Imbert tells CAL to get world's best legal advice on Max 8 contract

Finance Minister Colm Imbert says he has instructed Caribbean Airlines to get the best legal advice in the world to review the contract to acquire 12 Boeing Max 8 aircraft.

The minister, who is also Corporation Sole of Caribbean Airlines, says Caribbean Airlines must consider its options, in case the make of the aircraft is deemed to be faulty.

Two crashes involving Boeing Max 8s in the last six months have led to Boeing recommending the grounding of all Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft while several nations have suspended the aircraft from their airspaces.

Cabinet approves start of 'mixed-use' tower for Piccadilly

The Cabinet has approved the demolition of the old Besson Street police station, as the first phase of a Piccadilly development project.

This will make way for what is being described as a mixed-use tower building.

The announcement was made at today's post-Cabinet media conference by the Minister of  Housing and Urban Development, Edmund Dillon.

The tower building will involve space for economic activity on the ground floor, recreational space on the second floor and residential apartments on the other floors.

PM returns on Tuesday

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will return to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday evening next week.

Acting prime minister, Finance Minister Colm Imbert told today's post-Cabinet news conference that Dr Rowley will travel home to T&T on Caribbean Airlines via New York.

Imbert said that he was advised that the tests went very well and that the prime minister does not require surgery.

"We are thankful our prayers were answered," Minister Imbert said.

CAL: No Max 8s for us if found not to meet safety requirements

Caribbean Airlines has announced that it will not acquire the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft if it is found that it does not meet required safety standards.

The announcement came via the following statement issued by the airline on Thursday morning.

"Caribbean Airlines wishes to definitively state as follows:

(i) The airline has an impeccable safety record, due in no small part to the use of very reliable equipment, an extremely well trained team, and a first class Maintenance and Engineering department;

(ii) The airline does not fly the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft;