Air Caraibes launched operations in the Antilles region last month after the formation of the carrier from the merger of Air Guadeloupe with its subsidiaries Air Martinique, Air Saint Martin and Air Saint Barthelemy.

The airline is operating two ATR 42s, two ATR 72s, Fairchild Dornier 228s, Cessna Caravans and a leased Boeing 737-200 to 20 destinations in the Antilles region. The 737 is operating daily from its Fort-de-France and Pointe-a-Pitre hubs to Miami via Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Air Caraibes has ordered six Embraer regional jets, with two ERJ-145s due in December, two ERJ-170s arriving in September 2003 and two more ERJs planned.

Air Caraibes plans route expansion to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and Santa Domingo in the Bahamas, and points in Brazil, Cuba and Guyana. The airline is set to expand further with the integration of charter company, Caraibes Air Transport, which operates four 228s.

Source: Flight International