CAL ramps up domestic flights

Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) says between September 1st and 30th, the airline operated 1,297 flights, provided 90,322 seats and carried 71,059 passengers, on the domestic air bridge between Trinidad and Tobago.

The airline also boasts of an on-time performance rate (within 15 minutes) of 85 per cent, during that same period. That represents a 20 per cent increase over the rate for August 2019.

In a news release issued today, CAL also says it will increase the number of seats available on the air bridge, through to the end of the year.

American Airlines gets permission to fly out grounded Max 8

An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 will depart this country tomorrow morning, despite an order banning its operation our airspace. 

The approval was granted by the Civil Aviation Authority based on a request by the airline.

Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority Francis Regis says this is a normal procedure even in the face of an airspace restriction. 

He says the order does not allow for commercial flights but there is room for ferry flights.

T&T finally follows rest of the world in suspending Max 8s

Trinidad and Tobago has finally agreed to suspend the Boeing Max 8 aircraft in its airspace.

The decision, taken by the Civil Aviation Authority, was announced by Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan tonight.

It came after the only airline flying Max 8s to this country was forced to suspend operations.

American Airlines cancelled flights after the US ordered a suspension of the aircraft prior to T&T's decision.

T&T's decision also came after dozens of countries took the decision to suspend the aircraft. 

Bird strike forces Caribbean Airlines flight to return to T&T

Caribbean Airlines says a bird strike occurred with one of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft operating flight BW 552 bound for JFK International Airport, New York from Argyle International Airport, St Vincent, on Wednesday.

In a statement issued on Thursday, CAL says the flight crew followed the standard operating procedures and the aircraft returned safely to Piarco International Airport, Trinidad, where it was taken out of service for maintenance by the airline’s engineers.

It says no emergency landing was declared.

Dramatic footage shows passengers escaping from Emirates flight after crash-landing

Dramatic footage showing passengers escaping from Emirates airline flight EK521 that crash landed at Dubai airport Wednesday, has been uploaded to social media site Youtube.

The video shows some passengers calmly removing their luggage from overhead bins after the plane had landed.

Passengers could be heard shouting in different languages as they approached the exit slide.

Footage shows one engine on fire as the person shooting the video departs the plane.