Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) is now modifying its aircraft that were painted in the Air Jamaica brand. The Trinidad and Tobago Civil Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) has mandated Caribbean Airlines must drop the Air Jamaica brand because of the conditions of their Air Operators Certificate (AOC). The first casualty is the pictured Boeing 737-8Q8 9Y-JMA (msn 30645) “Spirit of Kingston” (above) which is now sporting Caribbean Airlines titles on the Air Jamaica 2011 livery. The airliner previously had Air Jamaica titles (below).
Caribbean Airlines had previously adopted a “two brands, one airline” marketing strategy to mainly keep alive the Air Jamaica brand, especially for the Jamaican market. Because the aircraft were intermingled between markets, this order is likely to finally kill the Air Jamaica name.
Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) has brought the “BW” code back to London. Previously BWIA West Indies Airways (Port of Spain) dropped the route five years ago. The flag carrier launched twice-weekly Port of Spain-London (Gatwick) service on June 14 (arriving at LGW on June 15) with a wet leased Boeing 767-300 from Omni Air International-OAI (Tulsa). Caribbean is leasing the aircraft from Omni for the route pending the delivery of two Boeing 767-300s (msn 26327 and 27597) from LAN Airlines (Santiago).
According to the Trinidad Express the first flight was 65 percent filled.
Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) has announced it will fly from Piarco, Trinidad to London Gatwick, with four weekly nonstop flights on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, starting June 14, 2012. Flights will depart Port of Spain, Trinidad at 7:10 p.m. (1910) local time and out of London Gatwick on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11:50 a.m. (1150) local time.
This will be followed shortly by three flights a week via Bridgetown, Barbados and onward to London thus facilitating a daily service out of Trinidad. The Barbados flight will be launched in the summer of 2012. Both services will be operated by a Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with a two class configuration of Business and Economy.
This is a new type for the flag carrier and restores London service previously operated as BWIA West Indies Airways. BWIA previously served Heathrow Airport.
Caribbean Airlines replaced BWIA after 66 years of flying on January 1, 2007.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. The “BW” code will once again be flying to the UK.
Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) according to this report by the Trinidad Express Newspapers, has failed to meet its promised $5 million payment to Children’s Life Fund, a charity favored by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
Also according to the report, CAL owes National Petroleum approximately $29 million for aviation fuel.
The airline has recently reduced staff in the Air Jamaica operation.
Also according to the report, the airline has been unable to take delivery of the third and fourth new ATR 72-600 due to not being able to meet the payments.
As the flag carrier, Caribbean Airlines receives a fuel subsidy which grounded REDjet did not receive and was critical.
Finallly, the airline is also reportedly looking at its two-brands policy (maintaining the Air Jamaica brand).
Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) is becoming a center point in a developing political storm in Trinidad and Tobago as to whether the expanded flag carrier is actually making a profit as declared.
According to this article by Stabroek News, the Ministry of Finance has requested Caribbean Airlines submit its latest financial statements following CAL chairman George Nicholas’ recent announcement that the airline made a TT$200 million profit.
Critics charge the statement does included losses due to fuel hedges which is included, would put the state airline into the red.
Caribbean Airlines (Port-of-Spain) on November 9 took delivery in Toulouse of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft. The carrier becomes one of the first operators of the new ATR 72-600 series. Caribbean has ordered nine copies. The aircraft are configured with 68 seats and equipped with the new ATR -600s standards of comfort, including In-Flight Entertainment.
With this new ATR 72-600 deliverey, Caribbean Airlines will start replacing its fleet of five 50-seat Bombardier DHC-8-300s. Caribbean Airlines will also operate some of its new ATR 72-600s in the domestic route network of Air Jamaica, which was recently acquired by the Trinidad and Tobago’s flag carrier.
