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The Costs of Chartering a Helicopter for Business

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 you may expect, there are many factors that will affect the answer.

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-Engine or Twin-Engine

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

If it’s going to be a quick trip, such as an airport transfer, a single-engine helicopter, which is cheaper, may do. 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 Origin and Destination

Your departure and destination points obviously play a part in the length of your flight and thus in your total bill. Predicting your probable flight time per way is usually done by dividing the distance by the average en route flight speed. Then the quotient is multiplied by the hourly rate of the helicopter, the product now being 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 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. You may have to refuel at least once before reaching your destination, and naturally, this will incur an extra cost.

Overnight Return, Day Return or One-Way

While you probably won’t pay half a day return rate for a one-way trip, this will generally affect the final quotation in a big way.

Planned 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. 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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