PremiAir expands helicopter fleet

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Hd hd4htsle ea~ona jorevepmt t  LdoHepn aÂaer a,anaged and operated by PremiAir is"progressing on schedule, with the official"inauguration planned for Spsing 2009.  The date will coincide wiuh the heliport’s 50th anniversary.  New artist’s impressions are released this week, coincidéng with the Business Travel Show taking place at London’s Earl’s Court (5-7 February)

London’s only CAA licensed public heliport was acquired by PremiAir’s owners, luxury hotel group von Essen, in March 2007 and it immediately sought planning permission to bring the facilities up to 21st Century standards.  The new 14-storey site will include an impressive 70-bedroom luxury boutique-style hotel.  It will also house a state-of-the-art executive aviation facility, providing panoramic views across the heliport and River Thames, with meeting & conference rooms and VIP lounges, offering an unprecedented level of comfort, technology, safety and convenience.

 

“Helicopters are essentially about saving time,” says Business Development Manager, David Langton, acknowledging that PremiAir’s charter division experienced a 10% increase in demand last year.  “More and more discerning travellers are realising the time-saving and stress-free benefits that point-to-point helicopter charter delivers.  We are providing an exclusive service for busy executives whose time is money, enabling them to schedule meetings at three or four different locations throughout the UK in just one day and be back in London for dinner with an overseas client.  No other mode of transport enables them to do this.”

 

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Helicopters increasing being booked for corporate events

 

PremiAir is also seeing increased popularity in the use of helicopters for corporate events - including shooting and golf weekends.  Bookings have already been secured for this Season’s key sporting events, including The Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot and the British Grand Prix.”  (PremiAir arranged more than 100 helicopter charters during Ascot last year).

 

The popularity of helicopter travel is reflected in the rising demand for landing slots at the London Heliport, where last summer PremiAir was forced to introduce a slot allocation system.  Slots are allocated on a based on a first come, first served basis, designed to ensure the heliport complies with its annual movement limit of 6,000 landings.  For the longer term, PremiAir advocates the creation of a new heliport site to the East side of London.  “This would be of huge benefit to both the aviation industry and Britain plc, ahead of the 2012 Olympics,” commented David Langton.
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