In a statement, Caribbean Airlines CEO Peter Davies said the airline will begin its new flight service between Port-of-Spain to London on March 25. That service forms part of a codeshare agreement signed between the local airline and British Airways earlier this year.
Under the agreement, British Airways will operate a direct flight service between Port-of-Spain and London, three days a week.
The other days will see Caribbean Airlines flying from Port-of-Spain to Bridgetown and providing seamless transition to British Airways for connecting flights to London from that destination.
Davies said Caribbean Airlines customers will reap many benefits from the codeshare agreement as the latter airline will provide them with the added comfort of travelling on its Boeing 777 aircraft with wider seats, more leg room and a range of entertainment facilities.
Davies said Caribbean Airlines’ associate sponsoring of the United Caribbean industrial trade show at the Mermaid Conference and Events Centre in Blackfriars, London on March 12 was vital to the airline’s development.
He said despite being based in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, the airline’s outlook was international. “We are keen to maintain vital connections to world centres, which reflect the increasing importance of the Caribbean as a tourism and trade destination,” he stated.
Caribbean Airlines has also adopted Boeing’s web-based maintenance solution, Maintenance Performance Toolbox, to help improve the maintenance of its fleet of Next Generation 737-800 aircraft.
Caribbean Airlines vice-president (maintenance and engineering) Ian Brunton said Boeing has the right tools to help the company build the “kind of lean, competitive airline demanded by both the flying public and our board of directors.”
Brunton said Caribbean Airlines was pleased to bring this level of service to its customers. He added that it demonstrates the airline’s commitment to reducing its operating costs and improving its performance.
Boeing vice-president (sales and marketing) Dan da Silva said the company was happy that Caribbean Airlines has adopted its Maintenance Performance Toolbox product.