I flew Cayman Airways on the first-ever non-stop route from the west coast to the Caribbean – that’s how it was
This year, West Coasters have even easier access to more sun and sand—and not just California beaches. Thanks to a recently launched Cayman Airways route between Los Angeles and Grand Cayman, the west coast now has access to non-stop flights to the Caribbean for the first time ever. The new route, which began in November 2022, will fly non-stop from Tom Bradley International Airport in LAX to Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman. Currently, the airline operates the year-round route once a week in each direction, with the airline planning to eventually add two to three weekly services.
By eliminating a connecting stop, the new route saves holidaymakers one and a half to several hours of travel time. Flights depart LAX at 8:00 am on Sunday and return to LAX at 5:00 pm on Saturday. With a flight time of six hours, the route is almost as long as a flight from LA to Honolulu, Hawaii. The new launch will make Los Angeles the fifth US city to serve flights from Cayman Airways, joining existing flights to Cayman from Miami, New York, Tampa and Denver.
Earlier this month I got a chance to try out the historic new route on a trip to Grand Cayman, and I found it to be a fairly relaxed flight with only a few turbulences. The staff was very friendly and accommodating and the seats were comfortable for such a long journey. It’s worth booking for the convenience and price alone. That’s what it’s like to fly the new route.
I arrived at Los Angeles International Airport around four in the morning. After a short walk, I passed through airport security at Terminal 1 and was taken to Tom Bradley International Terminal. Business class ticket in hand, I was scanned and landed in front of the cabin doors of a Boeing 737-8 Max. The merry tunes of Caribbean steel drums and island music played overhead, and I was greeted by three friendly flight attendants, red pants, blue ones Wearing vests and scarves with the Cayman Islands coat of arms to match the plane’s colors.
I took my seat in the third row, right next to the window of the 16 business class seats, arranged in a two-by-two configuration on either side of the plane’s single aisle. While this meant that not every seat had direct aisle access, that didn’t bother me too much as the seats felt roomy enough – there was enough space between the seats to put items without taking up too much space for my neighbor . Each business class seat is 21 inches wide, has a recline of 38 inches, and a recline of 6 inches. Almost every seat in Business Class has a power outlet, with a total of 14 available in the cabin. The seats were a little basic compared to the business class of other international airlines, but are on par with some domestic airlines on routes of a similar length.
The economy class cabin is located directly behind the business class with 144 seats in rows of three on each side of the aisle. Economy seats are 32 inches apart, 17 inches wide, and offer three inches of recline; There are no sockets in Economy. All seats are upholstered in blue leatherette and have adjustable, padded headrests. Although there were no seatback screens in either cabin, the flight is equipped with Airfi inflight entertainment, which offers a selection of films for passengers to stream on their own devices, and many new releases were offered.