Luxury seaplane Akoya ideal for Scotland

French aircraft designers are targeting rich Scots with a revolutionary fold-away seaplane they think could transform first class travel.

Lisa Airplanes from Le Bourget-du-Lac, southeast France, believes Scotland’s large number of lochs and islands makes it an ideal playground for their new two-seater amphibious Light Sport Aircraft.

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Despite being just under half a million pounds each (€480,000) the makers of the Akoya plane say they have had a lot of interest from wealthy flyers looking for the ultimate in personal transport.

Scotland has 6,200 miles of coastline, 790 major islands and 562 large, freshwater lochs. It is also the only part of the UK to have a successful commercial seaplane service, Loch Lomond Seaplanes.

The Akoya has a range of almost 1,000 miles, is as fast as a sports car with a maximum speed of over 124 mph, has all the economy of a small city runaround at around 62 mpg and can takeoff or land in less than 660ft (200m).

The plane which has plenty of room for two cabin suitcases along with golf clubs, skis, fishing rods, or diving equipment has been built with luxury, fun and safety in mind.

“We really think Scotland is a perfect playground for the Akoya with all its Lochs and coastline,” said Vanessa Troillard, Marketing Manager of Lisa Airplanes.

Deliveries of the aircraft to wealthy buyers are due to start next year.