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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #570 on: April 03, 2019, 12:35:23 AM »
CAL to start direct flights between Jamaica and Barbados
T&T Guardian Reports.


Caribbean Air­lines has an­nounced the pro­posed start of non-stop ser­vice be­tween Kingston, Ja­maica and Bar­ba­dos from April 15, 2019 sub­ject to gov­ern­ment ap­proval.

In a state­ment is­sued on Tues­day, the air­line said that busi­ness, leisure and oth­er trav­ellers can fly non-stop every Mon­day and Fri­day be­tween the two des­ti­na­tions.

“The launch of this twice-week­ly non-stop ser­vice be­tween Kingston and Bar­ba­dos, sub­ject to Gov­ern­ment ap­proval, is in di­rect re­sponse to feed­back from our val­ued cus­tomers," Caribbean Air­lines Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Garvin Med­era said.

He added: "The air­line busi­ness is about pro­vid­ing a ser­vice that our cus­tomers want and this flight, is a wel­come ad­di­tion to our net­work, to serve their needs. Caribbean Air­lines is im­prov­ing the reach and ef­fi­cien­cy of our net­work, en­sur­ing we have strong con­nec­tiv­i­ty with­in the Caribbean and we al­so con­tin­ue to de­vel­op more al­liances with in­dus­try part­ners for trav­el out­side the re­gion.”

He said the air­line is look­ing for­ward to the ad­di­tion­al 300 seats that this new Caribbean Air­lines ser­vice from Ja­maica will bring.

"In 2018, we had over 9,000 ar­rivals from Ja­maica – up 2.2% over 2017. This demon­strates this mar­ket's po­ten­tial for growth, and with a strong mar­ket­ing pro­gramme and Bar­ba­dos’ well-packed an­nu­al cal­en­dar of events, we have high hopes for sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness from the is­land,” CEO of Bar­ba­dos Tourism Mar­ket­ing, William “Bil­ly” Grif­fith said.

The ser­vice be­gins on April 15, 2019, sub­ject to gov­ern­ment ap­proval and will op­er­ate every Mon­day and Fri­day de­part­ing Kingston at 2.50 p, ar­riv­ing in Bar­ba­dos at 6.25 pm.

The flight will then de­part non-stop to Kingston at 7.25 pm where it will ar­rive at 9.15 pm.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #571 on: January 24, 2020, 08:00:44 AM »
CAL awarded Caribbean’s Leading Airline Brand again.
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Caribbean Air­lines has been recog­nised at the World Trav­el Awards 2020, Caribbean Gala Cer­e­mo­ny, with the pres­ti­gious award—Caribbean’s Lead­ing Air­line Brand. This is the fourth con­sec­u­tive year the air­line has earned the ti­tle.

Caribbean Air­lines was al­so nom­i­nat­ed in the Caribbean’s Lead­ing Air­line cat­e­go­ry, an award the air­line won con­sec­u­tive­ly from 2010 to 2019.

Caribbean Air­line’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Garvin Med­era stat­ed, “It is an ho­n­our to be recog­nised by the World Trav­el Awards. This is tes­ti­mo­ny to our on­go­ing com­mit­ment to op­er­a­tional and brand ex­cel­lence; and our ef­forts to con­tin­u­al­ly en­hance the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence both on board and on the ground. We ex­tend our grat­i­tude to our em­ploy­ees and all stake­hold­ers for their con­tin­ued sup­port.”

Last year, the air­line launched sev­er­al ser­vice en­hance­ments in­clud­ing a mo­bile app; a new rev­enue man­age­ment sys­tem; a va­ca­tions & tours unit; as well as new routes to Cu­ra­cao and Grand Cay­man. Caribbean Air­lines is al­so ranked 96 of 332 glob­al air­lines for On-Time Per­for­mance in 2019.

In the com­ing weeks the air­line said it will un­veil its 2020 mar­ket­ing cam­paign which promis­es to be riv­et­ing.

The Caribbean Gala Cer­e­mo­ny was held on Jan­u­ary 20, at the San­dals Roy­al Ba­hami­an in Nas­sau and was at­tend­ed by in­dus­try lead­ing fig­ures and pro­fes­sion­als from across the Caribbean. Caribbean Air­lines’ ex­ec­u­tive man­ag­er Mar­ket­ing & Loy­al­ty, Ali­cia Cabr­era and GM Ja­maica (Ag), Trudy Chin, re­ceived the award on be­half of the air­line.

