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InselAir arrives again in Port of Spain, Trinidad

InselAir F.28 Mk. 0070 P4-FKC (Ldg)(LRW)

InselAir (Curacao) yesterday (December 15) relaunched service to Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. The inaugural flight was operated with the pictured Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 P4-FKC.

The company issued this statement:

On Monday December 15, InselAir relaunched it’s 20th destination Trinidad and Tobago with an festive early breakfast at Curacao International Airport followed by the inaugural flight to Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain. The flight was operated with a Fokker 70, with 80 seats, which was acquired by InselAir earlier this year. InselAir will operate flights from Curacao to Port of Spain three times per week; on Mondays and Thursdays departing Curacao at 10:30 AM and arriving in Trinidad at 12 PM. On Tuesdays the flight leaves at 4:15 PM and arrives in Trinidad at 5:45 PM which provides business travels a perfect schedule for a two-day business trip.

Copyright Photo: Nigel Steele. Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 P4-FKC (msn 11583) is the third Fokker 70 acquired by the airline. It is pictured landing at POS on the inaugural flight.

InselAir aircraft slide show:

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InselAir route map:

Insel Air 12.2014 Route Map

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Is the Air Jamaica brand facing the final extinction?

Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain), as we first reported in July of 2012, was modifying its aircraft that were painted in the Air Jamaica (Kingston) brand. The Trinidad and Tobago Civil Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) in 2012 mandated Caribbean Airlines must drop the Air Jamaica brand because of the conditions of their Air Operators Certificate (AOC) that it operate under one name. The first casualty was the pictured Boeing 737-8Q8 9Y-JMA (msn 30645) “Spirit of Kingston” which was sporting Caribbean Airlines titles on the Air Jamaica 2011 livery in 2012. The airliner previously had full Air Jamaica titles and color scheme.

This thorny issue, one of national pride in Jamaica, has moved slowly since the issue first emerged in 2012. Now Caribbean Airlines has repainted 9Y-JMA (above) with full Caribbean Airlines titles (minus the tail logo) eliminating the Air Jamaica colors. The aircraft re-entered revenue service on the February 23, 2014. This new change may be a new signal that Caribbean has decided to move ahead with the mandated one brand ruling eliminating the iconic Air Jamaica brand and name.

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 often led to a diverse identity in the two main markets.

A report by The Gleaner of June 19, 2013 reported the government of Jamaica (which retains a 16 percent share) was concerned about the reduction of flights by Caribbean Airlines to the island nation. Caribbean Airlines reduced the number of flights to Jamaica on April 16, 2013. The new CAL board was given a month to come back with a new development plan for Air Jamaica. Previously the Jamaican government has threatened to withdraw the Air Jamaica brand from the combined airline per Caribbean 360.

Read the full report The Gleamer: CLICK HERE

Read the full report from Caribbean 360: CLICK HERE

Finally, if this drama was not enough, Trinidad and Tobago Newsday reported Caribbean Airlines and Bahamasair (Nassau) in January 2014 were holding discussions on possible closer ties. Will this lead to a three-brand airline? Not likely.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

In addition, Americans were warned not to fly Caribbean Airlines to and from Guyana because of possible threats against the carrier.

In conclusion, Caribbean Airlines needs to make a final decision of this difficult national pride issue and move ahead towards profitability once again.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Nigel Steele/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 9Y-JMA (msn 30645) arrives back at the Port of Spain base with the new (almost full) identity.

Caribbean Airlines: AG Slide Show

Air Jamaica: AG Slide Show

Current Route Map:

Air Jamaica 2.2014 route map

 

Caribbean Airlines puts its first Boeing 767-300 into revenue service today

Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) put their newly-acquired Boeing 767-300 into revenue service today (November 3) from Port of Spain to Toronto (Pearson) as flight BW 610.

Copyright Photo: Nigel Steele. The former LAN Airlines Boeing 767-316 ER 9Y-LHR (msn 27597, ex CC-CDP) climbs away from Port of Spain, Tobago on the historic first flight today.

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Caribbean Airlines takes delivery of its second Boeing 767-300 ER

Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) on August 31, 2012 accepted this former LAN Airlines Boeing 767-316 ER, its second copy of the type. The pictured 767-316 ER is now appropriately registered as 9Y-LHR (msn 27597, ex CC-CDP) in salute of London Heathrow Airport, served for many years by BWIA.

Copyright Photo: Nigel Steele. 9Y-LHR is pictured arriving at the POS base on August 31. Like the first (9Y-LGW), it also carries the special “Celebrating 50 Years of Independence” emblem.

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Caribbean Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 767-300

Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) yesterday (August 28) took delivery of its first (of two) Boeing 767-300. The former LAN Airlines (Santiago) Boeing 767-316 ER CC-CEB (msn 26327) is now registered appropriately as 9Y-LGW. The wide-body airliner was greeted with the traditional water cannon salute at POS on its arrival. Caribbean is planning to restore London (Gatwick) service from both Barbados and Trinidad with this new type.

The pictured 9Y-LGW also carries a special “Trinidad and Tobago – Celebrating 50 Years of Independence” logo.

Copyright Photo: Nigel Steele. The historic moment is captured at Port of Spain.

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Caribbean Airlines is forced to remove the Air Jamaica brand

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.

Top Copyright Photo: Nigel Steele.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Reinhard Zinabold.

REDjet shuts down in Barbados, files for bankruptcy

REDjet (flyREDjet.com) (Bridgetown, Barbados) has shut down. The privately-owned airline suspended all operations at 2359 last night (March 16).

The airline issued the following statement:

“The shareholders and staff of REDjet wish to sincerely thank all our passengers and supporters for enabling our airline to achieve the tremendous feat of breaking the high fare experience of many Caribbean passengers, while increasing regional travel numbers for the first time in decades.

We at REDjet set out to deliver the Caribbean’s first affordable air service and we have successfully launched a small number of routes that have in their performance, demonstrated the necessity and popularity for a low fares service in the region.

Our aircraft and our dedicated staff are performing extremely well and we are willing and able to continue to provide affordable transport across the Caribbean and beyond but we cannot.

Unlike the heavily subsidised airlines that serve the region, REDjet does not receive any assistance. As indicated, REDjet is hopeful that we will be given a small part of the State assistance others receive, as it will allow us to get our recently approved and exciting new routes established and profitable. Once this happens, our shareholders and staff will do their utmost to see that there is no return to high fares and business as usual.

We have seen other carriers drastically cut their fares in an effort to shut down REDjet and return to high fares and business as usual with no regard to the negative impact on travellers. Unlike us, they do not have to be profitable to stay in business.

In spite of their subsidised efforts, our passenger numbers have continued to rise because you, our patrons, enjoy our clean, comfortable and well maintained aircraft as well as our excellent service delivered at affordable ticket prices.

REDjet has no alternative but to suspend flights from 23:59pm on March 16, 2012 until further notice. All passengers booked on any REDjet flight from Saturday should contact the call centre 24 hours before scheduled departure time for an update on their flight status.

Affected passengers will be offered refunds or the option to travel with REDjet upon commencement of services.”

Update: REDjet filed for bankruptcy protection on June 7, 2012 and will be liquidated.

Copyright Photo: Nigel Steele. 

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