Tail Graphic Peels Off in Flight; Arrival Ceremony for FLY GUAM Delayed

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Guam – Friday night’s welcoming celebration for Fly Guam was cancelled after a graphic on the tail of the airlines plane peeled off during it inaugural flight.

Guam International Airport announced the cancellation of the Fly Guam arrival ceremony at 5 pm Friday afternoon.  Fly Guam provided no notice or explanation until more than 6 hours later.

A release from Fly Guam at 10:27 pm Friday night makes no mention of the cancelled arrival ceremony. Instead it refers to the successful departure.

FRIDAY 10:27 pm email from Fly Guam’s Eduardo Garza printed in its entirety below :[Mr. Garza did not state what position he holds with the airline or provide his phone number in the email].

“GUAM IS IN THE AIR!
Fly Guam’s first flight has taken off this morning from Guam International Airport. The flight will stop off in Saipan before arriving in Hong Kong.
After a small delay due to a minor complication with the new reservations system, the first Fly Guam aircraft departed without problems.

Fly Guam’s maiden voyage, operated by Sky King, carried a delegation of dignitaries from the island including Senator Tina Muna-Barnes and GVB
General Manager Gerald Perez, as well as a group of local musicians and dancers. The delegation will attend two parties to celebrate the launching of
Fly Guam and to promote the island as a travel destination in Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

Throughout its first two weeks of operation, Fly Guam will offer a round trip twice a week (Tuesday and Friday) from Guam to Hong Kong via Saipan.
The airline expects to expand operations by the end of the month, receiving a new aircraft within the next six weeks.”

16 minutes later, at 11:43 pm, another email from Garza, in which  Garza finally acknowledges that there has been a delay in the arrival back on Gaum because of a lost decal from the plane:

FRIDAY 11:43 pm email from Fly Guam’s Eduarado Garza printed in its entirety below:

“Part of the tail’s graphic design was lost during the flight. The aircraft is still in perfect condition and the issue presents no risk to passengers and crew. Part of the sticker on which the image was printed came loose. This kind of problem can happen when the painting under the sticker is new, and can be solved easily.The image will be repaired within the next few days.”

Two minutes later, at 11:45 pm, another email from Garza whose subject line reads: “FLY GUAM flight reschedule.”  However the email makes no mention of when the flight would be rescheduled, where the plane is, or when it will return.  Instead Garza refers to the damaged logo again

FRIDAY 11:45 pm email from Fly Guam’s Eduardo Garza printed in its entirety below:

“DAMAGE TO BEAUTIFUL IMAGE ON FLY GUAM’S AIRCRAFT TAIL
The image of two fish that decorates the tail of FLY GUAM’S 737 airplane has been damaged. The aircraft is still in perfect condition and the issue presents no risk to passengers and crew. Part of the sticker on which the image was printed came loose. This kind of problem can happen when the painting under the sticker is new, and can be solved easily. The image will be repaired within the next few days

Then in an email Saturday afternoon, Garza stated: “The airplane is not in Hong Kong, it has already arrived to Saipan and it’s coming to Guam today.” Garza does not say when “today.”

The new airline’s departure date was originally scheduled for February 25, but that was also delayed more than a week until Friday March 4th. Its not clear why.

The new Fly Guam’s maiden voyage carried a delegation of dignitaries from the island including Senator Tina Muna-Barnes and GVB General Manager Gerald Perez, as well as a group of local musicians and dancers. The delegation will attend two parties to celebrate the launching of Fly Guam and to promote the island as a travel destination in Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

Eduardo Garza