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  • Joe Breitfeller

Caribbean Airlines Celebrates Inaugural Boeing 737-8 Service Between Trinidad and Tobago and the US

This week, Caribbean Airlines’ newly minted Boeing 737-8, registration 9Y-CAL, entered commercial service between Trinidad & Tobago and the U.S. The inaugural flight, BW 520, departed Piarco International Airport for New York-JFK on January 24, 2022.


Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-8 - Courtesy Caribbean Airlines

On Tuesday (January 25, 2022), Caribbean Airlines announced the entry into commercial service of their Boeing 737-8, registration 9Y-CAL, with flights between Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S. The inaugural flight, BW 520, departed Piarco International Airport on Monday, January 24, 2022, and arrived at New York-JFK at 04:00 EST. The return flight, BW 521 departed JFK at 06:30 EST and passengers were given special tokens to celebrate the occasion. On Wednesday and Thursday (January 27-28), the aircraft operated flights from Trinidad to Miami and Orlando.


Commenting on the start of 737-8 service to the U.S., Caribbean Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Garvin Medera, said,


“The entry into commercial service of the 737-8 aircraft, and the introduction of exciting new products like our pre-order meals on select routes is resetting expectations even more than we anticipated. Customer feedback has been reassuring. Today’s flight into JFK, New York, home to a large percentage of the Diaspora, was only fitting, as JFK is a popular and well-loved destination in our network.”


Prior to the pandemic, Caribbean Airlines operated over 600 weekly flights to destinations in the Caribbean, North America and South America. The carrier promises an authentic Caribbean experience both on the ground and in the air. Caribbean Airlines operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800, 737-8 MAX and ATR72-600s and is jointly owned by the people of Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica. The company is headquartered in Trinidad & Tobago and operates a base in Jamaica. The airline employs over 1,600 people and is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and recognized as an IATA Operational Safety Audit qualified carrier. Additionally, Caribbean Airlines is a certified Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 145 repair station.



Source: Caribbean Airlines