A British Airways Dreamliner touched down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Tuesday around 5:00 p.m. from London on a ferry flight to evacuate British citizens marooned in Guyana following the suspension of international flights.
The widebody Boeing 787 aircraft came to Guyana amid the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic to repatriate those seeking to return home in the absence of schedule international flights.
With the temporary suspension of scheduled international passenger flights, foreign governments have organized charter flights to repatriate their citizens. Similar missions have taken place in recent weeks to return American and Canadian citizens.
This flight is symbolic as no Dreamliner has previously landed in Guyana during its 10-year history of operartion.
The revolutionary Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft is 80% composite by volume and 50% composite by weight. Aircraft structures are predominantly made of Aluminum which is significantly heavier than composite materials.
Guyana closed its borders on March 19 to all scheduled international passenger flights. The suspension will continue until May 1, but this date will likely be extended.