Ryan: LIAT should fly multi-type fleet

July 24, 2012, St John’s, Antigua – Attempts to get LIAT to clarify its plan regarding fleet renewal have failed, but that hasn’t stopped a former manager with the airline from giving advice on whether the carrier should limit itself to one type of aircraft.

LIAT issued a vague release after last week’s shareholders meeting and readers of the document have varying interpretations, ranging from a fleet of only one type of aircraft to a fleet with several types.

Patrick Ryan has piloted planes and managed flight crews in his time with the carrier and he’s advising that the company segregate its market – a move he says requires more than one type of plane.

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Ryan says he’s fully aware of arguments that a single-type aircraft fleet would make maintenance easier and cheaper, but he says the argument against a multi-type fleet isn’t a completely sound one.

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Former LIAT Manager Patrick Ryan….