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Formed in 1961 and started operations in 1962. Full name: Windward Island Airways International. D B A Winair. Member of Caribbean Partner Alliance.
PO BOX 2088
PRINCESS JULIANA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
ST MAARTEN, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
The Netherland Antilles cover an area of 800 sq km, the population is 0.2 million, its capital city is Willemstad/Curacao, and its official languages are Dutch and Papiamento.
DECEMBER 1999: IN 1998 WINAIR (WIA) = +$1.15 MILLION (NET PROFIT).
ALM ANTILLES (ALM) PROPOSED A MERGER WITH WINAIR (WIA). THE PROPOSAL MET WITH IMMEDIATE OPPOSITION FROM BOTH AIRLINE'S UNIONS.
August 2001: Plans for 737 operations to Curacao and Miami.
April 2002: 92 employees (including 24 Flight Crew (FC), & 7 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
May 2002: Will receive $1 million from the central Government of the Netherland Antilles through bond issues.
Confirms it will acquire RJ's.
August 2002: Former Winair (WIA) NAMC YS-11 (2025, PJ-WIK) is now used as a restaurant and bar in St Maarten.
November 2002: In January 2003, code share with US Airways (USA), from St Maarten to Anguilla, Antigua, Nevis, Saba, St Eustatius, St Barthelemy, and St Kitts. Terminates its Carib Sky alliance with LIAT, following its alliance with Caribbean Star.
5th DHC-6-300 Twin Otter (359, PJ-TSB) Twin Otter International leased til April 2003 (ex-N149SA).
December 2002: 1 BN-2 Islander, leased.
December 2003: Resumed St Maarten - Tortola (suspended since September 2001).
September 2003: BN-2A-26 (2038, PJ-AIW) Islander delivery.
December 2005: DHC-6-300 (365, PJ-TSE), Twin Otter International leased.
December 2007: DHC-6-200 (181, N181CS), Fayard Enterprises leased, ex-(5Y-BEK).
April 2010: DHC-6-300 (447, PJ-WIS), Kenn Borek leased, ex-(C-GPAO).
August 2010: Winair (WIA) operates both scheduled and charter services from Princess Juliana airport in St Maarten to 9 destinations in the NE Caribbean. The airline operates >30 flights a day.
Employees = 125.
(IATA) Code: WM - 295. (ICAO) Code: WIA (Callsign - WINAIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Netherlands Antilles Government (100%).
Alliances: US Airways (AMW)/(USA).
Main Base: St Maarten, Princess Juliana International airport (SXM).
Domestic, Scheduled services: to Saba; Saint Eustatius; & Saint Maarten.
International, scheduled services: Anguilla; Antigua; Beef Island; Montserrat; Nevis, Saint Barthelemy; & St Kitts.
December 2013: Winair (WIA), a government owned regional airline founded in 1961, launched three new routes this month from its main base at St Maarten (SXM). With the longest sector being the 696 km service to Santo Domingo (SDQ), and the shortest being to Anguilla (AXA) at 19 km, (WIA) faces direct competition on all 3 services from at least 1 carrier.
The routes are:
St Maarten (SXM) to Anguilla (AXA), 11x-weekly vs Anguilla Air Services , 21x-weekly; to Tortola (EIS), 14x-weekly, vs LIAT 21x-weekly, Air Sunshine 21x-weekly & (BVI) Airways , 2x-weekly; and to Santo Domingo (SDQ) 3x-weekly, vs Insel Air (INS), 2x-weekly.
August 2015: Winair ((IATA) Code: WM, based at St Maarten) (WIA) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Co-Manager Roberto Gibbs said (WIA) should receive between USD16 million and USD28 million in funding by the end of next month.
He said the capital injection would allow the St Maarten government-owned airline to refinance existing debt and increase its working capital ahead of a proposed network expansion. Winair (WIA) is also planning to spend between USD3.5 million and USD4 million to exercise purchase options on the five DHC-6-300s it currently leases from Canada's Kenn Borek Air ((IATA Code: 4K, based at Calgary) and the Unity Group.
From its St Maarten hub, Winair (WIN) currently serves Anguilla, Basseterre, Beef Island, Nevis, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, and Saint Eustatius. as well as other Caribbean destinations in conjunction with Air France (AFA) and Air Antilles Express ((IATA) Code: 3S, based at Pointe à Pitre). It is also considering setting up a base in Antigua by 2017.
Winair (WIA) currently operates to 6 countries and serves 8 destinations on 11 routes and 56 daily flights.