Caribbean Airlines has begun operations with its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, marking the jet’s first entry into service.  

Caribbean Airlines' Boeing 737 MAX jet, registered as 9Y-CAL, first took off from Piarco International Airport (POS) and touched down at Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), Kingston, Jamaica. 

“The 737-8 is the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world and it brings a range of benefits for Caribbean Airlines, our customers, and the environment,” Caribbean Airlines’ CEO, Garvin Medera announced in a press statement.  

The airline’s new 737 MAX aircraft has been modeled to have more seats than the carrier’s older aircraft and accommodate 160 passengers: 16 in business class, 36 in Caribbean plus, and 108 in economy class. According to the airline, the new CFM-powered 737 MAX has more legroom, spacious overhead bins, and device charging ports. 

The airline currently has a fleet of 17 aircraft, including 10 Boeing 737s and seven ATR 72 aircraft, according to Planespotters.net.