In ex­tend­ing his con­grat­u­la­tions to Caribbean Air­lines, Gra­ham E Cooke, Founder, World Trav­el Awards, says, “Caribbean Air­lines con­tin­ues to set the bench­mark for avi­a­tion in the Caribbean. The air­line’s com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing cus­tomer ser­vice re­mains un­ri­valled and I am de­light­ed that both the trav­el trade and the pub­lic have ac­knowl­edged this ex­cel­lence by vot­ing it ‘Caribbean’s Lead­ing Air­line Brand.’”

The World Trav­el Awards was es­tab­lished in 1993 to ac­knowl­edge, re­ward and cel­e­brate ex­cel­lence across all key sec­tors of the trav­el tourism & hos­pi­tal­i­ty in­dus­try.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #572 on: January 25, 2020, 05:09:56 AM »
Who is CAL competing against in this contest ? LIAT ?

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #573 on: March 18, 2020, 05:44:53 AM »
CAL closes off flights.
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NON-T&T nationals, people who are not permanent residents of Trinidad and Tobago and non-nationals transitioning through T&T will not be processed for travel on any Caribbean Airlines service, CAL said in a media release on Tuesday.

The release said : “Only holders of valid T&T passports will be allowed to land in T&T.”

This comes a day after the Prime Minister announced that T&T will close its borders to the international community for the next 14 days.

The release said holders of work permits would have to apply for an exemption to travel, and non-nationals currently booked on any Caribbean Airlines flights would have their tickets put on hold.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #574 on: May 18, 2020, 05:26:49 AM »
Caribbean Airlines prepares for border reopening
RHIANNA MC KENZIE (NEWSDAY).


Caribbean Airlines has begun to put measures in place for the reopening of TT's borders, which have been closed since March 22 as a preventative measure implemented by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline revealed that it already has social distancing protocols in place for domestic flights that will continue when borders reopen to international flights. In a statement on Tuesday, the airline said social distancing on flights "will be practised at check-in, on board and other areas once international service resumes."

The statement said CAL's cabins are currently being cleaned with chemicals that "meet the requirements of the World Health Organization, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Centre for Disease Control," as being effective against the covid19 virus.

CEO of the airline Garvin Medera sai,d "We assure you that Caribbean Airlines' aircraft are sanitised above international standards." Medera said the crew monitors the air quality in the cabins. He also said the Boeing 737 jet fleet is "equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that capture 99.97 percent of particles."

He said high-contact surfaces such as tray tables, seatbelts and armrests are cleaned before every flight and at every station. Passenger loads will also be limited and crews will "operate in full compliance with the instructions of the Public Health and other authorities in the jurisdictions in which the airline operates."

Another statement issued by the airline said its Barbados ticket office will reopen on May 6. The statement said owing to covid19 restrictions, opening hours will be limited until further notice. Operating hours at the Norman Centre Building in Bridgetown will be from Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm.

The statement said city and airport ticket offices at all other Caribbean Airlines destinations in the US, Canada, the Caribbean and South America will remain closed until further notice.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #575 on: June 23, 2020, 12:04:26 PM »
CAL loses $96.1m in 6 weeks
by Gail Alexander (Guardian)


Caribbean Airline's estimated losses from March 23 to April 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic was US14.2 million or TT$96.1 million, according to Minister in the Ministry of Finance Allyson West.

She gave the information in the Senate yesterday in response to United National Congress senator Wade Mark’s query.

West said the impact took effect from the start of March due to a drop in demand for air travel and was exacerbated by the closure of Trinidad and Tobago’s borders in March also because operating had become too risky.


Despite air travel being restricted, she said CAL has still been required to maintain all its operating systems.

“Notwithstanding the fact that air travel is severely restricted at present, the airline is also being required to keep it airline leases up to date and ensure that its aircraft are airworthy and all of its systems are functioning in readiness for the resumption of flights,” West said.

During his contribution at the COVID-19 update over the weekend, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley also noted that it was very costly to keep the airline going even while the fleet was grounded.

“Caribbean Airlines, looking at the outside world, would be operational at the first opportunity it gets because it’s costing us money now to keep Caribbean Airlines where it is, maintained and not working. The reason why it’s not going outside is because of the level of risk involved,” the PM said.

Rowley said one of the first actions to cushion the continuing losses may be chartered services to get people to destinations or back home.

