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Loch Lomond Seaplanes celebrates 10 years

Loch Lomond Seaplanes (LLS) is delighted to announce its 10 year anniversary celebrations – established in January 2003 Loch Lomond Seaplanes became the UK’s first commercial seaplane company in over 50 years. To mark the occasion we are introducing a complete make-over of our operations for 2013.

Firstly, we are introducing an exciting new paint scheme for our aircraft sponsored by a major UK PLC. The paint scheme will be unveiled in the next couple of months and is sure to turn a few heads.

Secondly, we are introducing a new single seat cabin configuration where every passenger has a sumptuous leather window seat – this configuration features a new “love seat” at the rear of the cabin which is sure to be popular with the many couples who become engaged on our flights. A seven-seat VIP interior is also being made available for wedding and corporate charter.

A further, very exciting, development is the reintroduction of, perhaps our most popular services, the “Fly to Lunch” and “Fly to Dinner” flights. The departure from Loch Lomond, flight over Scotland’s first National Park to land on remote, historic Loch Voil, followed by lunch or dinner at Monachyle Mhor, one of Scotland’s best restaurants, is one of life’s great pleasures.

Loch Lomond Seaplanes flies over 200 flights per month in the summer season and carries over 6,000 passengers every year. Our seaplane flights over Scotland’s magnificent west coast landscape have captured the imagination of not just the 40,000 passengers we’ve carried over the last ten years but also of the media - coverage of our services has been extensive; on worldwide TV, from "BBC Breakfast" through "Three Men go to Scotland" and "I Dreamed a Dream - The Susan Boyle Story" to "Emmerdale"; in print media in magazines such as Conde Naste and Le Figaro through to newspapers such as the Sunday Times; on radio in documentaries such BBC Radio 4’s “Excess Baggage” to Radio Clyde’s award winning documentary, “Clyde 24 - A day in the life of the River Clyde”.

Over the last ten years we’ve had many highlights, our proudest moments, however, have been the opening of our Glasgow City Centre Seaplane Aiirport, the only one of its kind in the world; winning Scotland’s top tourism award, a Thistle Award for Innovation; national recognition by the UK government and the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) as a leading exemplar of service innovation; being voted by the Scots as the country’s top “Must Do” activity and representing Scotland in VisitScotland's TV and cinema tourism campaign.

Over the years we’ve been honoured to share the Scottish landscape with people from all over the world, from all walks of life; perhaps some better known such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Freddie Flintoff, Matt Baker, Dara O’Briain, Julia Bradbury, Darren Clark and, my boyhood hero, Sir Jackie Stewart but, I’m sure I talk for all of us at Loch Lomond Seaplanes when I say that our greatest pleasure is seeing all of our guests, particularly our senior guests, some over 100 years old, disembark with a sense of wonder and awe whilst reliving their flight - it's quite an experience - 45 minutes of flight, some 120 miles, of magnificent mountains, stunning glens, timeless castles, sensational vistas and captivating lochs in colours and light that you can only dream of – fly with us and be inspired !