28 NOVEMBER 2016
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Atlantic Star Airlines has released a video of last month’s successful tech stop by an Avro RJ100 jet at St Helena Airport (BTN 31 October) as part of its continuing campaign to have the airport declared safe for commercial services.
The carrier is one of several interested parties attempting to begin flying passengers to the island’s new airport, which remains closed after being dogged by controversy over alleged wind-shear problems.
The RJ100 was on a delivery flight to a customer in Chile. The aircraft was operated by Tronos Jet Maintenance and on the leg between Ascension Island and St Helena carried two Atlantic Star personnel including chief executive Richard Brown among the passengers.
The video shows the aircraft approaching and landing on St Helena, passengers being greeted by islanders and shots of island scenes, then taking off again and circling (see link below).
Brown followed the flight by calling on the government to implement Atlantic Star’s proposal to provide an interim air service to and from the island, possibly with an RJ100, while the Department for International Development addresses wider issues surrounding the airport's access.
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