ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, May 04, 2011 – Chairman of LIAT (1974) Ltd, Dr. Jean Holder, members of the Board of Directors and executive management were hosted by representatives from Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer in Barbados at a breakfast event culminating in a one-hour demonstration flight on their new Embraer E-190 aircraft which is in the region en route to be delivered to the airline, Jet Blue.
The Embraer E-190 has a capacity of 100 seats that can be configured to accommodate both business and economy class.
Dr. Holder indicated that “in this era of competition LIAT is not standing still but is seeking ways of offering a better product to the people of the region. We have found the flight to be quite comfortable, now our technical people will analyze the how, when and what as it pertains to the expansion of our fleet and our network.”
Dr. Holder stated that “the demonstration flight is the result of discussions currently being held with Embraer, which is among several aircraft manufacturers including Bombardier and ATR that we are consulting as the airline seeks viable options to replace its current fleet with more efficient models.”
Following the Barbados flight, the aircraft journeyed to LIAT’s headquarters in Antigua where another demonstration flight was launched taking a mixture of LIAT’s
executive and technical staff, personnel from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority and media representatives, on a short flight.
Photo Caption: (L-R) Captain Rajen Singh - LIAT Pilot; Mario Reyes – Chairman LIAT Fleet Renewal Committee; Guillermo Soto – Director Regional Sales Embraer; Godfred Pompey – Representative of St. Vincent Government; Eduardo Munhos de Campos – Vice President Sales and Marketing Embraer; Saboto Caesar - Minister of Tourism, St. Vincent; Leesa Parris-Rudder - LIAT Chief Commercial Officer; Dr. Jean Holder - LIAT Chairman; Matheus Lombardo de Lima – Technical Analyst Embraer; Daniel Garcia - Embraer; Rinaldo de Araujo - Embraer; Ricardo Athayde Benevides - Embraer.
LIAT is one of the leading Caribbean airlines. It is owned by regional shareholders, with the major shareholders being the Governments of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. More information about LIAT may be found at www.liat.com .
Desmond Brown, Corporate Communications Manager, LIAT (1974) Limited, Head Office, Sealey Building, Sir George Walter Highway, Antigua. Telephone: +268 480 5600, fax: +268 480 5638 and email: email@example.com.