Caribbean Airlines and Boeing last Wednesday signed an agreement for the acquisition of (12) 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Holding the ceremonial pens used to sign the agreement are Reggie Abel (second left), Boeing’s director of sales, Africa and the Caribbean; and Garvin Medera, chief executive officer Caribbean Airlines. Flanking them are Colm Imbert (left), Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of finance, and S Ronnie Mohammed, chairman of Caribbean Airlines. (Photo: Peter Lim Choy)
Caribbean Airlines says it is acquiring 12 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, a move that the carrier points out will enhance and renew its single-aisle fleet.
“Boeing has been by our side since Caribbean Airlines was founded 12 years ago using the 737-800. The 737 MAX allows us to continue offering a safe and comfortable experience for our passengers, while significantly improving fuel efficiency and environmental performance. All of these elements position us for long-term success,” a company release quotes Caribbean Airlines Chief Executive Officer Garvin Medera.
Medera was speaking at a ceremony last Wednesday in Port of Spain, Trinidad, during which the sale agreement was signed. It was attended by Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley.
Pointing out that it has long operated Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, Caribbean Airlines said it will take delivery of the 12 MAX aeroplanes “in the coming years”.
The 737 MAX 8, part of a fuel-efficient family of aeroplanes, will seat up to 160 passengers in Caribbean Airlines’ three-class configuration featuring the ‘Caribbean Plus’ cabin, and provide over 500 nautical miles more range than the existing aircraft.
The aircraft incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced technology winglets, and other airframe enhancements to improve performance and reduce operating costs. Caribbean Airlines says it projects the MAX 8 will provide up to 16 per cent fuel savings compared to its current fleet.
The MAX, outfitted with the popular Boeing Sky Interior and designed to be quieter than previous jets, will also offer Caribbean customers the latest in passenger comforts, the release states.
“We are honored that Caribbean Airlines has placed its trust once again in the Boeing aeroplane family and chosen to bridge to the future with the 737 MAX 8. Its selection reaffirms the partnership we have built together with the Next-Generation 737 family,” Ihssane Mounir, senior vice-president of commercial sales and marketing for the Boeing company is reported as saying.
Caribbean Airlines said that in addition to flying Boeing aircraft, it uses Boeing’s services to optimize operations. The carrier participates in the Fuel Dashboard Program, for example, which allows operators to look across their fleet and identify fuel savings. Caribbean Airlines also uses Boeing’s consumable and expendable material services to ensure it has the parts it needs when it needs it.
Boeing says that the 737 MAX family is the fastest-selling aircraft in the company’s history, accumulating about 4,800 orders from more than 100 customers worldwide.
According to Boeing, it has delivered more than 200 737 MAX aeroplanes since May 2017.
Boeing is regarded the world’s largest aerospace company and a leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft, defense, space and security systems.