Tradewind Aviation and Wimco Villas Introduce First Premium Scheduled Daily Service Between San Juan and St. Barts

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Clients booking air now to Nov. 15 can save nearly 50 percent off posted roundtrip fare. Dramatically shortens travel time.

Wimco, the Newport, RI, villa rental and hotel reservations company, announces new scheduled daily inter-island air service between the San Juan and St. Barts, dramatically improving access to this formerly hard-to-access island.

Wimco is the authorized air charter agent for Tradewind Aviation that will operate the scheduled daily inter-island service departing San Juan at 3 p.m. and St. Barts at noon. Tradewind is the only US turbine air carrier certified to fly commercial flights into St. Barts.

From now to Nov. 15, 2006, Wimco and Tradewind are offering an introductory rate of $350, a 29 percent savings off the posted fare of $495 one-way.

“Our affiliation with Tradewind Aviation means that Wimco can now offer all of our villa and hotel clients, upon arrival in San Juan, a first-class plane experience typical of a private jet charter,” says Stiles Bennet, Wimco’s Director of Marketing.

The inter-island flight is 60 minutes in air-conditioned comfort. In San Juan, Wimco clients and their luggage are taken directly to Tradewind Aviation’s waiting eight-passenger private turbo-prop. The planes have executive club seats, laptop power outlets, in-flight phone / data links and DVD players with wireless or personal headphones.

Bennet says this new service builds on “the tremendous success of the charter air service from Tradewind Aviation that Wimco introduced last year.”

Normally access between San Juan and St. Barts is via St. Martin with transfer time and waits of at least four hours for passengers from such hubs as Chicago and Boston. Now the transfer takes place from start to finish in just over an hour. Tradewind Aviation rates for the scheduled service are also significantly less than the cost of chartering a flight for eight passengers.

In addition to booking the villa and clients’ air tickets, the reservations staff at Wimco can also book on-island activities including rental car, boat charters, villa provisioning, babysitters, including accommodation, air, transfers, rental car and even dinner reservations. To book vacations on St. Barts, including Tradewind Aviation reservations, please call 1-800-932-3222.

About Wimco Villas

Wimco is the leading marketer of private villa rentals in the Caribbean and Europe. For over 23 years, the company has been sending clients to its exclusive portfolio of select private villas and distinctive hotels in St Barts, St Martin, Barbados, Italy, France, and many other desirable vacation destinations.

Fortune Magazine recently rated Wimco amongst the top five villa specialists in the world as the result of its strict selection standards for high-quality properties, the largest exclusive portfolio of properties in the Caribbean and Europe and its award winning client service. Forbes Magazine recently rated Wimco’s online villa rental service “Best of the Web.”

View Wimco’s villa rental portfolio at http://www.wimco.com or call toll-free 1-800-932-3222 (US) or 44-0870-850-1144 (UK).

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