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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:20 am

Quoting LimaFoxTango (Reply 195):

The YYZ flight operated yesterday. I guess loads of Guyanese would have been screaming and ranting at YYZ when told that the flight was overbooked because Kamla took the plane to Joburg. This is the 606/607 via GEO. They must have used one of the 738s.
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:09 am

Quoting guyanam (Reply 200):

On CAL's website their schedule shows 606/607 as a 738 on Tuesdays (with 1 stop on the inbound flight) and a 763 on Fridays. I don't know if this is accurate.

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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:28 pm

I think the name Inter Caribbean Airways is too long. Something like InterCaribe or Air InterCaribe. Just my   
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:02 pm

Quoting AA1818 (Reply 196):
https://twitter.com/ReutersAero/status/410828088545529856

Air Caraibes orders 3 A350-1000 direct from Airbus, says will also lease 3 A350-900 from ILFC.

This carrier is really impressive. CAL should try to poach their CEO.

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Qouting member KarelXWB's post in the dedicated Air Caraibes thread:


There is more information in here:

http://www.aeroweb-fr.net/actualites...ir-caraibes-soffre-des-airbus-a350

> 387 seats in the A350-900
> 439 seats in the A350-1000

Deliveries between 2016 and 2020.


About poaching the CEO of Air Caraibes, I don't know to what extend this airline is a true Caribbean airline as Guadeloupe is a French overseas teritory making them part of France. In any case, as said, this airline seems to have been doing very well throughout its existance so kudos to Air Caraibes, a job very well done!!! I wrote an article on this airline back in 2006 I think and am still impressed about them!!!

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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:45 pm

Quoting A388 (Reply 203):
About poaching the CEO of Air Caraibes, I don't know to what extend this airline is a true Caribbean airline as Guadeloupe is a French overseas teritory making them part of France. In any case, as said, this airline seems to have been doing very well throughout its existance so kudos to Air Caraibes, a job very well done!!! I wrote an article on this airline back in 2006 I think and am still impressed about them!!!

At least on that we agree. I also believe if GOVFDF or PTP started messing too much around France would step inn.
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:42 pm

Finally Back in the Caribbean again for the holidays. Managed to spot all 4 of Liat's ATR 72s in ANU today, unfortunately the 42 was no where to be found. Had my first A330 flight today with VS. Aircraft was G-VWAG ( Honestly, I actually think this is the newest plane ive ever flown on, this one being little over a year old). The flight was pretty good, Nothing really to complain about with the aircraft itself. It is one of the quietest ive ever flown. Load today was 259 pax out of 266. Pretty good load especially since they increased their J class seating from 14 (on the 747) to 33. Im actually starting to wonder if ANU will ever see the 747 again.

Edit: forgot to add that we made a very odd approach into ANU, instead of making a downwind approach to Rwy 07, we pretty much flew directly over the airport (pretty much at runway heading) and then made a 180 back towards the airport. Ive never experienced that before, was quite interesting though.

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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:35 pm

Quoting A388 (Reply 203):

Air Caraibes is owned by French corporate interests so this will be like poaching JetBlue's CEO. It is basically a French (metropole) airline with an Antillean flavor.
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:03 pm

Quoting andrefranca (Reply 204):
At least on that we agree. I also believe if GOVFDF or PTP started messing too much around France would step inn.

That is good to know  
Quoting guyanam (Reply 206):
Air Caraibes is owned by French corporate interests so this will be like poaching JetBlue's CEO. It is basically a French (metropole) airline with an Antillean flavor

That's exactly what I meant so they are not really a Caribbean airlines as Caribbean Airlines, LIAT, Insel Air, Tiara Air, Aruba Airlines are. Talking about Aruba Airlines, I have my first photo of this nice livery in the database:



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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:01 pm

Looks like the next LI ATR 42 is msn 1008, V2-LIF.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/11333635793/

MSN 1010 might be the next one after.
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:12 pm

Quoting LimaFoxTango (Reply 208):
Looks like the next LI ATR 42 is msn 1008, V2-LIF.

