Thursday, August 10, 2017

Commercial “Proving flight” to Saint Helena with 35 passengers next August 21

Airlink are expected to carry out a ‘proving flight’ to the British Oversea Territory of Saint Helena on Monday, 21 August 2017, using an Embraer E190-100IGW aircraft. This proving flight is for Airlink to demonstrate to the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) operational proficiency in terms of ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Engine Operations) requirements.

 This is a routine exercise for new air services, and part of the preparations for introducing an air service on a new route.

The aircraft will be carrying around 35 passengers, a mixture of Airlink Senior Management and representatives from the SACAA.

Working with the team at Saint Helena Airport, Airlink will be assessing all areas of the Airport operations these include: Air Traffic Control, communications & navigation systems, emergency services, terminal building facilities, and security.

The flight is expected to depart Saint Helena on Tuesday, 22 August 2017.

In November 2011, Saint Helena Government signed a Design, Build and Operate (DBO) contract with Basil Read (Pty) Ltd. The contract included £201.5 million for the design and construction of the airport, an additional amount, of up to £10 million on shared risk contingency and £35.1 million for ten years of operation.

The project aims to provide air services to Saint Helena, fulfilling the UK Government’s commitment to maintaining access to the Island, and provide it with a real opportunity for economic growth through tourism.

Both the Saint Helena Government and the UK Government hope that this will lead to eventual financial self-sustainability for Saint Helena.

Original article can be found here ➤

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