Friday, December 4, 2020

Boeing jet makes its maiden flight to Francistown

Blue Sky Airline has finally conducted its first commercial charter flight to Francistown, showing off their Boeing 737-20.

The historic commercial charter flight took BOCCIM delegates to and from Francistown with approximately 80 passengers.

Mark Spicer, the Managing Director of Blue Sky, said they are excited after their first commercial charter, and believe they provided exceptional service.

Spicer is excited to be contributing to the development of aviation in Botswana, with plans for scheduled flights to important South African destinations, such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, as well as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and other parts of Southern Africa.

Blue Sky is a separate operator from Air Botswana but the MD revealed that they would be willing to partner with the national airline in future.

“Although we cannot comment on Air Botswana’s operations, we have offered our services and would be happy to work with them,” Spicer said.

He said they expect to grow their fleet as the demand allows. He added that they will not be a budget airline, but will provide competitive rates. As a local airliner, Blue Sky will also have local routes to such destinations as Maun, Kasane and Francistown. The Boeing jet is famous for both luxury and speed and can carry over 100 passengers.

Spicer said the licensing is complete for scheduled operations and now awaits the operation portion of the regulations, which is halfway complete.

Meanwhile, the Flying Mission Services Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Training School graduated five students who received a TEC accredited Diploma for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.

Spicer said the Training School is TEC accredited and is open to students from all over the country.

“We offer internships through the school, and have hired many of the graduates from this class,” he said.

Blue Sky is operated by the Flying Mission Services, a company that has been in the business of chartering aircrafts, as well as operating air medical evacuation services for the Ministry of Health in Botswana, for decades.

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