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LIAT Chairman Dr. Jean Holder (fifth from right) with LIAT shareholders representatives, Executives and Embraer Executives.


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LIAT board reviewing aircraft options


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 here 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 analyse 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.

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