New LIAT plane expected to land at E.T. Joshua tomorrow
June 25, 2013

New LIAT plane expected to land at E.T. Joshua tomorrow

The latest addition to the LIAT fleet of planes is expected to make an official visit to St Vincent and the Grenadines this week.{{more}}

Tomorrow, the new LIAT ATR 72-600 is expected to touch down at the E.T. Joshua Airport, at about 10:30 a.m., where it would be greeted by a traditional “water salute” — the ceremonial spraying of water on its fuselage by water carriers — as it approaches the tarmac.

The 68-seater plane was handed over to LIAT on June 15 this year, and is one of eight new aircraft that will be introduced to the airline’s fleet.

The new planes, when all delivered by next year, will bring the company’s total to 22.

Tomorrow’s visit will see chairman of the LIAT shareholders board, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, along with other airline and

government officials, having a tour of the plane, which is expected to be put into service by the end of the month.

The shareholders expect that with these new vessels, LIAT would be able to spread its wings as far as the southern and east coast of the United States, and into South America. (JJ)