Hans Airways made this announcement:
Test flights depart from Birmingham Airport
Hans Airlines is pleased to confirm that it performed its official route test flight for the British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Wednesday, August 31, aboard the newly re-registered Airbus A330-200, G-KJAS. Two groups of flight crew and cabin crew led by Captain Nathan Burkett and Nero Prabhakar, Director of Cabin Safety and Service, operated the flight, while Simon Brauer, Director of Ground Operations, focused on shipping and logistics, with ground assistance operated by Swissport. With more than 100 guests on board, the flight time was just over two hours, as it flew along the West Coast to the North Atlantic and back to Birmingham Airport.
The day before, August 30, Hans Airways CEO and Founder Satnam Saini proudly welcomed 55 guests including family, friends and partner airlines on an introductory test flight that repeated the full service offer. The A330, still white, took off from Birmingham and landed in Glasgow Prestwick, Doncaster, then back to Prestwick, before returning to Birmingham Airport.
“It is an honor and privilege to take control of our first flight on the A330,” said Operations Director and Captain Nathan Burkett. In the first stage, at Prestwick, he was joined by First Captain Graham Ness (formerly Oman Air, EasyJet), one of the first pilots to join the company.
Satnam Saini thanked STS Aviation Services at Birmingham Airport for working quickly and enthusiastically over the weekends to prepare the aircraft for the maiden flight – and he commended all his team – who, collectively, “have contributed so much. To achieve so much today, the culmination of four years of design and formation.”
Satnam Singh Saini, CEO of Hans Airlines
The trial flight of the AAC track is the penultimate regulatory milestone for being able to start commercial revenue operations. After being awarded the UK Air Operator Certificate, Hans Airways will apply to the equivalent Indian regulatory authority, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for a flight license from India.
It aims to become the UK’s third largest long-haul scheduled airline, operating an affordable, full-service hybrid model.
Hans Airways, in its mission as a community airline, intends to make Amritsar in northern India its first destination from Birmingham Airport and expects to begin flying in October (subject to licensing approval).
The company is currently recruiting and is looking to add another 20 cabin crew members from its base in Birmingham, UK.
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