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|Founded||1997; joint venture 1998|
|Hubs||Macau Marine Terminal, Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, Shenzhen Baoan International Airport|
|Focus cities||Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen|
|Headquarters||Sheung Wan, Hong Kong and Macau.|
Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited (Chinese: 空中快線直升機公司) is a helicopter service operator based in Macau. Formerly known as Helicopters Hong Kong Limited and before that as East Asia Helicopters, it operates helicopter routes between Macau, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Sky Shuttle employs over 250 people.
East Asia Airlines Limited was established in July 1988 and Macau-Hong Kong services commenced in November 1990 by using two Bell 222 helicopters with six flights per day. Helicopters Hong Kong Limited (‘HeliHK’) established in 1997, formed a partnership with East Asia Airlines, to create the largest commercial helicopter operation in the Pearl River Delta region providing shuttle service between Hong Kong and Macau and introduced a fleet change from Bell 222 to Sikorsky S76C+ helicopters. Subsequently, a new company name “Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited” was launched in November 2008, as part of a new corporate branding exercise. In 2009 another fleet change took place when AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters were purchased to replace the aging S-76C+s.
The airline's noon departure from Hong Kong for Macau ended in a controlled ditching of one of its AW139s in Victoria Harbour immediately post-takeoff due to a tail rotor failure. The 11 passengers and 2 crew escaped serious injury.
Sky Shuttle is the sole commercial helicopter operator between HK, Macau and Shenzhen, PRC, with Sky Shuttle operating 40 flights daily between Macau Maritime Terminal and Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong from 10 am to 11 pm, and 6 flights a day between Macau Maritime Terminal and Shenzhen Baoan International Airport, all of about 15 minutes duration.
Sky Shuttle also operates services for sightseeing, aerial photography and general private charter.
- Sky Shuttle Heliport renamed from Shun Tak Heliport 2nd Helipad added 2009
- Shun Tak Heliport, at the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong - 1 pad built in 1986,
- Macau Heliport at 3/F Macau Maritime Terminal, Avenida da Amizade, Macau - 5 pads upgraded in 2001
- Shenzhen Heliport at 3/F of Shenzhen Baoan International Airport Terminal, Shenzhen, China
Also previously operated by Helicopters Hong Kong were
- "Aircraft Accident Report 2/2014 - Final Report on AgustaWestland AW139 registration B-MHJ helicopter accident at Hong Kong Victoria Harbour on 3 July 2010". Civil Aviation Department, Hong Kong. July 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
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