Private Air Charter to St. Barts from San Juan adds Comfort and Convenience

NEWPORT, RI, September 2005 – Wimco, the Newport, RI, and London-based luxury vacation villa and hotel reservations company, announces that effective November 15, 2005 it will introduce world-class private air charter service from San Juan and St. Croix to St. Barts for its villa clients bound for St. Barts.

"San Juan is the airport of choice from dozens of US gateways," says Janis Gordon, Vice President of Marketing. "By aligning with Tradewind Aviation, LLC we're able to eliminate annoying transfers for our clients by offering non-stop service direct from San Juan to St. Barts and return. For those clients arriving into the Caribbean by private long-haul jet, St. Croix is another airport of choice for the private jet fleet to connect with Travewind Aviation's service to St. Barts".

Gordon notes that the new service saves just over two hours from door to door because it eliminates lengthy layovers in San Juan before flying to St. Martin, where there are additional layovers and inconveniences before flying to St. Barts. Clients can also pre-clear customs in San Juan.

"In addition to saving time," says Gordon, "the hassle effect is greatly diminished. As a hospitality leader, Wimco is committed to do whatever we can to make things easier and more pleasurable for our guests. With this service, guests can descend the jetway from their long haul provider and walk directly to their private charter. All the check-ins, baggage, and clearances are taken care of in a seamless and hassle-free serviced transfer."

In either the Cessna Caravan (8 passengers plus luggage, one hour flying time from San Juan to St. Barts, $2400 per plane each way) or the Pilatus (6 passengers plus luggage, 45 minutes flying time from San Juan, $2700 per plane each way) guests enjoy the comforts of ample legroom, leather club seating, on-board DVD player with wireless or personal headphones, laptop power outlets, in-flight phone / data links, and an on-board lavatory.

The aircraft can accommodate such additional items as surfboards and golf clubs as well as the full compliment of luggage.

For more information about the private charter flight program, please contact Wimco's Air Department at 800-932-3222. Wimco's Caribbean villa inventory can be previewed on line at (US) and (UK and Europe).

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