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.
Omni Air International (Tulsa) announced on June 7 it had received U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB) approval to provide Boeing 777-200 ER passenger airlift services for the DOD. Omni is the first U.S. registered non-scheduled airline to operate the Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft in passenger service. A second aircraft will be added to the company’s certificate in mid July, 2011.
Omni first received CARB approval to transport passengers in February 1999, and has since moved over 5 million military troops in support of scheduled, contingency, exercise, and R and R mission requirements.
The DOD’s Commercial Airlift Division (CAD) is mandated by public law and DOD directive to continuously monitor and oversee commercial air carriers that perform this business for the DOD.
According to the airline, “Omni is in its 19th year as a successful non-scheduled airline with global operating experience. Omni has operated to more than 75 countries, with 60,000 flights totaling more than 300,000 flight hours with a fleet of Boeing 767-300, Boeing 757-200 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 extended range aircraft.”
Omni Air International-OAI (Tulsa) added its first Boeing 777-200 in May. Formerly operated by United Airlines, Boeing 777-222 ER N918AX (msn 26935, ex N789UA) is now operational.
Yesterday (May 31) Omni announced it had received FAA approval to operate the 777 aircraft including 180-minute ETOPS authority.
Omni becomes the first US registered non-scheduled airline to operate the Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft in passenger service. A second aircraft will be added to the company’s certificate in mid-July.
Omni continues its commitment to fleet modernization which began two years ago with the acquisition of the Boeing 767-300 ER.
Founded in 1993, Omni is in its 19th year as a non-scheduled airline. According to the airline, Omni has operated to more than 75 countries, with 60,000 flights totaling more than 300,000 flight hours with a fleet of Boeing 767-300, Boeing 757-200, and McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 aircraft. Its customers include both US and foreign governments and commercial airlines and other entities with a need to move passengers around the globe.
Photo of the new Boeing 777 (Malcolm Nason): CLICK HERE