Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Voted Best Helicopter Tour By USA Today’s 10best Readers’ Choice


Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter flying over Lake Mead.
(Photo Courtesy of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters)


 Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters received the No. 1 ranking in the 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Helicopter Tour in North America. A panel of industry experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees and then top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

“We are incredibly honored to hold the title of the Best Helicopter Tour company in North America. It’s a testament to our team’s continuous commitment to providing award-winning experiences for our guests in Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and beyond,” says Brenda Halvorson, chief executive officer, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters.

This award represents the most recent accolade received by Papillon, the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company. Earlier this year, Papillon received two Diamond Awards from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for excellence in maintenance and compliance. Initiated in 1991, the FAA Diamond Awards are considered the highest industry honors within the William O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Awards program.

Prior to that, Papillon’s safety management system obtained full Stage Three registration with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), granted by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). IS-BAO Stage Three represents the highest level of compliance with IBAC’s standard of best practices for aviation operations. IBAC granted Papillon the prestigious designation following an extensive, multi-year audit of its safety practices, safety reporting, dedication to ongoing improvement and overall safety-oriented company culture. No other aerial tour company serving Las Vegas or the Grand Canyon has obtained IS-BAO Stage Three designation.

Founded in 1965, Papillon (French for “butterfly”) Grand Canyon Helicopters is the world’s largest and longest-running aviation tour company with over 450,000 passengers served annually on more than 50 state-of-the-art, quiet helicopters and airplanes. Papillon is the only helicopter tour company that flies the entire length of the Grand Canyon with bases in Las Vegas; Boulder City, Nevada; Grand Canyon West; Grand Canyon National Park and Page, Arizona. For more information, go to or call (702) 736-7243 and follow Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. (#IFlyPapillon).

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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Voted Best Helicopter Tour By USA Today’s 10best Readers’ Choice