Interesting, That serial number hasn't even appeared on planespotters. Thanks for that.
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:00 am

Things did not start off good last night with travel span and vision air. The inaugural flight was SUB to Dynamic airways(N250MY). One of my friends was on the flight and said the airplane did not have business class seats which he paid for. Anyone knows when vision air will use their own airplane?
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:45 am

UA changed IAH-BON and EWR-BON to daytime flights from red-eyes - was this noted in 106?
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:57 pm

HELLO PEOPLE FROM THE CARIBBEAN!!!! where are you guys? as the great Nelly Stharre from dominica sings "vous ne levez WAKE UP WAKE UP!  

Yesterday Winair has started 3 flights! finally some competition to LI

http://www.smn-news.com/st-maarten-s...unday-santo-domingo-on-monday.html
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:02 pm

Quoting andrefranca (Reply 212):

You know I could have sworn they said they were getting ATR 72s not 42s...   Any photos of it??
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:13 pm

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 213):
Any photos of it??

Nevermind, I found photos of it on their facebook page. Apparently its an Air Antilles express ATR 42-500, F-OIXE they are using. ( I was really hoping for an ATR in Winair's livery, ahh the disappointment.......)
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:16 pm

Quoting andrefranca (Reply 212):

I know our T&T brothers do not post on the Jamaica thread, but an issue was raised about BWs route rights on the JFK GEO route. I was of the impression that BW enjoyed grandfathered rights on this route, provided that the service continued on to POS. However some one mentioned that BW had a temporary exemption to run this route, expiring in July 2014...which I know that DL will prefer as GEO will lose nonstop service by scehduled carriers, allowing them a monopoly once again.


Winair has frequently expanded its network to EIS and DOM, only to scale back when they lose money. Now they are expanding even further afield with flights to SDQ and CUR. Lets hope that it works out this time, as DAE left a gap in the market, and LI needs to learn to be afraid that competitors can seize their passengers. LI operates with the arrogant assumption that they deserve a monopoly, despite its frequently obscene service. Its about time that they learn that the much beleaguured Eastern Caribbean passenger ought to have options.
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:49 pm

Quoting guyanam (Reply 215):
I was of the impression that BW enjoyed grandfathered rights on this route, provided that the service continued on to POS. However some one mentioned that BW had a temporary exemption to run this route, expiring in July 2014...

Last time I saw they have all the rights to fly between JFK-GEO as long as the flights originate/end in POS. CAL has 5th and 6th freedom to fly anywhere between POS and the 13 CariCom countries to the US, Puerto Rico and the US Dependencies in the Caribbean.
They also have 7th freedom flights from Jamaica to any point in the US.

Quoting skystar767 (Reply 210):
Things did not start off good last night with travel span and vision air. The inaugural flight was SUB to Dynamic airways(N250MY). One of my friends was on the flight and said the airplane did not have business class seats which he paid for. Anyone knows when vision air will use their own airplane?

I'm not sure why people keep booking these airlines, their services are never good and they always leave pax high and dry. Not sure when they will put a full Y/J on the route but he should demand some type of compensation from the travel agents if he did buy a Business class seat and got economy.

Quoting adamh8297 (Reply 211):
UA changed IAH-BON and EWR-BON to daytime flights from red-eyes - was this noted in 106?

Not sure but we did mention some of UA's winter changes, good to see it too.
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:27 pm

Quoting caribbean484 (Reply 216):

Thanks for confirming what I thought about the GEO JFK routes.

As to Travelspan. Well it has its uses at peak periods. They absorb the most price sensitivity peak time traveler, leaving the scheduled airlines to obtain proper yields from passengers who dont want hassles. It also provides extra capacity at peak periods which means that BW is not forced to wetlease carriers, or alternatively facing criticism for not properly servicing the route.

I do not consider them to be competition to BW on either its POS or its GEO routes. I guess Travelspan will offer refunds as they also service passengers, other than those who use their charters, so will not want to mess with their image,
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:50 am

Quoting guyanam (Reply 215):
Winair has frequently expanded its network to EIS and DOM, only to scale back when they lose money. Now they are expanding even further afield with flights to SDQ and CUR. Lets hope that it works out this time, as DAE left a gap in the market, and LI needs to learn to be afraid that competitors can seize their passengers. LI operates with the arrogant assumption that they deserve a monopoly, despite its frequently obscene service. Its about time that they learn that the much beleaguured Eastern Caribbean passenger ought to have options.

