Flight on IE341
Plane: De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter.
Class: Only one class and that's economy, or business,
or first-class. Tiny seats of very economy.
Being the only air connection between Seghe and Honiara
you just have to pay what you are asked. But it's worth
it just for the experience of being at one of the quaintest
little airport sheds in the known world.
Time?: 30 minutes late due to cancelled takeoff after
oil gauge showed a problem. It took half an hour to
sort out, including getting the captain to hold a ladder
while the co-pilot climbed up to help check out the
oil in the left engine.
Seat: Didn't check as it was first in best dressed.
Seats small and well worn, but reasonable views out
Passengers: Mainly foreigners, but one Solomon Islander
heading to capital.
How Full?: About half the seats were taken.
Entertainment: The window views.
The Service: Good no-frills service.
Food and Drink: None.
None, but the Seghe airfield has clean toilets, complete
with a small eight-legged friend.
Experience: Few amenities, but you can buy snacks and
drinks. Nearby is a small market and across the grass
airfield you can join in a game of soccer with some
of the local kids.
I fly Again?: Absolutely. The pilots thought there was
an oil problem, aborted the takeoff, did their checks
and we were airborne again within 30 minutes and landed
safely at Honiara. I felt very safe with all of the
local pilots flying internal air routes within Solomon
- Richard Moore