Heli Air, a newly established helicopter company initiated its first commercial flight today from its base at Pokhara Airport. The company conducted first commercial flight from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp today with its newly introduced Gyrocopter.
The Managing Director for the company Mr. Ronan Lamichhane said, “We are excited to onboard our first commercial flight and are hoping for the success.”
The first commercial flight for Heli-Air took off from Pokhara Airport to Annapurna Base Camp especially for sight-seeing that will last for half an hour. Gyrocopter often known as air taxi took off from Pokhara airport at 3 pm and will land back after half an hour long sightseeing of the Annapurna region.
The company has decided to charge USD$259 generally for 30 minutes long flight. Whereas one hour long air trip will be charged USD 398 and two hour trip will cost USD 698 respectively.
Captain Eric Freychet from France is flying the Gyrocopter for the first commercial flight.
Heli-Air Nepal is the one and only proud operator of Gyrocopter in South-Asia. The aircraft consists of fully integrated glass flight deck which provides flight information and safety. The aircraft especially suits for luxury travel as it consists of bubbled out windows which are quite comfortable for 360° view and photography. The aircraft is also popular for its performance and reliability as the aircraft is not affected by turbulence and is able to land anywhere if needed. So, it is estimated to be very useful for Mountain Flight, survey and other uses.
The company plans to add one additional Gyrocopter and two factory-made Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters soon. The company has also built its own maintenance hangar in Pokhara Airport to conduct maintenance work of Gyrocopter, Bell 505 and AS 350 B3e helicopters.