Also in the Senate, Energy Minister Franklin Khan said it was very lucky that the recent sabotage and cutting of pipelines at Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd hadn’t occurred with a gas line. He was replying to an Opposition query on the June 19 report of sabotage and theft.

Khan said the situation involved more than sabotage since people were cutting three-inch pipes with a welding torch to steal “fence posts.”

“I wouldn’t say it was a common practice but in the south-west peninsula where there’s been hundreds of miles of pipeline, it has been a perennial problem over the years,” Khan added.

“But what happened with the sabotage/theft was a dangerous exercise—while it was lucky it was a dormant line which was cut into and it had no fuel, oil or gas passing through, what would have happened if it was a gas line —it would have been a major disaster…for two fence posts, it isn’t worth the risk.”

He said after the incident occurred, Heritage immediately reported it to Barrackpore police and will also increase mobile patrols with police assistance.

Khan added that the company is also seeking community help to monitor Heritage assets and is implementing CCTV systems with a hotline for such incidents to be reported.

“So hopefully, this will alleviate and bring such incidents in future to a zero position,” he said.

Khan said the community had over decades been the “watchman” of Petrotrin before.

On another Opposition question, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said for the first time there’s been redefined funding for the Director of Public Prosecutions’ division and among innovations, the new Port-of-Spain office for the DPP – on Park Street – will be open in weeks.

Al-Rawi and UNC’s Wade Mark traded veiled barbs, congratulating each other respectively for “new-found interest” in the DPP’s office and for “new-found interest” in accommodation.

West’s replies on the banking institutions with which Government has debt obligations also prompted Mark to try to get her to say if NCB Global Finance was among these.

But while she cited FCB, Republic, Scotiabank ANSA Merchant Bank and other institutions, West told Mark, “Sorry to disappoint you, Senator Mark, NCB Global is not what I said.”

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #576 on: July 16, 2020, 04:31:10 PM »
CAL to fly between Jamaica, Antigua, Barbados
PAULA LINDO (NEWSDAY).


Caribbean Airlines will restart flights between Antigua, Barbados and Kingston, Jamaica beginning on July 25. The airline said the service connecting these destinations will fly twice weekly.

It said the re-introduction of the flights is part of the airlines phased restart of its commercial operations out of Jamaica.

There will be four flights on Saturdays: Kingston to Antigua, leaving at 9 am; Antigua to Barbados, leaving at 1.35 pm; Barbados to Antigua, leaving at 4.30 pm; and, Antigua to Kingston, leaving at 6.50 pm.

On Sundays, there will be four flight on a similar schedule: Kingston to Antigua, leaving at 9 am; Antigua to Barbados, leaving at 1.35 pm; Barbados to Antigua, leaving at 4.05 pm; and Antigua to Kingston, leaving at 6.25 pm.

For more information on the flights, visit caribbean-airlines.com.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #577 on: September 14, 2020, 12:45:29 AM »
CAL, Virgin Atlantic partner for London connection.
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State-owned Caribbean Airlines will soon be making a reconnection to London through an expanded partnership with Virgin Atlantic, Guardian Media has learnt.

This move comes four years after CAL ended its three weekly flights to London because the route was deemed not profitable.

The London service was launched in 2012 but performed below expectations.

And, as a result of the cancellation of the route, CAL also retired the Boeing 767s from its fleet and returned them to the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).

This time around CAL seems to be taking a safer approach to the route by partnering with Virgin Atlantic instead of trying to service it alone.

CAL’s existing fleet currently comprises 12 BOEING 737-800 aircraft and five ATR 72-600.

These aircraft are short and medium-haul, while the route to London is long-haul.

In the proposed plan Barbados will be the transit point for the flight to London from the Caribbean.

From next Saturday subject to regulatory approval by the T&T Civil Aviation Authority, CAL announced that it will launch a service between Barbados and Dominica.

The addition of Dominica to the network is part of the airline’s current strategic plan into the Eastern Caribbean.

The flight schedule is timed to facilitate easy connections to and from regional and international destinations including London.

CAL chief executive officer Garvin Medera stated: “Our Eastern Caribbean expansion continues with the addition of Dominica to our network. We have set up a temporary base in Barbados, providing much needed airlift to Dominica, St Vincent, Grenada and St Lucia, with more destinations to be added in the coming weeks. The flight schedule is also designed to offer seamless connections to international destinations including London, via our expanded interline agreement with Virgin Atlantic.”

