Liat delays introduction of cargo service for a second time

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Antigua-based Liat today said it is pushing back the introduction of new cargo service for a second time as it works to conclude necessary approvals from Canadian authorities to operate cargo flights.

During the third quarter of 2009 Liat unveiled plans to covert one of its three Canadian-built Bombardier Dash 8-100 turboprops into a dedicated freighter aircraft.

In January of this year Liat said a longer than anticipated C check was delaying the introduction of the cargo aircraft from December 2009 to March of this year.

Today Liat explained it has "engaged the services of the sole authorised manufacturer of the cargo conversion kit, and the manufacturer is concluding discussions with regulatory authorities in Canada on all approvals required".

The carrier also says it has already trained employees to handle the cargo service and installed a computerised cargo system to support the dedicated cargo flying.

Liat stresses the cargo service is an important project that is central to its efforts "to maintain itself as a viable carrier serving the people of the Eastern Caribbean".