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San Francisco & Oakland Helicopter Airlines, Inc. San Francisco International Airport 28, California POplar 1-1630 - David Nelson FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 1961 "City of Oakland" was the name given to the San Francisco & Oakland Helicopter Airlines' new Sikorsky turbocopter today, at ceremonies at the City's new heliport on 10th Street adjacent to the Exposition Building and Oakland Auditorium. Swinging a bottle of bubbling champagne over the bow of the $310,000 red, white and blue aircraft, a lovely airline stewardess ably assisted by civic and city leaders, made the name official as a highlight of the inauguration of the new air transportation service here. Tomorrow (June 1), the first flight will leave San Francisco Airport for the Oakland Heliport at 6:30 a.m., than return to San Francisco Airport via the Oakland Airport. From then on, combinations of this route will be flown 30 times each day linking the San Francisco and Oakland airports with downtown heliports in both cities. On June 15, the flight frequency will be increased to 60 flights each day. Flights to Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Jose and Sacramento will be added in the near future. "After more than a year of preparation", M. F. "Mike" Bagan, President of the new company, said here yesterday, "we are prepared to offer the people of the Bay Area the most modern and efficient, comfortable and safest form of short haul now available." (more)
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