Flights will also be facilitated from Jamaica, Antigua, Guyana and Grenada.

T&T is out of the equation so far as the country’s borders remain closed.

This move is expected to lead to Virgin getting more filled seats out of Barbados which they are already service.

“Whether travelling for business or pleasure, the launch of this initiative will open access for flying into Heathrow Airport and beyond, as you can now seamlessly connect via Barbados,” the expanded interline agreement between CAL and Virgin states.

CAL first signed an interline agreement with Virgin in 2007 .

Interline e-ticketing agreements enable Caribbean Airlines’ customers to use a single e-ticket for itineraries that include travel on two or more carriers and allow the airlines to electronically sell tickets on each other.

Travel agents are able to issue interline e-tickets on Caribbean Airlines with Virgin Atlantic flights as part of passengers’ itineraries and vice versa.

“Interline e-ticketing expands Caribbean Airlines’ existing e-ticketing capabilities and distribution,” then CAL CEO Peter Davies stated.

“After being the first Caribbean airline to offer e-tickets and Web check-in, we take pride in being the trendsetter in offering this convenience to our customers. Our passengers benefit from expedited check-in and boarding processes and simplified ticket purchase,” he stated.

In October, Virgin Atlantic will be resuming flights to Montego Bay, Antigua, Grenada and Tobago (via Antigua).

That’s along with a resumption of flight service from Manchester to Barbados in October.

“As countries around the world begin to relax travel restrictions, we look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard and flying them safely to many destinations across our network,” said Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic.

The carrier says it is implementing new measures both at the airport and onboard “to ensure the health and safety of our customers and our people.”

Virgin Atlantic faced financial ruin but won backing from its creditors for a £1.2 billion rescue plan that would secure its future for at least 18 months and saved 6,500 jobs.

The airline had already cut more than 3,500 jobs out of the 10,000 employees it had at the beginning of the year.

The airline said shareholders, banks, aircraft owners and suppliers owed money had approved the plan.

Virgin Atlantic said the agreement puts it in a position to “rebuild its balance sheet” and “welcome passengers back”.

It had warned it would run out of cash by September without the deal.

The £1.2bn rescue deal involves £400m in new cash, half of which will come from its main shareholder, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.

Just as it was expected to celebrate blue skies ahead, CAL is now scheduled to take a financial nosedive.

When COVID-19 first hit T&T shores six months ago, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced that the country’s borders would be closed to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Those travel restrictions could not come at a worse time for CAL.

“This decision will have far-reaching consequences for our national airline which incidentally has been doing quite well. For 2018 CAL turned around its business and was reporting tens of millions of dollars of profit for 2018,” Rowley said.

CAL reported a profit of $42 million for 2018.

In April 2018, CAL’s Medera stated the plan was to return the national airline to profitability in two years.

Medera said by the end of financial year 2019 he hoped to get CAL to at least break even.

The company surpassed even Medera’s expectations.

“On Saturday I was scheduled to speak at a function where CAL was going to report its performance for 2019, which was quite significant, I think the figure they were about to report was $124 million in profit,” Rowley said.

“But now in the matter of weeks the business of CAL and the future of CAL is now a matter for the corporate sole and we will do what we have to do at the company and at the level of the government to ensure that when this is over that we still have an airline and we still have our staff who could continue to supply us with connections to the outside world,” he said.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #578 on: September 14, 2020, 01:19:57 PM »
In this doubtful time it makes sense.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #579 on: September 26, 2020, 12:28:40 AM »
CAL flying through turbulent times
By Khamal Georges (Guardian).


Caribbean Airlines appears to be flying into some strong headwinds as the airline warns of turbulence and proposes temporary salary reductions for all staff beginning next month to try and stay in the air.

Globally it has been a challenging period for airlines with many unable to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Caribbean Airlines’ has also been forced to ground its operations because of border closures, it enjoyed the luxury of a government guarantee. Roughly US $65 million.

But that financial backing is expiring soon and the airline is now being forced to make decisions about its expenses. Guardian Media understands that CAL is looking at trimming salaries across its operations almost immediately.

According to minutes of a recently held meeting between the airline pilots association and Caribbean airlines, the government loan guarantee that it received in May expires at the end of September, especially as it relates to provisions for salary support.

The airline and the government are now working together on determining the next steps.

Among the proposals being presented by CAL to workers representatives is a salary reduction of between 5 and 20 percent for all operating staff for a six to eight month period. It is expected the cuts will take place effective next month.

