Winair, an abbreviation of Windward Islands Airways International NV, is a government-owned Dutch airline based in Sint Maarten. Founded in 1961 by Georges Greaux and Hippolyte Ledee, It has a fleet of seven aircraft serving ten destinations, all within the Leeward Islands group of the Lesser Antilles in the North East Caribbean. It has its headquarters on the grounds of Princess Juliana International Airport.[2]

Winair
Logo Winair.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
WM WIA WINDWARD
FoundedAugust 24, 1961[1]
Commenced operationsJuly 5, 1962[1]
HubsPrincess Juliana International Airport
Fleet size8
Destinations16
HeadquartersPrincess Juliana International Airport, Sint Maarten
Key peopleMichael Cleaver (CEO)
Websitewww.fly-winair.sx

HistoryEdit

Windward Islands Airways was founded in 1961 by Georges Greaux[1] with additional investments from Hipployte Ledee, Chester Wathey, Louis Richardson, and a handful of others. The airline needed short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft to service certain airports such as Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on Saba and began flying de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters in 1965. The December 1, 1963 Windward Islands Airways timetable lists flights between St. Maarten and Saba operated with STOL-capable Dornier Do-28 aircraft.[3]

 
Winair Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander landing in Sint Maarten

AgreementsEdit

Winair has interline agreements with the following airlines:[4]

Winair has code share agreements with the following airlines:

DestinationsEdit

Winair operates services to the following scheduled destinations:[5]

Base and Hub
Focus city
Future destination
Country City IATA ICAO Airport Refs/Notes
  Antigua St. John's ANU TAPA V. C. Bird International Airport
  Aruba Oranjestad AUA TNCA Queen Beatrix International Airport Operated by Air Antilles
  Bonaire Kralendijk BON TNCB Flamingo International Airport Operated by Air Antilles
  British Virgin Islands Tortola EIS TUPJ Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport
  Curaçao Willemstad CUR TNCC Hato International Airport Operated by Air Antilles
  Dominica Marigot DOM TDPD Douglas–Charles Airport Operated by Air Antilles
  Dominican Republic Boca Chica and Santo Domingo SDQ MDSD Las Américas International Airport Operated by Air Antilles
  Guadeloupe Pointe-à-Pitre, Grande-Terre PTP TFFR Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport Operated by Air Antilles
  Haiti Port-au-Prince PAP MTPP Toussaint Louverture International Airport Operated by Air Antilles
  Puerto Rico San Juan SJU TJSJ Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Operated by Air Antilles
  Saba Flat Point, Saba SAB TNCS Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport
  Saint-Barthélemy Gustavia SBH TFFJ Gustaf III Airport
  Saint Kitts Basseterre SKB TKPK Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport
  Sint Eustatius Oranjestad EUX TNCE F.D. Roosevelt Airport
  Sint Maarten Philipsburg SXM TNCM Princess Juliana International Airport

FleetEdit

 
A Winair Twin Otter

The Winair fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of May 2019):[6]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Refs/Notes
ATR 42-500/600 3 - 48 (wet leased from Air Antilles)
ATR 72-600 1 - 72 (wet leased from Air Antilles)[7]
de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter 4[8] - 19
Total 8 -

RetiredEdit

The airline fleet previously included the following aircraft:

Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Refs/Notes
BAE Jetstream 32 - - 19 (wet-leased from Briko Air Services)
Britten-Norman BN-2P Islander - - 9
NAMC YS-11 - - 64
Total - -

In addition to above previously operated aircraft, according to the December 1, 1963 Windward Islands Airways timetable the airline was operating STOL-capable Dornier Do-28 as well as Piper Apache aircraft.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Norwood, Tom; Wegg, John (2002). North American Airlines Handbook (3rd ed.). Sandpoint, ID: Airways International. ISBN 0-9653993-8-9.
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines." Flight International. 30 March – 5 April 2004. 96.
  3. ^ a b http://www.timetableimages.com, Dec. 1, 1963 Windward Islands Airways timetable
  4. ^ "Winair". www.fly-winair.sx. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Destinations - Winair". www.fly-winair.sx. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Fleet - Winair". www.fly-winair.sx. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Winair adds ATR capacity from Air Antilles for Xmas peak".
  8. ^ https://721news.com/local-news/winair-receives-4th-aircraft/

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