July 3, 2008

Airline Hails Frequent Flyer Barry

One of Plymouth airline Air Southwest's most regular customers has celebrated a flying milestone.

Barry Clifford has notched up 150 flights on the airline - and that impressive number is still soaring.

Chief executive of the region's low-fare airline Jim Cameron congratulated Mr Clifford when he arrived at Plymouth City Airport for his weekly flight back home to Manchester.

Well-known to all the cabin crew, ground staff and check-in teams, Mr Clifford has completed 75 return journeys from Manchester with Air Southwest over the past 18 months, while working on contract to Babcock Marine in Plymouth.

It is estimated that the 59-year-old has flown 32,850 miles during this time, has spent 300 hours in the air between the two cities and, by December, will have listened to 384 cabin safety briefings.

Mr Clifford, from Warrington, is a consultant at Serco Technical and Assurance Services and is on contract, based in Devonport.

He said: "I particularly like the staff working for Air Southwest.

"They're very approachable and I've got to know most of them now.

"There's a real personal touch to their customer service, including reserving seats and letting me know whether there are weather problems.

"I also like the aircraft, as they have very comfortable seats and a good amount of legroom."

Mr Cameron said: "It's an absolute pleasure for us to thank Barry for choosing our airline and for being such a loyal customer. In the past Barry has given the team at Air Southwest chocolates as a way of thanks and has even bought a wedding present for one of the crew.

"He's a very valued customer and it is great for us to recognise this."

Air Southwest has four flights a day, seven days a week, from Plymouth to London Gatwick and has regular flights to Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Jersey and Bristol.

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