Correct. WM is no stranger to DOM and EIS. They once served both with a wetleased J31, I believe from Briko in POS. They have now wetleased Air Antillies Express to operate these flights, an airline with its own schedule to run between FDF, PTP and SFG. I believe they have 3 aircraft.
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:23 am

I photographed the first Winair flight to CUR yesterday. Air Antilles Express has a nice livery in my opinion. Good to see a new airline starting scheduled service to CUR. Yesterday Sunwings also started seasonal flights to CUR which I also photographed. We will soon have weekly flights from Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwings. Canadians apparently like CUR so I'm happy 

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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:49 pm

CJIA modernisation project continues on schedule

"THE US$138M Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) modernisation project continues on schedule, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ramesh Ghir says.

This is despite the fact that the joint-Opposition, last Thursday opposed a $65.4M allocation included in a Statement of Excess, a financial paper tabled by Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh.
Given that the minister acted in accordance with the Constitution and the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, the opposition’s non-approval, post-expenditure, did not affect the allocation.
The project faced similar opposition when the 2013 budget was cut, but in mid-September this year, Chairman of the CJIA Board, Ramesh Dookhoo, said the modernisation project is being propelled by a US$20M mobilisation advance made under the 2012 budget."
http://guyanachronicle.com/cjia-mode...ion-project-continues-on-schedule/

Bahamasair to focus on charter market with additional aircraft
"Bahamasair (UP, Nassau Int'l) will in 2014 concentrate on building its presence in the charter flights sector. The state-owned airline says the move will also help boost the island's tourism industry. The airline's senior manager for international sales, Woodrow Wilson, says the airline had in the past considered branching into the charter market but had been foiled by a lack of suitable aircraft. To remedy this, Wilson disclosed that later this month, an undisclosed 120-seater aircraft will be joining the airline with a wet-leased B737-400 from Xtra Airways (XP, Elko) scheduled for Summer 2014. "
http://ch-aviation.ch/portal/news/24...er-market-with-additional-aircraft

Opposition Antigua Labour Party threatens to withdraw from OECS if LIAT’s headquarters is moved from Antigua
"Leader of the opposition Antigua Labour Party, ALP, Gaston Browne, has threatened to withdraw from the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Economic Union if the Leeward Islands Air Transport LIAT headquarters, is relocated from Antigua."
http://ikon-gfx.com/ncumediagroup/op...eadquarters-is-moved-from-antigua/
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:19 pm

Well, well look who's expanding:

Fly Montserrat signs contract to provide air transport services to Nevis



Montserrat-based airline ‘Fly Montserrat’ has signed a contract with the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) to provide air transport services to that island.

The arrangement started on December 16 when Fly Montserrat took over the Antigua to Nevis route.

The arrangement comes in the wake of a decision by LIAT to discontinue its service on that route earlier this month.

In its newly-negotiated contract with the NIA, Fly Montserrat will now provide twice daily services, five days a week using its Islander aircraft.

The Montserrat-based airline says initially the service will operate on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the addition of a Wednesday service beginning on January 22nd, 2014.

The flying time between Antigua and Nevis on Fly Montserrat is estimated at 25-minutes. Fly Montserrat will leave Antigua for Nevis at 11.30 returning at 12.15pm.

Afternoon flights will depart Antigua for Nevis at 4.45 pm returning at 5.30 pm.

Source: http://zjb.gov.ms/2013/12/17/fly-mon...e-air-transport-services-to-nevis/
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:55 pm

Just saw this article while reading another. Since when does CAL have 11 767s????     

Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) narrowly averted having 11 of its aircraft seized by hurriedly securing a US$50 million (TT$320 million) loan from First Citizens bank to cover outstanding arrears owed to the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).

This claim has been made by fired CAL chief financial officer Shiva Ramnarine in a report dated August 20, 2013, to Finance Minister Larry Howai and Minister in the Ministry, Vasant Bharath.

The ILFC is CAL’s largest lease provider.

According to Ramnarine’s report, the near catastrophe that was kept quiet occurred in March this year when ILFC served a notice of default on CAL demanding payment or stop flying the 11 Boeing 767-800 aircraft. (See sidebar on Page 5)

Seizure of the aircraft would have led to chaos and cancellation of flights as the 11 Boeing 767-800 make up a major part of the airline’s fleet.

