WingPrayerAir has today announced its first scheduled flight from Newark in Nottinghamshire to Amsterdam in Holland. However, the announcement is not without concern from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Alarms bell rang at the CAA when the news broke earlier today. Their spokesman Orville Ann Dean said:
"We weren't too happy when we heard their sole aircraft was a reconditioned 1944 Douglas DC3 Dakota. Initially we were worried that a former German infantryman with memory problems might decide to take pot shots at the plane as he relived World War II.
"And yes, we thought we could cope when the company announced that the plane had outside toilets, and that there were seatbelts for passengers sitting in even- numbered seats only.
"For starters, to keep costs down, passengers had to check themselves in, take their own luggage out onto the tarmac and stow it in the boot of the plane. They were also expected to sell themselves refreshments during the journey.
"However, we started to express some really serious concerns when we learned that they were using the A1 dual carriageway near Newark as a runway for take-off late a night and that the sole pilot of the plane gave the safety talk while the plane was in the air. We also felt that safety could be seriously compromised with the announcement that "the seats are under your lifejackets."