CAL, Air Jamaica to operate under one code

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday June 30, 2011 – In what Caribbean Airlines (CAL) chief executive officer Robert Corbie has described as “a milestone in streamlining and merging of operations and routes”, Air Jamaica will soon operate under the same code as the Trinidad and Tobago carrier.

CAL says the move is expected to realize the cost synergies that were anticipated from the onset of the merger.

All Air Jamaica flights will drop the JM code and utilize CAL’s BW code, starting tomorrow.

“This will mark a milestone in the streamlining and merging of operations and routes,” Corbie said, adding that the two are continuing to pursue the philosophy of “one airline, two brands” since officially signing the shareholder’s agreement on May 26 that finalized CAL’s acquisition of Air Jamaica.

In addition to operating under the same flight code, the airlines are moving towards one fleet type.

Some elements of the airlines have remained separate, however. The websites and Loyalty Reward Programmes, Caribbean Miles and 7th Heaven Rewards which are promoted on CAL and Air Jamaica respectively, will continue to be run separately, the airline said.

CAL acquired Air Jamaica’s fleet and route rights on May 1, 2010, after the Jamaica government took a decision to divest the national carrier. CAL had a 12-month transition period to integrate Air Jamaica into its operations.

The signing of the shareholders agreement last month gave CAL legal access to all routes operated by Air Jamaica, and also resulted in CAL becoming the national carrier of Jamaica.

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