Turkish aviation start-up Mavi Air, founded by Alex Sahni, is preparing to launch helicopter shuttle services for the Turkish Riviera around the city of Bodrum.
For the next three years, H125 helicopters, manufactured by Airbus Helicopters, have been selected for this project to provide short flights within the region.
The shuttle service is scheduled to be operational on 1st of May 2022.
Typical routes would be from the airport to the hotel or sightseeing flights. Mavi Air is partnering with award winning five star properties such as the Mandarin Oriental that caters to luxury tourism segment to offer this on demand shuttle service for their guests.
Mavi Air will start its business with one H125, two helipads around Göltürkbükü area and one heliport with two landing bays located in Yalikavak around Bodrum’s hotel district.
“Due to a sharp increase in inbound tourism, a helicopter shuttle service will bring real added value to this destination and to the clients of high-end properties and hotels around the city” says Alex Sahni.
As Bodrum is known as the “St. Tropez of Turkey”, it is the perfect testing ground for helicopter shuttle services that we are setting up today with the H125.
We are keen to develop our offering along with the development of the helicopter industry, and we are aiming at introducing green technologies such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel and electric propulsion when they are available for commercial operations.”
“We are delighted that Mavi Air has chosen the H125 to set up its on-demand shuttle service”, says Alexandre Sanchez, Airbus Helicopters’ Head of Zone for Turkey & Caucasus.
“The infrastructure and the business model Mavi Air is creating today could pave the way for future Urban Air Mobility operations in Bodrum.”
The flexible multi mission helicopter H125 (previously named the AS350 B3e) combines performance, versatility, low maintenance, and low acquisition costs, while excelling in high and hot and extreme environments.