Whitesky to launch helicopter leisure service
Air charter operator PT Whitesky Aviation has announced its plan to launch Helicity, a helicopter charter service for tourists around Jakarta and West Java.
The service will be packaged as sightseeing tours to nearby spots such as Thousand Islands in Jakarta, Cirebon and Sukabumi in West Java, as well as for transporting tourists who want to travel around the areas, said Whitesky Aviation president director Denon Prawiraatmadja in Jakarta on Tuesday.
“As many as 173 helipads in Jakarta and 50 in Bandung are available for this new service,” Denon told reporters, adding that the service would start on Dec. 4, with each trip costing Rp 12 million (US$900) to Rp 14 million for four to six passengers, depending on the type of the helicopter.
“We have purchased more than 30 helicopters for this new feature,” he said. “Since unveiling the information [about the new service], we have received at least 60 calls a month from people who were interested.”
The company has invested around $66.5 million to purchase the helicopters, which will be delivered between the end of this year and next year, said Denon.
After Greater Jakarta and West Java, the service will be expanded to Bali and Bintan in Riau Islands, with operations in the latter reaching out to tourists from Singapore, he added. (bbn)