CAL okays ‘Mandela’ jet
Caribbean Airlines has confirmed that its Boeing 767-300 jet used to fly Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to South Africa will now bear the name of that country’s former president and freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela.
The 221-seat wide body aircraft is one of two 767s operated by CAL and flew Persad-Bissessar and her contingent to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil then on to South Africa.
CAL chairman Phillip Marshall yesterday confirmed plans to name the aircraft in a brief e-mail response to the Express.
“The airline confirms that the Caribbean Airlines 767-300 aircraft 9Y-LHR will now carry the name ‘Nelson Mandela’,” he said.
An airline official also told the Express that some passengers had to be accommodated on another flight to Canada after the 767 was chartered for use by the Prime Minister.
Some passengers booked to travel on the 767 aircraft were accommodated on another aircraft.