Confirmed: Amount 1-Hour Chopper Rides Cost Around Nairobi

  • MD 530F helicopters at a hanger.
    MD 530F helicopters at a hanger.
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  • Luxury travel such as hiring a private helicopter, commonly known as a chopper, is no longer something only the super-rich can afford and is becoming more and more common in Kenya.

    Apart from allowing individuals to have a more personalised travel experience, helicopter flights offer a luxurious and unforgettable experience that one can take advantage of when surprising a loved one.

    Helicopters are able to reach inaccessible places and are a great way of enjoying a scenic tour of Nairobi or surprising someone with a private flight to a favorite destination.

    Helicopters belonging to politicians at Dedan Kimathi University during the 2017 Madaraka Day celebrations.
    Helicopters belonging to politicians at Dedan Kimathi University during the 2017 Madaraka Day celebrations.
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    Additionally, helicopter travels are a great way of saving time as opposed to going through check-in and passport control when using other commercial flights. 

    Because of its many uses, hiring private helicopters is more accessible to Kenyans with a variation in prices and time. 

    A one-hour helicopter ride for three in Nairobi costs between Ksh100,000 and Ksh200,000 for a helicopter carrying five depending on the company you choose to use. 

    The price translates to Ksh33,300 per person for a ride that carries three and Ksh40,000 for a flight that carries five for one hour.

    A one-hour flight offers ample time for a scenic tour of Nairobi, executing a surprise for a loved one, or a flight to Nanyuki and back.

    Depending on the company of choice used, some helicopter companies allow for impromptu rides. However, for most companies, the rides are booked prior to allow for proper preparations. 

    The pricing of a private helicopter ride depends on many variables but the following are the key reasons.

    Number of passengers

    When you rent a helicopter, you typically have the entire aircraft to yourself. The helicopter is usually priced at a flat rate that the passengers split.

    As a result, if it's just you and another passenger, it'll be more expensive than, say, splitting the trip with another couple.

    Duration of the flight

    Most helicopters are hired by the hour but there are also daily fees, especially if you intend to spend the night in your destination city.

    In such cases, the price will rise because you may be required to pay for the pilot's lodging and meals. So, keep this in mind before planning a three-day trip.
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    To avoid paying an outrageous amount of money for a flight, make sure to bring as many people as possible on board based on the helicopter's capacity.

    One of the helicopters rented out by Execar-tive CarHire.
    One of the helicopters rented out by Execar-tive CarHire.
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