Caribbean orders 12 Boeing 737 MAX 8s to replace aging 737s.

Caribbean Airlines have made a new order for 12 of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8s. This order is set to replace the carriers aging Boeing 737-800s in their fleet. The order was confirmed at a ceremony in Port of Spain, Trinidad, with many significant figures in the industry and region. The ceremony includedthe likes of the Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Airlines, Garvin Medera,as well as the Prime Minister of Tobago and Trinidad, Keith Rowley.

The Chairman of Caribbean Airlines said:

“In 2019, we will place even greater focus on enhancing regional connectivity with more options to make our region more easily and affordably accessible. Also, to ensure that our longer-term growth strategy remains on track, I am thrilled to announce that in the fourth quarter of 2019, we will begin taking delivery of our new fleet, the Boeing 737-MAX. In addition to opening new markets, these new aircraft will provide us significantadvantages on operating cost, specifically fuel and maintenance.”

The 737s that Caribbean are replacing with this order were from when the Airline was founded 12 years ago. The new 737 MAX 8s have new features helping to bring down the aircraft’s operating costs. Caribbean has predicted the new MAX series to save up to 16% in operating costs.

The new aircraft saves costs with many newest generation technologies. Some of these include the new Leap-1B engines built by CFM, new split scimitar winglet designs, modifications to the airframe and many more, smaller adjustmentsto the aircraft.

The 737 MAX uses Boeings modern “Sky” interior. Caribbean Airlines will be using the new aircraft in a 3-class configuration in their “Caribbean Plus” cabin design. This configuration will be able to seat 160 passengers at maximum capacity. The configuration has been designed so the aircraft will have an extended range of an extra 500 nautical miles on top of the MAX’s extra range. 

The new aircraft will be quieter for those on the ground as well as those on in the air.

Caribbean Airlines’ CEO said:

“Boeing has been by our side since Caribbean Airlines was founded twelve years ago using the 737-800. The 737 MAX allows us to continue offering a safe and comfortable experience for our passengers, while significantly improving fuel efficiency and environmental performance. All of these elements position us for long-term success.”

The first of the new 737 MAXs are set to arrive late next year in 2019.

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