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Helicopter Luggage Holds and Utility Basket
Helicopters are only able to carry a limited amount of luggage
Luggage holds vary in size and shape fromhelicopter to helicopter but one similarity of all helicopters is the limited amount of space available for passenger luggage.
It is in our best interests and yours that we supply you with as much detail about the luggage capacities of the particular helicopter that you have decided to travel in. This for one is to save you money on excess luggage carriage and secondly; so that we provide the best service to our clients. We don't want you to spend more money than is needed plus we understand how nice it is for your luggage to arrive at the same time as you - no likes to wait for their luggage especially when it could take 2, 3 or more hours to arrive after you have.
As a clear guideline - each passenger should not be carrying more than ONE MEDIUM SIZED SPORTS HOLDALL. Please note the type of bag - 'sports holdall', helicopters do not cater for hard cases/bags for example Samsonite cases. If you wish for your luggage to be transported in the helicopter with you, you will need to use soft bags that can be squashed into the small luggage compartments. If you have excess luggage alternative arrangements will need to be organised for its transportation to and from resort.
Please note: If you turn up at the helicopter with too much luggage the pilot will make you transfer the excess by taxi, this will disrupt the flow of your helicopter transfer and in the worst case scenario where you are catching a helicopter from Val Thorens to the airport to catch your plane home your luggage if it has to travel by road will not make it to the airport in time.
For ski transfers; helicopter airport transfers to and from ski resorts where you will be travelling with what could be considered quite a substantial amount of luggage the best helicopter to perform the mission is the Eurocopter AS350. Apart from it being the most cost effective or least expensive helicopter it is also the helicopter that has the best luggage capacity especially with its utility basket for the carriage of skis. These reasons alone could be why the Eurocopter AS350 is the most widely used helicopter across the French Alps.
The Eurocopter AS350, AS355 and EC130 are the only helicopters that come with the very useful extra of a utility basket. Utility baskets come into their own if you or anyone within you party have skis! A few other helicopters will allow the carriage of skis but only skis of length 1m50 which, even by todays parabolic ski length this is very short! Many helicopters due to their luxurious interiors will not allow the carriage of skis! If you or any of the party have skis please inform us within your inquiry.