A BVI Tourism Board Familarization Trip

December 8, 2014, Simpson Bay – WINAIR hosted a group of Brazilian tour operators coordinated with the British Virgin Islands Tourism Board, and was happy once again to count on the cooperation of the Executive Lounge at SXM Airport. The delegation arrived on Thursday December 4 in St. Maarten on Copa Airlines and was met by WINAIR and SXM Executive Lounge representatives then guided through Immigration and transit process. The delegation experienced first hand the transit process from Sao Paolo, Brazil, utilizing the interline agreement that exists between Copa and WINAIR, offering seamless travel from point of origin direct to their final destination. The delegation was offered the services of the SXM Airport Executive Lounge, courtesy of the Airport. In season WINAIR operates twice daily services St. Maarten- Tortola-St. Maarten, WINAIR overnights its aircraft four times a week offering connections to Copa Airlines and Caribbean Airlines.

WINAIR’s objective is to continue hosting Familiarization and Press trips to the destinations WINAIR flies with the cooperation of the SXM Airport Executive Lounge, WINAIR and its airline partners, working with stakeholders to promote services offered to travelers in St. Maarten and surrounding islands. “These familarization/press trips are a valuable tool to ensure our customers understand and become more familiar with the services offered in St. Maarten and the surrounding islands” says Michael Cleaver, President and CEO of WINAIR.

Ketty Paines, Manager of the SXM Airport Passenger Services Department, under which the Executive Lounge falls, noted that “it is always a pleasure working with WINAIR with these Fam Trips and we hope that the outcome is beneficial to all involved”.

BVIFamtripPhoto: From Left to Right: Karin Konig Sales Representative from BVI Tourism board in Brazil, Olga Arima from Designer Tours, May-Ling Chun from WINAIR, Bruna Basile from ADV Tour, Lara Renno from Teresa Perez Tours, and Marcelo Novais from TGK Tour Operator.

October 15, 2014, Simpson Bay: WINAIR resumed its flights to St. Eustatius, St. Barth, St. Kitts, Nevis, Dominica, and Guadeloupe. Saba flights are still weather permitting and this can only be determined at time of departure.

PJIA, November 16, 2013. On Thursday November 14 WINAIR operated several press charters and one flight from St.Maarten to Saba transporting His Majesty King Willem Alexander and Her Highness Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. The WINAIR aircraft was piloted by Captain Roger Hodge and Captain Aldrin Richards and departed St.Maarten at 9 AM and returned with Royal family and their entourage at 4PM. It was a smooth and efficient executed operation with both flights being on time. This allowed the Royals to fulfill their duties both in Saba and St.Maarten.

Winair courier service ad1.4HAugust 21, 2014, Simpson Bay - WINAIR is pleased to announce another added value service for its customers, door-to-door courier service. WINAIR already provides Cargo and QuickPack Service and now enhanced this service by adding pick-up and delivery as well:

September 02, 2014, Simpson Bay - WINAIR provided support maintenance services to AIR BVI last week when their aircraft developed a maintenance issue.
WINAIR provided hanger space to enable AIR BVI space, facilities and equipment to trouble shoot problem with their aircraft. WINAIR was also able to accommodate passengers booked on AIR BVI transportation to Dominica and EIS on WINAIR flights. Several charters were also booked by AIR BVI for their customers travel.
Unfortunately AIR BVI could not rectify this issue and aircraft was ferried to the USA for further servicing.

By providing these services to third parties WINAIR the National Carrier of St.Maarten demonstrates it's abilities to assist colleagues in need, builds valuable relationships and gains revenues by offering these services.

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