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Local St Helena Tour operator host fly cruise tourist arriving by Air.

This week St Helena’s Airport will report one of the busiest weeks with air traffic and also aircraft landings, tomorrow a well-known local branded business will host a travelling family who will arrive on a private jet at the airport which is scheduled to  arrive on Island around lunch time.

Derek - Island Images ltd St Helena's Travel and Tour operator.
Derek – Island Images LTD. St Helena’s Travel and Tour operator.

Island Images owned by Derek and Linda Richards have been exclusively chosen by the families agency to host and facilitate this visit. The Family who lives in Europe has been keen to visit St Helena but due to the recent issue with commercial flights operating at the airport the family were unable to visit St Helena the fly cruising traditional way.

A Bombardier Business jet at The St Helena Airport
A Bombardier Business Jet arriving at The St Helena Airport

Derek and Linda have arranged for the well-travelled family to stay in local accommodation and sample local cuisine as well as trips to the usual tourist Island stops. St Helena local spoke to Derek and asked how the agency found out about services provided by Island Images. Derek told us that he was contacted via his website that outlines the exclusive service offered to the travelling client, the agency also commented that based on the feedback given from previous leisure client experiences Island Images profile fitted the visitor’s requirements.  Island Images offers some of the Island finest dining experience, custom tour packages and travel consultation. The family will arrive on a Bombardier Business jet operated by Execujet from Togo in West Africa and will depart Thursday the 14th July.  More details will be published after the visit.  The Island Images website can be found here and visit information is also available on the tour operator’s news page.

The Airport will also accommodate another aeromedical evacuation that is scheduled to arrive today 12th July.

“Two hours later we are here” as first jet arrives at St Helena.

The reality of regular air travel to and from St Helena is only weeks away as a large percentage of the Islands population witnessed the first ever jet landing at St

First Jet to arrive at St Helena Airport
First Jet to arrive St Helena Airport

Helena Island today.  Incidentally the first ever aircraft to land at the Islands airport was a fixed wing prop driven Beechcraft Air King 200 which landed on Tuesday 15 September 2015 which was a calibration flight.  This same aircraft returned again in December 2015 for a second calibration flight as the DVOR and other instrumentation was inappropriately sited and required relocation.

ZS-ACT landing at HLE St Helena
ZS-ACT landing at HLE St Helena

The Bombardier Challenger 300 business Jet tail number ZS-ACT approached the runway at exactly 11.30hrs GMT as keen photographers representing various organisations positioned themselves on Mole Spider Hill immediately behind the Terminal on a partially overcast Sunday morning and sought out what they thought would offer them the optimum viewing platform from which to photograph the first ever jet engine aircraft to land on St. Helena Island.  The yell went…. “There it is”!  The camera shutters almost sounded deafening for a few moments disturbed only by the onshore breeze which seemed to be

Taxing at St Helena Airport
Taxing at St Helena Airport

increasing for a while right before the 21m long aircraft was sighted.  The Bombardier Challenger 300 glimmered momentarily in the sunlight as she banked to port and began her final decent and touched down.  It took all of one full minute from the time that the aircraft was flying abreast of the rocky coastline to the landing, a perfect landing executed with precision.

Arriving on the flight was Justin Rothwell the team leader of the Air SSI team along with Nigel Kirby from DFID, Nigel Kirby who is in charge of the Engineering of the Airport construction seen here in the red shirt also arrived said “Just over two hours ago I was in Africa and now I am on St. Helena Island.  I have visited St Helena twenty times by ship in connection with the airport and today I have just landed by Jet Aircraft. It was a wonderful trip and what a smooth landing we had”


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First ever business jet to land at St Helena Airport.

Three pilots and eight passengers will arrive on a bombardier challenger 300 business jet at The new St Helena Airport (HLE) this coming Sunday the 10th April 2016. The eight passenger’s arriving forms part of the airport

project, A team of five personal will also arrive from Air Safety Support International.  Justin Rothwell from ASSI who is a senior aerodrome inspector will lead the team who will carry out a site audit of the new airport as part of the certification process. The bombardier 300 will conduct several take off and landings at the airport as part of the testing phase to test air traffic control and other related systems.

The arrival time is set for 11.30am on Sunday but this time will depend on the weather and departure time from Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg. It is anticipated that all work will be completed and the flight will leave St Helena on Friday morning 15th April.  Air Safety Support International will issue a formal response about the certification of the St Helena Airport on completion of this visit. To have a look inside of the new St Helena airport please click here to see Darren Henrys in depth tour of the Amazing Airport terminal and facilities.