12 DECEMBER 2016
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Moves to bring the new airport on St Helena into service have taken another step forward with the arrival of an Embraer ERJ 190-100 operated by Embraer Commercial Aviation on a non-commercial trial and demonstration flight.
The jet, flying from Recife, used the airport over a three-day period, carrying 11 crew including two SA Airlink pilots, and made a smooth landing on Runway 02, followed by test landings and take-offs.
The St Helena government said in a statement: “As planned, the Embraer aircraft completed a variety of landings, take-offs and circuits.
“This flight generated considerable real-time data which, together with a pilot’s report, will help St Helena Airport to build a more comprehensive picture of the conditions under which we will be asking a scheduled air service to operate. Embraer will be submitting a full report shortly.”
St Helena has now begun the process of procuring an air-service provider or providers to operate regular air services, including a direct link between St Helena and Ascension Island, with a minimum of a weekly year-round flight to a recognised international hub airport or an airport with direct connections to the UK or South Africa.
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