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User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 818 times:

From photos I've seen, it appears some European airlines like BA and KLM use large helicopters as shuttles to the airstrips? Any info?


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User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 800 times:

Umm, you´re only partly right.

For example, if you enlarge the second, the KLM photo, it says the helicopter is used for flights to the North Sea oil rigs. So that would be an operation totally unrelated to the normal business of carrying normal passengers.

As for the BA, I imagine those were used for flights to the Scilly Islands, off the Cornish coast - again, not a shuttle in the sense you´re implying (i.e. airport -> city centre) but rather a normal flight to locations a plane can´t reach.

Another example would be Malta Air Charter who serve Malta´s only domestic route on behalf of Air Malta: Malta to the neighbouring island of Gozo.

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I was on such a flight half a year ago, and it sure was an experience!

Anyway, the only real shuttle service I´ve heard of were the flights from JFK to Manhattan which some airlines provided for their high yield pax. (I believe Lufthansa was one of them.)

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineLBA From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 796 times:

BA used to run helicopter shuttle service from LHR to LGW.

User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 794 times:

G-LINK an S61 used to link LHR - LGW (BA/Bcal joint idea)


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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 793 times:

When I was a kid (way back in the stone age of the late 1960s) Pan Am had copter service from the top of its building in mid-town Manhattan to JFK. I will never forget those trips. Awesome views when you pulled from the rooftop at 40+ floors up!


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User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 790 times:

LHR-LGW - now that sounds like a great idea to ease congestion! FRA should do that with HHN and/or MHG!

Daniel Smile


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