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LIAT re-fleeting process expected to commence August this year

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The new fleet of aircraft for regional airline LIAT is now expected to arrive some time after the first half of the year.{{more}}

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, on Monday, during a press briefing, said that he had anticipated that the new fleet of ATR 72 aircraft would have arrived earlier.

He said that the process of renewing the fleet was ongoing and the new planes should arrive by August this year.

During a press conference held earlier this year, Gonsalves announced that the first set of ATR 72 aircraft, which will replace the De Havilland Dash 8 300 aircraft, would be in service by the middle of the year.

A decision had been taken following a shareholders’ meeting in December 2012 that the refleeting process would begin immediately with 12 new aircraft.

It was agreed that five of the 12 aircraft will be purchased and seven leased.

The cost of the new aircraft is US$23.3 million, of which this country contributed US$2 million. (DD)

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