AirSea Lines, the only scheduled service seaplane operator in Europe, has announced plans to land one of its DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft on the River Thames, mooring beside the Excel exhibition centre during World Travel Market (November 6-9, 2006). The landing will be a nostalgic reminder of the golden age of travel. Before the Second World War seaplanes regularly used the Thames for flights to Egypt and India, operating eight times per week. On November 7th they return, operating one demonstration flight. The aircraft will remain on display until November 8th.
Founded in September 2004, AirSea Lines established ownership of the first commercial seaplane operation in Greece, flying tourists and residents from the island of Corfu to the island of Paxos and the inland lake of Ioannina with two aircraft (Twin Otters). It now operates services between eight Greek destinations, in addition to Brindisi in Italy.
The company plans to expand its operation with services in the UK in the near future and is using the visit to World Travel Market for exploratory talks with the UK travel and aviation industry.
Recognised as one of the best seaplanes in the world, the Twin Otter provides a quick, safe and exciting way to fly. The size and style of the plane enables it to land in both seaports and on rivers and lakes. Manufactured by DeHavilland Canada, it is a high wing, twin engine, turbo prop aircraft, with a seat capacity of 19 passengers.
AirSea Lines is a Canadian-owned company, whose co-founder includes Greg McDougall, the sole owner of Harbour Air of Canada - the largest scheduled service seaplane operator in the world.