usa San Francisco Oakland Airlines

State of California


1961 to 1970    

Established January 1961, SFO started as a helicopter taxi service. On November 1963 was approved to provide services between San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, downtown San Francisco, downtown Oakland, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and points to Marin and Contra Costa Counties. SFO was the first commercial helicopter airline to operate without a subsidy from the Federal Government. At the time, the Oakland -San Francisco route, a 10 miles distance, cost $ 8.50. In 1961 started operations with the S-62. The S-61 joined in 1965. SFO declared bankruptcy on August 1970.

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List of Aircraft for San Francisco Oakland Airlines
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
61-222 S-61N 1964 N307Y : SFO Airlines 196?-1971; San Francisco Oakland Airlines
New York Airways N307Y : Sikorsky S-61N-3; New York Airways, Sikorsky serial N307Y, 25Mar64; lsd TW+
British International Helicopters G-BEIC : BIH Dec76-Jan93
Brintel Helicopters G-BEIC : Brintel leasing Jan93-May94; Brintel Helicopters May94-Aug00;
CHC Scotia G-BEIC : CHC Scotia Aug00-Nov01
Canadian Helicopter Corporation C-GROV : CHC Nov01-Jan02
- YV-1033C : Venezuela, Feb02-Aug03
Canadian Helicopter Corporation C-GROV : CHC Sep/Dec 2003, again Feb04-Jan06
Helijet International C-GBSF : Executive Transport Airways Ltd Jan06-Jun08; Helijet international Jun08-A+
Coulson Aircrane C-GBSF : Coulson Apr10-May12
EP Aviation N804AR : EP Aviation 29may12 (or N840AR?), conv to S-61T ?
: 2013 Afghanistan
61-223 S-61N 1963 N317Y : SFO Airlines 08Apr74; reg canx, 23Nov76; San Francisco Oakland Airlines
Sikorsky Helicopters N317Y : Sikorsky S-61N, c/n 61-223 ff?; del Sikorsky as N317Y unk; del Mitsubishi +
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries JA9507 : del Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in kit form 1963; reassembled as Mitsubish+
British Airways Helicopters G-BEID : sold UK as G-BEID, 24Nov76; engine fire warning, a/c ditched in North Sea,+
62-001 s-62a 1958 N880 : SFO Airlines 18Nov63; substantialy damaged during power off auto-rotation +
Sikorsky Helicopters N880 : Sikorsky S-62, c/n 62-001, ff 22May58; retained by Sikorsky as N880; modif+
Carson Helicopters N880 : sold and rebuilt by Carson Helicopters, airworthiness certificate issued +
62-006 s-62a 1959 N975 : SFO Airlines Jun61; dam in collision with car while taxying SFO Airport, 0+
Sikorsky Helicopters N975 : Sikorsky S-62A c/n 62-006, ff?; registered Sikorsky as N975, 1960
Court Helicopters ZS-HDJ : Court Helicopters, South Africa Jul71; w/o & stored Malan, 1975; reg canx +
62-009 s-62a 1960 N978 : SFO Airlines 1961; San Francisco Oakland Airlines
Petroleum Helicopters Inc N978 : Petroleum Helicopters, May64; dam after engine failure and heavy lndg near+
- N978 : canc Sep09

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