BOEING 757 LANDS AT BOA VISTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
A TACV Cabo Verde Airlines Boeing 757 landed Saturday afternoon at Boa Vista International Airport without any problems. It was precisely 4:47 pm when the Boeing 757 Emigranti touched down on the airport runway in the presence of the inspection team and a crowd of onlookers who gathered to watch.
It was a “spectacular” moment and a “very good” landing, according to flight commander Augusto Lima, who piloted the aircraft on this first test run at the new airport. According to Lima, the operation went smoothly thanks to the good conditions of the runway, which, despite only being 2,100 meters long, allows “large-scale airplanes to land without difficulty.”
The only thing lacking “for this airport to have a better landing capacity is the Instrument Landing System.” But this, says Lima, does not affect the landing. The only airport in Cape Verde with an Instrument Landing System is Sal’s Amílcar Cabral International Airport.
The Boeing 757 Emigranti took a mere nine minutes to fly from Sal to Boa Vista at a speed of 250 knots per hour.
The landing test was also used to carry out a fire simulation, with three fire engines going through fire extinguishing exercises.
The administrative council president of Airport and Air Security company ASA, Mário Paixão, expressed his satisfaction with the exercise, which he said was the “result of hard work.” Paixão considered yesterday’s demonstration a “historic moment” for Boa Vista and for Cape Verde.
Boa Vista municipal chamber president José Pinto hailed the landmark landing and stressed the importance of the opening of the airport for the island and for Cape Verde in general. “Now I can say that Boa Vista has embarked upon the path of development,” he concluded.
Half an hour after landing, the TACV Boeing 757 headed back to Sal.