Atlantic Star bid for St Helena service rejected

Start-up Atlantic Star has indicated that it has been informed by the St Helena government that it will not be invited to participate in the next phase of the Air Access tender process. Atlantic Star had proposed basing an Avro RJ100 on St Helena for a twice weekly service to Ascension Island. The RJ100 would have been procured from lessor Tronos and operated on Atlantic Star’s behalf by Britain’s Cello Aviation. A preferred bidder has not yet been announced, but South Africa’s Airlink is the only other airline known to have responded to the request for proposals. Airlink has just operated St Helena’s first commercial airline service, when Avro RJ85 ZS-SSH (msn E2285) flew from Cape Town to the Atlantic island on a charter organized by the St Helena government to cover for repairs to the ship that normally connects the Island to South Africa. However, Airlink’s CEO, Rodger Foster, recently indicated that he does not believe the RJ85 is a suitable aircraft to operate regular scheduled services to St Helena, because of its insufficient range.

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