Richmondâ€™s Helijet International celebrated its two millionth passenger on Thursday, a major industry milestone the scheduled helicopter carrier has achieved after 25 years in business and flying more than 22 million kilometres.
The milestone passenger, Godfrey D. Archbold, President and CEO, Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia, arrived at the Vancouver Harbour terminal to board an 11:30 AM flight to Victoria when he was informed that was Helijetâ€™s two millionth passenger. Archbold was awarded with free airfare and a nightâ€™s stay at his choice of either the Fairmont Waterfront or the Fairmont Empress.
â€œItâ€™s important to us that we recognize this milestone because it shows how far Helijet has come in the past 25 years,â€ said Danny Sitnam, President and CEO, Helijet International. â€œTwo million passengers is no small measure for a scheduled helicopter carrier, and it shows how weâ€™ve kept to our core values of safety, reliability and customer service. The fact weâ€™ve been flying for as long as we have is testament to our staff, and the care they put into the product and service they provide.â€
When Helijet International started flying in 1986 the company had just one helicopter, one route â€“ Vancouver to Victoria â€“ and was Canadaâ€™s first scheduled helicopter service.
Since then, Helijet grew into a publicly traded company with a fleet of 10 helicopters and airplanes. Over time, the carrier diversified from passenger service to sightseeing flights, charters, cargo services and even flying for the film and television industry.
Today, Helijet is one of the largest providers of air ambulance services in British Columbia. Every year, Helijet flies more than 600 adult and infant patients to and from hospitals across the province with its Sikorsky S-76 helicopters and Learjet air ambulances.
Helijet became the first private sector participant in the Pacific Carbon Trust, the Province of British Columbiaâ€™s crown corporation for offsetting carbon emissions. The airline proudly declares itself carbon neutral and even maintains an online, paperless booking system to lessen its environmental footprint.
Helijet is a Canadian-owned company, North Americaâ€™s largest scheduled helicopter service and has carried two million passengers in the past 25 years. In addition to its scheduled and charter services, Helijet is a major service provider of dedicated medically equipped helicopters and turbojet aircraft for the Province of British Columbia and numerous medical service clients.Â www.helijet.com
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