On Tuesday June 14th, LIAT said farewell to the last of its DHC8 aircraft in the culmination of its re-fleeting program which commenced three years ago.
This re-fleeting exercise saw the departure of 18 DHC which started operations approximately 25 years ago and welcomed 9 ultra-modern, comfortable, stylish and efficient ATR42-600 & ATR62-600 aircraft.
A small farewell ceremony at LIAT’s maintenance base on the V C Bird Airport on Tuesday was attended by Line Minister, Sir Robin Yearwood, management, and staff of the company. The Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Julie Reifer-Jones, gave an emotional speech, praising the Dash-8 which has served the company well and congratulated the team who worked tirelessly preparing the aircraft for its departure from Antigua. The CEO also noted with pride that LIAT could now boast of an average aircraft age of two years and this young fleet should improve the overall performance of the company.
Minister Sir Robin Yearwood similarly congratulated the company and encouraged all staff to continue its hard work to improve efficiency and productivity.
The aircraft, crewed by Captain Baksh and First Officer St Rose, then taxied out through a water cannon salute by the Antigua and Barbuda Fire Service. Before commencing its long ferry to Canada, Captain Baksh and crew performed a low fly-by to the waves and cheers of an appreciative crowd assembled.
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