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Sandals Resorts is a Jamacian operator of all-inclusive resorts for couples in the Caribbean and part of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), parent company of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, Fowl Cay Resort and several private villas. Founded by Jamaican-born Gordon “Butch” Stewart in 1981, SRI is based in Montego Bay, Jamaica and is responsible for resort development, service standards, training and day-to-day operations. Sandals Resorts International has properties throughout the Caribbean islands of Jamaica, The Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Turks & Caicos, and most recently Barbados, and Grenada with fifteen Sandals Resorts, three Beaches Resorts, two Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, one Fowl Cay private island resort and four villa properties in Jamaica.

Sandals Resorts properties include:
Sandals Montego Bay;
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island;
Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort; (now Sandals Ochi Beach Resort)
Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa;
Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa;
Sandals Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, Jamaica;
Sandals Carlyle Montego Bay, Jamaica;
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort;
Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in St. Lucia;
Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia;
Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa;
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island;
Sandals Emerald Bay Great Exuma, Bahamas;
Sandals Barbados Resort & Spa;
Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa Grenada
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Azores Airlines operates scheduled flights to the Madeira Islands, mainland Portugal and other destinations in Europe and North America, as well as charter flights.   The airline was first established in December 1990 under the name of OceanAir and in 1991 was authorized to operate air transport services as a non-scheduled carrier. SATA Air Açores became the major shareholder when OceanAir suspended service in 1994. It later became the sole owner, and on 20 February 1998 it was re-branded as SATA International, resuming operations on 8 April 1998. The airline’s original livery consisted of an all white fuselage with the name SATA Internacional in ocean blue over the front windows, and a dark blue tail with the company logo.  Before this the livery had an idealized logo featuring the bands of crashing waves, superimposed by a sun-disk, with the calligraphic lettering “Fly Azores” below. This tourist-friendly logo was retired at the end of the 20th century, to be replaced by the more corporate image.

In October 2015, SATA International subsequently announced a major rebranding including a name change to Azores Airlines and a change of the colour scheme from blue tones to green tones. In the same time, a fleet renewal with Airbus A330 aircraft has been announced.  The first A330 flight took place on 25 March 2016 from Ponta Delgada to Boston.

5 Stars Azores from $899

 

Virgin Atlantic, a trade name of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited, is a British airline with its head office in Crawley, United Kingdom. The airline was established in 1984 as British Atlantic Airways, and was originally planned by its co-founders Randolph Fields and Alan Hellary to fly between London and the Falkland Islands. Soon after changing the name to Virgin Atlantic Airways, Fields sold his shares in the company after disagreements with Sir Richard Branson over the management of the company. The maiden flight from London Gatwick to Newark Liberty International Airport took place on 22 June 1984. The airline along with Virgin Holidays is controlled by a holding company, Virgin Atlantic Limited, which is 51% owned by the Virgin Group and 49% by Delta Air Lines. It is administratively separate from other Virgin-branded airlines.
Virgin Atlantic uses a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft and operates to destinations in North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia from its main bases at London Heathrow and London Gatwick and its secondary base at Manchester. The airline also operates flights from Glasgow and seasonal flights from Belfast.
In 2012, Virgin Atlantic carried 5.4 million passengers,  making it the seventh-largest UK airline in terms of passenger volume. In the year to 31 December 2013, it reported a £51 million group pre-tax loss (approximately US$87 million),  however, in the year to 31 December 2014 the airline reported a return to pre-tax profit of £14.4 million.  Virgin Atlantic holds a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Type A Operating Licence, which permits it to carry passengers, cargo, and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.

Virgin Atlantic uses a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A330-300s are used on selected routes from Gatwick, Glasgow, and Manchester, with the A330 being used on other flights as well. Boeing 747s, Airbus A340s and Airbus A330s are used interchangeably on all routeHeathrow.  In August 2002, Virgin became the first airline to operate the Airbu

We have been to a number of these Resorts and they are fantastic.  There are some unbelievable golf courses on these islands and also in the UK where Virgin Atlantic has flights.  You can even book trips to Asia, the Middle East and Africa!

Let me know about some of the interesting travels that you have had.

Bobby

 

 

 

 

 

 

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