|Founded||August 24, 1961|
|Commenced operations||July 5, 1962|
|Hubs||Princess Juliana International Airport|
|Headquarters||Princess Juliana International Airport, Sint Maarten|
|Key people||Michael Cleaver (CEO)|
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.
Windward Islands Airways was founded in 1961 by Georges Greaux 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.
Winair has interline agreements with the following airlines:
- Air Caraibes
- Air France
- Corsair International
- British Airways
- Virgin Atlantic
- Insel Air
- Copa Airlines
- Caribbean Airlines
- Air Antilles
Winair has code share agreements with the following airlines:
Winair operates services to the following scheduled destinations:
|Base and Hub|
|ATR 42-500/600||3||-||48||(wet leased from Air Antilles)|
|ATR 72-600||1||-||72||(wet leased from Air Antilles)|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter||4||-||19|
The airline fleet previously included the following aircraft:
|BAE Jetstream 32||-||-||19||(wet-leased from Briko Air Services)|
|Britten-Norman BN-2P Islander||-||-||9|
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.
Partnership with Domino's
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.[deprecated source]
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- "Pizza delivered by plane to holidaymakers on Caribbean islands". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Winair.|
- Official website
- Landing Saba WinAir Twin Otter, Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (TNCS / SAB) landing video on YouTube
- ✈ Shortest runway in the world ! (HD 1080p) ✔ landing and takeoff video on YouTube