For the First Time in History, An American Airlines Flight has All-Jamaican Crew

KINGSTON, Jamaica – On Sunday, February 23, American Airlines made history on a flight from Kingston to Miami, with an all-Jamaican crew.

Flight 2370 was operated with a Boeing 737-800 and a Jamaican crew that included: Captain Robert McPherson, First Officer Shaun Nelson and Flight Attendants Linneth Duhaney, Shanecia Witter, Mario Facey and Stanley Franklin.

“American Airlines has a long history in Jamaica, with 43 years operating in the country, and this is the first time that we’ve ever had an all-Jamaican crew operating one of our flights,” said Maxine Meijerink, General Manager for Kingston.

“Our team is so proud and I know that our Jamaican customers were also thrilled to be part of this historic journey. American is a company that values diversity and inclusion and this crew exemplifies that commitment.”

Captain Robert McPherson, from Kingston, has been an American Airlines Pilot for more than 20 years. “After three years flying together, First Officer Shaun Nelson and I are now going to fly different aircraft, so this was our last flight together. We couldn’t believe that on this particular flight we had an all-Jamaican crew.”

“Before the flight, we all had ackee and saltfish for breakfast, the perfect way to start this special day,” added McPherson.

Flight Attendant Stanley Franklin, from the parish of Portland, remembers the excitement around the flight. “Being a part of the all-Jamaican crew was exciting, to say the least. We were shocked and excited when all four cabin crew were all-Jamaican but when we found out the cockpit crew both are Jamaican as well, we realized it was an unusual and special occasion.”

Passengers also took part in the fun. “The passengers were also excited…we were all able to speak to them in Patois. It made for a very upbeat, fun flight and you could feel the pride and excitement of the passengers,” said Franklin.

First Officer Shaun Nelson, from Montego Bay, added: “Jamaicans are a proud set of people and when passengers hear the Jamaican accent coming from the cockpit it makes them feel good. You get a lot of ‘Respect Mon’ and ‘Big Up’ when we greet and say goodbye to those passengers.”

After a two hour and six-minute flight, AA2370 landed in Miami at 8:50 a.m. Flight Attendant Linneth Duhaney made her arrival announcement: “This all-Jamaican crew would like to welcome you to Miami.”

42 COMMENTS

    • 1st time All Jamaican Airline staff on-board during the covid 19 “THINK!”…was it to protect the other American Airline Staff who were probably servicing this flight for years? Why all of a sudden? All it takes is one covid 19 carrier in the airline cabin with 200 people and recirculated air on a one hour to 15 hour flight. Sounds disastrous!

  1. This is what I love to see our people progressing and proving that the stigma placed on us is not true. Being one of the proudest nation I am even more proud to be a Jamaican

  2. The crew all ate the same food at breakfast . That is completely against aviation norms . If one went sick , it presumes the others will also which negates Flight Safety !

    • We should always eat for health, not to be sick. Change your mindset about food, look for safe food sources and trust that the people preparing your food are willingly and intentionally contributing to the maintenance of your health.

    • Congrats! A truly special occasion to have an all Jamaican crew in the AA’s 43-year history with Jamaica. Planned or coincidental, that’s really nice.

  3. I should have been the a Jamaican agent that checked you all in .. that’s Soooo Great Proud Jamaican Agent at DFW🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲

  4. They said they all ate akee and salt fish for breakfast, but who told retired captain D. Dougherty that they ate at the same place? Or is he suggesting that AII akee and selfish is suspicious?. Wonder if he ever had it? And I am not Jamaican, just a very proud Caribbean who always knew that we were great, despite the efforts to brainwash us otherwise!!

    Go dry Jamaica!! Nuff respect!!

  5. Proud moment n time for us Jamaican! Congrats to the historical team and to American airline for forging this. Let’s hope other airline follow ‘suit!’

  6. I am very, very proud of my countrymen and always proud to be a Jamaican. We are always striving for excellence, at home and abroad, and “Sky is the Limit” for now.
    Soar high by God’s grace, Jamaica #1.🇯🇲🇯🇲

  7. 🙌🏽 So proud to be a Jamaican 👏🏽 This story put a😁😁 on my 😊 you guys made history bless up unuh self 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲 Flying high 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🙏🏿🙏🏿

  8. Big Up!!! Congratulations! Soooo proud of you! So proud to be Jamaican. Smiling from Georgia🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲

  9. Jamaica to the world!!! Is there any task we Jamaicans cannot accomplish…uhmmm…let me see…can’t think of any. Big up unuh self Jamcrew…mi proud caan dun.

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