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Please note the amendment below to show that the email with the link to the Priority Club form will be sent on TUESDAY 22ND MARCH

ATLANTIC STAR AIRLINES LAUNCHES PRIORITY CLUB

Having gained regulatory approval from St.Helena Government and UK Civil Aviation Authority for its exclusive charter flights flying direct from London Luton to St.Helena Atlantic Star Airlines (‘A-Star’) is proud to announce the launch of Priority Club for passengers wishing to book on these historic first flights. Priority Club membership is a means of guaranteeing access to a ticket prior to sales commencing after airport certification at St.Helena is completed in April. It is also a way to secure a saving on the ticket price.

Commenting on the launch Aiden Walsh, Commercial Director at A-Star, said: “Priority Club will enable customers to firm up their travel plans for our first flights on 22/23 May and 5/6 June and is our way of saying a big “thank you” to everyone who has supported our enterprise and waited patiently for the opportunity to travel on these historic flights linking St.Helena to the UK for the first time.”

A-Star Priority Club will work as follows:
An email will be sent out to all A-Star email subscribers on Tuesday 22 March. Contained within the email will be a link to a dedicated form that customers can use to join A-Star Priority Club and to detail the flight they wish to have priority on – the OR1502 leaving Luton on 22 May or the OR2002 leaving St.Helena on 23 May. One form can be used for up to 9 passengers travelling in a group as long as all their name details are correct. The form will also ask Priority Club members which cabin they would like to travel in (Economy or Economy Plus) and how much baggage they are likely to book when ticket sales commence (15, 23 or 30KG). Friends and family members will be able to fill in the form on behalf of anyone without Internet access. 

Once the form is completed the A-Star team will process it in strict chronological order. Successful applications to join the Priority Club will then be sent an invoice by A-Star using PayPal. The charge for joining Priority Club is £50 per person but this unlocks a £100 discount off the standard flight tariff when tickets go on sale after airport certification. For instance the standard Economy fare with 15KG baggage allowance reduces from £1299 to £1199 and the standard child fare reduces from £799 to £699. So a family of four travelling together will guarantee their seats, can plan their vacation and will save a total of £200 on their booking once the cost of joining A-Star Priority Club is included in their total travel cost. The PayPal invoice once issued by A-Star must be paid within 72 hours otherwise the membership will be offered to the next customer in the queue to join Priority Club. A friend or family member can pay if the customer joining Priority Club doesn’t have Internet access or is unable to complete a PayPal transaction using a credit or debit card. 

All funds from Priority Club will remain in a ring-fenced account separate from the A-Star main account and will be refunded to Priority Club members in the event that airport certification does not take place as scheduled. 

Once ticket sales commence Priority Club members will have first access to booking and total priority over other passengers for a period of 72 hours. Tickets will be able to be booked over the internet via www.atlanticstarairlines.com, by phone with TravelPack Ltd of London, and also at a travel provider in Jamestown where customers will be able to make a booking and pay by cash or cheque for their ticket in return for a small additional booking fee. A-Star will release more information about all three methods of booking to Priority Club members once the Priority Club process is completed.

Richard Brown, Principal of A-Star says: “We realise that for some customers the Priority Club process may seem a little daunting but we promise we will make each stage very straightforward. We know the system will work and we also believe it is the best way to give everyone a fair chance of getting access to tickets on our first flights and also unlock a valuable £50 saving at the same time. We know the Saint community is a close one and hope that friends and family will get together to help each other out with the booking process where needed.”

The first flights will be on the following dates, operated on a Boeing 737-800 by TUIfly (Netherlands) under their flight number, prefix OR. Flights will stop briefly in Banjul (‘BJL’), Gambia, for re-fuel and a change of flight crew, in each direction. All times are expressed in local time.

Sunday 22 May
OR1502                LTN-BJL                2330-0450 (following day)
OR1502                BJL-HLE               0550-1045 

Monday 23 May
OR2002                HLE-BJL                1145-1630
OR2002                BJL-LTN                1730-0040 (following day)

Sunday 5 June
OR1502                LTN-BJL                2330-0450 (following day)
OR1502                BJL-HLE               0550-1045 

Monday 6 June
OR2002                HLE-BJL                1145-1630
OR2002                BJL-LTN                1730-0040 (following day)

The total journey time in each direction is around 12 hours.

This schedule means visitors can spend a fortnight enjoying St.Helena and similarly allows St.Helena residents to visit the UK for a two week period. 

Ticket prices will remain unchanged, starting at £1299 return in Economy class, and £1799 in Economy Plus, inclusive of all fees and taxes, minus a £100 discount on every ticket for A-Star Priority Club members.

Kind regards from The Team at Atlantic Star Airlines
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