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

If you’re considering chartering a helicopter for business, one of the biggest questions you probably have is how much it will cost. And as you may expect, there are many factors that will affect the answer.

Charges will also differ according to the charter company, although most of them charge only for flight time, meaning no waiting charges. The final cost, however, will depend on the following:

Single-Engine vs. Twin-Engine

First and foremost, would you like a single-engine or a twin-engine helicopter?

Single-engine helicopters are cheaper and better for quick trips, like airport transfers or short private bookings. On the other hand, if you want to charter a helicopter for a VIP, a corporate or night trip, you should go with a twin-engine helicopter, which is faster, bigger and more stable (able to fly in significant weather situations).

Points of Origin and Destination

Your departure and destination points obviously play a part in the length of your flight and thus in your total bill. To estimate how long you’ll be flying per way, the distance is typically divided by the average en route flight speed. The quotient is then multiplied by the helicopter’s hourly rate, and the product will be your 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 passenger count will determine the appropriate helicopter size, and of course, bigger means more expensive. Know that there are fewer bigger helicopters than there are smaller, so there are times when more than one helicopter will be needed for the trip.

Fuel and Refueling

Because helicopters are weight-sensitive, more passengers usually means that less fuel will be carried at a time. Refueling may be necessary at least once before you get to your destination, and naturally, there will be an additional cost.

Overnight Return, Day Return or One-Way

This normally has a huge effect on the final quotation, though for example, you will likely not pay half a day return rate for a one-way trip.

Intended Flight Dates

The date on which you intend to fly may also affect your costs, considering that other events or tasks may be lined up for the helicopter fleet or the pilot. For instance, a pilot’s duty hours will be taken into account, as well as whether there will be landing site extension fees. Furthermore, you may decide if you want to have two pilots (for safety purposes) or just one on board. Of course, having more than one pilot will incur extra charges.

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