The logo of Guyana’s 50th Golden Jubilee will once again take to the skies after a specially branded Bell Long Ranger helicopter belonging to the Air Services Limited (ASL)’s fleet, was unveiled at the company’s hangar, Ogle
International Airport, East Coast Demerara, yesterday.
Unveiling the aircraft was the Minister of Tourism, Catherine Hughes, who told the gathering that on May last, there was a discussion where the government looked at the various possibilities and direction in which the country should head towards, when she argued about the important role that the aviation industry plays in economic development.
One of the selling points that was used, she said, was the ‘fact’ that Guyana possesses a ‘vibrant’ local aviation industry
“Without that, we cannot begin to develop tourism in Guyana. We have a unique advantage with the beauty and terrain that has been given to us,”
“I am excited that we are going to have this beautiful bird that is going to contribute to the experience we hope to offer more than 15,000 visitors that will be here between May and the end of December this year.”
ASL’s Manager, Annette Arjoon-Martins, reflected on the humble beginnings of ASL and the journey throughout the years; from a ‘two simple-shed’ operation, to a fleet of 27 aircraft, earning them the bragging rights of being the largest air services provider at the Ogle International Airport.
Arjoon-Martins said that ASL, a company which is 249 strong, is committed to the development of Guyana’s tourism industry and to be a part of Guyana’s 50th Independence Celebrations.
She also made known that ASL also has its own proud record of 50 years of service to the nation.
The helicopter has been rebranded and is flashing the national colours along with several logos of the 50th Jubilee affixed to it. The aircraft was rebranded by Delon Peters of Visual 360 Creations.
“Air Services Limited, has a tradition of naming our aircraft after deserving team players, this is why, the helicopter, 8R-GTR, has been named after our own, Tularam Ramsook, our Maintenance Manager.
“As Tularam recently celebrated his 50th Birth Anniversary, his helicopter was chosen to be rebranded,” Arjoon-Martins said.
She also informed the gathering that aircraft will be available for tours around the city during the jubilee celebrations and GUYEXPO. The chopper will also be available for bookings to Guyana’s major resorts and landmarks, including trips to Kaieteur Falls at US$130, as part of the Jubilee package.
The event concluded with the Minister being taken on an inaugural Flight.
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