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Investment Turtle Airways Boosts Seaplane Fleet

Nadi Bay-based, Turtle Airways announced the arrival of their new six -seater Beaver seaplane. The plane is now servicing the Yasawa and the Mamanuca resorts from its headquaters next to
07 Nov 2015 10:04
Investment Turtle Airways Boosts Seaplane Fleet
Turtle Airways

Nadi Bay-based, Turtle Airways announced the arrival of their new six -seater Beaver seaplane.
The plane is now servicing the Yasawa and the Mamanuca resorts from its headquaters next to Nadi International Airport.
Turtle Airways general manager Ronald Kumar said they are trying to meet the demand of their customers.
“The demand for seaplane service is growing within the outer island resorts especially Yasawa, Mamanucas, Levuka & Lau group,” he said.
“To meet the growing demand, with the vision of supporting our local communities with jobs, we intend to increase the number of fleet.”
In line with this demand, they have also added to their fleet a new vehicle for land transfers.
They are now able to offer free pick up and drop off from Nadi Airport and Nadi Hotels including Port Denarau resorts.
“This is absolutely a perfect performance. The new Beaver easily uplifts six passengers with bags while the Cessna easily uplifts four passengers with bags,” Mr Kumar said.
“Being the pioneer seaplane service provider for the past more than 30 years, we have maintained the safest airline record without any accidents or injuries to any of the passengers.
“The Yasawa Group of Islands is home to some of Fiji’s best island getaways and delivering a magical experience for couples, families, or the adventurer.
“Turtle Airways offers their passengers a breathtaking low-flying scenic transfer that is safe, reliable, convenient, and fast.”

In the pipeline
In terms of future plans, Mr Kumar said Turtle have two more Cessna 206 fuselages which they expect to send to New Zealand by the mid of next year to be rebuilt to one fully-operational aircraft.
“We will closely monitor the demand for more fleet and if needed, we are prepared to bring in a larger aircraft which will have the capacity to move more passengers around the Islands,” he said.
“We are also investing in more ground equipments such rebuilding another tractor and making two new dolleys to move aircrafts around, launching and recovering.”

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