As published last week the first British Airways Boeing 737-800 registration ZS-ZWG (As shown in the video below) operated by Comair is scheduled to arrive at the St Helena Airport on Monday April 18th 2016 at around 11.40 GMT. ZS-ZWG is the actual aircraft designated for the Jo-burg to St Helena route. The Aircraft will depart Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at 08.30 GMT +2 This is an implementation flight as mentioned previously in a posting on April 7th 2016. The BA/Comair flight to St Helena will allow Comair to conduct an assessment of the flight route and observe and implement other airside airport procedures in time for the commencement of regular flights to the Island.
It has been made official that 120 passengers will enjoy the luxury of Comair’s brand new Aircraft a Boeing 737 -800 that will fly to St Helena from Johannesburg.
As mention in an early posting from this website the 737-800 Aircraft is the second-longest aircraft in the Boeing 737 range. It is known for its fuel efficiency and spacious seating plan. It is fitted with split-scimitar winglets – vertical wing tip extensions that reduce drag and provide lift, cutting fuel consumption and lowering the aircraft’s carbon footprint.
Although there has been no official schedule or airfares published, it is anticipated that the airport will gain its certification approval and will open in May 2016. For the St Helena Aircraft spotters the registration allocated to St Helena’s new Boeing Aircraft is ZS-ZWG.