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Arajet named "Best Startup Airline" at CAPA Awards

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  •   11-29-2023  10:42 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Arajet named "Best Startup Airline" at CAPA Awards
Pax Global Media

Caribbean low-cost carrier Arajet won the Best Startup Airline award at the CAPA Awards this week at the World Aviation Summit where nine other global aviation and airport awards were also given.

Arajet, a Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic-based airline, was selected among more than 20 airlines that have started operations in the last three years, on the basis of having been “the most innovative among all the new airlines of the world and having the greatest impact on the aviation industry globally,” the CAPA Awards noted. 

Arajet is notable among another new airlines for having a fleet of six new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operating, and will end the year with eight, and that it has an order with Boeing that could see its fleet exceed 45 aircraft by 2027. 

READ MORE: Arajet arrives in Toronto, launches low-cost Santo Domingo service

These latest generation aircraft have significantly lower fuel burn and less noise than prior generations. In addition, the new airline transported more than half a million passengers in its first year.


Víctor Pacheco Méndez, CEO, and founder of Arajet, thanked the distinction saying that “we are very proud of this award, which is the recognition of a dream come true. Arajet is the story of a startup that was born from the desire that the Dominican diaspora could travel to our country at low prices. Today that dream is much bigger because we have turned the Dominican Republic into the new Hub of the American Continent, connecting 22 destinations in 16 countries that allow more than 150 connection possibilities, in just one year.”

Pacheco Méndez dedicated the award to the Dominican people and to the more than 400 Arajet employees who have worked hard to make his dream a reality. 

Gardiner Porter, sales director for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, who was present at the award ceremony, congratulated Pacheco Méndez, and highlighted that Arajet has been an extraordinary partner for The Boeing Company. 

READ MORE: Canada and the D.R. sign open skies agreement to boost connectivity

The CAPA Awards are the aviation industry's leading global awards. This year, Alaska Airlines won Best Airline/Airline Group of the year, and London Gatwick Airport won best large airport of the world.

Arajet launched its operations in Canada on Oct. 24 with direct flights between Toronto and Santo Domingo.

The new link comes after the governments of Canada and the Dominican Republic signed an “open skies” agreement in February to remove restrictions for airlines from the two countries.

The carrier also offers travel from Santo Domingo to the popular resorts and beaches of Punta Cana, which is less than two hours away and with no extra cost.

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