Helicopter Seychelles is re-launched


Flagship Augusta 109C returns to fleet

Helicopter Seychelles
has re-launched its operations, after a failed merger with the ZilAir
helicopter company and says the Augusta is the
only helicopter in Seychelles
capable of flying at night, in bad weather and certified to fly into restricted
area helipads.

The Augusta
helicopter had formed part of the company’s fleet before the merger and was
sent to South Africa
six months ago for refurbishment. The company said that the A109 helicopter is
worth around US$1.5m and has been refurbished “down to the last nut and bolt”
with all new leather cabin interior.

The company now has a fleet of three
helicopters said it is now waiting for its AOC to be fully restored and hopes
to restart a full commercial flight service to both the inner and outer islands,
including charters and medical evacuations from next month.
Helicopter Seychelles head
of operations Captain Shaun Tinkler-Rose said the company is planning to add
another Augusta
to the fleet later in the year.