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Airlines Operating Helicopters?  
User currently offlineGREATANSETT From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 508 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2798 times:

Do any airlines still operate Helicopters on service routes. AN used to operate services to Hamilton Island in the early 80's but that's all I can think of, can anyone help?


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User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2761 times:

Helijet Airways in Vancouver BC Canada is one that operates both copters and airplanes. They actually started out with the former (hence the name) and now operate a couple of turboprops.

User currently offlineGREATANSETT From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 508 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2755 times:

Thanks ETstar, What routes do you know?


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User currently offlineKl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5140 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2743 times:


KLM has them :


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User currently offlineGREATANSETT From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 508 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2737 times:

KI911-Thanks but do you know where they operate from?


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User currently offlineJoFMO From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

How economic is it to operate Helis in comparison to props on very short routes.

User currently offlineGREATANSETT From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 508 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

I don't know JoFMO but Ansett dropped its Helicopter services for 737-200's.


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User currently offlineJoFMO From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

I am especially thinking about routes of under 30min flight time. For example UAExpress has 8 flights from LAX to Ontario and 6 to Santa Ana with their Embraer 120.

They easily could replace these flights by helis without needing more flight time. Also I guess that helis doesn't need slots, so they could free up 14 slots.



User currently offlineKl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5140 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

GREATANSETT,

I've seen them at AMS, EIN and Den Helder.

KL911


User currently offlineGREATANSETT From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 508 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 2703 times:

Thanks KL911
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User currently offlineEksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1303 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 2707 times:
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Copterline flies scheduled operations between Helsinki heliport (Hernessaari) and Tallinn heliport (Linnahall). 17 minutes and the only scheduled service linking two capitals. Wink/being sarcastic


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User currently offlineKl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5140 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 2677 times:

Don't forget the NICE - CANNES service...


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Settled in 1976, the regular line is active 365 days a year, with a flight every 20 minutes, making then 40 flights in the both way, in connection with the arrival and the departure of the planes in Nice Airport. During the Monaco Grand Prix, Heli Air Monaco makes a real aerial bridge between Nice and Monaco.


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User currently offlineCAL From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 499 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 2666 times:

Didn't PAN AM once have some sort of Helicopter service in NY???


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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

I believe that Pan Am had helicopter service from JFK to the landing pad on top of the Pan Am building in mid-town Manhattan.

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-Will



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User currently offlineDgeHfx From Canada, joined May 2001, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 3 hours ago) and read 2633 times:


GL, Greenlandair operates several helicopter services. I flew two summers ago from UAK (Narsarsuaq) to JJU (Qaqortoq). It was about a 20 minute flight in a 24 seat Sikorsky 61. UAK is a hub for Greenlandair services in the southern area of Greenland. There were several communities which relied on helicopters for transportation.


User currently offlineFlyIGuy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2583 times:

I know before the USSR disbanded that Aeroflot did but don't know if they do anymore.

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User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

Greenlandair also operate some Sikorsky S-61s to reach some of the more difficult airports up there....


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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

KLM operates their helicopters to oil rigs in the North Sea. Not sure if they still do though, I thought the helicopter operation had been sold?


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User currently offlineNORTHSEATIGER From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 432 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2522 times:

Yes,
I beleive the KLM operation was Schreiner Helicopters which was baught over by CHC, The helicopters you will see at Den Helder are Offshore Oil Helicopters. I would imagine running props on short flights would be cheaper than running a helicopter as the maintenance costs are so high. I Beleive the cost of running a large helicopter for 1 hour is something between £1000 - £2000.



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User currently offlineSabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2714 posts, RR: 46
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2515 times:

Those are all nice, but they are/were not really regular routes you can just book with an airline, can you?

In the second half of the 1950s and for about one decade Sabena was one of the few airlines who actually operated many short haul scheduled routes with a large fleet of Sikorsky helicopters! I remember them serving DUS, Paris Centre, London City (not the airport with the same name, but landing almost in front of Big Ben) some other places on a regular basis.

Although these pioneering routes were very convenient, they were also loss making, so SN stopped them somewhere in second half of the 1960s...


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User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2490 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2499 times:

Yes,
I beleive the KLM operation was Schreiner Helicopters which was baught over by CHC, The helicopters you will see at Den Helder are Offshore Oil Helicopters. I would imagine running props on short flights would be cheaper than running a helicopter as the maintenance costs are so high. I Beleive the cost of running a large helicopter for 1 hour is something between £1000 - £2000.





yes, they indeed sold it to Schreiner, wich is still fying 1 or 2 helicopters wich came from KLM . the main reasons KLM stopped with the helicopter service were :

1) the helicopter crash, almost everybody on board died
2) the cost of running helicopters from out of AMS were way more expensive than the earned with it....

i miss the helicopters, they were always flying over our house, i even remember them when i was 4 years old.... hope we will see new helicopter


greatings maurice


User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2472 times:

The Greenlandair example I gave above is a regularly scheduled service that you can book - with a GL flight number, etc. Ok so it is probably slightly difficult for the vast majority of A.net members to go and actually fly on these routes, but they do exist!

Current schedule is here: http://www.greenland-guide.gl/gla/viewPage.php?id=204



User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5659 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

British International Helicopters operate from Cornwall to the Silly Isle.
See http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/47897/ for a recent trip report.

GreatAnsett
"Ansett dropped its Helicopter services for 737-200's"

Not exactly. The S61's were replaced by a boat which connected to the air srip on Hamilton Island, to which Ansett operated B732's

It was an inresting operation. the helicopter was based in the town of Prosapine, the closest airport to the islands, but most pax arrived by DC9/B727 at Mackay, about a 100 miles south. So the heli would position empty to Hayman, then fly to Mackay, via Daydream, South Mole & Long Islands, this was for pax from these islands not Hayman. It would then return non stop to Hayman and then non stop to Mackay, with Hayman pax.

At Mackay pax were exchanged with the jets, the heli returned non stop to Hayman with Hayman pax, then returned to Mackay non stop to pick up pax for the other islands, ending back at Hayman. The last leg of the day was then a ferry back to Prosapine.

One little known perk, sold only thru the Ansett office in Prosapine was a $5 ticket (1973) that entittlred you to travel to Hayman on the early morning ferry, spend the day as a guest at the resort, incl lunch, then fly back on the late afternoon return ferry. Best value ticket I ever purchased, about $500 worth of flying, resort usage and food for $5!!!

Gemuser



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User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2363 times:

I flew last week on a purely helicopter airline: British International (my TR is the one linked above). They operate S-61s.

BA used to operate them for the LHR-LGW shuttle, but the M25/M23 killed that really.



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User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

I'd take an S-61 between LHR-LGW rather than having to sit in that M25-M23 traffic any day  Smile

User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2255 times:

There is a little known state-owned carrier called "Pawan Hans" which operates only Helicopters. Mainly charter services, but it operates some scheduled services as well between Jammu (IXJ) and a holy shrine called Vaishnodevi in Kashmir as well as from some North-Eastern airports to remote cities in that region. They operate Ecureil and other French made choppers.

Private operators liek Air Deccan and MillionAir also oeprate choppers on scheduled flights.

-Roy


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