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Helicopter fleet extended to cope with increased demand for time efficient travel

London - June 14th 2005. PremiAir, a leading business helicopter charter and management organisation, today announced that is has extended its fleet to include a second Agusta 109; bringing its total number of aircraft up to fifteen. The high spec, twin-engined helicopter includes a VIP interior, with cream leather seating for 6. Like all of PremiAir’s helicopters, it is equipped to fly in poor weather conditions, when most other companies’ helicopters are grounded. At a flying speed of 140 knots (160 mph), the helicopter makes it possible to fly between multiple sites in a single day to maximise the use of time for a busy executive traveller.

“We’ve seen a great deal of business interest since the coverage of the election, during which the suggestion of using a helicopter as an alternative means of transport was widely discussed,” said David McRobert, Managing Director for PremiAir. “Interestingly, not only is the corporate side of the business growing, but we’re also experiencing an increase in enquiries from individuals who are looking to charter these machines as a way of adding the finishing touch to a social activity. It seems that the attraction of being able to guarantee passengers that there will be no travel delays is appealing to a wide audience.

“The perception of this type of travel is definitely changing,” continued McRobert. “Recent research revealed that 25% of UK business leaders surveyed confessed that they would be secretly excited about the idea of turning up to a meeting in a helicopter and a percentage of the respondents also admitted that this style of travel would have a positive impact on their confidence levels and mental attitude, which suggests that helicopter travel is a fantastic way to create a buzz for any occasion, be it preparing for a customer meeting, a new business pitch or a team building exercise.”

Whilst it will be predominately used for executive travellers, the G-JONA addition to the company comes just at the right time to help service the busy charter period that the summer social calendar traditionally brings with it, which, according to PremiAir is already experiencing a higher demand than in previous years.

For more information on how to charter a helicopter from PremiAir, visit www.premiair-aviation.com, Telephone 01252 890089 or email: info@premiair-aviation.com.

About PremiAir
PremiAir offers the largest and most comprehensive business helicopter charter service in the UK. With over 140 employees it operates from South-East bases at Denham near Uxbridge and Blackbushe near Camberley. The company has been in existence for over 20 years and is wholly owned by the Sir Robert McAlpine Group, established in 1869 and involved with commercial aviation since the 1940s. PremiAir’s charter fleet includes a mix of Sikorsky S76, Agusta 109, Bell 222 and Eurocopter Twin Squirrel aircraft. All PremiAir business helicopters are equipped with similar instrumentation to airliners, enabling them to fly in most weather conditions and at night. PremiAir pilots each have thousands of flying hours experience and are continuously subjected to stringent training programmes. All of its aircraft are maintained by the company’s own world-class engineering and maintenance team. Visit www.premiair-aviation.com, Tel: 01252 890089, Email: info@premiair-aviation.com.

For further information contact:
Natalie Sutton, Proud Public Relations
Tel: +44 (0) 7768 026197 / +44(0) 1276 679570, natalie@proudpr.com
Or
Heidi Churchill, PremiAir
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 890089, h.churchill@premiair-aviation.com

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