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PHOTOS: Inside the new Cornwall to Scilly helicopters

PHOTOS: Inside the new Cornwall to Scilly helicopters

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:11pm 15th February 2018. (Updated at 6:40pm 15th February 2018)

Pirate FM has taken an exclusive look around the new helicopters that will provide a link between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

It has been annoucned that flights from Land's End to the islands will start running from May this year, run by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group.

Island Helicopters will operate for up to six days a week, all year round, with up to eight return flights a day.

The fares will start from £215 for a return and the flight time will be around 15 minutes.

And here is what they will look like...

Scilly helicopter - IOS steamship group

About the helicopters:

Specialist Aviation Services will operatie Island Helicopters in partnership with the Steamship Group, using a new 10-seater AW169 aircraft.

SAS is no stranger to Cornwall and already operates the Cornwall Air Ambulance from Cornwall Airport Newquay.

Andrew May, chairman of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, said: "We're thrilled to welcome Island Helicopters to Land's End Airport and look forward to sharing our modern facilities, which already handle more than 60,000 passengers a year.

Scilly helicopter - IOS steamship group

"We know there is demand from thousands of people who have really missed the helicopter since it stopped in 2012.

"We've listened to that demand, investigated what we believe can work, and have partnered with SAS to make it happen.

"This gives visitors and islanders more choice over how they travel and makes the transport network more resilient, which is exactly what our customers say they want".

Scilly helicopter - IOS steamship group

He added: "We plan to fly to St Mary's Airport and Tresco, subject to agreement with both. We know how important a direct high quality helicopter link is to Tresco's customers and we are renewing our offer to Tresco to work with us to make the service a success for all of the islands".

Henk Schaeken, managing director of SAS, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with the Steamship Group to provide the aircraft and crews for these new helicopter flights from Land's End Airport.

"The AW169 is a state-of-the-art helicopter and we'll be providing a brand new aircraft straight off the production line, offering passengers a speedy and comfortable service. We look forward to expanding our operations in Cornwall".

And Pirate FM got to take an exclusive flight inside the new helicopter...

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