Loch Lomond Seaplanes is flying high after overnight sensation Susan Boyle was filmed singing the praises of her native country during a scenic flight over the west of Scotland.
An international documentary on her rapid rise to fame, which was shown on ITV and across the world (Sunday 13 December), attracted more than 11 million viewers in the UK and millions more in the US where it was proclaimed the number 1 rated television special in history on the TV Guide Network.
Tickets for the airline’s spectacular scenic tours have always been popular as gift ideas around Christmas but since ‘I Dreamed a Dream – the Susan Boyle Story’ was broadcast showing the singer enjoying a flight on Loch Lomond Seaplanes enquires have rocketed.
“We knew Susan had pulling power but the affects of the show were almost instant as within hours of the broadcast going out our website, www.lochlomondseaplanes.com, was getting thousands of extra hits and the phones haven’t stopped ringing from people looking to follow in her footsteps,” said David West of Loch Lomond Seaplanes.
“Susan Boyle is probably one of the most famous living Scots on the planet at the moment,” said Mr West.
“There are numerous fan clubs to her across the world, many of them with tens of thousands of members. She has become an ambassador for Scotland and had created tremendous interest in the country.”
The UK’s only seaplane service offers a variety of charters, tours and destination flights from the river Clyde in the centre of Glasgow and from Loch Lomond.
Gift vouchers start from as little as £129 and can be upgraded at a later date and are valid for flights up to 12 months from date of purchase.
The airline’s most popular flight is the Discovery Tour which is available from its Glasgow and Loch Lomond departure points. The romantic panorama of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, combined with magnificent aerial views of western Argyll and the isles to Kintyre, provide a simply stunning experience from just £129 per person.
Alternatively passengers can take one of the airline’s regular on-demand services from the river Clyde in the centre of Glasgow to Oban Bay or Tobermory, complete with a bird’s eye view of numerous ancient castles, lochs and mountains which make up the dramatic beauty of Scotland’s West Coast.
A return flight to Oban starts from £149 per person and Tobermory just £179. Passengers can stay on the flight and return immediately or disembark and fly back later in the day or at a later date.
“I think experience gifts are going to be especially popular this year because they provide something that a tangible product alone can’t provide – memories for life,” said Mr West.
“When you get away from it all and do something out of the ordinary with someone it helps to strengthen the bonds between people. We’ve had a lot of people buying flights for their parents, partners and friends.
“There is something undeniably romantic about a flight on a seaplane over some of the most beautiful scenery in the world – you just don’t get that feeling from a perfume or aftershave bottle no matter what the TV adverts say.”
Notes to Editors:
A flight with Loch Lomond Seaplanes was voted by Scots as the country’s top “Must Do” activity in 2008.
The company won the CBI Exemplar Innovation Company award in 2008, were Scottish Thistle Award Winners in 2007 and won the Tourism Innovation Development Award in 2004.
Loch Lomond Seaplanes is Europe’s Premier Seaplane Airline.
For further information visit www.lochlomondseaplanes.com
Contact: Loch Lomond Seaplanes
Phone: 01436 675030