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The New Zealander Lowell Yerex founded the company on 27 November 1939. Operation began on November 27, 1940 with a Lockheed Lodestar Gemini in day-to-day traffic between Trinidad and Barbados. Until 1942 the company had three airplanes of this kind. BWIA was taken over by BSAA in 1947 and after a few month as BSAA, the name "BWIA" was reestablished on 24 June 1948 for the use of Vickers Victor ia double pistons between the Caribbean islands.
BSAA amalgamated with British Overseas Airways Corporation in 1949 and BWIA became a BOAC affiliate. BWIA had its headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1960. 5 ] On November 1, 1961, the Trinidad and Tobago authorities purchased 90% of the company's stock, reaching full control in 1967.
Peter Look took over from Hong Sven-Erik Svanberg as CEO of BWIA in 1976. 8 ] BWIA became the domestic carrier in 1980 after a fusion with Trinidad and Tobago Air Services (founded by the goverment in June 1974). After the fusion BWIA Flugzeuglackierung had the'Trinidad and Tobago Airways' next to the'BWIA International'.
BWIA purchased the first McDonnell Douglas MD-83 in 1986. It also ran McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50 stretch planes and a Boeing 747-100 wide-body at one location. Until 1994 the company was partly privatized. It ordered Boeing 757 and 767 aircrafts and cancelled the order in favour of the Airbus A321 and Airbus A 340, which in turn was cancelled after only two A321s were shipped.
The Trinidad and Tobago authorities on February 22, 1995 concluded the privatization of BWIA by transferring the controlling stake and the company's senior executive board to a privately held group of U.S. and Carribean shareholders. At the beginning of the 2000s (decade) BWIA switched its colour to a new Carribean shade of greens and blues with its renowned brand of steel pan, the domestic instruments of its home country basis.
Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircrafts, two Airbus A340-300 and two Bombardiers de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Q300 Dash 8 Dash 8 Twin Turbo Prop of BWIA's affiliate Tobago Express, which were deployed on the brief route between Port of Spain and Trinidad's sister islands Tobago and other locations in the area.
Until 2003 BWIA was one of the prominent Carribean airline, which over 1. more than 600 sailings per year in the Carribean and another 60 sailings per weeks. It made $276 million a year, had 2,350 employees, 70 scheduled services and transported 8,100 tons of freight per year.
His on-board mag, Caribbean Beat, was much appreciated. However BWIA was also afflicted by casualties and had a story of ongoing injection of money from the Trinidad and Tobago authorities. Although no date was fixed, the company had applied for an initial public offering. Headquartered in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (75%) and privately held (25%), the company employed 2,588 people (as of January 2005).
She has also held stakes in other airlines: The Tobago Express (45%) and LIAT (23.6%). BWIA West Indies Airways declared its end on 8 September 2006 after failing to negotiate with ACAWU, CATTU, the Superintendent's Association and the BWIA team. Coming to BWIA in March 2006, Peter Davies, Chief Executive Officer, said a new carrier, Carribean Airways, headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago, would be replacing BWIA after 66 years of service to the West Indies.
Car Caribbean Airlines will remain in ongoing operations. BWIA pilots were replaced by the Trinidad and Tobago Airline Pilots Association (TTALPA), which is an IFALPA member. LT-TTALPA is also part of the Caribbean Airline Pilots Association (C-ALPA). All the other recognized unions at BWIA were: The Airline Superintendents Association; the Aviation, Communication and Allied Workers Union, representing land-based personnel and cabin crew, and the Communication, Transport and General Workers Union, organizing senior managers and civil-engineering.
The BWIA provided the following services: As part of a code share with United Airlines, connections to Boston, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle were made. Also BWIA had an association with another Carribean carrier, LIAT, which together provided over 30 local flights. BWIA also operates the Tobago Express de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Q300 Dash 8 turboprops.
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