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Skybus - the Isles of Scilly’s own airline

Established in 1984, Isles of Scilly Skybus is the islands’ own airline and operates both passenger and air freight services.

Steamship Group Initially flying services with a single Britten-Norman Islander from its base at Land's End (St Just) airfield - the original route to Scilly first flown in 1937 - the company now offers a comprehensive timetable of flights from a range of other airports through its fleet of Islanders and Twin Otters.

Scillonian Skybus is part of the Isles of Scilly Steamship group, and operates in conjunction with the sea service to Scilly of the the r.m.v. Scillonian which sails from Penzance to St Mary's.

Skybus took over Brymon Airways routes to Scilly when Brymon ceased operating to Scilly at the end of the 1990 season. Services are now flown from a number of locations in the south and west.

Airports and flight times are -

Skybus Land's End
Newquay
Exeter
Bristol
Southampton
15 minutes
30 minutes
60 minutes
75 minutes
90 minutes
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All flights are to St Mary's.

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The aircraft

Skybus operates three Britten-Norman Islanders, together with three de Havilland Canada Twin Otters. Services from Land’s End are normally operated by Islander, all other services primarily flown by the Twin Otters.

The BN2 Islander first came to Scilly in 1969, being flown for BEA Helicopters, and subsequently operated by Westward Airways and Brymon Airways. The first DHC-6 Twin Otter (appropriately registered G-BDHC) joined the Brymon fleet in 1974.

Twin Otter
Skybus Twin Otter G-BIHO overhead St Mary's
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Both types are world leaders in their own right. The Islander is the most successful British airliner, designed to replace the de Havilland Dragon Rapide. The Twin Otter is a STOL airliner from the famous de Havilland Canada stable, and is operated by many small airlines across the world.

Islander Twin Otter
Skybus Islander G-SSKY (left) and Twin Otter G-BIHO (right)
seen on St Mary's - summer 1997
photographs © Mike Ingham

Basic data for each aircraft (actual performance will vary according to flight operated and load carried and, in the case of the Islander, the engines fitted) -

Data / Type

Islander

Twin Otter

Span (ft/ins)

53 - 00

65 - 00

Engines

2

2

Max Weight (lbs)

6,600

12,500

Cruise speed (kts)

140

160

Max Range (nm)

1,100

990

Crew

1

2

Max Passengers

9

20

The current fleet comprises -

Islander: G-BUBN, G-SBUS, G-SSKY

Twin Otter: G-BIHO, G-CBML, G-CEWM

and Skybus has also operated -

Islander: G-AXWP, G-AXWR, G-BCEN, G-BESO, G-BFNU, G-BJWL, G-PASZ

The first aircraft acquired by Skybus was the Short SC.7 Skyvan 7Q-YAY/G-BHVK, but this was never operated. The first services were flown by Islander G-BFNU. Other types have been demonstrated to Skybus, including the de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou, Dornier Do 228, and LET 410.

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For fares, flight times, reservations and other information
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all text and Islander/Twin Otter photographs © Mike Ingham
Skybus graphic and air to air photograph © Isles of Scilly Skybus
"Scillonian" photograph © T J Ingham
Skybus 25 logo © Mike Ingham


 

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