Founded in 1965, Papillon (French for “butterfly”) is one of the world’s largest “flightseeing” companies with 3,500 passengers served daily, narration in 16 languages and nearly 90 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination.
Family owned and operated, its brands include Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Airlines, Grand Canyon Coaches and Scenic Airlines. Papillon is one of the few companies that fly the entire Grand Canyon, including the South and West rims, home to the world-famous Skywalk, in addition to Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam. Tours afford maximum flight time, enabling guests to fully discover Grand Canyon’s great wilderness and scenic attractions.
Papillon operates nearly 90 helicopters and airplanes in its growing fleet of aircraft. Helicopter models include the Bell 206L, Eurocopter AS350 B2/B3e, EC130 B4/T2 and MD900. Airplane models include the deHavilland Twin Otter and Cessna Caravan. Papillon’s aircraft are specifically designed for sightseeing with onboard upgrades developed and patented by Papillon itself.