Did you know that you can bypass being stuck in Bangkok’s notorious traffic jams by renting a helicopter to take you to and from select destinations in and around the city? Advance Aviation is the largest helicopter charter company in Thailand and they have a fleet of four top-of-the-line helicopters—a pair of 5-seat twin-engine EC 135s, and two 6-seat single-engine EC 130s—stationed in Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai. Meanwhile, the on-board amenities to make your pad-to-pad journey more agreeable include on-board beverage compartment, air-conditioned cabin, leather seats, Bose noise-cancellation headsets, and a 40 cubic ft. storage compartment.
You also get two highly experienced captains flying the vehicle, as well as the highest safety standards possible. While aloft you’ll cruise at a maximum speed of 256 kph, with a service ceiling altitude of 10,000 ft (3,045 m).
All airports countrywide (including airports for ultra-light aircrafts) are considered licensed helipads where helicopters are able to land, so you have the option of starting your journey to or from one of these sites. As for spots within the city to land, the list includes: the Charn Issara II Tower on New Petchburi Rd, close to Sukhumvit Soi 55; the UBC II Tower on Sukhumvit Soi 33; the riverfront Peninsula Bangkok Hotel on Charoen Nakhon Rd; the Radisson Hotel Bangkok on Rama 9 Rd; the Bangkok City Tower on Sathon Rd; and the Amari Atrium Hotel on New Petchburi Rd (close to the Asoke intersection). There are also three hospitals in town with landing pads—Smitivej Hospital, Bumrungrad Hospital and Bangkok Hospital—but those helipads are for patients only.
So what’s the cost of this time saving solution? The company charters their Bangkok-based EC-135 at the rate of B87,500 per flight/hour. And if that doesn’t sound lavish enough, the company also charters luxurious Gulfstream G200 private jets.