About the Archive


The Caribbean Beat Archive

Three airlines, one magazine

Issue 100

Caribbean Beat was launched in January 1992 as the inflight magazine of BWIA (British West Indian Airways), the Trinidad & Tobago-based airline founded in November 1940. The magazine partnered with BWIA for 15 years and 82 issues, publishing quarterly until August 1995, and then publishing bi-monthly from September 1995.

On 31 December 2006, BWIA was wound up and replaced by Caribbean Airlines. Caribbean Beat continued as the inflight magazine with the new airline. On 27 May 2011, Caribbean Airlines acquired a majority stake in Air Jamaica, making it the national airline both of Trinidad & Tobago and of Jamaica. Caribbean Beat is now the inflight magazine of Caribbean Airlines’ full network, and continues to publish every two months as before.

A wealth of Caribbean people & history

We get requests all the time from people looking for archive material from Caribbean Beat, which sometimes is the only trusted source for a range of West Indian and Caribbean subjects and material – personalities, culture, music, sports, history, business, arts, and more.

Digitising the archive

We recognise how important these archives are, particularly as Caribbean pioneers and personalities pass on, often before their life and work has been properly documented. As a result, over the past few years, we’ve been painstakingly digitising and uploading back issues – scanning photos and text, proofing, treating photos, laying out, and finally bringing it all online.

What you’ll find online

The archive currently extends back from our current edition to most issues through #60 (March/April 2003) and between #1 (March 1992) and #40 (1992–1997). In between print issues, we are slowly working to add text, photos and more from the archives. Many of the early editions are not available in digital format, so it takes some time to prepare them for the website. You can subscribe to our newsletter or the MEP blog to keep abreast of progress with the archives.

Ordering a back issue

If you require material from a back issue urgently and it is not online or in its complete form, you can order a copy online. Please make sure to indicate which issue you would like in your order.

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