14 MARCH 2016
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British Airways will be seen when scheduled services start from the beginning of May to the South Atlantic island of St Helena from Johannesburg. Comair, a BA partner, has taken delivery of a brand new Boeing 737-800, registration ZS-ZWG, to be used on the flights. It will be configured to accommodate approximately 120 passengers.
The British Overseas Territory – one of the most remote islands on earth – has always relied on the sea for communication and transport to the outside world. With the introduction of the airport, and scheduled services, the regular passenger-carrying vessel, the RMS St Helena, will be retired.
The new air links will mean a complete change of lifestyle for the islanders, some of whom have never left St Helena. The economy will also change with tourists now able to visit the last home of Napoleon.
Also planning services is Atlantic Star Airlines which is a new carrier preparing to operate a Boeing 757 to the island from the UK.
The single runway is 6,397ft (1,950m) long and will allow Airbus A320 and Boeing 737/757 aircraft, plus the military C-130 Hercules, to fly in, but will preclude any larger aircraft, such as the Boeing 767. www.comair.co.za www.atlanticstarairlines.com www.sainthelena.gov.sh
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