Torres Strait Air has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Britten-Norman for 10 new Islander aircraft. The order comes as part of the Australian air charter operator’s A$25m five-year fleet renewal plan.

The Islander aircraft will be among the first produced from Britten-Norman’s new Bembridge Airport production line on the Isle of Wight, following the airframe manufacturer’s announcement in May 2023 that it would be moving its manufacturing facility back to the UK.

“Our commitment to this investment is for the people of Torres Strait and their future,” said Daniel Takai, CEO, Torres Strait Air. “The world is challenged with increasing sea levels. Our island communities, our people’s homes, are at sea level. Every effort must be made to offset carbon emission. We act now whilst continuing to provide the highest levels of aviation safety, comfort, efficiency, reliability and affordability to our people and those who come to our pristine waters and beautiful islands.”

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