Moonan pledges to transform CAL
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:DESPITE THE turbulence in the aviation sector, Caribbean Airline's (CAL) new chairman, Rabindra Moonan, says he plans to transform the airline into the number-one carrier in the region.
Moonan's appointment on Thursday followed the sudden resignation of George Nicholas III, whose tenure was marked by controversy.
Nicholas served as chairman of the carrier for 16 months, resigning twice before. This time around, he reportedly stepped down because he was given a mere pass mark of five out of 10 by Minister of Transport Devant Maharaj for his management of the airline.
Moonan, a former central bank director and economist, who admitted to having little experience in the airline industry, will be forced to hit the ground running. However, he welcomed the challenge.
"At this time, there seems to be some trouble in the aviation industry, in addition to the negative press that CAL has been going through, but my friends will tell you that I love challenges."
Addressing journalists at a post-Cabinet meeting in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on Thursday, Maharaj said he was very confident that Moonan possessed the interpersonal skills to hold the board together and "chart these treacherous skies in terms of the competition".
Moonan's appointment comes barely two months ahead of CAL's plans to return to London, Gatwick, and during a period when the airline is reportedly bleeding because of the financial crisis it now faces.