Imbert tells CAL to get world's best legal advice on Max 8 contract

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:45

Finance Minister Colm Imbert says he has instructed Caribbean Airlines to get the best legal advice in the world to review the contract to acquire 12 Boeing Max 8 aircraft.

The minister, who is also Corporation Sole of Caribbean Airlines, says Caribbean Airlines must consider its options, in case the make of the aircraft is deemed to be faulty.

Two crashes involving Boeing Max 8s in the last six months have led to Boeing recommending the grounding of all Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft while several nations have suspended the aircraft from their airspaces.

Minister Imbert told the media at Thursday's post-Cabinet media conference, that persons specialised in aviation law will review the contract. 

"Caribbean Airlines has been authorised and instructed by me to get the best legal advise in the world and to put contingencies in place," he said.

The first of the CAL aircraft is due later this year.

However, Minister Imbert says that should the aircraft not be deemed air-worthy, CAL should have other options on the table.

In November 2018, Boeing and Caribbean Airlines announced the airline had chosen to enhance and renew its single-aisle fleet with the 737 MAX 8.

The airline commemorated the selection of the MAX during a ceremony featuring national dignitaries, including the Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, and Caribbean Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Garvin Medera.

"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," said Medera.

"All of these elements position us for long-term success."