Dominican low-cost airline Arajet has made its first commercial flight.
The inaugural flight was on 15 September 2022 from Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) to Barranquilla in Colombia.
The aircraft for the flight was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, registration HI-1082.
Arajet is a low cost airline, with a single class onboard. Like most low cost airlines, passengers can buy just a seat and then add on ancillaries like baggage. Or they can buy what is called bundled fares that include a seat and bags etc.
Arajet plans to use the range of the 737 MAX to serve a large number of traditional and underserved markets in the continental United States, Brazil, Colombia and beyond.
There is a big emphasis on Colombia with flights to the big five cities planned – Bogota, Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, Medellin.
Just a few days after the inaugural flight, Arajet is already flying to Barranquilla, Cali and Cartagena in Colombia, Aruba, San Salvador and Lima in Peru.
In the next few weeks the airline is adding flights to Cancun, Mexico City and Monterrey in Mexico, Curacao, San Martin, Guatemala City and San Jose in Costa Rica.
Later they will add Guayaquil and Quito in Ecuador, Kingston in Jamaica and possibly Toronto and Montreal in Canada. Routes to the US are are further off.
Arajet has a fleet of five Boeing 737 MAX 8s. All are in a single class layout with 189 seats.
They have an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 200, a high-density version with up to 200 seats in a single class.
Arajet also has options for15 more 737 MAX which, along with existing lease agreements, could take the airline’s 737 MAX fleet to 40.
The current five aircraft are leased from Griffin Global Asset Management.
N.B. Image credit: Boeing