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User currently offlineJayspilot From United States of America, joined May 2001, 298 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2992 times:

I just was looking through some pictures on the site and found some shots of New York Air operating Sikorsky helo's with passenger service..I was curious if anyone knows of any other airlines that operated them or still do. It would be interesting to see a big Sikorsky or Bell painted in United or Delta or someone else's paint job.

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User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2949 times:

Search helijet...they are in YVR

Grant



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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

I flew in NYA's S-61's between JFK and EWR a couple of times.
Chicago had a helicopter airline in the late 50's early 60's called CHA,
Chicago Helicopter Airlines. They flew old Korean War vintage S-58's and curtailed service on the early 60's because they "broke" a couple of them.
KnowwhatImean?

I can remember L.A. Airways in the 60's with S-61's. That was a while ago.



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User currently offlineUsatoeze From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 358 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

Copterline flies regularly from Helsinki, Finland to Tallinn, Estonia. The flight takes only 20 minutes and is better than taking either the Catamaran or traditional types of ferry that are offered.

Unlike the ferries, there arent the huge throngs of people stocking up on duty-free liquor.




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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1956 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2838 times:

Long Island Helicopters ran a tour service over New York City. They flew S-58Ts and Jet Rangers.


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User currently offlineMyk From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2835 times:

I am not sure, but I think that there were a helicopter Airline in the Maldives (hummingbird ????) not sure if they used ONLY helicopters.

User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2837 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2821 times:

Helijet even codeshares with F9. As for other scheduled helicopter airlines I haven't seen any, but I'm sure there are.


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User currently offlineCommander_Rabb From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 771 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2794 times:

Helijet of Vancouver BC is excellent.

Copterline of Finland is also very good.

Both use Sikorsky S-76.


User currently offlineAifos From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2766 times:

Heliairmonaco operating on the French Riviera has been in business for close to 30 years.
Great pilots, lots of VIP passengers, perfect connections between NCE and Monaco!
the website is worth the visit
Best,
Chris



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User currently offlineRussophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2747 times:

Myk

Hummingbird Helicopters disposed of the Mi-8s some years ago -- they are now known as Trans Maldivian Airways (www.tma.com.mv) and operate DHC-6

Also in the Maldives there was Seagull Airways -- which also operated Mi-8s.

The Mi-8 was quite popular in the atolls, but this changed after a crash in 1994, and the government decreed a couple of years later that the Mi-8 was no longer allowed to fly in the country.

Other helicopter airlines include:

Malta Air Charter -- Mi-8 -- flies sked between MLA and Gozo
Baltic Airlines - Mi-8 -- flies tourist flights around SPB, with talk of scheduled services to nearby cities in future
Utair -- formerly Tyumenaviatrans - Mi-8, Mi-6, Mi-10, Mi-26 - world's largest civilian helicopter operator with over 180 operational choppers in the fleet


User currently offlineSprxflySWA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

Helijet codeshares with Alaska, not Frontier AFAIK.

There was SFO Helicopter Airlines. Served various points around the Bay Area.


As far as helicopters in a major's livery, some were painted in Pan Am's colors in NY at one time.
I also think Houston had such a service also.

There was Airspur in LA, then not too long ago LA Helicopter, not to be confused with LA Airways.

To me,helicopter air services do not seem to be much of a money maker.


User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2837 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

SprxflySWA: There's a big Helijet sign hanging right next to the F9 counter here in SEA, I can assure you that they codeshare at least here, perhaps in YVR AS might, but they don't at the SEA airport.

Would very much like to take their flight to Whistler sometime from YVR.



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User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

There is one airline in the UK operating scheduled chopper services ,British International operate a service between Penzance and the Isles of Scily, they were originally a subsidiary of BA

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Also operating in the UK are Bristow operating services in the North Sea

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BTW is there anyone who can post a photo of a Chinook in BA colours, I remember them operating them in the 80's



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User currently offlineGeorg From Estonia, joined Feb 2004, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

Correct, Copterline makes many flights per day between Helsinki Heliport and Tallinn City Hall heliport. They visited couple of airshows last year with that chopper and it was very nice to see.

