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The entire aviation industry came to a halt last year. When Covid-19 grounded traditional flights, my job at the national airline also went on hold. Since Captain Kallinen is a specialist in international business aviation, we wanted to see if we could create a new aviation service in Finland. The idea was to operate with absolute health safety during the pandemic and find our own niche afterwards.

Finland has been missing a luxury-themed, charter-oriented modern helicopter service that can fill the gap left by traditional airlines. Our modern turbine helicopters are effective and capable of providing new, flexible connections for international flights as well as operating safely in the Archipelago and other locations in Finland.

 

Facts

 

– Helsinki Citycopter was founded in 2020

–Offers exclusive Air Tours and private transportation services across

– Helsinki and Finland-Helsinki Citycopter was awarded in European Travel and Hospitality awards as the unique service of the year 2021.

– Entrepreneuers: Joonas Nurmi and Ari Kallinen

 

 

Helsinki Citycopter,

Helsinki, Finland

 

https://www.helsinkicitycopter.com/

 

Where did you get the courage to start a new business during a pandemic?

We didn’t want to sit on our hands: crisis is just another word for opportunity. We tested our concept by renting two turbine helicopters and built an effortless service first. We saw that there is a demand for private services in Finland, even during the pandemic, as our first flights sold out in no time – you might say we got off the ground quite nicely.

 

 

What kind of services do you provide? What can your passengers experience and see?

We provide flights for both business and pleasure. Our fleet is capable of 600 kilometres of uninterrupted flight, giving you access to some of Finland’s best regions in minutes, not hours. The chopper has a huge advantage in that it only needs a 20×20 flat surface to land. This means we can tailor our services for various needs.

In addition to private flights, our customers can book seats on certain flights. Since we are a luxury service, all our flights offer a high-value experience. These days, this means sustainability and substance over empty matter. Finland is known for environmental awareness, clean air and charming nature.

For travellers, the Finnish Archipelago is an exotic destination in all seasons. Helsinki is surrounded by water, and our most popular flights head to Åland and the Turku Archipelago.

We have also sought out partnerships with other service providers. Our Fly, Dine and Sail experience is one of these collaborations. You can admire Helsinki and its surroundings from the air while sipping champagne. We touch down on one of the islands for a full-on experience of archipelago bliss. Next, a top chef will create a four-course dinner menu from local ingredients. At the end of the day, a luxury catamaran will take you back to the mainland.

One of our most exciting new products is HeliBear.We will fly you to Kainuu in Eastern Finland, a place full of unique flora and fauna. There you can watch and photograph large carnivores – brown bears, grey wolves and wolverines – in their natural environment, accompanied by highly-trained guides.The experience includes direct return helicopter flights from Helsinki Airport to the wildlife company.

How can you guarantee health safety on your flights?

Hygiene and safety distances are considered every step of the way. Most of our flights are private, avoiding unnecessary contacts with other travellers and crew.

We also provide transfers to and from Helsinki Airport, meaning you can reach your flight straight from your home without setting foot inside the airport. All customs formalities, baggage handling and Covid checks take place in the business aviation terminal, which means you can board your flight in only 15 minutes.

What does sustainability mean to you?

From the very start, it was clear that we wanted to make our service as sustainable as possible. We are active partners in Visit Finland’s Sustainable Travel Finland programme.

We are also investing in a modern fleet of quiet Airbus helicopters with lower emissions. They consume less fuel than a mid-sized motorboat, especially when considering the distance travelled. Additionally, we are currently looking into various ways of compensating emissions associated with the manufacturing of our new fleet.

We aim to become carbon-neutral by the end of year 2023.

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