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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.
T&T Newsday Reports.


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.