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In this December 2011 issue:

1. INTRO: New Services For The New Year..
2. SPECIALS: Share A Charter To St. Barths For $250 Per Seat
3. ARTICLE: Attracting High-End Clients Via Private Jet Services
4. SPONSOR MESSAGE: CheapoAir
5. NEWS ITEM: St. Barths Airport Ranks #6 In Worlds Top Ten
6. TRAVEL TIP: Avoid Making Multiple Reservations
7. AGENDA: New AirSXM Website To Launch January 1st, 2012
8. ADVERTISEMENT: AirStMaarten/AirSXM.com Merchandising
9. CUSTOMER SERVICE: How To Book With AirStMaarten

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INTRO: New Services For The New Year..
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Dear friends and clients,

We are in the business of transportation. Whether by land, sea or air. That is what our clients made me realize in 2011. Our clients willingness to entertain any means and alternatives to get to St. Barths made me aware that we were limiting ourselves by just focussing on air transportation.

I am happy to announce that we are offering new services in 2012 under our AirStMaarten umbrella, namely SeaStMaarten and SeaSXM Ferry Services with two new modes of travel by ferry: Economy Class and Business Class.

More information about these new services in our next edition in 2012. This month's issue features an article on what St. Maarten needs to do to attract high-end clients and the news that PJIA airport ranks 10th in the world's most stunning airport landings.

That leaves me only with the remaining wish that your vacations in St. Barths sparkle with moments of love, laughter and good cheer and that the new year ahead be full of contentment and joy. (My thanks to David for that one.)

Happy readings!

Terrance Rey

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2. SPECIALS: Share A Charter To St. Barths For $250 Per Seat
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Air St. Maarten Shared Charters Share-A-Charter Cartoon (c) 2011

For more information about our Shared Charters and to see the constantly updated Shared Charters schedule online, visit http://www.SharedCharters.com.

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3. ARTICLE: Attracting High-End Clients Via Private Jet Services
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Attract High-End Clients By Investing More In Private Jet Services

When considering new service elements with potential to attract high-end clients, investing in new facilities for private jet services comes to mind as one of the first requirements any airport in the Caribbean or in the world, St. Maarten included, must take into consideration.

Ensuring that high-spending visitors are greeted with services befitting their stature in today's competitive Caribbean environment is urgently necessary in order to stay in the forefront of the ranks of destinations professing to offer improved service and upscale facilities to discerning private jet clients.

When catering to the wealthy clientele that makes use of the general aviation areas on airports, investing in and developing facilities such as adequate parking for the aircrafts, concierge services, expedited immigration services and fast-tracking of check-in procedures is crucial to the business of private jet services.

Other premium facilities such as executive suites and lounges for both VIP clients and their pilots are paramount to a balanced development for any fixed based operation (FBO). Even such improvements as a seperate taxiway for general aviation aircrafts should be considered when and where possible.

Attracting high-end visitors through significant investments in the private jet business and general aviation facilities will have a positive impact and significant economic spinoffs in other areas such as the yachting industry and upscale resorts catering to these high-end visitors.

Is St. Maarten ready to do this?

Terrance Rey

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4. SPONSOR MESSAGE: CheapoAir
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5. NEWS ITEM: St. Barths Airport Ranks #6 In Worlds Top Ten
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St. Maarten’s Airport in Top 10 World’s Most Stunning Approaches

St. Barths Airport Ranks #6

Airport, St. Maarten – The Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) ranked 10th in a global poll of some 79 nominated airports to determine the one with the most stunning approach. Some 1,000 travel fans from around the globe took part in the poll conducted by PrivateFly.com, the leading online booking platform for private aviation charter and winner of Flight International’s Website of the Year 2011.

St. Maarten Airport Approach Landing PJIA

“It’s a very dramatic landing and take-off, and if you stand on the beach next to the runway when planes take off and land, you see it from the other perspective!” wrote one of the respondents in the poll.

“We looked for airport locations that offer passengers a truly inspirational view on the approach – whether it be over a world-famous city-scape, stunning coastline or beautiful mountain views,” wrote Viv Diprose of PrivateFly.com Only three airports in the Caribbean made the Top 10 list – Aruba at number 4, St. Barths at number 6, and St. Maarten coming in at number 10.

“PJIA has been offering a very unique, spectacular and thrilling landing and take-off experience to visitors from all over the world, and this feature has become a major and distinctive attraction as was recently highlighted in a report on ABC News,” remarked PJIA Managing Director, Regina Labega. She explained that St. Maarten did not canvass for votes as other airports did.

“Those who voted for PJIA were apparently visitors who have had the exhilarating experience of touching down and taking off at our airport, an experience that obviously has remained with them so vividly they voluntarily voted for St. Maarten in the poll,” Labega further stated. “We are very grateful to all of them and we will endeavor to improve on this ranking in future editions of the poll,” she added.

The complete list is as follows:

  1. Barra (Scotland)
  2. London City
  3. Jackson Hole
  4. Aruba
  5. Male (Maldives)
  6. St. Barths
  7. Queenstown (NZ)
  8. Gibraltar
  9. Narvik (Norway)
  10. St. Maarten

Source: AirSXM.co/News

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6. TRAVEL TIP: Avoid Making Multiple Reservations
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Making multiple bookings can lead to automatic cancellations by an airline. So avoid making multiple reservations. Submit one reservation request online at http://www.airsxm.com and we will offer you the best options to fit your itinerary.

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7. AGENDA: New AirSXM Website To Launch January 1st, 2012
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Visit http://www.airsxm.co/index.php to see the new AirSXM presently under construction and ready for beta testing on January 1st, 2012. You can sign up at the new website for a Client Login or an Agent Login if you are an agent booking on behalf of clients with AirStMaarten. We also have an Operator Login area for Operators executing flights and charters on behalf of AirStMaarten. http://www.airsxm.co/index.php 

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8. ADVERTISEMENT: AirStMaarten/AirSXM.com Merchandising
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If you would like to receive your own AirSXM.com t-shirt, simply send us an email via sales@airsxm.com. Based on the amount of people interested, we will determine whether to have the t-shirts made locally or produced and drop-shipped from a location in the USA.

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We have already received several inquiries. So keep those inquiries coming. The more, the better. For more information about AirSXM.com's merchandising, email us via sales@airsxm.com.

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9. CUSTOMER SERVICE: How To Book With AirStMaarten
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Booking Procedure & Reservation Information

Submit a reservation request online at www.airsxm.com. Once we receive your request, we will send you a Reservation Offer for your consideration. Once you accept our proposal, we will require payment. You can use our credit card form to send us your credit card information. We accept all major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. You can also pay by bank transfer, check, cash or Paypal. Once payment is received, we will book the commercial flight or private charter and send you a Reservation Confirmation.

If you have requested additional services such as VIP Transfer Services, we will send you a Final Confirmation containing all details of your travel itinerary and services booked. And that's how you book with AirStMaarten.

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