747 Aircraft Owned By Local Investors Arrive In St Vincent

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747 Aircraft Owned By Local Investors Arrive In St Vincent

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747 Aircraft Owned By Local Investors Arrive In St Vincent
May 24, 2019

A being 747 the largest aircraft to land at the Argyle International Airport since its opening in 2017 arrived at about 2 pm on Friday.

The aircraft with the logo of One Caribbean a locally owned airline flew from Texas, USA some 6 hours away.

According to sources, the new aircraft is an investment by local investors which was talked about by Prime Minister Gonsalves in 2018.

From 2018

“St Vincent and the Grenadines would have its own 747 indigenous based airlines in the not too distant future, a group of Vincentian pilots and business people want to start a small locally base 747 service, it would link St Vincent from different airports, to which my government is going to give full support”.

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Gonsalves at that time also said that the AIA has already given the group space on which to construct a hanger.

According to information, the aircraft would be operating flights out of St Vincent to Dubai in the Middle East.

Sources also indicated to News784 that the aircraft can move some 100,000lbs of produce and 450 persons at once.

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Re: 747 Aircraft Owned By Local Investors Arrive In St Vincent

Unread post by islandflyer » Sun May 26, 2019

Brilliant... I wish OneCaribbean all the best in its race to bankruptcy within the next 18 months.

I guess there is a need for 100,000 lbs of best grade Vincy 'vegetable matter' in the UAE?

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We have some very serious infrastructure problems in the eastern Caribbean, which the Prime Ministers are getting ample professional advice but appear not to be listening.

The core of one problem is that they seem to be seeking purely political solutions to a technical airline problem, as if just imagining it became a totally different industry three decades ago. It is an airline, and no other specialist will turn that around - skills of managing construction companies, haberdasheries, hardware stores and all good experience, but do NOT address the unique problems of airlines.

The core of another problem is that each island seems to be sucking financial support for ALL of their local costs and inefficiencies from the air traveller. Actual statistics demonstrate - in the eastern Caribbean - that the numbers we CAN count have gone from well over 3 million intra-regional passengers (a year) in 2015 to below 700,000 last year, more than an 80% drop.

There has been no other factor attributable to such a decline. Year after year the people, who have to fly the region - the salesmen, managers, etc. - keep telling the politicians the cash cow is dying, and year after year the politicians find new taxes and new fees to tack on.

Without desiring to be alarmist in any way, as a professional I can see some rough times in aviation ahead in the future, one in which those who MUST travel intra-regionally - for business, maybe even for pleasure - will either charter small planes or invest in their own aircraft. I fully expect that ANY air travel will become prohibitively expensive, and that intra-regional aviation will virtually cease to exist.

Certainly I am hearing rumbles that existing players feel like they are being forced out of business, and getting to the point where they are starting to make plans to exit. And nobody buys a business in which they will almost certainly go broke.

Why should we care? Imagine an eastern Caribbean without the existing carriers - no LIAT, for a start. And none of the charter carriers up and down the islands. Want to get from St. Vincent to Union Island? Anguilla to St. Maarten or St. Barths? St. Kitts to Nevis? Grenada to Carriacou? You may need to call a boat owner at that end of the island and rent a boat for the duration (or get a lift).

Our politicians and finally out of control, from Fat Ralph - rapist, womaniser and power-hungry despot extra-ordinaire - spending every Vincentian cent he can put his hands on which inflates his importance in the world to Mia Amor so scared to take positive steps she either does nothing - and says nothing - or takes steps she says are towards a solution but nothing bears any relation to the problem. And she apparently sees her electors - the people who GAVE her that power - as minions, not entitled to know what is being decided until it is too late for them to disagree with it.

I am a West Indian, through and through, and spent my first 50 years on the Caribbean earth. But thank God for the twists of my fate which mean I no longer have to wake up every morning under the demagoguery of any one of the current retarded despots, dictators and oppressors.

And yes, it was not always so. But my experience tells me that growing up in Barbados and then living in Antiguan it constantly got worse - no doubt the "powers" will become even more juvenile, stupid, misunedumacated and dictatorial - AND YOU SHOULD WORRY ABOUT THAT.

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