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.

Different helicopter charter companies will also charge different rates, but usually, they will only charge for flight time, which means no waiting charges. However, your final costs will be determined by the following:

Single-Engine or Twin-Engine

First off, do you want a single-engine helicopter 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, 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 origin and destination obviously determine the length of the flight and hence your flight time charges. 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. Keep in mind that other flight-related charges, like landing fees and overnight fees (when applicable), will be added further.

Passenger Count

The passenger count will determine the appropriate helicopter size, and of course, bigger means more expensive. Know that larger helicopters are less in supply compared to smaller ones, so for a large group of passengers and depending on availability, two or more helicopters may be necessary.

Fuel and Refuel Stops

Helicopters are weight-restricted, which means the more passengers there are, the less fuel can 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

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.

Intended 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. In addition, you may also decide if you want to have more than one pilot on board. Of course, having more than one pilot will incur extra charges.

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