jayspilot
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Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 10:22 am

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.
 
gmonney
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 10:24 am

Search helijet...they are in YVR

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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 10:44 am

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.
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I can remember L.A. Airways in the 60's with S-61's. That was a while ago.
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usatoeze
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 12:39 pm

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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fanofjets
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 1:08 pm

Long Island Helicopters ran a tour service over New York City. They flew S-58Ts and Jet Rangers.
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myk
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 1:09 pm

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

Fri Feb 20, 2004 1:52 pm

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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commander_rabb
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 2:50 pm

Helijet of Vancouver BC is excellent.

Copterline of Finland is also very good.

Both use Sikorsky S-76.
 
aifos
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 3:14 pm

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
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Russophile
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 3:31 pm

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
 
sprxflySWA
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 3:53 pm

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.
 
canoecarrier
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 4:22 pm

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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trident3
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 5:25 pm

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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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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Georg
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 6:02 pm

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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iakobos
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 8:23 pm

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
 
La Carlota
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 8:33 pm

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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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 6:03 am

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.
 
sayem55
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 1:54 pm

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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sprxflySWA
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 3:29 pm

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.
 
canoecarrier
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 7:30 pm

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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QF747
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 7:54 pm

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

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iakobos
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 11:49 pm

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
 
schreiner
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Sun Feb 22, 2004 2:10 am

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

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sprxflySWA
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Sun Feb 22, 2004 3:03 am

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.

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ANX4fishing
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Sun Feb 22, 2004 3:15 am

There is a scheduled helicopter route between downtown Helsingborg, Sweden and CPH.
 
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Sun Feb 22, 2004 5:10 am

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 Worlds Fair. They were lovely in their Red,white, and blue livery. The S-61s that replaced them were good ships too,but not as nice as the Vertols. I used to love watching them land on the Pan Am building.
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northseatiger
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RE: Helicopter Airlines?

Sun Feb 22, 2004 9:20 am

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 of the 234 in BA colours.
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