Boeing and Caribbean Airlines have announced the airline has chosen to enhance and renew its single-aisle fleet with the 737 MAX 8.
The carrier, which has long operated the Next-Generation 737, will take delivery of 12 MAX airplanes in the coming years.
The airline commemorated the selection of the MAX during a ceremony featuring national dignitaries, including the prime minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Keith Rowley, and Caribbean Airlines chief executive, 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.”
The 737 MAX 8 – part of a fuel-efficient family of airplanes – will seat up to 160 passengers in Caribbean Airlines’ three-class configuration featuring the Caribbean Plus Cabin, and provide more than 500 nautical miles more range than the existing aircraft.
The airplane incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, and other airframe enhancements to improve performance and reduce operating costs.
Caribbean Airlines projects the MAX 8 will provide up to 16 per cent fuel savings compared to its current fleet.
“We are honoured that Caribbean Airlines has placed its trust once again in the Boeing airplane family and chosen to bridge to the future with the 737 MAX 8.
“Its selection reaffirms the partnership we have built together with the Next-Generation 737 family,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing for Boeing.