The company is also looking to determine the minimum staffing requirement to perform essential operations.

Therefore, the remaining members of staff will be asked to take a leave of absence without pay for a period of roughly three months in the first instance.

A similar approach will be taken for pilots. Once the required number is determined, the remaining pilots will also be given a leave of absence without pay. It is expected that 146 pilots will be placed on no pay leave in October. Guardian Media has been told VSEP is not being considered.

Sources however tell Guardian Media there is a concern that the process to be adopted could see the airline’s most experienced pilots being sent home.

According to the Airlines Vice President of Human Resources, the aim is to save roughly one million US dollars a month.

Guardian Media understands that Caribbean Airlines met with the Finance Ministry this week but are awaiting feedback from the Minister of Finance.

While the Airline Pilots Association says it is open to some of the recommendations put forward, it says it is concerned that the airline advertised the position of an ATR pilot even as these proposals were being discussed.

Head of Corporate Communications at Caribbean Airlines Dionne Ligoure told Guardian Media the airline is in discussions with many stakeholders and is working on all options to safeguard the interest of the business. She said those discussions are ongoing.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #580 on: October 02, 2020, 03:01:15 AM »
Need to save ailing airlines industry
CLINT CHAN TACK (NEWSDAY).

GOVERNMENTS and the aviation industry need to work together to address the challenges posed by the covid19 pandemic.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) regional vice president (Americas) Peter Cerda made this point during a virtual news conference on Wednesday.

“What is needed is to have a balance between public health and economic recovery.” Saying that governments cannot chose one or the other, Cerda said, “We certainly need to learn to co-exist with the pandemic until a vaccine is made available.

He explained this is why “IATA has put a call to governments to facilitate pre-departure screening for all international passengers.” He added, “We have also made a call for the opening of borders within our region as well.”

Cerda said Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador have reopened their borders to infernational flights. But Cerda said Nicaragua is facing some operational challenges in this regard. In Colombia, Cerda continued, limited international air flights have resumed. While Peru is supposed to resume international flights on October 5. During the news conference, it was mentioned that in TT and Guyana, domestic air operations continue and there are repatriation flights as well.

IATA external affairs director James Wiltshire said airlines have put in place multi layers of bio-safety measures to ensure the travel experience is bio safe and aviation is not the vector for the spread of covid19. Wiltshire said IATA has advocated that systematic covid19 testing is an alternative to quarantine to control the spread of the virus.

On the issue of affordability, Wiltshire said, “We not want the cost of testing to be a barrier for travel.” Information provided by IATA said the association was projecting air traffic for 2020 to be down 66 per cent compared to a 63 per cent decline in 2019.

IATA said based on flight data, “the recovery in air passenger services was brought to a halt in mid-August “by a return of government restrictions in the face of new covid19 outbreaks in a number of key markets. North American carriers’ traffic fell 92. 4 per cent in August compared to a 94.4 percent drop in July. Latin American airlines experienced a 93.4 per cent demand drop in August, compared to a 94.9 per cent decline.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #581 on: October 03, 2020, 03:40:25 PM »
CAL to fly to Houston/Puerto Rico
By Curtis Williams (Guardian).


State-owned Caribbean Airlines has received approval from the United States Department of Transportation to fly the Port of Spain/Houston route.

This has been confirmed by the Airline's Chief Executive Officer Garvin Medera who also said the airline has also gotten approval to fly to San Juan Puerto Rico.

It is expected that the flight to Puerto Rico will form part of CAL's expansion into the Eastern Caribbean.

Caribbean Airlines has not made a determination on the projected start up date for the flights since the Trinidad and Tobago borders remain closed.

The move means that CAL will provide direct competition to United Airlines on the Houston route.

Caribbean Airline has been working to build its brand as the Caribbean's premier airline with a focus on serving the region both intra regionally and access to North America.

The Airline has been hard hit by the advents associated with the corona virus as it has had to fly with reduced capacity out of Jamaica and Barbados with T&T's borders still closed.

Globally it has been a challenging period for airlines with many unable to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Caribbean Airlines’ has also been forced to ground its operations because of border closures, it enjoyed the luxury of a government guarantee. Roughly US $65 million.

But that financial backing is expiring soon and the airline is now being forced to make decisions about its expenses.

