SOUTHLAKE, Texas – Pan Am World Airways Dominicana (PAWA) selected Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) as the airline’s leading technology provider. PAWA will leverage the breadth of Sabre’s leading technology portfolio, including the SabreSonic Customer Sales & Service reservations system, Revenue Optimizer and Revenue Integrity solutions, as well as Sabre’s Market Intelligence solution. This will enable the carrier to offer a reliable, efficient and profitable international air transport service that drives tourism and economic growth.
Core to PAWA’s technology transformation is migrating to the SabreSonic reservations system, an integrated Software-as-a-Service platform enabling personalized sales and service – including passenger check-in, inventory and departure control – as well as retailing and e-commerce solutions.
PAWA will also leverage other Sabre technology:
“The SabreSonic reservations system and other software will deliver new capabilities and flexible technology that will enhance our ability to provide the best possible customer experience,” said Gary Stone, President and CEO of PAWA. “Sabre’s integrated product suite and strong IT expertise will help our airline meet the growing demand as we grow to other markets.”
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication TEATT Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Thursday last designated Winair as a national airline of St. Maarten, paving the way for the company to service the St. Maarten-Curacao route with PAWA Dominicana under an ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance) agreement.
The Minister signed the designation for Winair as a national carrier after the Civil Aviation Department, which falls under the Ministry of TEATT, requested the Minister’s approval of the designation. For Winair to be approved by the Curacao Civil Aviation Authority, the airline first had to be officially designated under the Multi-Lateral Protocol for the Liberalization of Air Transport as a national carrier of St. Maarten.
The protocol is signed between the four partners within the Kingdom (St. Maarten, Aruba, Curacao, the Netherlands). It regulates transportation within the kingdom with provisions similar to those found in an air transport agreement.
GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The authorities have given the all clear, and Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM Airport) is now open.
Temporarily closed roads leading to the airport from Simpson Bay Causeway round-a-bout and from the Maho round-a-bout were re-opened between 4.00pm/4.30pm.
The Emergency Services responded to the threat and dispatched Police, Fire and Ambulances to the SXM Airport where bomb threat protocols were executed.
Also involved in the emergency response were the Airport Security, Airport Fire Department and Airport Ambulance Service.
After the aforementioned services carried out their bomb threat protocol response, the all clear sign was given by local authorities.
Authorities are continuing with their investigation with respect to the bomb threat that was made on Saturday.
GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Roads leading to the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM Airport) remain closed at this point in time at the Simpson Bay Causeway round-a-bout and from the Maho round-a-bout in connection with a bomb threat at SXM Airport related to a JetBlue flight. The bomb threat was received by authorities around 2.00PM.
Motorists are requested to avoid traveling to SXM Airport at this point in time. Police check-points have been established at both round-a-bouts.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher made history on Tuesday when she signed the Economic Permit for SXM Airways, making the airline the first locally established airline to acquire such since St. Maarten obtained its new constitutional status. The economic permit allows SXM Airways to move forward with its operations and begin service. The signing was also a historic first for the Civil Aviation Department.
Civil Aviation advised the Minister to grant the permit based on the advice from the Central Bank which found the overall plan for SXM Airways to be realistic and feasible, and the company shows sufficient financial resources to cover the initial startup phase of the company and its first 6 months of operation which is a requirement by law.
The Directors of the company, Elvis Queeley, Michel Carter and Jeff Oliver were all present for the signing along with Head of the Civil Aviation Department Lou Halley. Oliver described the moment as a dream come true for three hard working young men who wants the opportunity to show their children that they can dream and then live their dreams.
The directors of the airline will now finalize the process to obtain the airline’s AOC (Air Operator Certificate) to allow the company to use its aircraft for commercial purposes. Most of this work is already done. The certificate will list the aircraft types and registrations to be used, for what purpose and in what area ect.
