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Helijet inks frequent flyer and codeshare agreements

Helijet International, North America's leading scheduled helicopter service, has signed frequent flyer and codeshare agreements with Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Both agreements will commence September 8, pending government approval.

The marketing partnership will provide seamless connections through Vancouver International Airport for Alaska, Horizon and Helijet customers.

In conjunction with the arrangement, Helijet and Alaska plan to introduce air service operated by Helijet aircraft between Vancouver and Whistler Resort once government approval is received.

With the introduction of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flyer program, Helijet customers will be able to earn miles and redeem travel awards on 11 carriers, including American Airlines, British Airways, Continental Airlines and Northwest Airlines.

"Around the world, Vancouver is recognized as a truly international destination," said Gregg Saretsky, Alaska Airlines' Executive Vice President of Marketing and Planning. "The opportunity to connect Alaska and Horizon passengers through to Helijet's destinations and new service to Whistler in particular has tremendous potential. Helijet's solid reputation and loyal following of business customers provide the confidence and quality we need to make this relationship a success."

"This agreement means we're committed to providing passengers in Vancouver with connecting flights that are as seamless as any other Alaska or Horizon Air connection," said Rick Hill, Helijet's Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Alliances. "I also think you'll find all three carriers looking for new opportunities where we can combine our individual talents."

Helijet International Inc. is North America's largest scheduled helicopter airline, celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Helijet serves commuter and tour routes to Vancouver, Seattle, Victoria, Langley, Abbotsford and Richmond.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

Alaska and its regional partner, Horizon Air, together serve 80 cities in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Alaska was the first North American carrier to sell tickets online in 1995 and in 1999 became the first carrier in the world to allow customers to check in for flights online via the Internet.


Jack Walsh, Alaska Airlines  206-901-8753

Cheryl Temple, Horizon Air 206-431-4672

Rick Hill, Helijet, 604-273-4688

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