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WHICH CAPPADOCIA HOT AIR BALLOON COMPANY IS YOUR FAVORITE?

How do you choose between the many Cappadocia hot air balloon companies?
Cappadocia hot air balloon companies

For most people the choice is made for them. Either their travel agent, hotel, or tour guide sets it up. However, a good percentage of travelers still decide for themselves, and you are probably one of them.

I have done some research and have not been able to find one place on the internet that lists all the different hot air balloon companies in Cappadocia. So, I decided to fix that. I personally visited and interviewed every company. I asked them the 11+ questions I recommended that you ask. Below I have given the answers.

The table contains a few key characteristics and below I have given fuller descriptions. Once you read through simply click on the name of the company, and you will be directed to their website.



CAPPADOCIA HOT AIR BALLOON COMPANIES

COMPANY # SLOTS (1st/2nd)[A] FLIGHT LENGTH (min) PRICE (Euro) BREAKFAST
Air kapadokya AIR KAPADOKYA 3/2 60 150 Basic[1]
Anatolian balloons ANATOLIAN 8/3 60,90 160,250 Basic
Assiana balloon logo ASSIANA 3/1 60 180 Basic
Atlas balloons ATLAS 2/1 60 150 Basic
Atmosfer balloons ATMOSFER 8/4 60, 90 160, 220 Basic[2]
Balloon turca BALLOON TURCA 4/2 60, 90 ? Basic
Butterfly balloons BUTTERFLY 4/2 60, 90 175, 250 Basic
Cihangiroglu CIHANGIROĞLU 3/1 30, 60st, 60com, 90 70, 160, 180, 230 Basic
Deluxe Balloons logo DELUXE 2/1 60, 90 175, 240 Open Buffet
Discovery logo DISCOVERY 3/1 60, 90 160, 250 Basic
Ezair logo EZ AIR 2/1 60 No Reservations
Goreme balloons GÖREME 7/4 60, 90 165, 230 Basic
Ist logo ISTANBUL 3/1 60 160 Basic
Kapadokyaballoons KAPADOKYA 10/5 60, 90 175, 250 Basic
Kaya logo11 KAPADOKYA KAYA 6/3 60,90com[3], 90del[4] 160,230 Basic
Maccan balloons MACCAN 2/1 60, 90 150, 200 Open Buffet
Rainbowballoons RAINBOW 6/3 60 175 Basic
Flyroyal ROYAL 5/2 60, 90 175, 240 Open Buffet
Logosaray200 SARAY 3/1 60st[5], 60com[6], 120del[4] 150, 175, 1500(total 4 people) Basic
Skyway balloons SKYWAY 3/2 60st[5], 60com[6], 90 160, 195, 220 Basic
Sultan balloons SULTAN 3/1 60 175 Basic
Turkiye balloons logo TÜRKIYE 3/2 60, 90 160, 250 Open Buffet
Urgup logo ÜRGÜP 4/2 60st[7], 60vip[8], 90 160, 170, 240 Basic
Universal balloons logo UNIVERSAL 2/1 60 140 Basic
Voyager balloons VOYAGER 6/3 60st[9], 60com[10], 90 160,180,250 Open Buffet

11 QUESTIONS?

One way to make this fair was to ask each Cappadocia hot air balloon company the same questions. I printed out the questions and took them to each office. Everyone was happy to talk with me. Each company is clearly proud of what they do and very concerned about safety. Some of the questions were impossible to verify and each company gave the same answer. For example, everyone says they have insurance and use propane to fly their balloons. I have no reason to doubt them. Also, they all have varying degrees of flexibility as to where they can take off depending on the wind. And they all understand the importance of being able to navigate up and down, in and out of Cappadocia’s wonderful valleys.

The other questions I asked were the following:
* When did they open?
* How many slots do they have and what size baskets?[A]
* How many pilots and how much experience do they have as well as what languages do they speak?
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price (some companies will negotiate if you call)?[B]
* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet and where do their guests wait before flying?[C]
* Are their guest transport vans branded?[D]
* What are their balloons made of?[E]
* With the answers to these questions you should be able to get a good picture of what a company offers as well as how it differs from its competitors.
* What this cannot capture is the personal touch that each company brings to the table. For that you will need to call and talk to someone or, even better, go by and meet the people at your company of choice. They will be happy to answer your questions and reserve a place for you on whichever day you are visiting.

