How the new-look Falcon aims to rule the waves

By Richard Wright

Saturday, April 5, 2014

 

How the new-look Falcon aims to rule the waves

The refitted Isle of Wight ferry, Red Falcon, which has been refurbished by cross-Solent travel company Red Funnel.

THE result of Red Funnel’s £2 million refurbishment of its Red Falcon ferry was unveiled to passengers this week.

The cross-Solent travel company said, as a response to increased demand, Falcon now had a 55 per cent increase in inside passenger seats, two additional passenger lounges, a new sun deck and a promenade walk.

Red Funnel chief executive Kevin George said: "We have listened very carefully to our customers to develop a new travel experience, which will meet their needs.

"There are significantly more inside seats, more tables for food and drinks, air conditioning, a new pet lounge, better facilities for wheelchair users and an improved food and beverage offer.

"The investment comes at an exciting time for the company and is part of our 'first choice’ strategy, which will drive our growth momentum.

"It is therefore great news for our customers and good news for the wider Isle of Wight economy."

He said for business travellers there were power points for recharging phones, laptops and tablets and the first phase of a much improved free Wi-Fi solution was available.

There was also a 'quiet zone’ for customers.

More than 30 digital screens were installed to inform and entertain travellers, while cameras on top of the bridge relay live pictures to the on-board screens and Red Funnel’s website.

Red Funnel said if the new design and layout was popular with customers, similar investments would follow on sister ferries Red Osprey and Red Eagle.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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