The BBC has reported that the "virgin" flight to the new airport on the
has landed safely. This is also described
as the "first commercial flight". This is not strictly true; there
was an inaugural flight in August which I reported on at the time, see: https://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/st-helena-airport-maiden-flight.html.
However this is the first flight in which tickets were put onto the open market.
One of the passengers was a Mr Ed Cropley and he Tweeted a photo of his boarding
pass, see above (and https://twitter.com/edwardcropley).
Some of the other seventy-seven passengers were Saints returning home, for the
first time skipping the six-day sea voyage from island of St
Helena Cape Town
on the RMS; that must feel strange. SA Airlink once again used their new Embraer
E190 aircraft for this flight. It took off from OR Tambo Airport in at and stopped to refuel at Johannesburg,
South Africa before setting
out over the Windhoek,
Namibia Atlantic Ocean towards St Helena.
It landed safely at local
time (2.59 PM BST), see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41620003.
The plane will return to South Africa
tomorrow afternoon. I hope the tourists enjoy themselves and the Saints find
this new way of accessing the outside world useful. However, the concerns I've
raised in this series have not eased. Regular flights will now follow this one. If you want to go to St Helena
it is not cheap; prices start at £804 and this does not include travelling to South
Africa first. Probably that price will come
down over time, as is often the case. See here for details: https://flyairlink.com/destinations/flights-to-st-helena
See here for background: http://hpanwo-radio.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/programme-212-podcast-st-helena-airport.html.