Superior Air adds charter and training helicopters to fleet
November 29, 2016
Superior Air has expanded its fleet with five additional aircraft. The Greece-based operator of charter services and training academy will allocate three aircraft to training and the other two – an EC120B and an EC130 — to charter services, according to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 23 November 2016.
Superior Air’s management is expressing confidence in the decision to expand the operational scope of its private aviation services. The two helicopters that the management has allocated to charter services will be instrumental in accelerating the growth of the company’s regional footprint in Europe and other markets. EBAN quotes Superior Air’s co-founder, Konstantinos Sofianos, as saying: “We have moved from being a company that offers flights in the Greek region using helicopters and small pistons to a company that now flies over Europe and the Middle East.”
The company has been experiencing good tidings in the domestic and regional markets. This is underscored by the fact that it has constructed a new hangar in addition to completing the recruitment of additional pilots. Interestingly, Superior Air is achieving these landmarks without the input of external investors.
However, Sofianos is quick to note that Superior Air is making this progress amid a fair share of operational challenges in the European regional market. EBAN quotes Sofianos as explaining: “During summer, the weather is great, but high winds prevail in the area. Extended flights over water are tricky, not to mention that some of the islands have steep terrain, which creates turbulence.”
There is no doubt that these environmental and geographical limitations are external factors that reach beyond the control of the operator. Nonetheless, the company has demonstrated resilience through the years and has been able to grow its fleet to 16 aircraft.