HOLLAND - It is no secret that king Willem-Alexander is keen on flying, but for the past 21 years, he has been a guest pilot on flights for KLM Cityhopper and before that for Martinair, the Telegraaf reported on Wednesday. Twice a month the king has flown passengers on regular commercial flights, most of whom have no idea who is co-pilot on their flight. Now the king is retraining to fly Boeing 737s so he can continue to fly for KLM because Fokkers are being phased out.
The king first learned to fly after finishing highschool in Wales in 1985 and has all his professional papers. The twice-monthly flights for KLM enable him to keep his flying hours up to the 150 hour a year regulation requirement, he told the paper. ‘The most important thing is that I have a hobby which I can concentrate on fully,’ he said in an interview. ‘You have a plane, passengers and crew and you are responsible for them.’ Up to 9/11 when the cockpit door was left open on planes, people used to come and have a look and were always surprised to spot the prince, as he was then.
Now, with the doors closed, some people recognise his voice when he speaks to passengers during the flight, he said. ‘The advantage is that I can always say I am speaking on behalf of the captain and crew to welcome them on board,’ he laughs. ‘So I don’t have to say my name. But then, most people don’t listen anyway.’
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent – Air Canada today announced St. Vincent and the Grenadines as one of six new routes for the airline’s winter season.
A news release issued by Air Canada stated that weekly flights from Toronto to St Vincent and the Grenadines are now available for purchase.
“Air Canada is continuing its strategic, global expansion with a diverse range of exciting new non-stop routes this winter to Australia, South America, the Caribbean and the United States,” Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada said.
The airline says its first long-haul international scheduled service to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the other five destinations, “offers new choices for travellers looking to escape Canadian winters”.
CEO of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority, Glen Beache expressed his elation with the announcement stating that “we are happy to welcome an airline such as Air Canada which has a rich history, to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We look forward to a successful partnership which will enable both entities to grow.”
The announcement from Air Canada comes as the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority continues on its quest to attract international carriers to the Argyle International Airport (AIA) which was officially opened on February 14, 2017.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Wednesday announced that growing Caribbean carrier Sunrise Airways, head-quartered in Haiti, will commence service to St. Maarten at the end of June.
She said Sunrise’s service will also connect St. Maarten and Cuba due to the airlines strong presence in that country where it services Sunrise Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Sunrise Airways serves three (3) gateways in Cuba as follows: Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Camaguey.
Sunrise will begin service to St. Maarten at the end of June, twice a week with the goal of servicing the destination 4 times a week should load factors meet established targets. Sunrise Airways was founded in 2010 and provides commercial and charter flights. In mid-2015 its started servicing to Santo Domingo and thus pave the way for further expansion including Cuba.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Shareholder governments of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, Tuesday night ended talks with regional unions representing employees with an agreement to ensure that salaries are to be paid on time and averting possible industrial action
The meeting discussed a move by the Antigua-based carrier to implement a late payment schedule to its employees that is likely to continue for the next five months.
But St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who is chairman of the shareholder governments, told reporters that a settlement had been reached after the unions had threatened industrial action if the airline had proceeded with the deferrals.
“I think that instructions have gone to the bank for the payments, so depends on which bank you are in, some persons would get paid tomorrow [Wednesday] or the next day,” he told reporters, noting however that there was no guarantee that the airline would not be late with salaries again soon.
“The management is not saying that they would be in a position on each occasion over the next three months to pay precisely on time; there may be a couple of days’ deferral,” Gonsalves said.
Earlier this month, the airline’s acting chief executive officer, Julie Reifer-Jones, issued a statement saying that “LIAT’s management sincerely apologises for any disruption to the travel plans of our valued passengers at this time.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Officials of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, are meeting with a delegation of unions representing the airline’s staff here today in an attempt to quell the latest round of industrial unrest.
LIAT, which is owned by the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has already warned passengers to brace for delays and flight cancellations.
“These current irregular operations may continue to occur over the next few days as we work towards resolving the issues. We advise our passengers to contact LIAT’s Reservations Team prior to leaving for the airport”.
But the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIAPA) has distanced its members from being part of any industrial action at the cash-strapped airline.
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