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Britten-Norman sells two new Islanders to FIGAS in the Falkland Islands

Britten Norman has made this announcement:

Britten-Norman has two new BN2B-26 Islanders on its production line for the Falkland Islands Government Aviation Service (FIGAS) – bringing the service’s fleet to a total of six Islanders by the time the second aircraft is delivered.

The investment, approved by the islands’ Government, will be used to meet the Falklands’ increasing popularity as a tourist destination. Passenger numbers have risen from 5,800 in 2011/12 to 8,800 in 2017/18 – a trend that FIGAS expects to continue in the future.

The first of the two new aircraft will be delivered in the summer, with the second scheduled for early 2020. Both Islanders are in the commuter role, equipped with the Gamin G600TXi avionics suite, System 55X Autopilot and Spidertracks. Britten-Norman’s team of expert avionics engineers will deliver Garmin Avionics Training in the Falklands upon the first aircraft’s arrival.

FIGAS has operated Islanders since October 1979. The service has gradually evolved from air ambulance and mail service in 1948 to passengers, freight, fishery patrol and scenic flights, with tourists and local passengers making up most of the traffic. The Islander’s performance as a high-frequency and short-flight platform makes it the ideal aircraft for hopping to almost 30 different airfields located in the Falkland Islands’ East and West mainlands.

FIGAS currently operates five Britten-Norman BN-2B Islanders.

  • VP-FBD entered service January 1986, passenger configuration
  • VP-FBM entered service May 1989, passenger configuration
  • VP-FBN entered service July 1990, passenger configuration
  • VP-FBO entered service July 1990, maritime patrol configuration
  • VP-FBR entered service March 1992, passenger configuration

All photos by FIGAS.

Map of the Falkland Islands (Google Maps):

The capital of Stanley and the airport at the top:

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Will Aerolineas Argentinas ever fly to the Falkland Islands?

Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) may yet fly to the Falkland Islands (known as the Islas Malvinas in Argentina). President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez, has proposed approaching the United Kingdom about agreeing to a new bilateral agreement that would permit a weekly flight by Aerolineas Argentinas from Buenos Aires to Stanley. However this proposal would probably meet political opposition in Argentina.

Read the full story from Argus: CLICK HERE

Of course many people in Argentina still remember the undeclared Falklands War between Britain and Argentina. The Falklands War began on Friday April 2, 1982, when Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force, and retake the islands by amphibious assault. The resulting conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender on June 14, 1982, which returned the islands to British control. 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel and three Falkland Islanders died during the conflict.

The Falkland Islands are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, located over 250 nautical miles (460 km; 290 miles) east of Argentina. The archipelago comprises East Falkland, West Falkland, and 776 lesser islands.Stanley, the capital and only city, is on East Falkland. The islands are a self-governing British Overseas Territory, with the United Kingdom responsible for its defense and foreign affairs.

Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) (Stanley) is the local UK airline that operates scheduled passenger services throughout the Falkland Islands with Britten-Norman Islanders.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi.

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