Helicopter Charters for Business: The Costs Behind
If you’re thinking of chartering a helicopter for business, the first question you’ll probably ask is how it will cost you. And as anyone would expect, the answer will depend on several factors.
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?
A single-engine helicopter, the less expensive of the two, is usually enough for short trips like an airport transfer. 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 dictate how long the flight will be, and thus how much you have to pay for flight time. 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. Keep in mind that other flight-related charges, like landing fees and overnight fees (when applicable), will be added further.
Number of Passengers
The number of passengers going on the trip determines helicopter size, where bigger is of course 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 Refueling
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, Overnight Return or Day 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
The date or dates of your intended flight will also affect your final quotation, considering that there may be other tasks or events that are prioritized for the pilot or the helicopter fleet. 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, having more than one pilot will incur extra charges.