Helisul Linhas Aéreas

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Helisul Linhas Aéreas
Founded 1994
Ceased operations 1998
Operating bases Curitiba-Bacacheri
Parent company TAM Regional
Headquarters Curitiba, Brazil
Key people Eloy Biesuz
Rolim Amaro

Helisul Linhas Aéreas S/A was a Brazilian airline founded in 1994. In 1996 it was sold to TAM Transportes Aéreos Regionais, which incorporated the airline in 1998.


On October 5, 1972, Tropical Táxi Aéreo was founded in Foz do Iguaçu. It was a subsidiary of Tropical Hotéis, a company part of the same holding that owned Varig. This was later by Eloy Biesuz and the name changed to Helisul Táxi Aéreo Ltda.[1]

As part of its growing activities, Helisul Taxi Aéreo founded on May 16, 1994 Helisul Linhas Aéreas, as a charter airline operating regular flights and with operations concentrated at Curitiba-Bacacheri Airport linking Curitiba to other cities in Paraná state. On January 1, 1995 its license was updated to one of a regional carrier.[2]

On July 1, 1996 Helisul was sold to TAM Airlines and it began operating feeder services to TAM. Later, in December of the same year, as Brasil Central Linhas Aéreas was rebranded as TAM-Meridional, Helisul was also rebranded as TAM Express and received the entire Caravan fleet of Brasil Central to operate its former network. In 1998 it was completely incorporated by TAM.[3][4]

Helisul Táxi Aéreo still operates helicopter flights in Rio de Janeiro and Foz do Iguaçu and has certified maintenance plants at Curitiba-Bacacheri Airport.


Helisul served the following cities:


Helisul and TAM Express Fleets
Aircraft Total Years of operation Notes
Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante 4 1994-1996
Cessna 208 Caravan 38 1996-1998

Airline affinity program[edit]

Helisul did not have an airline affinity program.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Apresentação e histórico" (in Portuguese). Helisul Táxi Aéreo. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "História da Helisul" (in Portuguese). Helisul Táxi Aéreo. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Helisul (Brasil)" (in Portuguese). Aviação Brasil. Archived from the original on December 25, 2010. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "TAM Express (Brasil)" (in Portuguese). Aviação Brasil. Archived from the original on January 1, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Accident description PT-WAV". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 

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