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St Helena & Ascension April 2020 relief flights

Old 7th Apr 2020, 15:58
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Question St Helena & Ascension April 2020 relief flights

Any news on possible relief fights (primarily medical supplies) to St Helena & Ascension? ex UK, possibly A-318 either BA or

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Old 8th Apr 2020, 18:07
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No, but I would think a shut down might be the way to go on a remote island to limit exposure (assuming you have enough beer and spam to last the duration of course)
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Old 8th Apr 2020, 19:26
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Unsure about Ascension, but I would think that St Helena would just manage like it always has done - with goods being shipped in by sea
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 00:40
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Unsure about Ascension, but I would think that St Helena would just manage like it always has done - with goods being shipped in by sea
In April 2018 she was purchased by MNG Maritime and renamed MNG Tahiti to act as a vessel-based armoury (VBA) licensed by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) in the Gulf of Oman. In October 2018 MNG sold the ship and she returned to the UK renamed St Helena once more.
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 03:30
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Chris, I could be mistaken but I believe they are talking about the Islands of Ascension and St Helena.
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 09:29
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spam to last the duration of course
So that is where all the Spam went to!
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UK Government Honours Commitment To Support St Helena With Covid-19 Preparations

https://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/2020/...-preparations/
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 12:21
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Originally Posted by Bksmithca View Post
Chris, I could be mistaken but I believe they are talking about the Islands of Ascension and St Helena.
I think Chris was referring to the Royal Mail Ship St. Helena.
Before St Helena Airport opened this ship ran a regular passenger, cargo and mail service from Cape Town to the island.
When the airport opened, the ship was retired.
She was a capable and tough little ship. I hope she can be retained as she could be a useful British asset in uncertain times.
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 12:48
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She was a capable and tough little ship. I hope she can be retained as she could be a useful British asset in uncertain times.
Looks like she is back in service;

08-04-20

The MV Helena arrived last week and departed for Ascension on Sunday. Merchants have advised that they have sufficient supplies and people are encouraged to maintain their normal shopping habits. St Helena Government would like to extend their thanks to all involved for offloading the MV Helena and as a result getting supplies into shops so quickly.

International shipping is continuing around the world and Cape Town port continues to operate, but on a reduced scale. We currently expect the MV Helena to be able to go back to Cape Town and restock and return in May.
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 19:50
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They spent millions on a white elephant of an airport with the runway at 90 degrees to the prevailing wind and built in windshear from the nearby cliffs.
Flights from Windhoek had just enough range but as often as not had to go around and return to Windhoek. In the end the only reliable way to keep the island supplied was to put the ship back into service.
Taxpayers money --- harumphhhhhh.
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 20:26
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St. Helena.


I bet she gets a good welcome party

I bet she gets a good welcome party, apologies for poor quality of pics, iPhone shot from the Queen Victoria.


Last edited by OwnNav; 9th Apr 2020 at 20:32. Reason: apology for poor quality pics
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 20:57
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MNG Tahiti was sold to the Extreme E racing series. It's currently undergoing refit.
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 20:59
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Originally Posted by OPENDOOR View Post
Looks like she is back in service;

08-04-20
New ship nearly the same name easy to mix up
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 21:03
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Often as not had to go around? Come on mate. At least try and do some research before you post. There's a Doc. on youtube called "The World's Most Useful Airport"; whilst it's not perfect, it rights a lot of the misinformation spouted by the tabloid press some years ago.
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 21:34
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Ideal location for a Military cargo drop off by pallet out the back. No need to land just do a fly by.
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 21:41
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There's some right rubbish touted in this forum at times.

The RMS St Helena (below) is laid up in Birkenhead docks awaiting it's new owner, it's not in service with the island.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/...rld-travel.jpg

The MV Helena is now the vessel used to and from mainland Africa
https://sthelenashipping.com/wp-cont...ELENA-10-1.jpg

They spent millions on a white elephant of an airport with the runway at 90 degrees to the prevailing wind and built in windshear from the nearby cliffs.
Flights from Windhoek had just enough range but as often as not had to go around and return to Windhoek. In the end the only reliable way to keep the island supplied was to put the ship back into service.
Taxpayers money --- harumphhhhhh.
Where do you get your stats from? It's arguably one of the worlds most USEFUL airports, and has saved many lives over the years. The cancellation rate in 2018 was less than 8%, and I believe it's much less than that now.

Here's a great video on the airport

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Old 9th Apr 2020, 22:13
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Thank you 750XL. My sentiments exactly. And that's the video I was referring to (I can't post urls as I'm new). I have also personally been on that flight and it was one of the most unique and enjoyable trips I've ever had.
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Old 18th Apr 2020, 00:17
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Understand that a Titan A318 is scheduled ex UK via Ascension on Monday 20th April

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http://www.independent.sh/wp-content...t-20200417.pdf
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Old 18th Apr 2020, 19:42
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Nice cabin layout.
Clearly, the 3600 nm is not enough for a direct flight - what is their routing ?
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