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US Helicopter Surrenders FAA Certificate  
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24884 posts, RR: 46
Posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6026 times:

Not much of a surprise, but US Helicopter Corporation which suspended operations in September with intentions of restarting operations pending the completion of a refinancing, has now informed the DOT that it voluntarily surrendering its FAA-issued Air Carrier Certificate and Operations Specifications. Subsequently the DOT has also cancelled the carriers interstate air transportation certificate authority.

OST-2005-20405


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User currently offlinebeeweel15 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5888 times:

Wow that bad like to see them coming in to JFK and especially when parked next to the JFK Train up can see it from the top. Will miss them. They should get a bigger copter that holds about 20 - 25 pax at least .

User currently offlinestar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5741 times:

Quoting beeweel15 (Reply 1):
Wow that bad like to see them coming in to JFK and especially when parked next to the JFK Train up can see it from the top. Will miss them. They should get a bigger copter that holds about 20 - 25 pax at least .


  They ceased service many months ago. Why on earth would they need a bigger helicopter? They couldn't fill the ones they were operating. I flew on them several times where I was the only passenger.

It was a good idea but (strangely) just not enough demand for this service.


User currently offlinedw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5378 times:

Quoting star_world (Reply 2):
Why on earth would they need a bigger helicopter?

I don't know what their pricing was, but perhaps a larger chopper could have lowered CASM enough to make the service more attractive? It is hard to do a low cost helicopter operation, and today more than ever business is cost conscious. If someone really wants to save time and has cash, they charter a GIV out of TEB.



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24884 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5268 times:

Towards the end they were offering fares as cheap as $45 which can be cheaper then a town car even, but they were simply not generating the business volume needed and had very negative operating margins quarter after quarter.


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User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2351 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5052 times:

They used to fly out of AA's terminal in JFK then switched over to DL's terminal which was supposed to generate more premium pax. Guess that didnt work.


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5047 times:

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 5):
then switched over to DL's terminal which was supposed to generate more premium pax.

Didn't they have some sort of codeshare type deal with DL?



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User currently offlinestar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5012 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 6):
Didn't they have some sort of codeshare type deal with DL?

Yes - and with CO out of EWR.

Quoting dw747400 (Reply 3):
I don't know what their pricing was, but perhaps a larger chopper could have lowered CASM enough to make the service more attractive? It is hard to do a low cost helicopter operation, and today more than ever business is cost conscious. If someone really wants to save time and has cash, they charter a GIV out of TEB.

This would make sense if they were filling the aircraft when the prices were low. As stated above, they were offering ridiculously cheap fares and the aircraft were still going out empty.


User currently offlinedw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4874 times:

Quoting star_world (Reply 7):

This would make sense if they were filling the aircraft when the prices were low. As stated above, they were offering ridiculously cheap fares and the aircraft were still going out empty.

Very true.. I did not realize the pricing was so competitive with ground options. If they couldn't fill a helicopter at $45/seat, either the market doesn't exist or their marketing efforts were very poor.

I wonder why they surrendered their certificate. I would have thought investors would have demanded it be sold.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3987 times:

Shame they're gone - I used them out of JFK and it was very enjoyable...though each time it was a private chopper (which can't be good for margins).

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