Winair and airport treat students to special tour

POSTED: 06/4/12 1:47 PM

Students, chaperones and PJIAE Marketing and Communications officials pose with WINAIR pilot and management. (PJIAE photo)

St. Maarten – The Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE) brought smiles to faces of the graduating class of the Prins Willem Alexander School on Friday by organizing a very unique adventure. The students were treated to an around-the-island tour – by airplane. St. Maarten-based Winair was the designated carrier that took the students on a 15-minute flight around St. Maarten.
“The management of Winair was more than willing to accommodate us in this initiative, and for that we are very grateful,” PJIAE Marketing & Communications Manager Kalifa Hickinson said.
The 21 students arrived at the Princess Juliana Int’l Airport around 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning. By 9:30 a.m. the group had begun its tour of the Air Traffic Control facilities. This was followed by a tour of the airport’s terminal building. Three school officials accompanied the 21 students.
Around 11:45 a.m., the 11 pupils (those with permission from their parents), along with one teacher, their guidance counselor and Hickinson were ready to commence boarding at Gate C1. The students took the bus to Winair’s DH 6 Twin Otter aircraft, after which the scenic flight of a very excited group of students ensued. Menzies provided the busses.
“This is my first time flying on a small plane,” one student mentioned, while others had never been on an airplane.
“All, however, were happy to be airborne,” Hickinson said.
Upon landing, the students began to cheer and applaud the pilots for the experience, and for bringing them back safely.
“This was my first time ever on a plane … it was ‘fresh!’” one student commented.
Winair gave the young passengers goodie bags after the flight and PJIAE provided lunch.
PJIAE adopted Prins Willem Alexander Primary School in early April 2012 for special needs children and remains committed to the school.
“We were happy to have received the request for the tour from PWAS, and even happier that we were able to make it possible. The children were delighted,” Hickinson said.

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