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ST CROIX — Hip, hip, hooray! The newest airline in the territory has landed, offering convenient flights between St. Croix and St. Thomas with a touch of luxury and comfort. Fly The Whale (FTW) made its debut in the territory in April 2023 for the people of the Virgin Islands to provide consistent, dependable travel at an affordable rate between St. Croix and St. Thomas. Fly The Whale President Omer ErSelcuk recognized the decline of the ability to travel back and forth between islands at a budget-friendly cost and the limited schedule availability. Living in the USVI for thirteen years, his frequent commute throughout the territory became more challenging over the last few years. He had the idea that it was time to be an aid to the situation by improving the ability to travel FREQUENT, FAST, and FRIENDLY which would allow passengers to see family and conduct business while stimulating visitor stays on all three islands.

Fly The Whale was founded in 2006 by Andrew Clark as a private charter business in the Northeast region of the United States. Their main reason was “Life is too short for traffic.” By creating a charter service, it was an easy way for New York City commuters to go back and forth from the city to outside locations for the weekend, work commute, or vacation excursions. FTW expanded its private charter business to Florida and The Bahamas in the winter and offers on-demand aircraft charter services in the Northeast, Florida, and The Bahamas. Currently, nine daily flights are scheduled between St. Croix and St. Thomas for workdays, and eight flights are available on each weekend day. Once the St. Croix and St. Thomas routes are sustainable, growth is planned to include additional destinations that Virgin Islands residents would like to travel to.

Supplying safe, comfortable travel to all passengers that Fly The Whale is of the utmost importance to the company. They operate at the highest of safety standards, with extensive crew training requirements including annual training specific to Cessna Seaplanes, two pilot-operated flights, a premier Caravan maintenance facility, and dedicated COVID-19 procedures for the health and safety of passengers and crew.

To learn more about Fly The Whale and their flight schedule, visit their website

Written by Anquanette Gaspard