Caribbean Airlines’ (Port of Spain) flight BW 523 operated by the pictured Boeing 737-8BK 9Y-PBM (msn 29635), has overshot the runway on landing at Georgetown, Guyana this morning and broke into two sections according to reports by the Associated Press. There are reports of some minor injuries.
The company issued the following statement:
At 1.32am on Saturday 30 July, a Caribbean Airlines aircraft (Boeing 737-800), operating as flight # BW523, en route from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Georgetown, Guyana was involved in an incident upon landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana.
Caribbean Airlines immediately activated its emergency response programme and is in direct contact with the relevant authorities. The airline’s primary concern at this time is for those on board the aircraft and their families.
Emergency response teams at CJIA were activated at Airport and all passengers and crew have been evacuated. There were 157 passengers and six crew on-board. Up to press time, this is the update that we have:
· There have been no fatalities.
· Passengers are still receiving medical attention and we are working closely with the medical services in Guyana
The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has closed the Cheddi Jagan Aerodrome until 10.00hrs while an investigation is being conducted. Perimeter around aircraft has been secured and is being guarded by the Guyana Defence Force and Police Officials.
The Emergency response committee at CJIA has approved the re-opening of the airport from 10.00hrs.
We would like to reiterate that Caribbean Airlines Teams have been positioned to deal with the affected passengers, and a management team including Head of Corporate Communications, Vice President Operations, Executive Manager Flight Operations/Chief Pilot, Vice president Maintenance & Engineering, Executive Manager Inflight Services and Executive Manager Quality, have departed for Guyana. Our Acting CEO in line with procedures is at our EMERGENCY COMMAND CENTRE co-coordinating operations and is in constant communications with the authorities in Guyana.
Customer enquiries may be directed to the following numbers:
Caribbean Airlines BW523 en route from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Georgetown, Guyana was involved in an incident at the Cheddi Jaggan International Airport at approximately 1:32am today 30July, 2011.
There were 157 passengers and 6 crew members on board, all of whom were accounted for.
A Caribbean Airlines team consisting of technical support staff and executives was dispatched immediately to the accident site to assist passengers, and to work with the local authorities in the emergency response and investigations. The Caribbean Airlines executive team and technical support staff are at the scene to offer full support to the injured in Georgetown. A relatives/customer assistance hotline has been established at our emergency centre in Piarco, and counselling is being provided to passengers and family members.
A press conference was held earlier today in Georgetown just after midday. In attendance were Chairman- George M. Nicholas III, Head Corporate Communications- Mrs. Laura Asbjornsen, Vice President Operations – Captain Thomas Lawrence and Vice President Maintenance and Engineering – Mr Colville Carrington. It was confirmed that the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority will be spearheading the investigation and will be assisted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the U.S. and the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA).
The team ensured that its CARE policy for affected passengers and crew was deployed in Georgetown. The airline has engaged the services of a company from the United States, together with regional personnel to implement in accordance with this policy.
Caribbean Airlines understands the public’s desire to gain information related to this event and is fully committed to providing details. We are guided by both Guyanese and U.S. authorities which limits our availability to communicate details of the event unless they are confirmed by the relevant authorities. We ask for your understanding as the airline must take strict precautions to ensure all the facts are accurate before they are released.
Air Jamaica (Kingston) and Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) are moving one step closer under their “one airline, two brands” strategy.
Effective July 1, 2011, all Air Jamaica flights will operate under the same “BW” airline code as Caribbean Airlines (the old BWIA code). This means that customers should expect to see Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines flights advertised with the BW code followed by respective flight number across all media advertising, airport and booking/ticketing information. For example, Air Jamaica flight JM 79 which operates from Toronto to Kingston will now be displayed as BW 79.
Operating under one “BW” code means that as “One airline, two brands” Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica will be able to realize the cost synergies that were anticipated from the onset. In addition to operating under the same flight code, the airlines are moving towards one fleet type for both Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica and customers will also notice that front line staff for both carriers will be custom uniformed to represent both brands.