The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company is making a £530,000 investment in its Skybus fleet of aircraft to include new interiors, enhanced navigation systems and an eye-catching new livery.
The upgrades are being carried out between now and next April. This is when the fleet normally undergoes annual maintenance, which takes around four weeks for each aircraft and is phased so there is no disruption to services.
The Skybus fleet are also been fitted with new satellite landing technology called EGNOS which is similar to satnav for aircraft and will improve operational resilience during times of poor weather.
EGNOS is the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service.It has been developed jointly by the European Space Agency, the European Commission and Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation.
Six of the eight-strong fleet will be fitted with brand new interiors including all new trim, carpets and soundproofing in time for the start of the busy holiday season next Easter.
Five of the fleet will be entirely repainted, which means stripping the aircraft back to bare metal, while all eight aircraft will be decorated with a new red, white and blue tailfin design.
Rob Goldsmith, chief executive of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, said: “This is a major investment by the company in improving passenger comfort and operational resilience."
“With five of the fleet due to be repainted we have also taken the opportunity to refresh the appearance of the aircraft with a bright new livery. Our first repainted and upgraded Twin Otter has just returned and more aircraft will follow in the coming months.”
Rob spoke to Will on Wednesday’s Morning Show to talk about the upgrades to the Skybus fleet and the progress of their new freight ship the Mali Rose. You can hear the full interview with Rob below.