DELIVERY FLIGHT CONFIRMED
LARGE PASSENGER AIRCRAFT TO LAND TOMORROW
An Avro RJ100 jet aircraft (pictured), operated by Tronos Jet Maintenance and carrying Atlantic Star Airlines personnel, is scheduled to fly to Wideawake Airport, Ascension Island, and then to St Helena Airport this Friday, 21 October 2016. Both are technical stops, as part of a route for delivery of the aircraft to Chile.
The estimated time of arrival at St Helena Airport – subject to possible change due to weather and other factors – remains approximately 3.45pm (local time) on Friday 21 October 2016. Listen out for confirmation of timing on local radio.
The aircraft will be carrying 13 non-commercial passengers – including the flight crew – who will overnight on St Helena prior to departure on Saturday 22 October.
The Tronos flight will provide the Airport with additional real time data and a pilot’s report – all part of building a more comprehensive picture of the conditions at St Helena Airport under which we will be asking a scheduled air service to operate. The flight is also planning, weather permitting, to conduct some additional circuits on Saturday to gather further data for the Airport. Atlantic Star is one of a number of potential partners with an interest in operating regular flights to St Helena.
Note to Public
The Airport Terminal Restaurant and Viewing Platform will be open to the public to view the aircraft on Friday 21 October from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
On Saturday 22 October, the Restaurant and Viewing platform will again be open from 9am to around 3pm – to provide a further opportunity to view the aircraft and to witness its take-off.
The Bank and Tourism kiosks will also be open to the public on both days.
Otherwise, normal arrangements for public viewing will apply, with Horse Point, Millennium Forest, Bradley’s and Woody Ridge areas all accessible on both days. Access beyond Bradley’s will not be available until 5pm on Friday.
Please drive and park responsibly.
Note to Editors
Interested media are invited to a briefing with Atlantic Star on Friday afternoon at the Airport Restaurant, once the aircraft has landed and the crew have been cleared to landside.
Tronos Jet Maintenance is delivering this particular aircraft to Chile. The flight, originating from Zurich, Switzerland, has taken a route which has seen it make technical stops in Morocco, Senegal, Ascension Island and St Helena. From St Helena, the flight will call at Ascension Island, Brazil and Uruguay, finally arriving at Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport, Chile – the final destination.
20 October 2016
Planning is underway for an Avro RJ100 jet aircraft (pictured), operated by Tronos Jet Maintenance and flown by Atlantic Star Airlines, to fly to Wideawake Airport, Ascension Island, followed by a call at St Helena Airport on the same day. Both are technical stops, and the crew will overnight on St Helena.
Atlantic Star has been commissioned to deliver the aircraft to Chile. The flight will travel from Zurich Airport, Switzerland, with technical stops in the United Arab Emirates, Senegal, Ascension Island and St Helena. From St Helena, the flight will then undertake technical stops at Ascension Island, Brazil and Uruguay, finally arriving at Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport, Chile – the final destination.
The RJ100 will be the largest aircraft to operate at St Helena Airport since ASSI certification on 10 May 2016. Flown by an airline with a particular interest in operating to St Helena, the flight will provide the Airport with additional real time data and a pilot’s report – all part of building a more comprehensive picture of conditions at St Helena Airport.
The RJ100 aircraft can be configured for between 78 and 97 passenger seats.
On this occasion, the aircraft will be carrying approximately 16 non-commercial passengers, including the flight crew.
ETA at St Helena is planned to be at around 15.45hrs (St Helena time) on Friday 21 October 2016. However, final confirmation is still awaited. Further information on this will follow.
Notes to Editors
While St Helena Airport does not yet have a regular commercial air service, the Airport is operational with several commercial flights and three important medevac flights so far operating into it.
Intensive work continues to mitigate the challenges of wind shear at the Airport but getting this right involves complex work and will take some time. Computer and physical modelling are being employed to build a stronger picture of the conditions under which we will be asking aircraft to operate.
Safety remains paramount.
12 October 2016
An emergency aero-medical evacuation from St Helena Airport will take place today, Friday 23 September 2016, when a Hawker 800 aircraft arriving from Walvis Bay, Namibia, will collect an adult needing emergency medical care.
This flight is due to arrive at approximately 13.00hrs St Helena time (weather permitting), departing at around 14.00hrs local time for Cape Town – where the flight is scheduled to arrive this evening at approximately 20.00hrs South African time.
23 September 2016