FIFA World Cup trophy arrives in Dominica

The trophy upon arrival in Dominica
The trophy upon arrival in Dominica

As the countdown continues for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil the trophy arrived in Dominica on Monday.

This is part of a nine-month global tour covering 89 countries.

The trophy will be displayed at a ceremony at the Fort Young Hotel later today.

The trophy weighs 13.6 pounds, is 14.5 inches tall and is 18 carat gold.

No one in Dominica will be allowed to touch the trophy except president Charles Savarin.

The plane carrying the trophy at the Melville Hall Airport
The plane carrying the trophy at the Melville Hall Airport

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55 Comments

  1. vieille case
    October 15, 2013

    thats why i said to you all we antiguans are smarter than you dummies

  2. Bull crap
    October 15, 2013

    what are you guys talking about, Amarijet has been landing here for years full cargo. to now say about the plane was not fully loaded is just an excuse. yes we may not get planes the same size to land here but we can definitely have incoming flight form other airlines and bigger airlines than just liat.

    • think people think
      October 15, 2013

      Exactly

    • Ivan Bully
      June 14, 2017

      true the runway length is 5761′

  3. LIAT
    October 15, 2013

    The ECCAA Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authourity situated in Antigua makes the flight rules, not us. I am just wondering that Dominica should have Jet Blue flights to DOM from NYC and MIA also New Jersey. This should help LIAT and increase passenger arrivals in Dominica , its not easy being the only airline. Dominicans deserve choices and LIAT deserves an industry partner as Jetblue is awaays there for us.

    • a guy
      October 15, 2013

      A recommendation has been sent to JetBlue pertaining to operating to Dominica. The company stated that it would not have been a profitable destination. Dominica is just not a destination on high demands.

    • Airline Partnership
      March 4, 2020

      Please Email Directly, pertaining to Parnership.

  4. think people think
    October 15, 2013

    Amerijet has been landing*

  5. think people think
    October 15, 2013

    People people people, its common sense. Amerijet having been landing in Dominica way before the airport expansion, Amerijet utilizes a BOEING 727 for operating to and from Dominica. As you can see, a MD80 was also capable of landing, so was a BOEING 737 (which is also utilized by American Airlines,US Airways,Southwest, etc.) During the last election. If these are able to land yet we’re not getting other airlines to come to Dominica, ask yourself a question….why?

    Dominica is simply not a destination on demand. Do u really think a company is going to come to Dominica just for coming sake? And do you know with all unoccupied seats the government may have to subsidize? Just imagine how much would be spent each day for all these unoccupied seats. Dominica is just not a profitable destination.

    People always keep crying that there should be competition but ask yourself what happened to all the others? EC express went bankrupt, winair pulled out of Dominica on numerous occasions, what happened to sisserou airways? Caribbean Star and Caribbean Sun seemed to be the ultimate competitor, well until the owner (a billionaire by the way) decided to either shut down or sell due to the big time loss from all those low fares. Do u really think he would just settle for selling a “goal mind ” just like that? What happened to RedJet?

    Liat’s fares are substantial for their operational costs. If it was that easy for another airline to compete face it, there would be many other competitors or those who were there would be still standing firm.

  6. Anonymous
    October 15, 2013

    *smh* at Dominicans, find out how much runway a plane like that would need to land and take off when fully loaded. then find out how much runway we have….

  7. Bossman
    October 15, 2013

    Folks, this Aircraft, the MD-80/DC-9 is NOT operated as a passenger aircraft so therefore it will be able to land, just a few Souls on board and very little cargo. And you all should know that Amerijet operates an even bigger aircraft into Dominica which is a Boeing 727 (cargo) Now that very aircraft CANT operate into Dominica as a PAX aircraft because the regulations are different. A plane full of cargo vs. a plane full of SOULS is on two completely different levels.

    I’ve seen a Boeing 737 land in Dominica during last elections. But again, that was a private charter. Not regular passenger aircraft. Regulations are more strict when in comes to Passenger aircraft. At once I even saw a LAN B767 was scheduled to land in Dominica, don’t know about that one though. Found it rather strange, maybe it could have been a glitch, but hey, who knows? And folks why would LIAT go invest in such and OLD aircraft???? These “Mad Dogs”as they are called, are HELLA OLD!!!! Maybe the something from the ERJ/CRJ Family.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hsc601/8706855840/

  8. Anonymous
    October 15, 2013

    A DC 9 land in dominica waw!

  9. FrequentTraveller
    October 14, 2013

    The plane is an MD 83 with a capacity of 155 passengers…there is a smaller MD 87 with a capacity of 130 passengers which could operate out of Melville Hall flying directly to any of the international airports in Florida

  10. Thinker
    October 14, 2013

    I’m very disappointed and some what concerned that people are making comments about the size of the plane landing in Dominica. Let me bring some light to the blind. It’s not about the planes sizes it has more to with the logistics ie refueling and the hubs needed to facilitate those size planes. An international air port has a lot more to do with infrastructure than just planes ability to land on a particular runway…The End. (DNO you censorship police please let the people read this)

  11. coocoomayuck
    October 14, 2013

    very soon AIR TRAN will be landing dca direct flights to Puerto Rico

  12. forreal
    October 14, 2013

    well well people,the problem at melveile hall is not the runaway,the problem is the mountain in the backdrop,in case a very large plain has to abbot landing,there is not enough clearance for climbing back up,other than that melveile hall would have been a perfect international airport,the terminal,could have extended to the river wall,the parking lot could have been across the river,easy stucture development,anyone with vision can see that.

  13. Jbfox
    October 14, 2013

    Nice seeing things of that nature before the upgrade a plane of that size couldn’t land in DA.

