Over the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has entirely transformed the way millions of travelers view commercial air travel. More than ever, crowded airport terminals and cramped aircraft have led leisure and business travelers to consider chartering a private jet or helicopter, leading to an unprecedented shift toward private airplane and helicopter use.
At Helicopter Express, our fleet of helicopters routinely service charter customers around the Atlanta area, as well as in greater Georgia, Wyoming, Florida and New York.
With commercial aviation rebounding on a slower schedule, a gap between the need for business travel and the commercial industry’s capacity to add flights has ensued, and chartered air travel by helicopter has gained in popularity and frequency.
Moreover, while the largest barrier to entry for private air travel has always been cost, an increase in demand has begun to lower the price tag for chartered flights. According to a New York Times article published last summer, a private one-way ticket to San Francisco from Phoenix, Arizona could cost as little as $150.
The fact is: Flying privately in a helicopter or airplane ensures COVID-19 avoidance and safety by fulfilling the need for social distancing. Booking and boarding a chartered flight is a more streamlined process than traveling through an airport and, altogether, is far safer. Where a passenger on a commercial flight might encounter over 900 touch points—or places of frequent contact—in commercial aviation, the average private travel experience may introduce a passenger to only 30.
Beyond the health and safety benefits of chartered air travel, flying by helicopter is:
Convenient: Helicopter charters allow you to schedule your flight according to your own timetable. You’re able to board the aircraft just minutes before takeoff, fly directly to your destination—not the nearest city—and avoid airport congestion.
Accessible: Due to their size, maneuverability, and vertical flight capability, helicopters are capable of accessing and landing in hard-to-reach locations and tight spaces, like mountaintops, ski slopes, parking lots, and building roofs.
Fast: Traveling by helicopter circumvents traffic congestion, delays, road closures and construction. The average speed capabilities of Helicopter Express’ four charter aircraft is 132 knots, or about 152 mph.
Exclusive: Helicopter charters are one of the most comfortable and luxurious ways to travel. Your flight revolves around you, from personal luggage handlers to complimentary amenities.
Scenic: Unlike airplanes, helicopters fly at the perfect height to take in the sights. They offer large, panoramic windows that provide passengers with breathtaking 360-degree views.
So, the next time you decide to charter a helicopter for your travel, what are the best helicopters to choose from?
Passenger Capacity: 6 passengers
Maximum Weight Capacity: 5,250 pounds
Maximum External Load: 2,500 pounds
Maximum Speed: 140 knots (161 mph)
Maximum Range: 342 miles
The Bell 407HP is a single-engine, multipurpose helicopter from Bell Helicopter, featuring a four-blade rotor design that enhances its power and speed.
The Bell 407HP is one of our most versatile aircraft. Already a hero among our fleet, recent upgrades to the Honeywell HTS900 propulsion engine have made it faster, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient. It boasts speed, maneuverability and reliability, as well as superior capabilities in virtually all weather conditions, making it the ideal aircraft for chartered air travel.
Airbus AS-350 B3
Maximum Weight Capacity: 5,225 pounds
Maximum External Load: 3,200 pounds
Maximum Speed: 139 knots (160 mph)
Maximum Range: 345 miles
The Airbus AS-350 B3 is a light, single-engine helicopter known for its diverse range, excellent visibility, and built-in maneuverability. It features a wide cabin that receives low levels of vibration, as well as a passenger capacity of up to 5 people.
This powerful helicopter outclasses all other single engine helicopters in performance, versatility, and safety. Both light and strong, the Airbus AS-350 B3 excels in even the most extreme conditions, rigorous heat or high altitudes. Its exceptional maneuverability and superior visibility make this aircraft an ideal choice for air travel in challenging locations, climates and weather conditions.
Passenger Capacity: 4 passengers
Maximum Weight Capacity: 3,200 pounds
Maximum Speed: 120 knots (139 mph)
Maximum Range: 300 miles
Known for its reliability, sturdiness and unparalleled record for safety, the Bell 206B-3 is among the most exceptional turbine helicopters ever built. With a proven track record and low operating costs, the Bell 206B-3 is among our most popular aircraft and a economical, cost-friendly option for chartered air travel.
The Bell 206B3 is a stellar option for sightseeing, local trips and personal chartered flights. By far the most popular helicopter choice for cost, flexibility and safety, the Bell 206B-3 features:
lowest operating costs in class
robust cabin structure
shoulder harnesses for greater onboard safety and comfort
Passenger Capacity: 6 passengers
Maximum Weight Capacity: 4,100 pounds
Maximum Speed: 130 knots (150 mph)
Maximum Range: 345 miles
The Bell 206L-3 is the stretch version of the Bell 206-B3, meaning it’s slightly larger with higher passenger and lift capabilities, and is well loved for its impeccable design and performance.
Reliably smooth and efficient, the Bell 206L-3 is among the safest and most popular turbine helicopters in the world. With capabilities originally designed for military use, it’s primarily utilized today for commercial and corporate operations and is an ideal choice for business and leisure charter air travelers.
Smooth and easy-to-ride with a slightly larger cabin, the Bell 206L-3 is among the most popular and widely used charter helicopters.
Helicopter Express provides the ultimate experience in chartered air travel—wherever and whenever you need us.
Private helicopter charters offer convenience, speed, and luxury to travelers, not to mention added health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you’re flying for business or pleasure, Helicopter Express’ experienced pilots and best-in-class fleet will get you to your destination safely, comfortably and reliably.
Helicopter Express is based in Atlanta, but we regularly charter from locations in Georgia, Wyoming, Texas, Florida, and New York. Contact us today to learn more about our helicopter charters and discover how to travel with us.
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