The airline and the government are now working on determining the next steps and one awaits to see what support it is likely to get from Finance Minister Colm Imbert when he presents his budget on Monday.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #582 on: October 18, 2020, 12:45:32 AM »
CAL pilots take 57% pay cut to save jobs
By Gail Alexander (Guardian).


T&T Airline Pilots Association (TTALPA) and Caribbean Airlines have agreed that all pilots' salaries will be cut by 57 per cent—just over half—for the next three months, to support CAL's cost cutting measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

TTALPA represents CAL's estimated 149 pilots. The development halts CAL’s plan to start sending home some pilots on three months' No-Pay Leave from Monday.

The pay cut will halve the salaries of all CAL’s pilots until January 2021.

It will also affect other aspects of their pay up to June 2021, but they will keep their jobs.

TTTALPA had been negotiating with CAL in recent weeks on the issue.

CAL received revised documents from TALPA last Friday. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by CAL Human Resources head Roger Berkley and TTALPA head, captain Larry Imamshah later that day.

“It’s a bittersweet situation," said TTALPA's industrial relations consultant Gerard Pinard. "It meant between a rock and hard place, but we're making the sacrifices and reached an agreement."

CAL communications manager Dionne Ligoure said discussions which had been ongoing were expected to be concluded shortly.

Pilots were among the employees which CAL planned to send home temporarily due to effects from the pandemic which closed T&T's borders. Up to June, the grounded airline lost $96 million.

Last month CAL announced it would send home about one-third of staff—600—for three months and institute pay cuts for others earning $7,500 over eight months starting last Thursday. CAL was to expected to start issuing letters on Monday to pilots.

Pinard said after CAL rejected an initial TTALPA proposal, TTALPA suggested a salary cut and CAL called the 57 per cent figure and other conditions. He detailed the situation.

Apart from wanting to ensure CAL and T&T keep steady, pilots then voted among themselves to accept the three months 57 per cent pay cut for some of their fellow pilots—who would have been sent home temporarily without pay—to continue working.

Pinard said pilots accepted the pay cut despite operating with salary rates negotiated in 2014. Negotiations are outstanding for collective agreements for 2015-2018 and 2018-2021.

Under the agreement for fleet managers captains, pilots:

* If the situation improves, both sides will review the agreement.

* Starting Monday, subject to earlier termination and based on what was agreed by both parties the agreement will end by June 18, 2020.

* All pilots will forgo 57 per cent of salary for three months starting Monday until January 18, 2021. Pension plan contributions will be temporarily halted for the period.

* From January 2021 pilots will also forgo a portion of their salary for five months. Those earning $21,000 to $40,000 will take a ten per cent cut. Those earning over $40,000 will take a 15 per cent cut.

* At the end of eight months on June 18, 2021, CAL agrees to restore pilots to full substantive salaries.

* In event of retrenchment exercises being contemplated any time during the agreement, pilots' base salary will be used as a basis for severance benefits.

With the agreement, the recall of pilots to flying will be according firstly to operational requirements and secondly, the seniority list.

CAL's financial situation will be reviewed monthly. In event of improved circumstances during the time, parties will review terms of the agreement.

Pinard said CAL had in good faith been paying pilots since the lockdown, "So pilots felt they also had to act in good faith. Though I don’t know who would have accepted this sort of salary cut, especially in this sector.

"But everybody's prepared to make sacrifices for pay cuts hoping things improve for CAL and T&T. CAL said they have no more Government financing and had to find ways to keep going to achieve target savings."

TALPA head Imamshah last Friday confirmed, "Pilots are very willing to undertake salary sacrifices to prevent going home without pay."

Pinard added, "TTALPA should be commended for its responsible sacrifice to ensure CAL remains a viable concern and trusts that these sacrifices will not go unnoticed when bargaining recommences for the outstanding collective agreements."

TTALPA's pay cut acceptance is the latest action among sectors trying to deal with increased costs due to the COVID pandemic. Many areas have attempted to retool since the pandemic hit. Last week Prime Minister Keith Rowley announced a proposal to cap the tax exemptions on government vehicles.

Some pilots said it was fair if they were co-operating to give CAL savings and accepting pay cuts, no pilots should be sent home. "Pilots have vested interests in CAL."

While CAL has been grounded, small chartered aircraft have been busy transporting those who have obtained exemptions.

HOW IT WAS ACHIEVED:

* CAL’s initial plan was to retain the minimum number of staff required to maintain their reduced level of operation, and send home the rest of employees on No-Pay Leave for 90 days, in the first instance, while reducing the salaries of those kept in service by five per cent to 20 per cent for eight months.

