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South Atlantic airbridge tends to normalize by rerouting to West Africa airports

Tuesday, April 18th 2017 - 08:43 UTC
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The Falkland Islands government has made further announcements regarding the South Atlantic Airbridge, which has been rerouted because of the temporary closure of Ascension Island runway, but now seems to be back in track to normalizing via alternative airports in West Africa. Ascenson island, in mid Atlantic, is a crucial call point for the long airbridge to the Falklands. Read full article


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  • Islander1

    Wrong aircraft Mercopress- The passenger version used are owned and operated and crewed by AirTanker as a civilian registered aircraft- on charter to the RAF,- but not RAF aircraft.

    Apr 19th, 2017 - 02:38 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Think

    Wrong info Islander1- The 9 (+5 options) RAF Voyager planes are owned, operated and crewed by AirTanker...,eight fly on the Military Aircraft Register (MAR) and one on the Civilian Aircraft Register (CAR)...All of hem are “Leased” to the RAF...

    Apr 19th, 2017 - 08:44 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Jo Bloggs

    Not sure what you said wrong in your post but Old Man Troll thinks it was erroneous.

    Poor old Think.

    Apr 19th, 2017 - 11:04 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Islander1

    Think- the aircraft are indeed on longterm lease to the RAF - to operate on routes requested- all part of the private finance initiative,
    But the version that carries passengers carry NO RAF markings - they are emblazoned Air Tanker instead. Civilian registered,civilian owned and operated, - employer of most of the passengers does not matter- all passengers dressed in civilian clothing anyway. None travel in uniform on this route.
    The one in the Pic is most likely an air refuelling tanker one- they indeed are RAF crewed and labelled.

    Apr 20th, 2017 - 09:14 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Think


    Only one (1) Air Tanker plane is currently registered on the Civilian Aircraft Register (CAR)...
    That plane has Reg. No.: G-VYGK

    Replotting a plane with new decals is a quick & easy job that has no significance whatsoever...
    (Other than making Pax believe... that is...)

    Apr 21st, 2017 - 09:14 am - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Clyde15

    I have lost the thread on this one ! G-VYCK was leased to Thomas Cook Airlines and had all it's refuelling and military equipment removed. In effect, a civilian airliner for passenger conveyance. To convert back to tanker role takes 90 days.

    From Flight Global
    Unlike the eight Voyager tanker/transports already in use with the RAF’s 10 and 101 squadrons and AirTanker’s G-VYGG, the new aircraft will be painted white and receive Thomas Cook livery. AirTanker will perform “depth” maintenance at its Brize Norton site, with the carrier to conduct line maintenance tasks.

    Apr 24th, 2017 - 07:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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