Since our inception in 2003 Loch Lomond Seaplanes has been innovative - we've had to be. When we started there were no seaplane airline in Europe, no regulations, people were against the concept and the environmental lobby had to be addressed and education. Today seaplanes are seeing a resurgence all over the world - thanks mainly to a regulatory framework introduced by Loch Lomond Seaplanes and the UK's Civil Aviation Authority.
The Financial Times has put together an excellent article on the reintroduction of the seaplane on a worldwide stage - "Back to the Halcyon days of travel".
By pure coincidence today LLS pass another milestone, our new factory fresh aircraft leaves the factory in Wichita, Kansa today and makes its way to Minneapolis for float fitting - arriving in the UK in a few weeks time.
Excerpts from the Financial Times
"As well as the growing demand from developing countries and a tourism industry in search of ever more remote destinations, the seaplane’s resurgence has been helped, more prosaically, by the development of appropriate legislation and regulation. When a small Scottish airline, Loch Lomond Seaplanes, started up in 2004 (becoming the UK’s first seaplane service for 50 years) it found existing rules wouldn’t cover larger seaplanes. It worked with the UK Civil Aviation Authority to develop a new regulatory framework, which paved the way for other nations without a tradition of seaplanes to follow suit." Copyright FT.
"Back in Scotland, Loch Lomond Seaplanes has just taken delivery of a brand new 10-seat Cessna 208 Caravan and next month will start scheduled services from Loch Lomond to the Isle of Skye. More enticing, however, are rumours of plans for a new route from the UK capital. David West, managing director and chief pilot, remains tight-lipped but admits plans for London are “well advanced” and that proving flights have taken place, starting from a conventional land airport and landing on water, 25 minutes out of the city." Copyright FT.
Click the top image on the right or the button below to read the full Financial Times article which will be published this Saturday, 5th March