The 1st April 2019, marks 10 years since Zil Air, Seychelles’ aerial limo service provider, received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC). This certification received in April 2009 allowed the company to commence its commercial operations from its base on Mahe, with two H-120 Airbus helicopters. The two helicopters, registered as S7-ZIL and S7-AIR has each the capacity to carry up to four passengers plus one pilot.
Over the last 10 years, Zil Air has witnessed immense growth in terms of both capacity and staffing. The company today operates a fleet of six helicopters in total, with the recent addition of another H-120 aircraft registered as S7-FLY, which arrived in March this year. Zil Air also expects to welcome a brand new P2012; a 10 seater fixed wing aircraft in July, which will be the second aircraft to join the current fix wing fleet.
To match this growth in capacity, Zil Air has also had to grow its team of professionals to meet the various demands of its operation. As it stands, Zil Air employs a little over 85 staff to oversee its seven day operation. In March the business proudly welcomed another addition, Mr. Thierry Hoareau, to the team of pilots. Thierry is a young Seychellois licensed pilot, the very first to have undergone training as part of an agreement between Zil Air and the National Human Resources Development Council (NHRDC). Zil Air’s quest to have more and more Seychellois pilots is at the core of its vision, and the further development of their team remains high on the management’s agenda.
“Zil Air’s growth has been one that has been progressive and well planned to ensure its sustainability. The continuous increase in demand for our services has greatly been driven by the tourism industry, and is the foundation for our growth as is the case for many businesses in Seychelles. Undoubtedly, this foundation is supported by various pillars such as the good rapport with our industry and resort partners who we diligently serve,” said Mr. Francis Savy, Zil Air’s Executive Director, “Also, our team is very aware of the necessity in providing guests with the best service possible during their time with us. It is with a lot of pride that we read feedback from platforms like Trip Advisor, where guests have labelled their flight to have been nothing short of an incredible experience and recommend our services very highly. This has solidified our reputation as an exceptional and reliable operator. Zil Air remains a solution provider to many island operators and resorts alike despite the many challenges.’’
Zil Air has activated its anniversary campaign under the theme “10 years of more”. This ties in perfectly with the company’s corporate tagline “more than just a flight”. “The 10th anniversary campaign encapsulates all the great steps that Zil Air has taken and hopes to take in the 10 next years. The past ten years means so many different things to our team, partners and guests. We are celebrating a multitude of milestones, more incredible experiences through our offerings, more in terms of job satisfaction and we look forward to exceeding more of guests’ expectations in the future!” said Mr. Savy.
2019 will certainly be a remarkable year for the company. Zil Air has freshly released its revamped and full integrated website (www.zilair.com) where visitors can have a better apercu of the company’s scenic, transfer and excursion packages. This will soon be accompanied by a modern e-commerce payment platform, all in the spirit of bettering their customers’ experience. In terms of initiatives to celebrate this momentous occasion, Zil Air will be awarding certificates to eight of its staff, for their dedication over the last 10 years. Various activities has also been mapped out for the duration of the year through Zil Air’s social media platforms, local radio stations and press partners where participants stand the chance of winning amazing prizes.
Zil Air takes great pleasure in being of service to visitors and Seychellois alike. Here is to 10 years of more!
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