Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
Founded in 1985, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is the leading aerial tour company in Hawaii and the only one that serves the entire state: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and in both Hilo and Waikoloa on the Big Island. Known for the finest aerial tours, the most expert pilots, the most advanced aircraft, a responsive and dedicated staff, superlative customer service, a track-record of outstanding community service, and countless awards, recognitions, and achievements, Blue Hawaiian regularly sets the bar higher for the entire the air-tour industry.
Blue Hawaiian worked with American Eurocopter (now owned by Airbus) for four years to develop the revolutionary “quiet technology” Eco-Star helicopter, and was the worldwide launch customer for this incredible 21st century machine that flies 50% quieter over Hawaii’s delicate environment. And Blue Hawaiian owns Hawaii’s largest fleet of Eco-Star T2s, the latest generation of the Airbus Eco-Star. The new model incorporates an active vibration-control system, improved climate control and a new Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine that provides increased power with lower fuel consumption. Updated safety features include the new Garmin 500 with synthetic vision to provide enhanced situational awareness for the pilot.
But state-of-the-art equipment and facilities are just the beginning. Only Blue Hawaiian insists that every one of its expert pilots must become a State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guide, and every Blue Hawaiian guest is given Bose® aviation-grade noise-canceling headsets to enjoy their pilot’s insightful narration along with the exquisite music that accompanies their tour. Blue’s fleet of state-of-the-art Airbus Eco-Star and A-Star helicopters allows two-way communication between guests and their pilot, and every aircraft is equipped with a 4-camera, all-digital video system to record each individual flight and pilot narration, including shots of the guests.
This kind of commitment to excellence gets noticed. According to National Geographic, Blue Hawaiian is “Hawaii’s premier helicopter tour company”; Frommer’s Guide to Hawaii has given Blue its rare “Recommended” rating every year since 1996, and calls them, “The Cadillac of helicopter tour companies.” The readers of Hawaii Magazine have voted Blue Hawaiian the state’s “Best Helicopter Tour Company” ever since the poll began. Indeed, Blue Hawaiian is the favorite of Hawaii’s citizens across the Islands of Aloha, having been voted “Hawaii’s Best Air Tour Company” 48 times since 2001 by the readers of newspapers on Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is also the only activity company in the world, of any kind, to receive the coveted International Star Diamond Award for Outstanding Quality and Service, from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, and it has received it every year since 1995. Blue has been further honored with the Academy’s Green Star Diamond Award for Outstanding Commitment to Ecology and the Environment, in recognition of Blue Hawaiian’s critical role in the development of the revolutionary Eco-Star helicopter and its investment in solar power for its Maui Operations Center.
Even more important, every year since 1998, Blue Hawaiian’s maintenance technicians have received the FAA’s highest recognition, the Certificate of Excellence “Diamond Award.” No other helicopter tour company in Hawaii has ever received this award. In 2009, the FAA awarded Blue Hawaiian its ultimate honor, the Platinum Award for Consistent Excellence. And Blue Hawaiian was the first helicopter tour company in the entire United States to be certified under the Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS), whose national safety standards exceed FAA Part 135 Air Carrier Regulations, and the Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) Platinum Program of Safety.
So don’t come all the way to Hawaii and miss seeing the real Hawaii. For the tour of a lifetime every time, choose Blue—Hawaii’s best.