Checks on CAL’s website show the airline’s fleet is made up of 15 Boeing 767-800, five ATRs 72-600 and two Boeing 767-300 ER.

I can understand 1 typo, but 4?

http://airnation.net/hangar/threads/...es-almost-has-11-767s-seized.8555/
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:31 am

Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) narrowly averted having 11 of its aircraft seized by hurriedly securing a US$50 million (TT$320 million) loan from First Citizens bank to cover outstanding arrears owed to the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).

This claim has been made by fired CAL chief financial officer Shiva Ramnarine in a report dated August 20, 2013, to Finance Minister Larry Howai and Minister in the Ministry, Vasant Bharath.

The ILFC is CAL’s largest lease provider.

According to Ramnarine’s report, the near catastrophe that was kept quiet occurred in March this year when ILFC served a notice of default on CAL demanding payment or stop flying the 11 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. (See sidebar on Page 5)

Seizure of the aircraft would have led to chaos and cancellation of flights as the 11 Boeing 737-800 make up a major part of the airline’s fleet.

Checks on CAL’s website show the airline’s fleet is made up of 15 Boeing 737-800, five ATRs 72-600 and two Boeing 767-300 ER.

The Express understands it was Ramnarine, (who was terminated on August 4 this year after it was alleged he acted contrary to proper procedures) who negotiated with ILFC head Jorge Garcia to settle outstanding payments.

As a result the default notice was quietly withdrawn.

The Express learned it was also agreed that the default notice would not have been brought to the attention of the T&T Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) after discussions between Ramnarine and Jorge.

And while CAL last Saturday denied any knowledge of the notice of default, a copy of the document dated March 15, 2013 obtained by the Express shows that the total amount that was due and owing under the 28255 lease was US$252,923.48.

The notice also listed the sum of US$1,889,531.05 as being owed under leases 28233, 28234, 28235 and 28246.

Details of CAL’s near catastrophe are also revealed in a March 21, 2013 e-mail sent from Ramnarine to former acting chief executive officer (CEO) Robert Corbie and then chairman Rabindra Moonan who was subsequently fired. Excerpts from the e-mail obtained by the Express stated: “I was served a notice of default and demand for payment indicating seizure of all 11 aircrafts (sic). However, Jorge retracted the notice after I spoke at length of our plan and our intentions to transform CAL. It should also be noted that Jorge agrees with our position of stabilisation and transformation which includes reducing frequencies and as such our position to not acquire a 767 at this time.

“Jorge on behalf of ILFC and in the spirit of business partnering will negotiate with us to take back aircrafts (sic) if needed as we reduce frequency. As he indicated, the survival of CAL is important to ILFC as a result of our business and history together.

“He assured me that he will not be informing the TTCAA of the notice now that it has been retracted.”

In the e-mail, Ramnarine also disclosed that ILFC questioned the rationale behind the purchase of an aircraft from China.

He said: “One area he(Jorge) articulated as a sore point was CAL’s counter-intuitive position of stabilisation and transformation but purchasing an aircraft from China at two times the price.

“At the loaded cost of the Chinese aircraft ($31m) ILFC could have sold two aircrafts (sic) to CAL for that price.”

Also discussed at the four-hour long meeting was cost reductions and business practices, Ramnarine said.In response to the e-mail, Moonan on March 22 wrote: “Well done.”

But while Ramnarine was commended for avoiding an embarrassing situation, the interim CAL board, appointed by Howai, listed the handling of the matter as one of the issues for terminating him during his probationary period.

Ramnarine was terminated following a report compiled by acting CEO Capt Jagmohan Singh, vice-president of human resources Charmaine Heslop Da Costa, corporate secretary Nalini Lalla and board director Patricia Kong Ting.

The report stated: “Shiva efforts on this front would have been offset by a recommendation which he fully supported of the leasing of a third 767 aircraft in exchange for one 737 by the lease company. In this regard, Shiva failed to support this recommendation with the financial justification. He also verbally represented to the chairman at this time that it would have been detrimental to the ILFC relationship if the lease was not signed because of previous late payments on the company’s lease commitment.

“Shiva further represented that the decision to lease a plane was within the authority of management of the company. The latter assertion was incorrect as only the board has the authority to make decisions on lease or purchase of airplanes. Also, the negative fallout of the late payment was eventually managed without the lease of the plane recommended.”

