Caribbean Airlines’ first Boeing 737 MAX-8 (9Y-CAL) aircraft took to the skies for the first time on Friday. The January 14 flight departed the Piarco International Airport enroute to the Norman Manley International, Kingston, Jamaica.
The Trinidad based carrier hosted a brief ceremony at the Piarco International Airport to launch the new aircraft, which offers passengers exceptional levels of convenience and comfort. The re-fleeting coincides with the airline’s 15th anniversary. Some lucky customers on the inaugural service won an extra 15,000 miles and all customers received bags of goodies and other memorabilia!
Caribbean Airlines’ CEO, Garvin Medera, in commenting said: “The introduction of this new aircraft into service, represents Caribbean Airlines’ initiative to ‘REset Expectations’ for 2022. The 737-8 is the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world and it brings a range of benefits for Caribbean Airlines, our customers, and the environment. Fuel and maintenance costs are lower, each plane has 10 more seats than its predecessor with a total of 160 seats and the aircraft offers state-of-the-art technology and an upgraded level of comfort in both the business class and economy cabin, including in seat power for mobile devices, a new sky interior, sleek modern seats and much more.”
Mr. Medera continued: “We’re really excited about the plans and improvements for the coming year, all done with you in mind. Be sure to stay informed via our social media channels and follow us on #REcalibrate as we REset Expectations in 2022.”
First announced in November 2018, Caribbean Airlines was set to take on 12 Boeing 737 MAX 8 through various leasing partners to replace its aging fleet of Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. The worldwide grounding of the MAX aircraft caused the delay in delivery of the first aircraft by almost one year.