CAL: No Max 8s for us if found not to meet safety requirements

Caribbean Airlines has announced that it will not acquire the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft if it is found that it does not meet required safety standards.

The announcement came via the following statement issued by the airline on Thursday morning.

"Caribbean Airlines wishes to definitively state as follows:

(i) The airline has an impeccable safety record, due in no small part to the use of very reliable equipment, an extremely well trained team, and a first class Maintenance and Engineering department;

(ii) The airline does not fly the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft;

(iii) The airline will not, and in fact cannot, introduce any aircraft into its fleet that does not meet the most stringent international and domestic regulations;

(iv) If the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft fails to meet any of the very stringent requirements, it will not, and in fact cannot, be added to the fleet;

(v) Caribbean Airlines’ international aviation consultants, attorneys, and management are closely monitoring the situation, and will take all required steps to continue to safeguard the airline, its customers and staff.

In the meantime, Caribbean Airlines is doing all that it reasonably can, to accommodate on its aircraft, those passengers of other air carriers who may be affected by the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX-8.

We sincerely thank all stakeholders for the continued confidence placed in the National Airline of Trinidad and Tobago."