Notar520AC
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Helicopter Shuttles

Tue Jul 31, 2001 7:56 am

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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RE: Helicopter Shuttles

Tue Jul 31, 2001 6:39 pm

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.)

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RE: Helicopter Shuttles

Tue Jul 31, 2001 7:45 pm

BA used to run helicopter shuttle service from LHR to LGW.
 
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RE: Helicopter Shuttles

Tue Jul 31, 2001 8:21 pm

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

Tue Jul 31, 2001 8:25 pm

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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RE: Helicopter Shuttles

Tue Jul 31, 2001 9:21 pm

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

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