew JM from POS to KIN in 2000. The A320-200 flight stopped in BGI. JM had started POS flights in competition with BW and offered better fares and a 1-stop rather than 2-stop service on the trans-Caribbean run. The service was quite good as was the inflight entertainment although they apologised for the lack of the fashion show that was scheduled! (They did do them on some flights, especially LHR; I do not know if they still do.) The highlight was the glass of free champagne they served every passenger during the meal - JM's "Champagne Service" proved true to form.

Unfortunately my return trip to POS was cancelled due to poor passenger loads and I was never notified of this decision! I was in KIN (the airport) at the time yet I was never found or told about this. I eventually got onto BW's flight to POS - the MD83 called at SXM, ANU and BGI on the way home. I wrote JM about this poor service but never got a reply. In any case JM dropped POS a few weeks later.

I cannot say what it is like now but I have had rather mixed experiences on my one trip with JM. I wrote a trip report about it on this website if you want more details.

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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:56 pm

Emotionally, a JM flight will get you "into the groove" of being in Jamaica.

Yes, it might be a little less organized, and might be an hour late... but aren't you going to Jamaica to relax? (And believe me, AA and the others aren't going to be much better...)

AFAIK, nobody but AirJ serves Red Stripe on board. Order one or two of those, and chill out. Unlike the U.S. carriers, JM won't play stupid Seinfeld re-runs, or AutoZone commercials, or what have you, while you're trying to relax.

My advice to you (which is worth every penny you paid for it): when you step off the plane in MBJ, enjoy the rich smell of the heavy, warm tropical air mixed with kerosene exhaust -- each time I do it, it takes me back to my childhood.

Arrange for ground transportation before you get there.

Bring US$50 in $1 bills (for tips!).

Buy everyone over 16 in your party an "ice-cold Red Stripe" at the airport bar before you get on your minibus/taxi/... (If you actually exit the building before meeting your driver and "run the gauntlet", turn right to go to the bar.)
 
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:24 pm

JM is fine. Last year they had real drama during the early part of the year due to fleet problems. Right now things are ok from the passenger point of view. You are going to be on an A320. JM's A320s vary as some are new than others. The best in my opinion is 6YJMK. IF you see that bird at your gate, you are in for a very pleasant flight. Some of the other airplanes have issues as the IFE sometimes doesnt work and other annoying little problems. Guess that can happen in any airline.

Service? Hot Meal.. YEAH.. That is always a treat in this day and age when hot meals are a rarity. They do offer champange with dinner, and always have Red Stripe beer. As far as the meal, sometimes it is tasty sometimes it sucks, usually depending where it was catered. I find that flights catered from Jamaica tend to have tastier meals.

Comfort? I find AA to be more comfortable, as the A320 is kinda tight at 31/32 inch pitch. Try to get an emergency row on checkin.

All in all you should have a very pleasant JM flight. And if on time, you would find that it is more enjoyable for what its worth than AA or DL.

Ok this is what we had to say...at GND. I am very bored and a bit nostalgic tonight.

"A pleasant good evening ladies and gentlemen. This is a reminder that you have boarded Air Jamaica flight #93, non stop service to JFK, New York. From the entire ground crew here in the Spice Isle, we want to thank you for choosing Air Jamaica and including us in your travel planes. At this time however, we invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy the lovebird hospitality of our inflight crew. Once again thanking you for choosing us today and do have a pleasant flight."

Hope that got you into the mood.
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:54 pm

It can be a crap shoot. your flight to MBJ should be okay. there are often delays when flying northbound from MBJ, mostly due to congestion. Maybe things will be a bit better in the new terminal. Anyone will tell you if your flight is late no one will be screaming "STOP THE PRESSES!!!"

I have noticed that quite a few flights have been canceled lately. I have no idea why, but the airline seems to be in a bit of flux lately.

As noted above, they actually serve meals on their flights. And I agree, the flights catered in Jamaica tend to have the tastier meals.

In general, I have had very pleasant flights where JM staff went beyond the call of duty. I have also had my share of extensive delays, the worst being a 8 hour delay. I have never encountered rude staff. But as with any airline you will have your bad apples.
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:03 pm

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
I don't believe that a -320 has that kind of range.

