Welcome to the 102nd instalment of Caribbean Aviation!! It's awesome to see the explosive intellectual activity on our forum and it is certainly hoped that it will continue. This thread is dedicated to the both Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, as they both recently celebrated their golden jubilee of independence in the month of August.
Happy 50th Independence to both Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica!!!!
Trinidad and Tobago gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1962. Eric Williams, a noted Caribbean historian, widely regarded as "The Father of The Nation," was the first Prime Minister; he served from 1956, before independence, until his death in 1981.
In 1976, the country severed its links with the British monarchy and became a republic within the Commonwealth, though it retained the British Privy Council as its final Court of Appeal. Unlike most of the English-speaking Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago's economy is primarily industrial, with an emphasis on petroleum and petrochemicals.Between the years 1972 and 1983, the Republic profited greatly from the rising price of oil, as the oil-rich country increased its living standards greatly.
Since 2003, the country has entered a second oil boom, a driving force which the government hopes to use to turn the country's main export back to sugar and agriculture. Tourism and the public service are the mainstay of the economy of Tobago, though authorities have begun to diversify the island. Trinidad and Tobago has since transitioned from an oil-based economy to a natural gas based economy.
Trinidad is one of the wealthiest and most developed nations in the Caribbean and is listed in the top 40 (2010 information) of the 70 High Income countries in the world. It has one of the highest GDP per capita of USD $20,300 (2011) in the Caribbean. In November 2011, the OECD removed Trinidad and Tobago from its list of Developing Countries. Trinidad's economy is strongly influenced by the petroleum industry. Tourism and manufacturing are also important to the local economy. Tourism is a growing sector, although not proportionately as important as in many other Caribbean islands
Trinidad and Tobago is known for its Carnival and is the birthplace of steelpan, calypso, soca, chutney and limbo.
Jamaica, officially Commonwealth of Jamaica, is the 4th largest island nation of the Greater Antilles. With 2.8 million people, it is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. Kingston is the country's largest city, with a population of 937,700, and is its capital. Jamaica has a large diaspora around the world consisting of Jamaican citizens migrating from the country.
Jamaica is a Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth II as Queen of Jamaica and head of state. Her appointed representative in the country is the Governor-General of Jamaica, currently Sir Patrick Allen. The head of government and Prime Minister of Jamaica is currently Portia Simpson-Miller. Jamaica slowly gained increasing independence from the United Kingdom and in 1958, it became a province in the Federation of the West Indies, a federation among the British West Indies. Jamaica attained full independence by leaving the federation in 1962.
Though a small nation, Jamaican culture has a strong global presence. The musical genres reggae, ska, mento, rocksteady, dub, and, more recently, dancehall and ragga all originated in the island's vibrant, popular urban recording industry. Jamaica also played an important role in the development of punk rock, through reggae and ska. Reggae has also influenced American rap music, as they both share their roots as rhythmic, African styles of music. Some rappers, such as The Notorious B.I.G. and Heavy D, are of Jamaican descent. Internationally known reggae musician Bob Marley is the most legendary and globally renowned Jamaican artist produced to date.
Sport is an integral part of national life in Jamaica and the island's athletes tend to perform to a standard well above what might ordinarily be expected of such a small country. While the most popular local sport is cricket, on the international stage Jamaicans have tended to do particularly well at Track and Field.
CAL B738 experiences bird strike at GEO operating BW 525; no injuries, damage to a/c radome
WS to start daily POS-YYZ service Nov.16th using B73G
AA to increase its lucrative SKB-MIA from daily to 9x weekly in November
CAL recieves to ex LAN PW-powered B763Ws from ILFC; registered 9Y-LGW and 9Y-LHR
CAL expected to take delivery of 3rd B763W in Q2 of 2013
AA to start 1x weekly B738 RTB-MIA service on Nov. 17th
PY to start PBM-CAY-BEL service at the end of October
KX pilots upgrade to Ipads as EFBs
EZjet to begin 5x weekly GEO-POS service Oct. 2nd with BAE-146s
EZjet to begin weekly GEO-YYZ service October 4th
CAL takes delivery of fourth ATR-72-600 (9Y-TTD)
TAWU demands alleged outstanding monies to workers from LI
Tiara Air of Aruba to expand to FLL and various destinations in South America
CAL to launch 2 weekly GEO-YYZ service December 1st
Caricom Airways plans scehduled service to GEO, BGI, PBM and Brazil
Insel Air has painted one of its EMB-110s in its new livery
CAL to return to using JM logos/brand on CAL aircraft