Caribbean Airlines (CAL) stated (05-Sep-2012) it took delivery of the first of two Boeing 767-300 aircraft into its fleet. The aircraft is configured with 221 seats, including 30 business and 190 economy seats. The aircraft will be deployed on services to London and "strategically on other key destinations throughout the route network", such as New York and Toronto. CAL chairman Rabindra Moonan said, “This is an important and strategic acquisition, at a particularly competitive time. We have been operating our London and other routes with wet-leased aircraft at a considerable cost while we protect market share and deepen our brand presence. With today’s arrival and the subsequent arrival of our second 767 aircraft on Friday, we will be able to operate with increased efficiency and most importantly, our own on-board island warmth that the diaspora markets have always counted on. The Management team are working with the authorities to get all certifications to begin flying the aircraft commercially as soon as possible.” [more - original PR]
Caribbean Airlines receives first 767-300ER
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