New Tours Originate from McCarran International Airport and Available in 10 Languages
LAS VEGAS (March 2011) – This spring, it’s champagne and stunning sunsets. Papillon Airways, Inc. now offers new tours, each designed to give the ultimate in personalized service by enabling guests to book private flights from McCarran International Airport’s Papillon terminal.
The tours showcase the grandeur and beauty of not only the Grand Canyon, but also the Las Vegas Strip. Guests will receive round-trip complimentary limousine service from most major Strip and downtown hotels. This accentuated with Papillon’s true, personalized service.
The tours are available in 10 languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish via digital audio narration.
Only three Grand Canyon Helicopters will be at the terminal, making the tours ultra-exclusive to book.
High rollers, families, brides and grooms – these are the guests who will love this service. They asked for this service and we provided it,” says Robert Graff, vice president of marketing, Papillon. “This is the ultimate in customer service for guests wishing to experience the Grand Canyon and be away from the crowds. We’re able to take any special occasion and make it that much more special.”
Guests will fly in Grand Canyon Helicopters – state-of-the-art Star B2 Model Series which comfortably seats up to six guests.
Golden Eagle Private Tour
Set to choreographed music and educational narration, discover the wonders of the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. On your way to the Grand Canyon, guests will take in the engineering feat of Hoover Dam. Soar over the Grand Wash Cliffs, Grapevine Mesa and Black Mountains. As soon as the helicopter approaches the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, guests are immersed in the magnificent sights of the canyon’s rock formations. The flight concludes with a trip down the famous Las Vegas Strip.
Total time for the tour from hotel pick up to drop off is approximately three hours. Pick up is approximately 45 minutes to one hour prior to departure.*
The price: $1,884.
Grand Celebration Private Sunset Tour
This is popular classic Papillon tour but now offered privately with a sunset departure time beginning at 5 p.m.
On this tour, in addition to seeing Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Grand Wash Cliffs and extinct volcanoes, the helicopter descends 4,000 feet into the depths of the West Rim of Grand Canyon. Guests will touch down by the banks of the historic Colorado River in time to explore the pristine Native American Hualapai lands. The landing concludes with a champagne picnic served under an authentic Hualapai Indian shelter known as a “Ramada.” The picnic includes turkey sandwiches, chips, fruit and cookies with an option for vegetarian. The flight tours the Las Vegas Strip before returning to McCarran.
Total time for the tour from hotel pick up to drop off is approximately nearly four hours.
The price: $2,754.
Departure times for tours are: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. with the sunset departure time of 5 p.m.
All tours originate from the Papillon Las Vegas McCarran Atlantic Terminal at 275 E. Tropicana Blvd.
For more information or reservations, go to www.papillon.com or call (888) 635-7272.
*Hotel pick up times are based on hotel location, time of day and traffic conditions.
About Papillon Airways, Inc.
Founded in 1965, Papillon Airways, Inc. (French for “butterfly”) and Grand Canyon Airlines/Scenic Airlines since 1929 are amongst the largest “flightseeing” companies in the world, with nearly 70 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination. The Halvorson family recently acquired Kenai Helicopters (now known as Grand Canyon Helicopters), Grand Canyon Airlines, Grand Canyon Coaches and Scenic Airlines. These companies are one of the few that fly the entire Grand Canyon including the South and West rims, in addition to tours of Las Vegas, Page/Lake Powell and Monument Valley. Tours afford maximum flight time, enabling guests to fully discover Grand Canyon’s great wilderness and scenic attractions. During busy months, the Halvorson companies fly more than 3,500 passengers daily.
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