No problem! The A320 can fly 3000 nautical miles. LAX-MBJ is 2350 nautical miles.

Ive never had a bad experience on JM. I say give them a try you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of there service. You can't beat the Champaign service, Red Stripe, and in flight fashion show. Unfortunately MBJ now has jetbridges so you wont walk on the ramp I always enjoyed that. The exchange rate is currently 1US to 66JM. And as Limaniner said bring money for tips, this is the primary income for many of the youth in the area so if you tip well they will take care of you. Send me a message if you want more info.

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Matt D
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:14 pm

Thanks for the tips! Even if I don't enjoy the flight (but it seems like I should), I will definitely enjoy the trip. After all, it's going to be my honeymoon.
 
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:53 pm

Quoting Matt D (Reply 8):
Thanks for the tips! Even if I don't enjoy the flight (but it seems like I should), I will definitely enjoy the trip. After all, it's going to be my honeymoon.

I flew them on my honeymoon almost 10 years ago from Atlanta to MoBay. Great flight and service. The Mobay airport is a zoo for check-in. Word of advice - slip a porter a $20 and cut to the front of the line instead of waiting what can often be a 2 hour wait.
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:23 am

Quoting Pope (Reply 9):

I flew them on my honeymoon almost 10 years ago from Atlanta to MoBay. Great flight and service. The Mobay airport is a zoo for check-in. Word of advice - slip a porter a $20 and cut to the front of the line instead of waiting what can often be a 2 hour wait.

Haven't they done a lot of work on the airport since then? I have seen pics of MBJ now and it looks rather spifffy, or is that only the departure gates area?
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:25 am

Quoting Captaink (Reply 10):
Haven't they done a lot of work on the airport since then?

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0497331/M/
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:29 am

Service can really be hit or miss, since the Government once again took control it has been even more hit or miss. If you need help with hotels shoot me an email I have worked for several and can offer you some advise.
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:51 am

Quoting Pope (Reply 9):
I flew them on my honeymoon almost 10 years ago from Atlanta to MoBay. Great flight and service. The Mobay airport is a zoo for check-in. Word of advice - slip a porter a $20 and cut to the front of the line instead of waiting what can often be a 2 hour wait.

Yes, that will save you a ton of time. I went to MBJ about 2 years ago during Spring Break (it was jam packed) and we had to wait for what seem like forever.


BTW, I'll take on of their A320s non-stop and avoid a connection at another airport, especially MIA and AA's old 757s that are on the route!

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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:09 am

I was at MBJ in April, and the lines and wait are still a problem. If you are staying at a resort (stayed at Sandals for mine) for you Honeymoon they will get you to the airport extremely early for your departing flight due to the long lines and wait. The departure area is rather nice, however after a 2 hour check in process we had little time to enjoy it.
 
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:45 pm

Quoting Flybnkr (Reply 14):
I was at MBJ in April, and the lines and wait are still a problem. If you are staying at a resort (stayed at Sandals for mine) for you Honeymoon they will get you to the airport extremely early for your departing flight due to the long lines and wait. The departure area is rather nice, however after a 2 hour check in process we had little time to enjoy it.

Was the boarding process still uncontrolled chaos in the afternoons?
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:54 pm

From what I remember from Airliners International 2004, the speaker was AJ's CEO and one thing that I remember was that he was proud to still offer Champagne to all passengers, even those in in coach.
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RE: Tell Me About Air Jamaica

Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:24 pm

Quoting SkyvanMan (Reply 16):
From what I remember from Airliners International 2004, the speaker was AJ's CEO and one thing that I remember was that he was proud to still offer Champagne to all passengers, even those in in coach.

It is a cool perk. Big grin However I must admit I usually settle for a soda, as it is either / or during meal service. Big grin

I also remember some great ice cream i had on occasion as dessert, and other was a delicious piece of chocolate cake. All in all, you get something eat, and that really make a difference, even though we are so used to not being offered food in coach and claiming to be just fine buying food in the airport. But when you really think about it, you don't really pay more to fly an airline that offers meals, as compared to one that doesn't. I mean you get up to cruising altitude and start smelling the food being warm back in the galleys, reminds me of fond days of flying when i was younger, and looking forward to meal time on a flight.
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