Penzance Helicopters has introduced an AW139 helicopter to its recently re-launched Isles of Scilly service, flying from Penzance in Cornwall direct to Tresco and St Mary's.
The aircraft features 15 ergonomically-designed seats and large cabin windows, offering passengers unobstructed views of the route's coastal scenery. The AW139 also benefits from a lower noise signature than many other helicopters and, with an enhanced resilience to a variety of weather conditions, supports a reliable year-round connection.
Originally due to arrive in March for the launch of the new service but delayed by export restrictions and control measures linked to COVID-19, the introduction of the new aircraft has been long-awaited and much-anticipated. Jeremy Awenat, managing director of Sloane Helicopters, operator of the service, explains: “We are delighted to be introducing the state-of-the-art AW139 helicopter into service. The helicopter link delivers significant socio-economic benefit to the Isles of Scilly and west Cornwall, especially as the area rebuilds its tourism industry, and is a crucial service for visitors and locals alike. While awaiting delivery of the helicopter we have maintained the service by operating with a fleet of interim aircraft but the AW139 is our helicopter of choice. We are looking forward to sharing the many benefits that it offers with passengers and the local community.”