The report also listed several alleged shortcomings on the part of Ramnarine in relation to decision making and handling of matters relating to CAL. Some four-months after Ramnarine was sent packing, the Express learned that his termination is not sitting well with Bharath.

The matter was only brought to the attention of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on December 7. The Express learned that Ramnarine previously had raised concerns over Kong Ting’s involvement in management issues and also reiterated his concerns by letter dated August 20 sent to Howai and Bharath.

In the 23-page document obtained by the Express, Ramnarine responded to each of the allegations and gave other reasons why he may have been wrongfully dismissed.

In relation to the intended seizure of the aircraft, Ramnarine specifically outlined details relating to the matter as follows:

• ILFC visited CAL with intent to serve notice for the seizure of aircraft. This was communicated in advance of the visit;

• The acting CEO (Corbie) and chairman (Moonan) asked that I meet with ILFC to determine what could be done, if anything;

• The notice of seizure was given to me and a copy was being despatched to TTCAA;

• Based on my four-hour conversation with ILFC it was agreed to withdraw the notice and to work with CAL on payment terms and to look at possible ways to assist CAL with its fleet. CAL’s position was that there was excess capacity of 737s and a need for a third 767;



• An e-mail was sent to the acting CEO (Corbie) and the chairman (Moonan) both of whom thanked me via e-mail for averting an embarrassing situation and seizure of aircraft and operational shutdown;

• On the said e-mail I conveyed ILFC suggestion which was for CAL to consider the swap of a 767 for 737 at approximately $100,000 less in monthly lease payments and the potential to return an additional 737 at a reduced penalty cost;

• An executive management meeting was called by the then acting CEO (Corbie) to discuss the proposal;

• Management agreed with the proposal and the then acting CEO (Corbie) requested that the CFO put a proposal to the board in light of the request for a third 767.

With regards to claims that only the board has the authority to make decisions on lease or purchase of aircraft, Ramnarine said the relevant board minutes will reflect that a request for approval was made and granted.

Ramnarine has also taken issue with claims that he issued a transformation programme advisory contract to Ernst&Young accounting firm without tender.

The contract, the Express learned, was issued before Ramnarine joined CAL in February. He is also challenging that his rights of natural justice were infringed because he was not given an opportunity to respond to the allegations although he was on probation.

The Express learned that Ramnarine’s claims are corroborated in testimonials submitted by Moonan and former government minister Jack Warner and are to form part of Ramnarine’s legal challenge against CAL.

In fact, listed in Warner’s testimonial are details of a September 23, 2013 meeting held with Howai to discuss Ramnarine’s termination from CAL. The meeting, the Express understands, followed a September 19 e-mail that was sent to Warner from Ramnarine seeking his intervention. Similar e-mails were also sent to other Cabinet ministers.

As to why Howai opted to meet with his former Cabinet colleague over the matter is unknown.

An attempt by the Express to get answers about the meeting was unsuccessful as Howai did not respond to e-mails or text messages on the matter.

Instead, the list of questions sent to Howai by the Express was forwarded to CAL’s communications department for response.

In Moonan’s testimonial he extensively explains the role Ramnarine played in ensuring that the 11 aircraft were not seized. Commenting on the issue last week, Bharath confirmed that the matter was brought to his attention.

“Mr Ramnarine did contact me in relation to the termination of his employment. I did look at some of the details between the board and Mr Ramnarine. He seems to be extremely well qualified. There may be some personal issues between him (Ramnarine) and members of the board. I have not had an opportunity to investigate the matter fully with the board.

“I spoke to Minister Howai about the matter and indicated the situation warranted some further investigation by us both. The last thing I would want is for a young professional who worked internationally and is now building a career in T&T to be disadvantaged because of a poor decision.

“Unfortunately, both Minister Howai and myself have been extremely busy with several other matters. I fully intend to have a discussion with him (Howai). We had an initial discussion on the matter but we have not reached a conclusion,” Bharath said. On the issue of the threatened seizure of the 11 aircraft, Bharath said he was not aware.

“It was mentioned to me that Mr Ramnarine was responsible for making sure that the airline continued,” he said.

Bharath said the transformation plan that is at present being tweaked by the board is expected to avoid similar situations.

Several telephone calls and text messages to Ramnarine for comment on the matter went unanswered.

