Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has assured customers that it will ‘put the safety of its passengers, crew and operations first’ in the wake of Sunday’s tragic Ethiopian Airlines plane crash in Addis Ababa, which left all 157 passengers dead.
The fatal crash was the second in five months involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, which has been in service since 2017 with 5,000 orders worldwide. Last October, a Lion Air flight crashed off the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and killed all 189 persons onboard.
CAL, in a press release today, stated that it uses the Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft at present. The national carrier extended ‘heartfelt sympathy to the families and loved ones of the passengers and employees impacted by Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302’.
However, a Trinidad Express report today stated that CAL has already purchased 12 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, which should begin arriving later this year. Click HERE to read Express story.
Caribbean Airlines statement:
Caribbean Airlines extends heartfelt sympathy to the families and loved ones of the passengers and employees impacted by Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302.
This accident has raised speculative concern re: the Boeing Max 8 aircraft. However, investigations by the relevant authorities are in progress and the cause of this accident remains undetermined at this time.
We understand that investigations by the relevant authorities are in progress and the cause of this accident remains undeterred at this time.
The airline industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world and there are rigorous processes and regulatory procedures to follow before any aircraft is brought into service. Caribbean Airlines will incorporate the procedural and training elements necessary to comply with all regulations and instructions before any new aircraft is introduced to its fleet.
Caribbean Airlines currently does not have the Boeing Max 8 aircraft as part of its fleet. The airline uses the Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. Caribbean Airlines stands by its commitment to put the safety of its passengers, crew and operations first.
Editor’s Note: Click HERE for more details on CAL’s purchase of a dozen Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.