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.
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;
Trinidad and Tobago has finally agreed to suspend the Boeing Max 8 aircraft in its airspace.
The decision, taken by the Civil Aviation Authority, was announced by Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan tonight.
It came after the only airline flying Max 8s to this country was forced to suspend operations.
American Airlines cancelled flights after the US ordered a suspension of the aircraft prior to T&T's decision.
T&T's decision also came after dozens of countries took the decision to suspend the aircraft.
India's aviation watchdog DGCA has decided to immediately ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, days after an Ethiopian Airline crash killed 157 people, including four Indians.
The planes will stay grounded till appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations, the Civil Aviation Ministry announced on Tuesday evening.