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Boeing 757 raises hopes for St. Helena
The remote island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic is normally served by Embraer E190. Boeing 737 and Airbus A318 have also landed here. But on Thursday afternoon (July 30th) the largest aircraft to date arrived at St. Helena Airport: a Boeing 757-200 operated by the British charter company Titan Airways.
The plane brought passengers back to St Helena from the UK and from Ascension, where it was stopping over. There were delays: First the flight from London was supposed to take place at the beginning of the week, but was postponed because of a bird strike on the 757. Then the jet had to return to Ascension on Thursday due to a technical problem after take-off. Finally it worked.
Hope for a direct connection to Europe
The Boeing 757 is scheduled to return to Great Britain on Friday with a stopover in Accra, Ghana. Before that, if the weather permits, the pilots will carry out a series of take-offs and landings on St. Helena in order to practice the difficult approaches there from both directions. The government of St. Helena said this could be useful for additional flights "that could be planned with the 757".
Indeed, the Boeing landing is fueling old hopes for a direct connection from Great Britain to St. Helena. The island belongs to the British overseas territory. According to the newspaper St. Helena Independent, Great Britain and Europe are seen on the island as the main market for tourist flights to St. Helena for the time after Corona.
Atlantic Star Airlines still interested
The British company Atlantic Star Airlines had already tried to get a subsidized connection to St. Helena in the past. She wanted to fly from London to St. Helena and Cape Town - with a Boeing 757. The South African Airlink with a connection to Johannesburg was recently awarded the contract. One of the founders of Atlantic Star Airlines, Richard Brown, told the newspaper that the interest was unchecked. His company wants to apply again next year.
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