Caribbean Airlines announces strategic partnership with Kansas City based MetroAir Virtual

Kansas City, MO (AP) — May 14, 2011; 00:00 GMT – Beginning May 15, 2011, Caribbean Airlines will enhance its scheduled flights to provide more flights to more Caribbean destinations through a strategic partnership with Kansas City based MetroAir Virtual.

A MetroAir CRJ on short final at TNCM

The routes will be served by a 78 seat Bombardier Dash8-Q400 wet-leased aircraft from MetroAir Virtual based in San Juan Puerto Rico. “These additional flights cement Caribbean Airlines’ commitment to the expansion of the airline in the Caribbean region.” states Head of Corporate Communications, Laura Asbjornsen. “We are strengthening our presence in our home markets to facilitate the travel needs of our customers, since a need for these additional services into our Caribbean markets have been identified. Caribbean Airlines has taken up the challenge of being the cornerstone for regional aviation and the airline of choice for travel within the Caribbean and MetroAir was a natural partner for us.” “Caribbean Airlines continues to reach out into the Caribbean region and provide its loyal customers with the best choice and value contained in its all inclusive products and we are thrilled and honoured to be working with such a strong leader in the Caribbean market.” said Matt Calsada, Chief Executive Officer of MetroAir Virtual.

The following destinations will be served from San Juan, Puerto Rico:

Charlotte AmalieSSTTISTCyril E. King Airport
Dominican RepublicSDQMDSDLas Americas International Airport
BarbadosBGITBPBGrantley Adams International Airport
AntiguaANUTAPAV. C. Bird International Airport
Saint MaartenSXMTNCMPrincess Juliana Int’l Airport
St-KittsSKBTKPKRobert L. Bradshaw International Airport
GuadeloupePTPTFFRPointe-a-Pitre International Airport
Saint LuciaUVFTLPLHewanorra International Airport
Cuba (Santiago)SCUMUCUAntonio Maceo Airport
Saint CroixSTXTISXHenry E. Rohlsen Airport
Road TownEISTUPJTerrance B. Lettsome International Airport
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MetroAir is one of America’s leading choices of airline travel, with a formidable domestic route system using a fleet of the world’s most technologically advanced Airbus airliners and with numerous regional connections through it’s partner company Allegius. Originally founded in Detroit flying Boeing 737-200s and Bombardier Dash-8-Q200 feeders, MetroAir has since grown to become one of America’s most impressive startup airlines of the last decade now operating 382 flights to 73 cities around the world using a fleet of Airbus and Bombardier airliners. Built on a simple home-grown attitude of quick and affordably efficient service, MetroAir has seen a groundswell of critical acclaim from the flying public in response to a return of service to the days of old.