Tradewind Aviation Is Giving Away a $20,000 Flight to Reunite a Family Separated by the Pandemic

  • How Tradewind is celebrating its 20th Aniversary

Tradewind Aviation is celebrating its 20th anniversary in a big way. The regional flight company will give away one round-trip private charter flight — worth $20,000 — to reunite a family separated during the pandemic.

After all, family has been the backbone of the company since it was founded by brothers Eric and David Zipkin in 2001 — and it has remained a family-owned and operated business throughout the last two decades. Tradewind will reveal the details for its 20th anniversary giveaway on its Instagram page in October.

To Celebrate their 20th anniversary, Tradewind Aviation will add two new Pilatus PC-12s to its fleet this fall after launching scheduled shuttle service from White Plains, New York, to Newport, Rhode Island, in July this year. The Connecticut-based aviation company said its new PC-12s will join its current fleet of 18, as well as three Cessna Citation CJ3 light jets.

The fleet upgrade occurs as Tradewind marks its 20th year in business. Founded by brothers and pilots Eric and David Zipkin using a Cessna Grand Caravan in 2001, Tradewind has grown from five employees to 180 and offers private charter and scheduled service to five Caribbean destinations and six in the Northeast U.S., including New York City, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in Massachusetts, and Stowe, Vermont.

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