Caribbean Airlines starts Boeing 737 MAX flights

First of 12 737 MAX 8 ordered by Caribbean Airlines

Caribbean Airlines has started commercial flights with the Boeing 737 MAX -8.

The first flight with the new aircraft, registration 9Y-CAL, was from Picaro International in Trinidad to Norman Manley International, Kingston, Jamaica on 14 January 2022.

The aircraft is the first of 12 737 MAX 8 ordered by Caribbean Airlines.

Caribbean Airlines will operate the 737 MAX 8 in a three class configuration of 160 seats.

  • 16 Business Class
  • 36 Caribbean Plus
  • 108 regular Economy

The airline has a very positive section on its website about the troubled aircraft.

Caribbean Airlines hosted a brief ceremony  at the Piarco International Airport to launch the new aircraft.

Garvin Medera,, Caribbean Airlines’ CEO:

“The introduction of this new aircraft into service, represents Caribbean Airlines’ initiative to ‘Reset Expectations’ for 2022.  The 737-8 is the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world and it brings a range of benefits for Caribbean Airlines, our customers, and the environment.

Fuel and maintenance costs are lower, each plane has 10 more seats than its predecessor with a total of 160 seats and the aircraft offers state-of-the-art technology and an upgraded level of comfort in both the business class and economy cabin, including in seat power for mobile devices, a new sky interior, sleek modern seats and much more.”

About Caribbean Airlines (BW)

Caribbean Airlines is the flag carrier of Trinidad and Tobago.

Jointly owned by Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, its main base is Piarco International Airport, near Port of Spain the capital of Trinidad.


Flights across the Caribbean region, to the Bahamas, Canada and USA.


Currently 16 aircraft:

  • 7 ATR 72
  • 8 Boeing 737-800
  • 1 Boeing 737 MAX 8


2.5 million passengers in 2019.

Alliance: None

N.B. Image credit: Boeing

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