* CAL estimated saving US$1.8 million across the entire staff complement. Based on that proposed plan, savings of US$1 million was projected from pilots’ salaries alone.

* TTALPA initially proposed CAL could achieve their desired cost savings by applying a 30 per cent salary reduction across the entire company. Based on their total personnel costs of US$6 million, that would result in the desired US$1.8 million in savings.

* CAL rejected TTALPA’s suggestion and went ahead with their original plan for the rest of staff, sending people home on No Pay Leave for 90 days.

* TTALPA refused to accept this proposal and insisted on negotiating a better arrangement for pilots that wouldn't result in any pilots being sent off on No Pay Leave—even if it meant taking a salary sacrifice instead.

* CAL advised TTALPA it would require a salary sacrifice of 57 per cent from all pilots for 90 days and suspension of pension plan contributions over the same period, in order to achieve the desired savings. Also, salary sacrifices of between 15 per cent and 20 per cent of pilots’ salaries for five months after the end of the initial 90-day period.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #583 on: October 20, 2020, 12:01:26 PM »
CAL announces flights between T&T, Guyana, New York
ZAINAB KAMARA (NEWSDAY).


Caribbean Airlines (CAL) will operate a small number of flights on October 22 and 23 from Trinidad to New York, with passengers having to transit via Guyana.

In a statement, the airline reminded passengers that they must adhere to the necessary covid 19 travel protocols for entry into both countries.

In the release, the airline listed its schedule of flights for both dates.

On October 22, BW 526 departs Trinidad to Guyana at 7.20 am and arrives at 8.30 am at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO); BW 526 departs Guyana to New York at 10 am and arrives at 4 pm at the JFK International Airport. On October 23, BW 527 departs New York at 7am for Guyana and arrives at 12.40 pm.

The flights are open for bookings

The airline will roll out its entire flight schedule for commercial services into/out of Guyana later in the week, a release said.

CAL advised customers to check the required travel protocols for entry into Guyana and New York via the following links:

Guyana Entry Requirements: https://guyanatravel.gy/

New York Entry Requirements: https://forms.ny.gov/s3/Welcome-to-New-York-State-Traveler-Health-Form

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You can now gift CAL loyalty miles to loved ones
KEN CHEE HING (NEWSDAY).


CARIBBEAN Airlines (CAL) has added new features to its loyalty program, Caribbean Miles, giving members the ability to purchase miles to boost their own balance, transfer miles, and for the first time, gift miles to family and friends.

These improvements are possible through the airline’s strategic partnership with Points, a global leader in powering loyalty commerce, and Amadeus. The arrangement, a CAL release on Tuesday said, builds on Amadeus’ already existing relationship with Caribbean Miles as the provider of its Passenger Service System and will make it possible for the airline’s loyalty program to better stimulate future demand.

Later this year, Amadeus and Points plan to roll out even more engagement ancillary solutions for Caribbean Miles members. By partnering with Points, the Caribbean Miles team can look forward to significantly more guaranteed ancillary revenue and engagement for the loyalty program, especially important during this period of reduced travel demand.

The Points’ team of loyalty experts will ensure that Caribbean Miles members benefit from sophisticated marketing campaigns and take advantage of tailored buy miles’ promotions.

CAL CEO Garvin Medera stated: "Our goal is to constantly improve the customer experience for our Caribbean Miles members by introducing innovative ways for our customers to maximise their points. As we re-establish our network, our members can look forward to more value and reward capabilities and as we align our brand with the world’s most recognized partners.”

“This launch speaks to how valuable our joint proposition with Amadeus really is for the industry,” said Rob MacLean, CEO of Points. “Together with Amadeus, we are thrilled to build out Caribbean Airlines’ already robust loyalty programme, to help maximise its loyalty potential and ensure Caribbean Miles is a driving force in the region.”

“We’re pleased to deepen our partnership with Caribbean Miles and Points. Amadeus’ loyalty technology brings our airline customers increased control over their programs, real-time interactions with members, and a wide range of personalised benefits,” stated Nicola Arnese, Director of Customer Loyalty Solutions for Airlines at Amadeus.

“Points is a key partner in our platform ecosystem. We have a strong loyalty offering for joint customers, including intelligent marketing powered by data insights, and improved accessibility and time-to-market thanks to the native integration with our Airline Platform.”

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