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.
The Board of Caribbean Airlines Limited is defending the company's security record, after the company's CEO was described by a Joint Select Committee as "reckless and irresponsible".
Caribbean Airlines issued a statement Tuesday defending its security record.
"The Chairman and Board of Directors of Caribbean Airlines Limited has taken careful note of the statements made by members of the Joint Select Committee on State Enterprises at a press conference on July 03, 2018, and wish to advise as follows:
Caribbean Airlines is advising that effective June 30, 2018 following a directive to airlines from the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA), new carry-on baggage restrictions are in effect for all passengers flying to the United States of America.
A statement by the airline says that specifically, any “powder-like substance” with the exception of baby formula, medically prescribed powder-like substances and human remains will now be forbidden in carry-on and cabin luggage if the quantity of the substance is over 350 millilitres, 12 ounces or 350 grams.
Effective August 01, Caribbean Airlines will introduce “Caribbean View”, free wireless in-flight entertainment on its Boeing 737-800 fleet, the airline said in a statement on Thursday.
The new service will allow its customers to stream blockbuster movies, television programmes, games, magazines and more Caribbean content to their personal devices via a browser using Bluebox Aviation Systems’, Bluebox Wow platform.
Caribbean Airlines says they are not running any competition or giving away free tickets at this time.
In a press release today the airline advised the public that they are in no way affiliated to any website or organisation promoting any competition.
They urged their valued customers to be aware of impersonators who may be seeking to access information and use personal information.
Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has been ranked as 34th in the world, based on on-time performance (OTP) for May 2018, by the Official Aviation Guide (OAG).
A statement by CAL says the OTP of over 150 airlines was used to determine the ranking.
According to the OAG’s monthly Flight Review, Caribbean Airlines' OTP for May is 85.6%, based on the 2,693 flights operated by the airline.
CAL says this places it in the top 10 percentile worldwide.
Caribbean Airlines is seeking to establish an agreement with Hainan Airlines which is owned by the HNA Group in China.
The Chairman of Caribbean Airlines, Ronnie Mohammed is currently in China as part of Trinidad and Tobago’s official delegation.
The delegation which is led by the Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley met with the Chairman of the HNA Group Co. Ltd., Chen Feng.
The HNA Group owns over 1,200 aircraft and is a major shareholder in international hotel chains.
Caribbean Airlines is reporting a 21 percent increase in revenue over the last year.
This follows a 7% increase in the demand on passenger revenue.
The airline issued a statement on the improvements today.
"With a revenue boost from strong passenger demand and increased cargo business together with enhanced cost management, Caribbean Airlines got off to a great start in 2018.
Caribbean Airlines says it carried a total of 10,602 persons between Trinidad and Tobago for the Tobago Jazz Experience 2018 had a seamless travel experience.
A statement by the airline says that between April 26th and 30th, a total of 201 flights were operated between the islands with a total seat capacity of 13,840.
The airline's Chief Executive Officer, Garvin Medera said the airline is committed to improving the travel experience of its customers and is reviewing how it can enhance its operations.