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Atlantic Star Airlines to partner with TUIfly, flights to St. Helena to start in March

Atlantic Star Airlines (London) has issued this statement:

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Atlantic Star will partner with TUIfly to deliver its 2016 charter flight program between the UK and St. Helena. TUI Group is Europe’s largest travel company and holds a European Air Safety Agency Air Operators Certificate, including the necessary Extended Twin Operations validation necessary to operate to St. Helena.

TUIfly will operate a Boeing 737-800 on the route from London Gatwick to St. Helena, via a short fuel stop in Banjul, Gambia. The two-class configuration will offer Economy and Economy Plus seating options.

The first dates for travel coincide with the Easter school holidays. They will of course be dependent on the airport at St. Helena being opened on schedule in February 2016.

Further flights are planned, timed to coincide with school holidays later in 2016. Atlantic Star will not be able to confirm the dates or release tickets for sale on these services until much nearer the time.

The first service will leave London Gatwick in the late evening of Sunday, March 20, 2016, arriving mid-morning in St. Helena on Monday, March 21, 2016. The aircraft will then leave St. Helena around lunchtime, to arrive back in London Gatwick late the same night.

The second service will operate to a similar schedule, leaving London Gatwick on Sunday, April 3, 2016 to arrive in St. Helena on April 4, 2016, departing St. Helena the same day to arrive at London Gatwick late that night.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. TUIfly’s (TUIfly.com) (Germany) ex-Airberlin Boeing 737-86J WL D-ABKI (msn 37748) arrives at EuroAirport.

TUIfly aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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Atlantic Star Airlines announces a delay in the sale of tickets after Titan Airways pulls out

St Helena Island

Atlantic Star Airlines (London), the would-be airline that wants to advertise and operate charter flights between the United Kingdom and St. Helena Island in the Atlantic Ocean has announced a delay. The island is expected to have a new airport that is due to open next year. However the proposed airline has now announced a delay in the sale of tickets for the proposed new service. The paper airline issued this statement:

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Atlantic Star Airlines must regretfully announce that there will be a delay to the sale of tickets on their first charter flights between the UK and St Helena planned for Easter 2016.

We realise that this will come as a considerable disappointment to the many Saints, potential visitors and tourism businesses on St. Helena who have been waiting for seats on these flights to become available to purchase.

Atlantic Star had entered in to partnership with Titan Airways of Stansted to operate the flights. Detailed negotiations had been been concluded and a draft agreement reached. However we received notification this week that Titan have unilaterally declared all agreements void and are no longer willing to operate the services. It goes without saying that we feel extremely let down.

Clearly this is a major setback and we now find ourselves in the position of needing to identify a new charter provider in a shorter timeframe. As a consequence we find ourselves unavoidably forced to “stop the clock” on the countdown to ticket sales. We know how disappointed many people reading this release will be and we are hard at work engaging a replacement airline for the charter programme. This will take time, and we will keep our future customers and trade partners informed as and when it is appropriate to do so.

Our passion for St.Helena as a destination remains undimmed, and we maintain our belief that direct flights to and from the UK are desirable as well as operationally and financially feasible.

Richard Brown, Andy Radford and Aiden Walsh
The Atlantic Star Leadership Team.

Photo: St. Helena Island. Atlantic Star Airlines.

 

Atlantic Star Airlines announces prospective charter flights to the island of St. Helena

St. Helena

Atlantic Star Airlines (London), a prospective paper airline, is proposing charter flights to the island of St. Helena in the south Atlantic Ocean from London starting in March 2016. The company has issued this statement:

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Atlantic Star, in conjunction with industry partners, will deliver direct flights from London to St. Helena shortly after airport opening.

The initial flights will be conducted as a pair, with the first round trip operating around the middle of March 2016, and the second a fortnight later in early April 2016, to coincide with the Easter holidays. By choosing this pattern of flights resident Saints will be able to enjoy a two-week stay in England, similarly visitors to St. Helena will be able to enjoy a fortnight on the island.

Total journey time, including a short refuelling stop, will be under 12 hours. UK originating travellers will be able to depart late evening and arrive in St. Helena the following morning. Return flights will leave St. Helena early morning to arrive into the UK in the evening of the same day.

Commenting on the announcement Aiden Walsh, Commercial Director of Atlantic Star, said: “We are pleased to announce that we are going ahead with our first package of charter flights allowing tourists and Saints both in the UK and on St. Helena to plan a two week vacation either on island or in the UK and Europe. We expect demand to be high for these services and we will be incentivising early bookers by offering them the best prices on each flight. We are finalising our plans at present and as soon as we have contracts in place we will announce more details. As the sole airline focusing on the needs of Saints, we are very keen to hear your views. Anyone wishing to help us provide the best service possible can complete our short survey via this link. Please fill in the survey and leave us your email details so that we can keep in touch once the flight dates and fares are announced.

Richard Brown, founder of Atlantic Star commented: “This project has been ten years in the making for us at Atlantic Star and we are looking forward to our historic first flight arrival and departure from the amazing island of St. Helena. Thank you to all those Saints and travellers interested in visiting this unique and wonderful island for the messages of interest and support that you have sent to us via email, website, Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to sharing more detail on our flights and details on how to book a seat over the coming weeks. By registering on the website you’ll be the first to know and be sure to get the best deals.”

Top Photo: Atlantic Star Airlines. The island of St. Helena, the final home of Napoleon Bonaparte. St. Helena is a tropical island of volcanic origin in the South Atlantic Ocean, 4000 km east of Rio de Janeiro. It is part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, which also includes Ascension Island and the islands of Tristan da Cunha.

Photo: Atlantic Star Airlines.