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Winair, an abbreviation of Windward Islands Airways International NV, is a government-owned airline based in Sint Maarten. Founded in 1961 by Georges Greaux, 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
Company sloganWe take you there!
HeadquartersPrincess Juliana International Airport, Sint Maarten
Key peopleMichael Cleaver (CEO)
Websitehttp://www.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

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.[9]

Partnership with Domino'sEdit

A partnership between Winair and Domino's gives residents from the islands Saba and St. Eustatius the possibility to order Domino's products baked on Sint Maarten and then delivered by plane. [10][deprecated source]

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. ^ 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. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Dec. 1, 1963 Windward Islands Airways timetable
  10. ^ "Pizza delivered by plane to holidaymakers on Caribbean islands". Retrieved 12 May 2018.

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