Helijet launches air services from Prince Rupert
April 5, 2011, Richmond, B.C. - Richmond-based Helijet International has opened its Prince Rupert base located at Seal Cove and is now expanding helicopter charter and air ambulance services along British Columbia’s north coast.
By Carey Fredericks
The Prince Rupert base will be overseen by Steve Morrow and Andrew Scott. Morrow will oversee air medical operations and Scott will develop Helijet’s general charter business.
“We’re proud to develop Prince Rupert as a base of operations, and look forward to becoming an integral part of the city’s business and tourism community,” said Danny Sitnam, President and CEO of Helijet.
Helijet’s air medical service will operate a twin-engine Sikorsky S-76 helicopter under an exclusive eight year contract to the BC Ambulance Service, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. To keep the helicopter mission ready to fly at a moment’s notice requires a team of 12 highly trained professionals of flight crew and maintenance engineers.
Helijet has been under contract with the BC Ambulance Service, operating two dedicated helicopters based in Vancouver for over 12 years and for more than 5 years has also provided Lear-31 fixed wing jet aircraft.
Helijet will also offer general charter helicopter air services for the numerous business sectors in the surrounding community, as well as sightseeing tours for the local residents and tourists.
Helijet is a Canadian-owned company and is North America’s largest scheduled helicopter service, carrying over 1.9 million passengers in the past 24 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.