(PORT OF SPAIN) – Caribbean Airlines (BW, POS) has confirmed it has wet-leased an ATR72-500 from Spanish ACMI/charter specialist Swiftair (WT, Madrid Barajas) on a two-month long contract.
FlightRadar24 ADS-B data indicates EC-KUL (msn 809) was positioned from Madrid Barajas to Port of Spain last week.
The airline has since issued a statement confirming that between January 7 and March 4, the turboprop will be deployed on multiple daily shuttle flights between the Trinidadian capital, Port of Spain, and Tobago.
It however said the aircraft lease is being paid for by ATR after grounding two of its aircraft following a series of incidents with some of its ATR aircraft, namely 9Y-TTA and 9y-TTD which are both early build ATR-72 212A (marketed as the ATR 72-600) with some teething problems as is common on the initial run of some aircraft.
Over the past year both aircraft have had to perform a series of emergency landings due to engine fire warnings while in flight but in every case the aircraft landed safely.
Caribbean Airlines currently operates five of its own ATR72-600s on flights from Port of Spain to Bridgetown, Caracas Simón Bolivar, Grenada, Tobago, and St. Lucia Vigie.