ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, June 03, 2010 – LIAT (1974) LTD has been forced to push back the introduction of its cargo service to later this year.
In the third quarter of 2009 LIAT approved plans to convert one of its three Dash 8 (100) aircraft into a full-fledged freighter dedicated to the carriage of cargo only.
The company has engaged the services of the sole authorized manufacturer of the cargo conversion kit, and the manufacturer is concluding discussions with regulatory authorities in Canada on all approvals required for LIAT’s introduction of the cargo service.
LIAT has already trained employees in preparation for the start-up of the cargo service, while a computerized cargo system has been installed and initiated throughout the airline’s network.
Once the new cargo service comes on stream, customers for the first time will be able to book cargo online on the company’s web site. Already, there has been considerable interest by regional manufacturers, agricultural exporters and other traders in the start-up of the service.
The company views this as a very important project which realizes the long standing wish of the Caribbean people for an indigenous air freighter service as well as being central to the airline’s efforts to maintain itself as a viable carrier serving the people of the Eastern Caribbean.
LIAT will provide a new date for the start of its cargo service in a subsequent news release.
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 EXT 6222, fax: +268 480 5638 and email: email@example.com.