First flight success for Cello Aviation

All aboard: passengers on the Cello BAE 146 that carried the Queen on a state visit to Ireland in 2011

All aboard: passengers on the Cello BAE 146 that carried the Queen on a state visit to Ireland in 2011

A group of aviation enthusiasts have come back down to earth after flying in style with Birmingham-based VIP charter carrier Cello Aviation.

The enthusiasts, who were mainly from Ireland, were treated like royalty when they took the short hop from Birmingham to Dublin.

The special flight, a first for Cello, was a joint initiative between the VIP charter operator and aviation entrepreneur and aircraft enthusiast Aidan Nolan from Airliner Experience.

It gave those who love and appreciate aircraft the chance to get the full treatment on-board the Cello Aviation BAE 146 that has a luxury 46-seat configuration and flies top sports professionals, musicians and business travellers to destinations all over Europe.

The BAE 146 is also the aircraft that took the Queen and her party on the historic state visit to Ireland in 2011.

A treat was in store for the enthusiasts who had the opportunity to inspect the aircraft on the ground and talk to the crew before take-off.

“It went far beyond anything I had imagined.” said Mr Nolan. “Each staff member was incredibly nice and so down to earth with a real passion for what they do. On board, Captain Morris was an absolute gent and went down a storm with the group, a man who takes great pride in his career.

“We enjoyed conversations with cabin crew who were all so lovely and made the trip extremely comfortable.

“It came across very clearly from the crew that their occupation and career is much more than a job, it is a dedication to a way of life and one that they are incredibly proud of.

“I have had nothing but positive comments from the group of enthusiast’s and all are on a complete high with the tour. I know, this visit will be discussed with their families, friends, colleagues, even with strangers over the coming weeks.”

Vince Essex, head of commercial with Cello Aviation, said: “If we gave them the chance to have their heads in the clouds even for a short time that is great.”