down payment of $65 million has already been made on the private
jet being bought by Caribbean Airlines to initiate its new private
jet leasing company.
money, it is understood, was wire-transferred last Friday, after
a Cabinet decision on Thursday.
aircraft has been identified as a Bombardier Challenger 605 and
is at present being built at the Bombardiers facility in Montreal,
is an adaptable aircraft that can be configured to accommodate as
few as four passengers or as many as a dozen and has a range of
close to 6,000 miles with its lightest load.
sources close to the board said not all the Caribbean Airlines directors
agreed with the decision to purchase the aircraft and at least one
member of the board did not attend the meeting.
a matter of fact, it is understood that the board had prepared a
press release to distance itself from the purchase decision, but
this was later vetoed.
to chairman Arthur Lok Jack, the plane would be ready for delivery
to Caribbean Airlines in the last quarter of this year.
specifications of the jet, sources said, called for it to be painted
in Matterhorn White with diamond silver metallic and royal blue
designer accent stripes.
will be powered by two CF34-3B engines and will have a state-of-the-art
main cabin will be outfitted with four executive chairs forward,
three place berthable divan belted for four passengers strategically
placed opposite two executive jets.
forward galley will be furnished with a ten-cup coffee maker, a
high temperature oven and a microwave oven.
entertainment system is expected to feature two 20-inch monitors
mounted on the forward and aft bulkheads and a ten-CD player, two
DVD players and headsets for each seat.
to Lok Jack, the new leasing company would be operated separately
from Caribbean Airlines and would actually be a subsidiary of the
added that the Government was very interested in making
transatlantic flights as well as trips to countries in Africa.
in the midst of all this, there were calls from many quarters, including
the opposition United National Congress (UNC) and the Congress of
the People (COP), as well as business organisations, to stop the
deal or at least explain to the nation the feasibility of having
Caribbean Airlines operate such a service. (See Page 9)