WINAIR

WINAIR named official airline for Statia Sustainable Conference

ORANJESTAD, St. Eustatius – Windward Islands Airways International (Winair), has been named the official airline for the Statia Sustainable Conference and Exhibition. The conference will be held at the Mike Van Putten Youth Center from September 25th – 27th 2012, during which delegates will discuss critical issues relating to the island’s sustainability.

As the official event carrier, Winair will facilitate transportation of delegates, including the media, to the conference. It is expected that the relationship will sustain beyond this inaugural conference. Continue reading

St. Lucia, Dominica and Tortola added to WINAIR’s route

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Three new routes have been added by the regional airline WINAIR, which has been the main carrier into Montserrat since the opening of the new airport in 2005. Starting June 28th the airline will be offering flights into St. Lucia, Dominica and Tortola.

WINAIR’s Managing Director, Edwin Hodge said after extensive and significant talks, the airline was able to secure the new routes, noting it will help to boost the company’s operations.

“We are very excited to launch these new routes as it helps us to provide better and more enhanced services to the people of the region,” Hodge added. “The new flights will complement our existing service and provide our customers with more travel options when using WINAIR.”

WINAIR hopes the additional routes will be attractive to those travelling for business, diplomatic service, to visit family and friends, and the tourism industry.  Hodge, who once flew for the airline, said the company’s continued growth will be based on their experience and commitment to service. He added this new investment perfectly reflects that.

A Jetstream 32 aircraft has been acquired to service the new routes.

Vice President of Marketing, Claudio Buncamper said that the relevant stakeholders are happy. “Our primary aim is to not only offer our passengers excellent connections and service but we want to ensure they are safe and secure.” Buncamper pointed out that WINAIR continues to set standards in travel and there is much untapped potential in the region.

“I am of the firm view that with the addition of these three routes it promises to serve the unmet needs of discerning corporate and leisure flyers,” the VP of Marketing said.

Buncamper declared that WINAIR’s goal is to emerge as the market leader within the Caribbean and they are on course to do just that. WINAIR is presently loading its online flight schedule for the new destinations which will connect to all of WINAIR destinations. The airline is also hopeful that even more routes will be added in the coming months.

Information on the new routes and connections are available via www.fly-winair.com; and facebook.com/flywinair. Tickets are now on sale.

ENDS

WINAIR flies high in new Antiguan movie

winairST. JOHNS, Antigua – “They gave us wings!” says Mitzi Allen, producer of THE SKIN about Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) involvement in their latest movie due out this summer. 

During the film’s production last June, WINAIR carried the lead actors, production crew and equipment to Barbuda for some on location shooting. 

“Our partnership with WINAIR was a crucial part of the film production. The airline transported the cast, crew and equipment to Barbuda where we spent two days shooting several scenes. There were 12 of us on the aircraft. It was an adventure for the US crew who I think up until that point had never been on a small plane,” explained Mitzi Allen. 

Schena Drew, WINAIR’s Station Manager for Antigua, Barbuda and Montserrat said “Winair is very pleased to be associated with the production of THE SKIN by HAMAfilms. This was an ultimate opportunity for us to transport the production crew and equipment to our sister island Barbuda, one of our newest additions to our routes.” 

The movie, which stars Jamaican film star Carl Bradshaw, Jeff Stewart of The Bill and Peter Williams, along with Antiguan leads Brent Simon and Aisha Ralph is the fourth feature film for the husband and wife duo behind HAMAfilms Antigua, Howard and Mitzi Allen. 

Barbuda-Beach-Crew2THE SKIN, which was written and directed by Howard Allen, tells the story of a young couple who discover an ancient artifact which changes their lives and unleashes a soucayant. 

WINAIR also received some screen time and is clearly visible in the first trailer released for the movie. View the trailer on the TrulyCaribbean YouTube channel

“When it came time to get shots of the plane landing and taking off the pilots proved to be real pros. No re-takes needed. We can’t thank them enough for being so gracious in supporting an industry that is in its infancy in Antigua & Barbuda,” the producer said.

Drew says WINAIR would benefit from the additional exposure as a result of providing strategic support for the production. “This move will bring more heightened awareness to our service. We are a leading safe, viable and reliable regional carrier and with the intended viewership across the Caribbean, this is an ideal way to promote our destinations and our company. I was very happy to have met a few of the cast and Howard and Mitzi.  I wish them every success in their endeavors.” 

THE SKIN is expected to debut in cinemas around the Caribbean this summer. Visit the movie blog at http://theskinahamafilm.wordpress.com for pictures, and read production notes on the movie. 

HAMAfilms Antigua received international attention for their first and most profitable film The Sweetest Mango, followed by No Seed and Diablesse. The company also recently produced and released the drama series Paradise View, which can now be seen across the Caribbean and in the US on Caribvision. 

View the trailer on the TrulyCaribbean YouTube channel

WINAIR provides air services to the Northeast Caribbean including St Barth’s, Saba, St Eustatius, Nevis, Montserrat, Barbuda, St Maarten and Antigua. Winair will also be introducing more routes to Tortola, Dominica, St. Lucia and Barbados in the near future. 

About goldenmedia Montserrat

goldenmedia Montserrat is a public and media relations firm that has been working with young entrepreneurs and the non-profit sector in the Caribbean for more than five years. Its flagship brand is trulycaribbean.net, which is a web portal that celebrates the work of Caribbean people, and provides information and resources to boost spirit, mind and body. 

ENDS

Photo captions:

(1)   Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) uses 19-seater Twin Otter aircrafts to service the Northeastern Caribbean. The airline was a strategic partner during the production of THE SKIN, the fourth feature film by HAMAfilms Antigua coming to theatres in July 2010.

(2)  The crew captures Aisha Ralph on Barbuda’s pink sand beach for THE SKIN, coming to theatres in July 2010.