Helicopter Charters for Business: The Costs Behind
If you’re considering chartering a helicopter for business, one of the biggest questions you probably have is how much it will cost. And as anyone would expect, the answer will depend on several factors.
Different helicopter charter companies will also charge different rates, but usually, they will only charge for flight time, which means no waiting charges. Your final bill, however, is going to depend on the factors listed below:
Single 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. To estimate how long you’ll be flying per way, the distance is typically divided by the average en route flight speed. Finally, the quotient will be multiplied by the helicopter’s rate per hour, and the product is now your total flying cost. Keep in mind that other flight-related charges, like landing fees and overnight fees (when applicable), will be added further.
The number of passengers who will be on the trip determines the size of the helicopter to be used, and of course, the bigger the helicopter, the pricier it will be. 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 Refuel Stops
Since helicopters are sensitive to weight, more passengers typically means that less fuel can be accommodated at a time. Refueling may be necessary at least once before you get to your destination, and naturally, there will be an additional 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.
Planned 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. 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, if you want two pilots, you will pay an additional cost.