The following questions were sent by the Express to Finance Minister Larry Howai last Thursday. CAL responded to them last Saturday.

Q(1)Was a notice of default served on Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) by International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) to seize 11 aircraft earlier this year?

Q(2) Investigations revealed that a US$40 million loan was secured from First Citizens Bank to stop the seizure of the 11 aircraft. Is this true? If yes, what is the status of the loan.

Response: Caribbean Airlines Ltd has never been served notice of default by any of its aircraft lessors. At no time therefore, did the airline ever attempt to seek or have to secure funding from any financial institution to avoid the seizure of any aircraft in its fleet.

On appointment, the Board identified the need to immediately improve the financial viability of the airline and to deepen existing relationships with all suppliers. This aggressive policy has seen an improvement both in the payment cycles to and service provided by our external suppliers.

Q(3) What is the status of the current transformation plan for CAL?

Q(4) When will the transformation plan be completed and is it equipped to deal with competitiveness in the airline industry?

Response: The Business Plan for Caribbean Airlines Ltd, which commenced with the successful 2013 Phase I summer strategy, is being implemented in a series of multi-year related initiatives on a continuous phased basis. Further strategies are in place for the potential improvement for the 2013 “Winter” or Christmas Period in which new opportunities have been identified which take into consideration current and anticipated competitive activity particularly in the leisure markets in the region.

A 2014 Phase II portfolio of updated strategies and initiatives, focusing on the competitive challenges in the new year is already underway and these initiatives will be presented to the shareholders before the end of 2013.

The Plan, while concrete in its broad objectives and targeted achievements will incorporate the need to be strategically and tactically responsive to changing market conditions and competitive activities on key routes. Such strategies will remain confidential as is the nature of all business activity in a highly competitive industry. Cost management, efficiency and a leveraging of the unique Caribbean service product at all touch-points will be at the core of all shorter-term strategies. The airline is confident that with the support of loyal passengers and the wider public, these objectives can be met.

Q(5) Please indicate the circumstances under which you met with former government minister Jack Warner on September 23,2013 to discuss the dismissal of chief financial officer Shiva Ramnarine.

Q(6) Is it normal procedure for a government minister to meet with a former minister to discuss issues surrounding the termination of employees?

Response: We are not aware of any such meetings.

Q(7) Are plans afoot to reinstate Mr Ramnarine at CAL?

Q(8) Investigations have revealed that Minister Vasant Bharath is of the view that Ramnarine’s dismissal was unfair and wrong. As line minister for CAL are you presently reviewing the firing of Ramnarine?

Response: Caribbean Airlines Ltd does not comment on internal matters relating to current and former employees.The position of Chief Financial Officer has been advertised locally and internationally and the airline’s contracted external recruitment service is conducting interviews confidentially to propose the candidates best suited to take the airline forward under the strict guidelines and oversight of the Board.

Editor’s Note: The question on the loan amount—US$40m—was asked before receipt of the Ramnarine report which quoted US$50m.

On March 15, 2013 the ILFC issued a notice of default and demand for payment to CAL.

The notice which was sent to the legal and finance department and vice president, maintenance and engineering was issued via facsimile and e-mail by ILFC’s assistant vice president and corporate counsel, J Scot Kennedy.

The notice stated in part:

Past due payments of rent, reserves and other amounts are due and owing from lessee under the leases. The total amount due and owing under the 28255 lease as of the date hereof is US$252,923.48, as more fully described in attachment two (the caste debt). The total amount due and owing under the remaining leases is US$1,889,531.05, as more fully described in attachment three hereto (the ILFC debt). Lessee’s failure to pay such amount constitutes events of default under the leases and each of them.

In exercise of the rights of each lessor under the applicable lease, ILFC in its capacity as lessor under the 28233 lease, the 28234 lease, 28235 lease and 28246 lease, and as servicer for the applicable lessor under the remaining leases, hereby instructs lessee to pay the following amounts no later than 5 pm on Wednesday March 25, 2012 (sic): (1) to the bank account set forth in the 28255 lease, an amount equal to the castle debt; and (ii) to the bank account set forth in the 27597 lease, an amount equal to the ILFC debt.

