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Hovertravel talks of expansion as it flies into Portsmouth Harbour for first time

There was a change of scene for Hovertravel’s Island Flyer when she flew into Portsmouth Harbour for the very first time on Friday (24 November) .

She and her sister Solent Flyer are normally to be found crossing the Solent between Southsea and Ryde, but Island Flyer glided into Portsmouth for an inaugural visit and trial.

“We wanted to see how the 12000 craft would operate in Portsmouth and capture some iconic images of Hovertravel against this famous waterfront, so we organised a trial and chose a day when we would be seen by the thousands of people visiting Gunwharf Quays for Black Friday,” said Neil Chapman, Hovertravel managing director.

Island Flyer departed Southsea and passed through the entrance to Portsmouth harbour. After performing several manoeuvres and observing how the craft operates at the low speeds suitable for harbour traffic, the vesselreturned to Ryde via Southsea.

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Island Flyer makes Hovertravel’s first ever appearance in Portsmouth

Chapman continued: “Our pilots, crew and engineers all agreed that this was a highly successful first visit to Portsmouth Harbour and the craft exceeded our expectations for this trial. Hovertravel is always interested in exploring new opportunities across the Solent and we aspire to further develop our offering in 2018.”

Posted on 26th November 2017 at 01:40 pm in Ferry Operators | Hovertravel | Ferry News |

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