Plane named after Mandela
PORT OF SPAIN – The Boeing 767-300ER jet that flew Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to South Africa on Monday will be named the Nelson Mandela aircraft, the Prime Minister announced late yesterday in the country’s capital Johannesburg.
A statement from Office of the Prime Minister press secretary Francis Joseph stated Persad-Bissessar said the Caribbean Airlines aircraft which took the Trinidad and Tobago and Caribbean delegations to South Africa will be named the Nelson Mandela aircraft.
The Boeing 767 aircraft is one of two such CAL jets that arrived at Piarco International Airport in 2012.
It is a wide-body jet with a capacity for 221 passengers. It is used on the State airline’s London (England) and Toronto (Canada) routes.
Persad-Bissessar made the announcement the aircraft will be named, following yesterday’s memorial service for former South African president Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
The jet left Piarco on Monday for a 16-hour flight to South Africa, with one stop for refuelling in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Persad-Bissessar said she was happy she was able to attend the memorial service yesterday where she met several world leaders.
She was particularly impressed with discussions she held with retired South African bishop Desmond Tutu, the statement said. (Trinidad Express)