WINAIR and KLM Code Share preparations
Airport Road, November 11, 2016 – KLM and WINAIR have begun the process of expanding their business relationship in St. Maarten. The target date for implementation of code share agreement is scheduled for 2017. ”WINAIR currently enjoys a interline with KLM, one of the world’s premiere carriers, thru expansion of this agreement to a code share agreement both WINAIR and KLM will operate flights throughout each other’s route network offering greater benefits to our mutual customers, improving connectivity, adding destinations, pricing and ease of travel for customers traveling to and from the Caribbean, Europe and beyond.” stated Michael Cleaver President and CEO of WINAIR.
KLM visited St Maarten with an audit team of 4 people to perform a Code share audit to ensure Winair is in compliance with ICAO requirements. The KLM audit team was warmly welcomed and found Winair to be very transparent during the audit. Two Senior Auditors from the Corporate Integrated Safety & Compliance department were invited to the SMCAA to share thoughts on Regulations and Authority in general. As the code share agreement must be approved by both the St. Maarten and Dutch authorities this visit was highly appreciated by KLM and Winair.
Head of Civil Aviation Louis Halley, Michael Cleaver President & CEO of Winair with KLM's senior auditors Michiel van Hammersveld and Bob van Riemsdijk.
All operational disciplines of WINAIR were reviewed and audited by KLM to ensure WINAIR is compliant with ICAO standards. There remains additional regulatory issues ahead of WINAIR and KLM, approval from our respective Civil Aviation Departments, IT testing, fare structures for thru fares and implementation of the agreement. Once code share is attained this will greatly enhance service each airline offers to our customers, including seamless travel, additional options in travel plans and will offer greater value to our mutual customers.
KLM Auditors Michiel van Hammersveld, Herman Strating and Bob van Riemsdijk at work at WINAIR
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ban
Airport road, Simpson Bay - With immediate effect, The Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices will NOT be permitted in checked or carry-on baggage and may not be carried on-board any Winair Flight. Customers travelling with this device will not be permitted to travel. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.
Prior to check-in passengers will be asked if they are carrying this device and if so will not be allowed to check-in until the device has been removed from carry-on or checked luggage. It is the responsibility of the passenger to abide to these instructions and to divest themselves of the phone prior to check-in. Winair will not take responsibility of securing or storing device for the passenger until his/her return.
If at any time a passenger is being observed to be in possession of a Samsung Note7 device, they will be denied check in and/or boarding unless and until the passenger divests themselves and their carry-on and checked baggage of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device. Passengers absolutely should not pack the phones in their checked luggage. Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident.
We recognize that banning these phones will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard our aircraft must take priority.
Passengers currently traveling with Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones should contact Samsung or their wireless carrier immediately to obtain information about how to return their phones and arrange for a refund or a replacement phone. Samsung has provided guidance for customers about refund and replacement options, as well as how to contact wireless carriers, at http://www.samsung.com/us/note7recall/[external link]. Samsung is also answering customers’ questions at 1-844-365-6197.