The first Seaplane service in India was launched on December 27, 2010 by the Minister for Civil Aviation Shri Praful Patel at a ceremony held at the Juhu Aerodrome in Mumbai.
Some interesting features of this Seaplane service Jal Hans are:
- available in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to boost tourism.
- to be operated by Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd (PHHL).
- to use Cessna Caravan 208 A Amphibian seaplane.
- seaplane has a total seating capacity of 10 that includes 8 passenger seats.
- can travel up to 250 kms in about an hour and can land on most calm waters.
- to initially connect Port Blair with Havelock island; to be extended later to other islands in North Andaman.
- to operate from airport at Port Blair and from waterdrome at Havelock.
In future, PHHL has plans to extend the seaplane service to Lakshadweep islands and in Goa.
View a video clip from YouTube: Sea plane service begins in Andamans
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