CARIBBEAN Airlines has responded to speculation that it might not proceed with its acquisition of Air Jamaica and a recent call by Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller for an update on the deal.
In a statement today, the Trinidad-based airline denied recent reports that its board raised the possibility of not proceeding.
"The board made no such suggestion and it could not be further from the truth. To the contrary, the board - in keeping with the decision of the government of Trinidad and Tobago - has indicated its commitment to the completion of the acquisition of the Air Jamaica routes. In furtherance of this commitment, it will re-launch the 'Air Jamaica' brand on January 14, 2011, in Kingston, Jamaica. Caribbean Airlines is proceeding under the theme 'one Caribbean airline, two brands'," said the statement.
Caribbean Airlines said that all remaining steps to complete the transaction should be completed this month.
Its plans for Air Jamaica include changing its fleet from Airbus aircraft to newer Boeing 737-800s by the end of April, which is expected to improve on-time performance; and resuming flights to London.