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Chartering a Helicopter for Business: How Much Does It Cost?

In you’re planning to charter a helicopter for business, the first question that pops into your mind is probably how much the cost will be. And as anyone would expect, the answer will depend on several factors.

Charges also vary among helicopter charter providers, but in most cases, you only have to pay for flight time, which means waiting charges don’t apply. Your final bill, however, is going to depend on the factors listed below:

Single or Twin-Engine

First off, do you need a single-engine helicopter or a twin?

Single-engine helicopters are cheaper and better for quick trips, like airport transfers or short private bookings. On the other hand, twin-engine helicopters, with their faster speeds, bigger interiors, and greater stability (more ability to fly in difficult weather), are best for corporate, VIP or night trips.

Points of Departure and Destination

Your departure and destination points obviously dictate how long the flight will be, and thus how much you have to pay for flight time. The distance is usually divided by the average en route flight speed to estimate how your flight time per way. Finally, the quotient will be multiplied by the helicopter’s rate per hour, and the product is now your total flying cost. Take note that other charges associated with your flight will be added to that, such as landing fees, overnight charges, and so on.

Number of Passengers

The number of passengers who will be on the trip determines the size of the helicopter to be used, and of course, the bigger the helicopter, the pricier it will be. Know that larger helicopters are less in supply, so in some cases, two or more helicopters have to be chartered, depending on what helicopter sizes are available.

Fuel and Fueling Stops

Helicopters are weight-restricted, which means the more passengers there are, the less fuel can be carried at a time. Refueling at least once may be in order before you reach your destination, and understandably, that will come with an extra cost.

One-Way, Day Return or Overnight Return

This usually has a big impact on the final quotation, although you will probably pay so much less for a one-way trip than a day return, for example.

Planned Flight Dates

When you plan to fly will help determine an accurate estimate, considering that the helicopter fleet or the pilot may be scheduled for other priority tasks. Pilot availability will be checked, for example, or whether there will be landing site extension or airfield fees to be paid. Additionally, you may also decide if you want to have two pilots on board for safety. Of course, two pilots means additional charges.

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