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P2012 touches down at Zil Air’s Seychelles base
Having taken delivery of its first P2012, Zil Air becomes the second operator worldwide, and the only one outside the USA, to offer the Tecnam Traveller for commercial operations.
Zil Air captains John Rachel, Gerhard Geyer and Anthony Hoareau.
Read this story in our January 2020 printed issue.

Zil Air’s latest fleet addition has touched down at Seychelles International airport. The P2012 Tecnam Traveller, S7-ADM and known as Adam, was commanded by Captains Gerhard Geyer, John Rachel and Anthony Hoareau. The 4,500 nm delivery flight went over Italy, Greece, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania to finally reach its destination.

Zil Air executive director Francis Savy says: “We are proud of our team and its tireless efforts to ensure the aircraft landed in Seychelles ready to commence operations in December 2019. Good things take time and the final result is an aircraft answering all Zil Air's operational requirements as it was purposefully tailored for Seychelles operations.’’

The piston powered twin engine Traveller accommodates nine passengers with two crew, and its introduction into the Zil Air fleet provides customers cost-effective and varied configuration options, with air conditioning, in-seat power, good leg room and under-seat storage space. Another key factor in the choice of aircraft were the Garmin avionics, enabling night operations to equipped airfields. Multi role opportunities include hydro, VIP, cargo and parachuting, and Zil Air is working closely with Tecnam to implement medevac services.

Zil Air and Tecnam worked together to customise the brand new aircraft, in order to meet Zil Air's exact requirements. Tecnam managing director Giovanni Pascale says: “This new delivery is another great achievement for us. After the Atlantic jump in cold climates, the Traveller has confirmed its qualities in warm, hot countries such as Africa. We are delighted to have Zil Air among our valuable customers.”

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