openPR Logo
Press release

Air St. Thomas owner not selling Airline Tickets Anymore

12-13-2005 08:34 AM CET | Tourism, Cars, Traffic

Press release from: Corporate2000

Air St. Thomas owner Paul Wikander made his final scheduled flight last week, ending the airline's 35 years of operation in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Piloting a nine-seat Cessna 402, Wikander flew Wednesday afternoon from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, touching down at King Airport on St. Thomas. He was greeted by friends, family and business associates.
Wikander and his wife, company vice president Margaret, retired from the family business and plan to sell it. Air St. Thomas is the longest operating carrier based in the territory, he said.
"It's the hardest decision I've ever made," Wikander, 65, said. "I enjoy flying between the islands. I've always loved aviation since I was a little kid. But I'd like to spend more time with my family."
Born in Detroit, Mich., Wikander moved to St. Thomas in 1963 "with just $35, my wife and child, and one small suitcase," he said.
Before moving to the territory Wikander served with the U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue in Puerto Rico, and before that he worked in Civil Air Patrol on the U.S. mainland. On St. Thomas he held a variety of jobs, some in aviation, before founding his business.
Wikander launched the airline, which he called Virgin Air, in 1970, but because of a trade name dispute with Virgin Atlantic, the airline changed its name to Air St. Thomas in the early 1990s.
The airline grew and began offering daily scheduled flights between San Juan, Fajardo, Virgin Gorda, St. Barths and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with charter and commercial service, with its two twin-engine aircraft.
Air St. Thomas stopped flying to St. Barths last year after it was named among five airlines that were "blacklisted" by the French government because of alleged maintenance violations. Wikander believes the ban is "political" and has touted his airline's strong safety record of just one minor injury in 35 years.
He credits Margaret with making the business a success: "She's the backbone of Air St. Thomas," he said.
Now, the couple will have more time to spend with their two daughters and three grandchildren.
Paul and Margaret Wikander plan to stay busy during their retirement, however. They are preparing to open a villa for short-term rentals in the Scott Free neighborhood of St. Thomas.

This release was published on openPR.

Permanent link to this press release:

Copy
Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.

You can edit or delete your press release Air St. Thomas owner not selling Airline Tickets Anymore here

News-ID: 1211 • Views: 3308

More Releases from Corporate2000

Cheap International Plane Tickets
The best place to buy cheap international plane tickets is online. We've tried travel agencies and they can't compete with the discount ticket websites. You can search google ("cheap airfare South America", for example), or go straight to one of the well-known sites, like Expedia, Travelocity, Cheap Tickets, Hotwire or Priceline. Courier Flights As an air courier, you can get really cheap international plane tickets. Courier companies ship material in
How to Get Your New Passport For International Flights Fast
A valid passport is necessary for U.S. citizens to enter nearly 80% of the world´s countries and highly recommended in most of the others as definitive proof of one´s identity and citizenship. If you answer yes to any one of the following, you should apply for a new passport. Are you applying for a U.S. passport for the first time? Was your previous U.S. passport lost, stolen, or damaged? Has
Airline Tickets to visit Seattle
The City of Seattle had it’s beginnings on a rainy day in 1851, when the Denny party landed on Alki Beach, in what is now West Seattle. Seattle is named for Chief Seattle, of the Duwamish Indians, who aided these early pioneers in settling the forested hills by Puget Sound. Over the next few years, the settlement moved across to Elliot Bay, when Henry Yesler opened up a saw mill,
An Island A Day with Airline Tickets
Stand by the shores of Casco Bay on the coast of Maine and you may expect to find ocean as far as the eye can see. Instead seemingly endless islands dot the seascape. Sometimes called the calendar islands, there is rumored to be an island in the bay for every day of the year. Stretching from Cape Elizabeth to Cape Small these islands with their rocky shores and rustic way

All 5 Releases


More Releases for Thomas

Trace Thomas Joins Muzit Advisory Board
Co-founder of Masterlab, Skyview Systems to advise Big Data Company MUZIT For Immediate Release Orlando, FL (January 9, 2019): Muzit Inc. a big data company for the entertainment industry announced today that Trace Thomas has joined the Muzit Advisory Board. Thomas, co-founder of Masterlab and Skyview Systems, has been an Executive Advisor, Developer and Technology Evangelist for Sony, Apple, Sonic Solutions, Avid Technology, and assisted several great upstarts including CoSA After Effects (acquired
Thomas & Solomon - Safeguarding the Rights of "Whistleblowers"
Thomas & Solomon LLP regularly represents “whistleblowers” throughout the United States in qui tam lawsuits brought under the False Claims Act and other types of whistleblower laws. We represent employees who have uncovered fraud and employees who have been retaliated against as a result of reporting the wrongdoing. Many people are unaware that there are laws that reward whistleblowers for coming forward with information about fraud against the government. There
Thomas Ulbrich New DataVard Head of Sales
Heidelberg (Germany), July 24, 2014 – Effective immediately, the software and consulting company DataVard announces Thomas Ulbrich new Head of Sales. His initial focuses are realigning the sales division and establishing a solid foundation for international growth particularly capitalizing on opportunities in its core US market. DataVard Managing Partner Gregor Stoeckler emphasizes: „We’re excited to have Thomas Ulbrich on board as an accomplished IT industry sales manager. He’s going to invigorate
Advice Unlimited Welcomes Thomas Moylan
OLNEY, MD – November 7, 2012 – Advice Unlimited LLC, a public relations/marketing communications firm that specializes in serving high tech companies and/or divisions that sell to the government marketplace, is pleased to announce that Thomas Moylan is joining its team as a Social Media Specialist. Thomas recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received his degree in Communication. His training, education, and professional experience gained through
‘Coronation Street’ Goes Oriental with Thomas Sabo
‘Coronation Street’ star Samia Smith, who plays hairdresser ’Maria Connor’ in the soap, left Weatherfield to enjoy a night with Thomas Sabo. Popular brand Thomas Sabo jewellery was launching its new ‘Pop Asia’ collection at a shopping centre in Sheffield. Guests enjoyed oriental-themed entertainment including geisha girls, dance demonstrations, food and drinks. Smith was among many guests enjoying the hospitality, as well as the inevitable glamour of an event celebrating such a desirable
Thomas Anderson Advisory Market Overall performance
Stocks and shares closed reduced in October at last in several months, as investors asked whether the large move off the March levels had surpassed the economy’s capability to produce development in output and income. Thomas Anderson Advisory are market leaders in the marketing and advertising of private equity property investment potentials to the investors in options. TAA provides a confined selection of directors with differentiated techniques, usually on an exceptional