In the event that lessee fails to make the required payments on or before the date and time set forth above, ILFC, in its capacity as lessor and servicer as applicable, hereby instructs lessee immediately to (i) cease flying the aircraft, (ii) ground and leave the aircraft parked in its then current location, and (iii) await further instructions from ILFC or the applicable lessor.

In addition to the foregoing, ILFC and the other lessors may without further notice to lessee, exercise such other rights and remedies each lessor may have under the applicable lease.

This notice does not terminate the leases or any of them or lessee’s obligations under the leases or any of them, and such obligations (including lessee’s indemnification and insurance obligations) are ongoing. This notice and the actions hereunder and instructions set forth herein on behalf of the lessors are without prejudice to and each lessor hereby expressly reserves and does not waive, all other rights and remedies of each such lessor under the applicable lease, at law and at equity, with respect to lesse’s defaults under the leases and each of them, including, but not limited to, the right of each lessor to terminate the applicable lease and to recover all past and future damages on account of lessee’s defaults.

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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:17 am

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 221):
Fly Montserrat

I'm still waiting for a MNI-SXM direct  
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:32 pm

A random note, but a friend of mine was telling me about some airline starting up and operating out of SKB with 10 or 11 destinations...I thought that interesting with their investment villa program going on.
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:13 pm

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 209):
Interesting, That serial number hasn't even appeared on planespotters. Thanks for that.

Now listed on planespotters.net. Not sure what reg msn 1010 will be yet.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 205):
Edit: forgot to add that we made a very odd approach into ANU, instead of making a downwind approach to Rwy 07, we pretty much flew directly over the airport (pretty much at runway heading) and then made a 180 back towards the airport. Ive never experienced that before, was quite interesting though.

Nothing untoward here at all. Your flight did the VOR approach to rwy 07.
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:27 pm

Quoting LimaFoxTango (Reply 226):

Now listed on planespotters.net. Not sure what reg msn 1010 will be yet.

Thanks, I see that it made its first flight the other day.

Quoting LimaFoxTango (Reply 226):
Nothing untoward here at all. Your flight did the VOR approach to rwy 07

Thanks, never done this approach before(at least I dont remember doing it before) . How often is it used?



Quoting andrefranca (Reply 224):

I'm still waiting for a MNI-SXM direct

I doubt it will happen, but who knows....
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:08 am

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 227):
I doubt it will happen, but who knows....

I still hope it will one day!

Now guess who's starting MAO-PMV ? yes! Mr. Chavez's t*y... oops airlines!   flights are supposed to start in 8 days, but so far people are unable to book the flights.

http://www.d24am.com/plus/turismo/co...anaus-e-a-ilha-de-margarita/102686
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:14 pm

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 227):
Thanks, never done this approach before(at least I dont remember doing it before) . How often is it used?

Every single day, although most flights either join a DME arc to the west or given direct position OMREL for the straight in for rwy 07. Only flights from the east (BA, VS) end up going overhead the VOR.
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:58 am

Quoting andrefranca (Reply 228):

The inaugural flight from PMV to MAO was flown yesterday by an E190 (YV2849).
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:34 am

Inaugural DL LAX-BZE tomorrow. Inbound looks to be be oversold……Jan 4 flight seems to be 13 oversold.
Clearly off to a good start.
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:08 am

Quoting LIA310 (Reply 230):

Yes we were caught by surprise, because no one knew about this flight.... even catering and ground staff were called last minute.
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:48 pm

Photo of inaugural LAX-BZE this morning……every last seat full. To all those who said BZE could never fill a plane from LAX…Merry xmas!   

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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:54 pm

Does anybody have any cabin and/or flight deck pics of LI's ATR 42-600?
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:59 pm

Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 234):
Does anybody have any cabin and/or flight deck pics of LI's ATR 42-600?

I dont think its any different from their -72s:


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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sat Dec 21, 2013 10:06 pm

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 235):
I dont think its any different from their -72s:

Correct, they are all identical.

Cockpit shot

http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=1238878
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:30 pm

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – An airline which promised service to Antigua & Barbuda has pulled down its web site and social media feeds, fuelling speculation that the entity was never serious about operating in the region.

Caribbean Island Transport (CIT) Airways announced, last month, its intention to commence operations in January 2014, into Dominica initially and then to other Caribbean islands like Antigua.

