Spotlight on Business
Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
by Elizabeth Hurtado
Since its beginning in 1965 Papillon has flown millions of guests over the stunning Grand Canyon on its many exciting tours. Elling Halvorson, Chairman of Papillon Airways, owned a construction company that brought in helicopters to work on a project that would bring much needed water to the South Rim. What began as laying pipeline in 1963 in treacherous areas soon turned into spectacular air sightseeing tours. As people became more interested in seeing the spectacular Grand Canyon, Papillon established itself two years later as Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters.
Today, Papillon is now the largest sightseeing helicopter company in the world and continues to offer breathtaking tours at the South Rim, West Rim, and over the North Rim. Flights depart daily from the Las Vegas Boulder terminal and the South Rim, offering air only tours, canyon landings, combo tours, and all day excursions. From high in the sky guests can marvel in the beauty that nature has created through 277 miles of colorful canyon walls and the mighty Colorado River winding through the canyon.
As Papillon looks forward to the future, new and exciting adventures are underway. More tours will become available as the company continues to expand for the enjoyment of all. Guests flying with Papillon will be able to see regions of the canyon that are inaccessible by foot and fly past formations that can only be seen from the air. Tours to the West Rim offer guests a chance to walk on air at the Skywalk® glass bridge, take a ground tour along the rim, or enjoy a canyon landing.
The beginning of November 2007 brought the continuance of the Grand Canyon Mini-Stays; three day and two night getaways. All four of the mini-stays depart from the Las Vegas Boulder terminal and land at the South Rim. Guests can fly to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and discover the Havasupai Village and nearby majestic waterfalls. Other tours include flying to Monument Valley for an air and ground tour, or a smooth water float along the Colorado River at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Contact Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters at (702) 736-7243 or visit their web site at www.papillon.com.