Iceland's Atlantsflug has brought a twin engine Piper Navajo into operation, increasing the payload of its sightseeing flights out of its private airfield at Skaftafell National Park in Iceland. Jon G Sigurdsson, project manager, says: "We acquired the new aircraft after selling our Cessna single engine aircraft last autumn. The aircraft we now have to serve our customers has an eight seat, seven passenger configuration. This change will enable the company to better serve our charter clients, including tour operators, because we can accommodate larger groups, previously not possible because of the limited capacity of our previous aircraft. This change has been welcomed by our customers and we look forward to increased business."
Atlantsflug main base is a private airport in south east Iceland located near Europe's largest glacier, the Vatnajoekull at Skaftafell National Park. Sigurdsson says: "We offer flights to various locations over Vatnajoekull glacier and into the highlands of Iceland, to locations including Landmannalaugar, Langisjor, Laki and Lakagigar. We also provide services to professional photo-graphers and film makers and offer bespoke as well as standard tours." He says thousands of clients over the years have booked charter, sightseeing, aerial photography, air ambulance and air cargo transport services.
Atlantsflug maintenance has received EASA Part 145 approval. "At the same time we have increased our hangar space to better accommodate this change and to expand our services," Sigurdsson adds.
The Piper Navajo, he says, was chosen because of its robust design, good runway performance and large passenger windows. "It is an aircraft that can withstand the demanding operational environment."
The Piper PA31, both the Chieftain and the Navajo, have proven their worth in commercial service in Iceland for many years, says Sigurdsson. "Clients appreciate the personal service we give as they are shown the magnificent and breathtaking scenery. We are a small family operation that takes great pride in what we do," he adds.