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Capital time to grow business

27th April 2009 - 15:25 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Oxford Airport-based Capital Air Services is flying in the face of the current financial turbulence by expanding its business at a time when many in the industry are downsizing.

The company has just taken delivery of a state of the art Eurocopter EC155, which is capable of carrying up to 8 passengers in speed and great comfort.

Managing director Michael Hampton says: "We saw there was a demand for a larger aircraft in our helicopter fleet and have been pleased with the response we have received since the helicopter arrived."

According to Hampton, although there has been some downturn in the industry, Capital has had a steady number of requests from people wishing to travel further and the EC155 will help cater for that market. He adds: "Our clients wish to avoid the endless traffic on the roads and prefer to fly. Being one of the largest helicopter shuttle service providers to the Silverstone Grand Prix, we understand the unique requirements of flying just one, or a large number of clients, smoothly and with no fuss."

Capital anticipates brisk business for the forthcoming season.

"People still want to travel and be entertained," adds Hampton. The company is no stranger to glamour and featured in the Girls Aloud Christmas special. Hampton is optimistic about the future. "We're looking forward to a busy summer, and to introducing more people to the convenience of private charter," he says.

Capital Air Services was formerly known as Oxford Air Services and relaunched earlier this year when it took on a new EC155. The company operates all over the UK and is the resident helicopter charter services operator at Oxford and the airport's preferred provider. Capital has been in business since 1994.


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