Winair has announced new nonstop service to Curacao, Santo Domingo, and Haiti, commencing on February 26, 2018. The airline will offer daily service to Curacao, 5 flights per week to Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic, 2 flights a week to Port au Prince – Haiti.
These services will be operated with new ATR 42s and ATR 72s These flights are in partnership with our alliance partner Air Antilles, all flights will originate and terminate in St. Maarten.
Top Copyright Photo: Air Antilles ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEK (F-OMYM) (msn 1374) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 936203.
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Bottom Copyright Photo: Winair (Windward Islands Airways) de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter PJ-WIL (msn 358) SXM (Gilbert Hechema). Image: 911569.
Island Air released this statement:
Thank you for your support.
We are no longer accepting new reservations at Island Air and will cease operations at end of day on November 10, 2017.
For inquiries on refunds, please contact your credit card company.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
The company which filed for Chapter 11 reorganization last month, has been having difficulty raising new capital to continue operations.
The company commenced operations in Hawaii as Princeville Airways on September 9, 1980. The airline flew DHC-6 Twin Otters between Honolulu and the Princeville resort on Kauai.
In May 1987 the company started flying for Aloha Airlines and adopted the Aloha Island Air name (below).
Above Copyright Photo: Aloha Island Air de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter N702PV (msn 702) HNL (Robbie Shaw). Image: 931499.
The airline switched to current name on May 11, 2004.
Top Copyright Photo: Island Air (Hawaii) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N682WP (msn 4546) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 939613.
Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has announced plans to expand and upgrade Fiji Link’s Twin Otter fleet, allowing for increased frequencies to key domestic routes like Savusavu and Taveuni. The airline will purchase three brand new latest model DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otters from manufacturer Viking Air Ltd, to replace two of its existing three Series 300 aircraft (below). This will increase the Twin Otter fleet to four aircraft.
Above Copyright Photo: Fiji Link de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter DQ-PSE (msn 406) NAN (Rob Finlayson). Image: 934640.
Arriving in October 2017 and early 2018, the three new Twin Otter aircraft will have air-conditioned cabins for increased customer comfort. Their state of the art digital avionics systems and operating features will greatly enhance operational reliability and an easier transition for Fiji Link pilots to progress onto the ATR fleet. The impending fleet expansion has already initiated the recruitment and training of additional local pilots, resulting in more employment opportunities for Fijians.
The ever-versatile Twin Otter remains the aircraft of choice for Fiji Link’s domestic operations into smaller airports with short airstrips, and where airport and runway infrastructure is limited. It has the ability to land on most runway surfaces given its size, weight, and take-off and landing requirements. It has proven especially reliable in the Fijian domestic operating environment, with Fiji Link having over ten years of experience operating this aircraft type. Fiji Link also has the option to purchase a fourth brand new Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft. A decision on exercising this option will be made in 2018.