|Hubs||Vancouver International Airport|
|Headquarters||Vancouver, British Columbia|
Helijet International is a helicopter airline and charter service based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It operates scheduled passenger helicopter airline services, a charter division (Helijet Charters) serving the film, television, aerial tour and general charter markets, and helicopter and jet air ambulance services. Its main base is Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Sightseeing tours are operated from the Vancouver Harbour Heliport located on the shores of Burrard Inlet, adjacent to Waterfront Station. Helijet Charters and partner Grouse Mountain operate scenic tours and packages from the helipad on the peak of the mountain. Helijet is British Columbia's largest air medical service provider, operating rotary wing and fixed wing medevac aircraft including Learjets.
The airline was established in 1986 and started operations between Vancouver and Victoria in November 1986 with one Bell 412 helicopter and 14 staff members. It was formerly known as Helijet Airways. During the past 25 years of operation, Helijet has grown from one aircraft in scheduled service with 14 personnel carrying just 22,000 passengers into a diversified company with 15 aircraft and 150+ employees carrying over 100,000 passengers per year. The company has an excellent record of aviation safety. With US Helicopter now defunct in the New York City area, Helijet is the only scheduled passenger helicopter airline service in North America.
In the past, Helijet provided scheduled passenger services with Sikorsky S-76 helicopters or Beechcraft turboprop fixed wing aircraft to Seattle-Boeing Field, Abbotsford International Airport, Langley Airport, Victoria International Airport and Campbell River Airport, all of which are still destinations accessible by Helijet Charters' services. Helijet has operated large, 19 passenger seat Sikorsky S-61 helicopters.
All scheduled passenger services between the company's heliports located in downtown Vancouver, B.C. and downtown Victoria, B.C. are operated with twin engine, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capable Sikorsky S-76 helicopters flown by two (2) pilots.
Helijet International operates the Vancouver and Victoria Harbour Heliports under its wholly owned subsidiary, Pacific Heliport Services.
Helijet operates bases at the following heliports/airports in the Pacific Northwest:
- Vancouver International Airport
- Vancouver Harbour, in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia
- Victoria Harbour, in downtown Victoria, British Columbia
- Prince Rupert/Seal Cove, in Prince Rupert, British Columbia
- Sandspit Airport, in Sandspit, British Columbia
Helijet also operates a service between Masset airport and numerous fishing lodges in the Haida Gwaii area during the BC fishing season. The fishing lodges have an operating helipad to facilitate this service, which includes passenger and cargo transfers.
The Helijet fleet consists of the following aircraft (at March 2013):
- 7 Sikorsky S-76A - C-GHJL, C-GHJP, C-GHJV, C-GHJW, C-FZAA
- 3 Sikorsky S-76C+ - C-GIHJ, C-GHHJ, C-GCHJ
- 3 Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III - C-GVIZ, C-GVIQ, C-GXHJ
- 2 Bombardier Learjet 31A - C-GHJJ, C-GHJU
- 1 Aerospatiale AS350 - C-GHJS
HeliJet once operated the following aircraft:
- Sikorsky S-61 helicopters
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 90.
- "Helijet - BC Air Ambulance services". Helijet Official site.
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