This is the chopper:

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User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3312 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

For the records...SABENA was the first (at least European) airline to introduce commercial scheduled helicopter services, that was 1-9-53 with 7-seaters Sikorsky S-55. They flew Brussels > Antwerp-Liege- Rotterdam-Maestricht-Koln-Bonn-Dortmund-Duisburg-Lille-Paris. The S-55 was replaced by the 12-seater S-58 in October 56

User currently offlineLa Carlota From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2639 times:

I once flew Hong Kong-Macau with East Asia Airlines, based in the former Portuguese colony. It was in 1999.
They used to run regular flights (I'm not sure if they still do) between the two places with Sikorskis S-76.
The flight took 16 minutes and departed from the ferry terminal in Hong Kong, arriving also to the ferry terminal in Macau.
Interesting flight.
This was the actual helicopter I flew (CS-MHF then, now B-MHF):

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User currently offlineVC745D From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 214 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

I flew NY Airways from EWR to the Wall St heliport in June of 1968--a twin-rotor Boeing-Vertol 107. I later moved to NY, and while working at 350 Madison Ave a NY Boeing crashed on top of (or, rather, off of) the Pan Am bldg a block away, ca. 1978--that ended the use of the Pan Am heliport, I believe.

User currently offlineSayem55 From Pakistan, joined Jul 2001, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2510 times:

PIA used to fly Silkorsky S-61N in the 60s. It became the first airline in the world to operate scheduled helicopter services.


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User currently offlineSprxflySWA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

HeliJet website doesn't even show ANY service to SEA, only 1x day BE1900 to Campbell River.
Just because there is a sign at F9 counter, they codeshare? Maybe ground handle. But they only goto BFI now anyway.


User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2837 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

Try Boeing field. They have an office on the northeast end of the airport, I haven't flown them, but they do have service there and I don't know how they get pax there. The last time I asked the F9 employees about it they said that there was talk of their 1900 servicing the SEA airport (not yet that I know), which might account for the sign. Next time you come thru the airport take a walk over there, I'm not making this up.


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User currently offlineQF747 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Browing the web and came across this site. Up to now I didn't know Ansett oprated helicopters any further info.

http://users.chariot.net.au/~theburfs/s61MAIN.html

Prana

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User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3312 posts, RR: 35
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2390 times:

Sayeem55
look three posts before yours, PIA was definitely not the first...
Off topic, but Sabena also undertook was is believed to be the first large scale rescue operation by helicopters, flying 400 sorties during the first days
of February 1953 during the catastophic flooding of the southern Netherlands. Operations were carried out by Sabena's Bell 47G, who normally flew a regular postal service as far back as 1951


User currently offlineSchreiner From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

Schreiner Airways is flying Sikorsky's in Africa and the Netherlands.

Cheers,
Schreiner



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User currently offlineSprxflySWA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

I saw that for a time, they were flying BE1900s into SEA , I have seen a pic in AIRWAYS magazine. I think they flew them to Victoria for a bit. Now BFI-Campbell River.
Now they have relocated back to BFI, I guess a lot lower costs!

Apparently helicopters from Seattle area are not that popular.

HAGD


User currently offlineANX4fishing From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

There is a scheduled helicopter route between downtown Helsingborg, Sweden and CPH.

25 DC3CV3407AC727 : I remember NYairways Vertol 107s in the 60's when i was a kid,busily shuttling back and forth between,JFK,LGA, EWR,the Pan AM building,and the NY Worl
26 NORTHSEATIGER : HI CANOECARRIER I work for the old BA Helicopters (now CHC Scotia) but if you go to www.conscot.cwc.net and select British International ther are pics
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