Air Jamaica deal still on, says CAL

Published: Wednesday | January 5, 2011 Comments 0

The board of directors of Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) has dismissed speculation that its acquisition of Air Jamaica is in danger.

Caribbean Airlines gave the assurance in a statement released late yesterday.

A previous statement from CAL on December 12 had fuelled speculation that it might not proceed with the Air Jamaica deal.

This prompted a call by Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller for Prime Minister Bruce Golding to provide an update on the matter.

However, in its statement yesterday, CAL said it had made no such suggestion, adding that the transaction could be sealed this month.

"The board (of directors), in keeping with the decision of the government of Trinidad and Tobago, has indicated its commitment to the completion of the acquisition of the Air Jamaica routes," CAL said in its most recent statement.

New brand

In addition, the airline said plans were in place to re-launch the Air Jamaica brand on January 14 under the theme "One Caribbean airline, two brands".

The board said a plan was also in place to revitalise the Air Jamaica product.

Part of this plan, the company said, is to upgrade the Air Jamaica fleet, switching from the aged Airbus fleet to a young Boeing 737-800 fleet of aircraft.

CAL said the new fleet should be in operation by the end of April and should lead to major improvements in the on-time performance of the brand.

The airline said it was also looking at a return to London flights out of Jamaica, improved meal service, and in-flight products.

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