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First aircraft landing on St Helena Island

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Post by Richard Cranium » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:10 pm

First aircraft landing on St Helena Island

[bbvideo=560,315]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vmRS9txdag[/bbvideo]



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Post by Raffles » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:05 pm

They seemed to touch down quite deep although it sounded like the wind was pumping.



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Post by Bell 407 » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:12 am

Here is a link showing what the SA company Basil Read produced on the island. I think it looks great :champion:

The Brand New St Helena Airport Is Amazing

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Post by Raffles » Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:51 pm

:champion: :good: :burner: :burner: :burner:

Looks good, now to make an X-Plane scenery for it!



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Post by Bell 407 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 3:52 pm

First jet aircraft lands on St Helena ZS-ACT a CL30 :good: :good:

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Post by Raffles » Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:52 pm

Wow!

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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:10 pm

I thought TUI was supposed to start it's first flight on March 21st?


Luton based Atlantic Star Airlines will partner with TUIfly to deliver its 2016 charter flight programme between the UK and St. Helena.

TUI Group is Europe’s largest travel company and holds a European Air Safety Agency Air Operators Certificate, including the necessary Extended Twin Operations validation necessary to operate to St. Helena. TUIfly will operate a Boeing 737-800 on the route from London Gatwick to St. Helena, via a short fuel stop in Banjul, Gambia. The two-class configuration will offer Economy and Economy Plus seating options.

The first dates for travel coincide with the Easter school holidays. They will of course be dependent on the airport at St. Helena being opened on schedule in February 2016.

Further flights are planned, timed to coincide with school holidays later in 2016. Atlantic Star will not be able to confirm the dates or release tickets for sale on these services until much nearer the time.

The first service will leave London Gatwick in the late evening of Sunday 20th March, arriving mid-morning in St. Helena on Monday 21st March. The aircraft will then leave St. Helena around lunchtime, to arrive back in London Gatwick late the same night.



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Post by 87Juliet » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:15 pm

I've got the cockpit video of Larry's approach and landing at St Helena in ACT. I was poeping myself for them.... Radar alt verbal warning says 500, and then almost immediately says 50! Deep touchdown... Controllers all went ape-sh*t on the radio...



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Post by Bell 407 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:01 pm

Ok so share please 87J :-)



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Post by 87Juliet » Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:15 am

Let's see if this works...

[bbvideo=560,315]http://vimeo.com/162331963[/bbvideo]

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Post by Bell 407 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:02 am

Wow thanks 87J. What an approach that is.



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Post by great dane » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:10 am

Great video :thanx:

Not often you hear clapping on landing these days, unless you had an emergency. Maybe knowing your diversion airport is a bit far helps the appreciation :thinking:

Look out for the marshal, what! they are probably the only plane the whole week, guess they could make doughnuts on the runway without disturbing anyone :biggrin:



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Post by Raffles » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:06 am

Magic... unfortunately the bloke I fly with will probably gripe if I set up the camera. The approach into Le Bourget is similarly offset with the turn onto final at the last minute.



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Wed Apr 13, 2016 6:44 pm

[bbvideo=560,315]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckYo13P7yWw[/bbvideo]



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Post by great dane » Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:03 pm

Awesome, guess that a third of the population out there watching :Like:

Imagine you need a good book filling the gaps when plane spotting on St. Helena though :bingo:



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Post by Bell 407 » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:18 am

great dane wrote:Imagine you need a good book filling the gaps when plane spotting on St. Helena though :bingo:

True that, but you may well get to see three or four attempted landings due to weather, wind, windshear etc. etc. :haha: :haha:



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British Airways/Comair ready to serve St Helena

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Post by Richard Cranium » Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:36 am

St Helena : BRITISH AIRWAYS (OPERATED BY COMAIR) READY TO SERVE THE SAINTS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 12.04.2016 (Current Article)

St Helena residents are by now well aware that the new St Helena Airport will open soon and that, for the first time, the Island will be linked to the rest of the world by air - but may be less familiar with the airline which will serve the route. That’s about to change.

BRITISH AIRWAYS (OPERATED BY COMAIR) READY TO SERVE THE SAINTS

St Helena residents are by now well aware that the new St Helena Airport will open soon and that, for the first time, the Island will be linked to the rest of the world by air - but may be less familiar with the airline which will serve the route. That’s about to change.

The first airline to fly scheduled flights to St Helena will be British Airways (operated by Comair). The Airline’s CEO, Erik Venter, says: “We’re proud to have been selected to provide an airline service to the St Helena. This is an important addition to our existing routes in South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.”

Venter adds that the flight will depart Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) at 08.30 (GMT+2) each Saturday and land on St Helena (HLE) at 11.30 (GMT). The same aircraft will depart the Island later the same day, at 12.30 (GMT) and is scheduled to land back in Johannesburg at 18.30 (GMT+2). Owing to the flight schedule, Saints will be able to connect seamlessly with London Heathrow via British Airways’ twice-daily flight from Johannesburg, as well as on to numerous other worldwide destinations.