However, the company’s website http://www.CITAirways.com, its Facebook page, http://Facebook.CITAirways.com and twitter handle http://Twitter.CITAirways.com have all been deactivated.

When contacted for an explanation, airline partner and CIT’s Marketing Director Jeffrey Wade wrote in an email, “I am preparing some press for you as to the direction of CIT Airways and will forward it to you as soon as completed.”

But the chief executive officer of Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority, Benoit Bardouille, told dominicanewsonline.com that discussions with the airline are ongoing.

CIT Airways said it would operate as the national airline of Dominica since many of the principals are from that country.

The airline received early criticism from travellers who cast doubt over its sustainability and seriousness.

CIT Airways said it plans to begin flights in January with one Boeing 737-300.

The 90-passenger aircraft will be used for direct flights between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Dominica.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)

Too good to be true! let's watch how it ends!
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:09 pm

Quoting andrefranca (Reply 237):

Too good to be true! let's watch how it ends!

I just checked all three links and they seem to be down. Let really see what happens.
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Fri Dec 27, 2013 1:18 am

One of Virgin Atlantic's Airbus A330s got caught in the floods in St Lucia on the 24th. Avherald is reporting damage to the landing gear. Aircraft is G-VNYC. Interestingly enough, I was on fr24 today and noticed that G-VGEM made its way over from LHR and flew non stop to GND. At the same time I noticed -VNYC didnt return to LGW on the 24th. This was only posted today... I wonder how badly damaged the landing gear is.

http://avherald.com/h?article=46d97b6f&opt=0
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:26 am

From their facebook page:

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We have some big plans/announcements for 2014. Yes, there should be more than one…..

Any guesses what they may be?

my bets: GCM and more central america/ southern mexico
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:03 pm

Any update on the VS 330?

Quoting andrefranca (Reply 240):
my bets: GCM and more central america/ southern mexico

Well considering that there is not much left other than what you mention…and other than a new aircraft type….you will probably be right!   
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:23 pm

Quoting yellowtail (Reply 241):
Any update on the VS 330?

G-VNYC is still at UVF, photos of the damage have been released

There also a photo of the runway near the touchdown zone of rwy 10, the following morning:

http://avherald.com/h?article=46d97b6f&opt=0

No word on how long VNYC will be out for. But VS have rotated G-VGEM to the LGW base to cover for VNYC.

[Edited 2013-12-30 11:28:56]
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:40 pm

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 242):

Ouch, very expensive mistake! any news on that?
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:37 pm

Anyone knows how much longer BW plans on keeping their 738s? With the advance orders for the MAX and NEO they will have to make a decision soon I would think...

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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:01 pm

Quoting GUYAIR707 (Reply 244):

I believe they'll keep the initial ones ( the pre CAL aircraft) for at least another 5 years. Some of the recent additions are about 6 years old so I wouldn't expect those ones to go anywhere yet. In terms of replacements, I expect them to go with the MAX, of course you never really know... They would more than likely take aircraft from a leasing company who already have them on order.
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:08 pm

This year of course will be an interesting year for CAL. What with B6 expanding into POS and MBJ from FLL, and on the very lucrative JFK POS route. This on top of no longer getting fuel subsidies.
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:38 pm

Quoting GUYAIR707 (Reply 244):
Anyone knows how much longer BW plans on keeping their 738s? With the advance orders for the MAX and NEO they will have to make a decision soon I would think...

They got a lot of life left. The average age for the fleet is around 8years with the oldest aircraft being around 14years and the newest around 3 years.
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:05 am

Quoting GUYAIR707 (Reply 244):

Future orders for MAX or NEO will depend on
board decisions
attractive financing deals
aircraft availability
spares support
manufacturer's customer service
crew training availability and costs
customer comfort.
Boeing MAX should be the obvious choice but these are eventful times.
 
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RE: New Seasons - Caribbean Aviation Thread 107

Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:30 am

I think with the current condition of Caribbean Airlines I don't think they are in a financial position to lease any brandnew aircraft in the coming 2-3 years. Their operating environment will change quite a bit starting this year with Jet Blue starting flights to Trinidad and the fuel subsidy stopping. They will need to be able to cope with these changing factors first before thinking of brandnew aircraft.

Maybe they can start by putting the new winglets on their 738 fleet to reduce fuel burn a bit more.

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