The St. Helena Government confirms that further safety and operational work is required prior to the Official Opening of the Island’s new Airport – and that this event has therefore been postponed. While this means that the Airport will not officially open on 21 May 2016 as originally planned, the safety of aircraft and passengers is of course paramount.(MP, 15 and 19 April).
The British Overseas Territory St Helena in mid Atlantic made history on Monday as the first large passenger jet aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 (ZS-ZWG), touched down at St Helena’s new Airport shortly after 12.00 noon. This is the actual Boeing aircraft which will serve the St Helena/Johannesburg rout, according to a release from the local government.
Boeing looks to have cemented its position as the world's biggest aircraft manufacturer after delivering a record 762 planes last year. The figure exceeds Boeing's previous forecast that it would deliver between 755 and 760 aircraft.
Argentina's flag carrier Aerolineas Argentinas amd Boeing have completed an agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes, an operation valued at 1.8 billion dollars (list price) which is seen as an effort by the Argentine government to modernize its fleet and increase passenger satisfaction.
The world's largest 'salmon' -- a plane -- landed in Anchorage this week at a full 91,000 lb before an audience of hundreds of Alaska Airlines employees and seafood industry executives. Measuring nearly 129 ft, the fish-themed Boeing 737-800 is the most elaborately decorated commercial aircraft and is meant to celebrate the partnership of Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI).