Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) announced the signature of an agreement for the purchase of nine ATR 72-600 aircraft. With this US$ 200 million order, Caribbean Airlines will become a new ATR operator. The aircraft are configured with 68 seats and equipped with the new ATR -600 series avionics suite and with the new Armonia Cabin. Deliveries will start in late 2011.
With its fleet of brand new ATR 72-600s, this flag carrier will replace its current fleet of five DHC-8 300 aircraft, while adding new frequencies linking Trinidad and Tobago and surrounding destinations. In addition, several of the new ATRs will be operated in the route network of Air Jamaica, recently acquired by Caribbean Airlines.
Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) is currently integrating the assets of Air Jamaica (acquired on May 1, 2010). The flag carrier is now asking its employees to help design a new logo and tagline to replace the beautiful Hummingbird design which also implies a new livery. The airline intends to repaint the Air Jamaica fleet with this new design. We think this is a big mistake as the current motif is a very distinctive brand.
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Air Jamaica (Kingston) operated its last “Lovebird” flight on April 30. Flight JM 036 from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Kingston with an Airbus A320 was the last flight operated by JM. On May 1 Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) took over the operation.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Cleared to taxi to the runway at Montego Bay is this Airbus A319-112 6Y-JAD (msn 3331). JM's pilots are being courted by foreign airlines seeking pilots. 6Y-JAD wears the last color scheme (2006) to be worn by the colorful carrier.
Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) is on target to take over the operations of Air Jamaica (Kingston) as we previously reported on April 12. However the labor unions are complaining of being left in the dark on the full details of the transaction.
Air Jamaica (Kingston) may be shut down for good on or around July 1 if a proposed deal with Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) to take over the JM routes can be signed before March 31. The non-binding agreement, if signed, will make Caribbean the exclusive flag carrier of Jamaica. Caribbean will take over the JM routes on or around July 1.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Retired in October 2007, Airbus A340-313X 6Y-JMP (msn 257) displays the colorful 1996 livery on final approach to London (Heathrow). Watch for a special AG salute to JM in the coming months.
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Air Jamaica (Kingston) is being courted by Spirit Airlines as a possible takeover target. However the group Mayday Air Jamaica opposes the takeover and is threatening to picket Air Jamaica at Miami on December 15.
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Air Jamaica (Kingston) may have been sold to Indigo Partners and Oaktree Capital (owners of Spirit Airlines) and may be headed towards a name change according to unconfirmed media reports from Jamaica.