When travelling with British Airways (operated by Comair), Saints will have a choice between two cabins, Club (business class) and Traveller (economy class). Club (business class) offers the highest standards of comfort and excellence that customers have come to expect from British Airways. This includes access to the Special Services Team at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), great meals and a selection of award-winning wines - enjoyed in the comfort of a separate cabin with extra legroom. Saints travelling in Traveller (economy class) can sit back and relax whilst being served complimentary refreshments, by the professional friendly crew.

A return flight between St Helena and O.R. Tambo International Airport will start from £583, all inclusive, in Traveller (economy class) and from £943, all inclusive, when travelling in Club (business class).

Venter adds: “We’re delighted to partner with the British and St Helena Governments, Enterprise St Helena and the St Helena Airport. Following a rigorous selection process, we’re eager to start serving the new route as soon as all regulatory and compliance requirements have been met.”

Comair was established in South Africa in 1946 and this year celebrates 70 years of operation. It is considered to be the only airline to have achieved operating profits every year since inception. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Comair’s British Airways franchise partnership.

The British Airways brand brings with it a rich heritage of stylish travel, a reputation for service excellence and the Executive Club, a globally-recognised frequent flyer programme.

As franchise partner of British Airways and a member of the oneworld alliance, Comair offers convenient connections to the international route network and serves local customers with the same high standards.

Currently, British Airways (operated by Comair) operates over 400 flights per week within southern Africa. Destinations include Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Harare, Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Windhoek and Mauritius.

In February 2016, the airline took delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 as part of the airline’s ongoing fleet upgrade, enabling it to operate South Africa’s most modern and efficient fleet.

Comair is investing R3.5 billion to replace its current fleet of 737-300 and 737-400 aircraft. The fifth and newest acquisition in this programme, designated ZS-ZWG, is a Boeing 737-800 New Generation, which has been fitted with split-scimitar winglets. These are curved, vertical wingtip extensions that reduce drag and provide lift, cutting fuel consumption and lowering the aircraft’s carbon footprint.

The aircraft is also the most advanced in the Comair fleet, with ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards), to extend its operating range.

Venter concludes: “The acquisition of this aircraft is a strong indicator of our confidence in the region’s leisure and business travel, and that’s borne out by IATA (the International Air Travel Association). Its recent statistics show that in November 2015, African airlines enjoyed their fifth consecutive month of growth.”

Comair Limited is a South African aviation and travel company, offering scheduled and non-scheduled airline services within South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, as its primary business. The company operates a premium, full service airline in British Airways livery, as part of its licence agreement with British Airways, as well as operating its own low fare airline brand kulula.com.

Managed and owned by South Africans through its listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE:COM), Comair has been operating successfully in South Africa since 1946. Comair is thought to be the only airline to have achieved operating profits for 69 consecutive years, and has a safety record which is internationally recognised.

British Airways (operated by Comair) also recently announced a new code-share agreement with Qatar Airways, adding five new African destinations to the Qatar Airways route-map.

Through Comair’s participation in the oneworld alliance, customers have access to 15 of the world's leading airlines and around 30 affiliates, all which have reputations for quality service.

Comair Limited
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Post by Bell 407 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:30 am

Implementation Flight To Arrive On Monday

As planned, British Airways (operated by Comair) will conduct an Implementation Flight to the Island in a Boeing 737-800 aircraft on Monday 18 April 2016, arriving at St Helena Airport at approximately 11.40hrs.

Naturally, this arrival time, and the flight itself, is subject to weather conditions and other factors.

We hope to be able to confirm the precise time of arrival on local radio on Monday morning.

The aircraft, registration ZS-ZWG – the actual aeroplane which will serve the St Helena/Johannesburg route – will depart OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at approximately 08.30hrs SA time.

In preparation for the commencement of scheduled air services, the objectives of the Implementation Flight include route assessment, airside operations, passenger and cargo handling, training and various aspects of safety at St Helena Airport.

Practical Arrangements for Vantage Points

The public is advised that there will be no access to the Airport site at Prosperous Bay Plain until nearer the commencement of commercial operations. This is to allow completion of the final stages of Airport certification and operational readiness.

Basil Read, working closely with the St Helena Police Service, has identified various public vantage points where people will be able to get a good view of the aircraft landing. Other vantage points, such as Woody Ridge, will also be available – but there will be no traffic management at those places. The public is therefore asked to take extra care when driving to and parking at other vantage points on the Island.

The one-way system used on previous flight days (to alleviate congestion in Longwood) cannot be used this time due to road building work beyond Reggie’s takeaway. An alternative system will be put in place to help manage traffic in the area, using the two parallel roads through Bottom Woods. This will be signposted and Police Officers will be on hand to assist motorists.
The public are strongly encouraged to car share where possible, and to be mindful of their personal safety, particularly when on foot. Please drive and park sensibly and be aware of your surroundings.

Saint Helena Access


ZS-ZWG on her way :clap: :clap:

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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:39 pm

I hope we're going to see some media coverage on their inaugural flight.



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Post by Bell 407 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:31 pm

This of the crew from the landing of ZS-ACT last week :champion: :champion:

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