ZIL AIR TAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST EVER FIXED WING AIRCRAFT
Yesterday Zil Air of Seychelles, previously a company known for helicopter operations, broke new ground when taking delivery at Mahe International Airport of their first fixed wing aircraft, an Italian built P68C Vulcanair. The twin engined Partenavia will offer 5 passenger seats and increased comfort for those on board through reclining chairs, while the pilot will have state of the art avionics at his or her disposal, allowing for ‘domestic’ charters to islands even with short airstrips, as landing and takeoff only require between 400 and 600 metres respectively, considering maximum takeoff and landing weights.
A superior range also permits the aircraft to be used for flights to the outer islands without the need to refuel en route. The aircraft is expected to go into full commercial service within the next few weeks.
Congratulations to Zil Air and happy landings to the new bird, its crews and passengers.