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State carrier Caribbean Airlines has appointed its acting chief executive Robert Corbie as chief operating officer.  

Corbie started his career at former national airline BWIA as a customer service agent and worked in different positions, moving up the ranks as director of airports and senior director operations.

 At Caribbean Airlines, he has served as regional director sales, and more recently as vice president, driving the airline to surpass industry standards of on-time performance, CAL said in a statement yesterday.

Under his tenure, the airline has added new routes, upgraded its fleet, boosted cargo and duty free operations, and has been voted the "Best Caribbean Airline" by the World Travel Awards for two consecutive years.  

"Additionally, he has been responsible for the integration of the Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines brands and has successfully positioned the airline as a leader in the industry," CAL said.

 In November 2010 Corbie was appointed acting CEO and continues to hold this position as he brings 28 years of industry experience to his new role as chief operating officer.

CAL's board of directors said it unanimously approved the appointment on March 14.

Airline chairman George Nicholas said: "Congratulations to Mr Corbie as we evolve into a globally renowned airline with exceptional team members."

CAL's previous CEO was former airline pilot Capt Ian Brunton who was dismissed in 2010.

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