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Caribbean Airlines addresses Boeing 737 MAX-8 concerns

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 10:58 AM
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Caribbean Airlines has moved to further address concerns about the planned use of the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft.

Last November, the Trinidad and Tobago-based regional carrier announced that it had ordered 12 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

There have been heightened concerns following Sunday’s crash of the Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft which resulted in deaths of 157 people.

In a statement this morning, the airline said that if the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft fails to meet any of its very stringent requirements, it will not be added to its fleet.

The company added that it's Caribbean Airlines’ international aviation consultants, attorneys, and management are closely monitoring the situation and will take all required steps to continue to safeguard the airline, its customers and staff.

Full Statement 

Caribbean Airlines wishes to definitively state as follows:

(i) The airline has an impeccable safety record, due in no small part to the use of very reliable equipment, an extremely well-trained team, and a first-class Maintenance and Engineering department.

(ii) The airline does not fly the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft.

(iii) The airline will not, and in fact cannot introduce any aircraft into its fleet that does not meet the most stringent international and domestic regulations.

(iv) If the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft fails to meet any of the very stringent requirements, it will not, and in fact, cannot be added to the fleet.

(v) Caribbean Airlines’ international aviation consultants, attorneys, and management are closely monitoring the situation and will take all required steps to continue to safeguard the airline, its customers and staff. In the meantime, Caribbean Airlines is doing all that it reasonably can, to accommodate on its aircraft, those passengers of other air carriers who may be affected by the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX-8.

We sincerely thank all stakeholders for the continued confidence placed in the National Airline of Trinidad and Tobago.

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