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Caribbean Airlines ordered to drop Air Jamaican brand
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in Trinidad has instructed Caribbean Airlines (CAL) to drop the Air Jamaica brand from its aircraft. According to information gleaned from the Sunday Express newspaper, the use of the Air Jamaica brand does not comply with CAL’s airline operator certificate. CAL is not licensed to operate two brands but has been doing so for over a year, following its acquisition of Air Jamaica routes. For CAL to use the AJ brand, it would have to register a new airline in the name of Air Jamaica. The Sunday edition of the Trinidad Express newspaper says according to its information, CAL was alerted about the disparity by the CAA a few months ago, as it sought to improve its systems ahead of a planned audit by the international Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). In the short term, the onus is on CAL to repaint Air Jamaica's six planes at a cost of US$60,000 per aircraft. CAL’s head of Corporate Communications, Clint Williams, confirmed that CAL had received recommendations from CAA, and that these had been passed to its new line minister, Vasant Bharath.who is in charge of all State enterprises. He is expected to meet with his counterpart in Jamaica to discuss the matter.