Seawings affiliate Jet Ops Europe Ltd is launching seaplane scenic flights over Venice on June 24, offering aerial views of the city and its surrounding islands.
According to the company, its scenic-tour seaplane flights over Venice and its lagoon begin 100 years after the first seaplane flight in Italy, a flight which it says took place over Venice. Jet Ops says the first Italian seaplane was designed in 1911 and made a demonstration flight over Venice with passengers on board. In 1920, 1921 and 1927 Venice hosted the famous Schneider Trophy Seaplane Race.
“We are proud to be part of Venice’s long history of seaplane operations and we shall work hard to maintain the tradition of professional seaplane operations here in the Venice Lagoon,” says Stuart Wheeler, director of Jet Ops Europe Ltd.
“The great thing about seeing Venice by seaplane is that you get to see the entire lagoon, not just the floating city,” adds Wheeler. “We have looked forwards to combining the thrill of our spectacular scenic flights with the sheer beauty of Venice’s stunning coastal setting. Now that the day has arrived, we know that our guests will enjoy seeing this unique place from a completely different perspective.”
Jet Ops’ Venice tour is a new addition to the range of seaplane tours offered by Seawings LLC, a Dubai-based international tour operator specializing in seaplane tours. Jet Ops is the operator of the nine-passenger Cessna Caravan 208A seaplanes used by Seawings for its aerial-tour flights.
In Italy, Seawings and Jet Ops will sell through authorized independent travel agencies and tour operators, including cruise lines. The companies’ aim is for passengers on the seaplane tours over Venice to obtain a unique perspective on the geography and historical development of the city.
The Venic aerial tour journey starts with a boat ride to San Clemente island and its palace hotel, where passengers check in for the flight. From there, passengers are transferred the short distance by boat to the water strip from which the seaplane will operate.
On board the aircraft, each passenger has his or her own window to view Venice from above. After a 30-minute scenic flight, the aircraft lands back near San Clemente and passengers return by boat to either the Venice Cruise Terminal or St Mark’s Square.
Flights will depart every hour from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily.
Jet Ops Europe Ltd says its pilots have thousands of hours experience flying in many countries around the world. The company has tailored the Venice operation to maximize passengers’ views of the distinctive attractions of the Venice area.
Based in Dubai, Seawings LLC began operating with one aircraft and a handful of staff. Today the company has grown to include three Cessna 208 Caravan amphibious aircraft and more than 70 staff.
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