Airline dream that began with a map on the kitchen floor

St Helena Online

maps montage 640Three pilots are setting up an airline to bid for the contract to fly to St Helena when its first airport opens in 2016. St Helena Online went to meet the man who dreamed up the project. 

Captain Richard Brown first heard about St Helena as a child, when he saw an item on the BBC’s Blue Peter programme.

A Star tail 300It stuck in his mind. And for the past seven years, he has been dreaming of flying to the island in his own aircraft, with his own airline.

Or rather, the island’s own airline. Before it can take off for Prosperous Bay Plain, of course, it has to land something even tricker than an aeroplane: the contract.

Atlantic Star Airlines, as the project has become, was born on the floor of Richard’s kitchen, between flights in his job as a training captain at British Airways.

“I got reading about the airport…

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