    • Anonymous
      October 14, 2013

      Yes it could. Amerijet did it for years before the upgrade.

    • Dominiquen
      October 14, 2013

      Amerijet used to land their B-727 Heavy Jet before the upgrade. :?:

    • Channel 1
      October 15, 2013

      @Jbfox – You sure you know what you’re saying?

      There is an aircraft called Amerijet that has been landing in Dominica for years long before the ‘upgrade’………..

      Here is Amerijet landing in the ‘older’ Melville Hall – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao5r5zxAG6Y

      And here is another Amerijet landing this time in the ‘newer’ Melville Hall – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9jDDj7wXNE

    • YAP
      October 15, 2013

      Amerijet is a 767 or 727 and a bigger aircraft than that one; Most of the people who comment are usually naive. Got it.

    • Asterix
      October 15, 2013

      You apparently were not living in Dominica. Amerijet which is about the same size landed every Wednesday to pick up and deliver cargo before any upgrade was done at the airport. BE INFORMED before you speak

  14. real possie
    October 14, 2013

    U see God is good all the time I never thought that size of plane could land in DA so why can’t we have that setup on lets say Monday and Thursday for the independence just wondering.

    • wow
      October 15, 2013

      this very size plane landed here in 2009 as it was chartered by the DLP to bring in voters. So we have known for years that size plane could land here

    • Anonymous
      October 15, 2013

      Because it can only land and take off when its practically empty.

  15. Anonymous
    October 14, 2013

    Same type of plane as past Red Jet.

  16. UDOHREADYET
    October 14, 2013

    So that big plane landed in Dominica!!!! LIAT have allot of explaining to do!!!

    • ........
      October 14, 2013

      The plane was not carrying full cargo and passengers so thats y

      • Informant
        October 15, 2013

        The Amerijet lands here on a weekly basis, fully loaded and it is even bigger and heavier with three engines. The airport is fine for landing, the only issue is space in terms of if we have passenger planes, where they have to be processed. This is where the airport needs significant improvement.

      • Anonymous
        October 15, 2013

        funny how the right answer have more thumbs down than the question. uggggg

      • wii
        October 15, 2013

        are you trying to tell that amount of cargo and number of passengers correlates to a space required to land? Its like empty plane can land and if its full then cant?

    • South
      October 14, 2013

      it has the same wing span (107ft) as the Amerijet , so yeah it can land in Dominica if Liat and Seaborne invest in these jetliner aircrafts then it would be great.. its not a big plane though

    • budman
      October 15, 2013

      what does Liat have to explain? i can’t wait to here this answer.

  17. love my p.m
    October 14, 2013

    NICE !

  18. Anonymous
    October 14, 2013

    I’ve been following the FIFA Trophy Tour via Facebook. It’s really interesting to see that in other countries (Caribbean included) that the public is given access to view the trophy and even have their photo taken beside it, after all, World Cup/soccer is a people’s sport. And I do understand thet prestige of the trophy, but to only have a selected few on the island to see it… That’s sad.

    • John
      October 14, 2013

      It is world cup FOOTBALL and not soccer as the Americans try to call it.

      • boss
        October 14, 2013

        u took it right from my mouth. typical america its football not soccer

    • FED UP DOMINICAN
      October 14, 2013

      When we read the article we thought the same.

      Now we’ve just heard on the evening DBS news that we could have our photos taken next to the cup. The deadline was 6.30. Such a missed opportunity. Our football mad son would have loved that photo of Mum and Dad next to the Jules Rimet Cup (the original name).

  19. fut4life
    October 14, 2013

    whta’s the time range in which ppl could view the trophy?

  20. hmmmm
    October 14, 2013

    Lol

  21. wii
    October 14, 2013

    Can somebody tell me how this type of airplane managed to land to Dominica? According to Liat only smaller type of aircraft can land in Melville Hall…can somebody explain?

    • possieifrm
      October 14, 2013

      it made a beautiful landing today, the same way amerijet n eagle enters dominica….

    • DTP
      October 14, 2013

      These size aircraft have been landing in dca even before the runway extension. Not to mention that Amerijet lands every week with a slightly larger jet full of cargo

    • Anonymous
      October 15, 2013

      Passenger jets need a gating system or enough space at the terminal for more than one.

      Since that is not available you will have a ton of jets circling, waiting to land. That could be dangerous, and also costs the airline and airport more money.

      So until the airport can park a few of this size aircraft at the gates at once it is not going to happen.

      Sencond part to that would be a better taxiway if the airports gets busier.

  22. Runawayslave
    October 14, 2013

    papamet all you have to do the WORLD CUP, that, in Dominica?

  23. Stop talk Nonsense
    October 14, 2013

    No one will be allowed to touch the trophy except the president??!!! That trophy must be a god! Stupes!!

    • lo
      October 15, 2013

      Silly….that is Fifa’s policy…. Jeeez man

  24. derp
    October 14, 2013

    See passenger jets can, and should land in Dominica…

  25. ThaRealTrouble
    October 14, 2013

    I well want dat to make 2 chain for me n my woman

    • Runawayslave
      October 14, 2013

      i will give you an idea;but if it work i want my share;
      talk to Charlo;when he about to touch it,give them man a Cocmar;and pull a jah cure;

  26. Anonymous
    October 14, 2013

    If this plane can land why do we settle for propeller planes.

    • UDOHREADYET
      October 14, 2013

      HMMMMMN… THAT’S TRUE! ebeh look it!

    • ........
      October 14, 2013

      The plane was not carrying full cargo and passengers so thats y

      • South
        October 14, 2013

        you and your full cargo ting , come out there nuh … so what you trying to say if it was full it wouldnt land at Melville Hall ?

  27. as i feel it
    October 14, 2013

    a trophy man? geez.

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