Helicopter Charters for Business: The Costs Behind
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 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. Your final bill, however, is going to depend on the factors listed below:
Single or Twin-Engine
First off, do you need a single-engine helicopter or a twin?
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.
Origin and Destination Points
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. 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 number of passengers going on the trip determines helicopter size, where bigger is of course 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
Since helicopters are sensitive to weight, more passengers typically means that less fuel can be accommodated at a time. You may have to refuel at least once before reaching your destination, and naturally, this will incur an extra cost.
One-Way, Overnight Return or Day Return
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.
Desired 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 example, a pilot’s duty hours will play a part, as well as whether airfield extension fees will be required. 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.