CAPPADOCIA HOT AIR BALLOON COMPANY DESCRIPTIONS

*AIR KAPADOKYA
* When did they open? 2012 but began flying in 2013
* How many slots 3/2
* What size baskets? 18, 20, 24 passengers
* How many pilots? 9
* Pilot experience? Between 3-13 years
* Pilot languages? Turkish, English
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
– Standard 60 mimnute (150 Euro)
* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? In the breakfast hall in their main offices in Göreme
* Are their guest transport vans branded? No
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast by Cameron & Lindstand
Air Kapadokya’s guests mostly come from tour groups.
Cappadocia hot air balloon company valley
*ANATOLIAN
* When did they open? 2006
* How many slots? 8/3
* What size baskets? 10, 20, 28, 30, 36 passengers
* How many pilots? 15
* Pilot experience? From 3-9 years
* Pilot languages? Turkish, English
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
– Standard 60 minute (160 Euro)
– Deluxe 90 minute (250 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Ay Dede Restaurant in Göreme
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast
80% of Anatolian Balloons’ guests are from tour groups. They are owned by the same company as Discovery Balloons.

*ASSIANA
* When did they open? 2012
* How many slots 3/1
* What size baskets? 4, 16, 20 passengers
* How many pilots? 5
* Pilot experience? From 2 to many years
* Pilot languages? English, Arabic, Turkish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
– Standard 60 minute (160 Euro)
– Also offer a 4 person flight (900 Euro total)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Take-off point
* Are their guest transport vans branded? No
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast made by Cameron & Kubicek
Assiana Balloons was formerly Mavi Ay Balloons but changed the name when ownership changed in 2012. Most of their customers come from hotel and tour guide recommendations.

*ATLAS
* When did they open? 2012
* How many slots 3/1
* What size baskets? 4, 6, 10, 20, 24 passengers
* How many pilots? 5
* Pilot experience? Between 100 hours and 600+ hours
* Pilot languages? English, German, Turkish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
– Standard 60 minute (150 Euro)
* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? At the balloon
* Are their guest transport vans branded? No
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast by Cameron
Most of their customers come through agencies.
Cappadocia hot air balloon companies
*ATMOSFER
* When did they open? 2009
* How many slots 8/4
* What size baskets? 12, 20 passengers
* How many pilots? 13
* Pilot experience? 2-10 years
* Pilot languages? English, Japanese, Turkish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (160 Euro)
90 minute (220 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Office in Avanos
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast
Atmosfer Balloons mostly serves tour groups and charges half price for children. They are owned by Dorak Holding which also owns Kapadokya and Rainbow Balloons.

*BALLOON TURCA
* When did they open? 2009
* How many slots 4/2
* What size baskets? 12,20,28 passengers
* How many pilots? 7
* Pilot experience? From 5-10 years
* Pilot languages? Turkish, English, & French
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (ask the company)
90 minute (ask the company)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Large room in their main office building
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast by Ultra Magic
Most of Balloon Turca’s guests come through tour agents and hotel recommendations.
Cappadocia hot air balloon company mix
*BUTTERFLY
* When did they open? 2010
* How many slots 4/2
* What size baskets? 16 passengers
* How many pilots? 7
* Pilot experience? From 3-30 years
* Pilot languages? Turkish, English
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (175 Euro)
90 minute (250 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic + fruit
* Where do their guests wait before flying? At the main offices in Goreme
* Are their guest transport vans branded? No
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast
Butterfly Balloons does not take groups. They are connected with Kelebek Hotel in Goreme and most of their guests reserve through the internet or hotel recommendations. Their baskets fit 20 but they take a maximum of 16 passengers. They are one of the few, if not the only, company that serves real champagne.

*CIHANGIROĞLU
* When did they open? 2002
* How many slots 3/1
* What size baskets? 10, 16, 20, 28 passengers
* How many pilots? 7
* Pilot experience? From 250-2000 hours
* Pilot languages? English, Turkish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
– Standard 60 minutes (160 Euro)
– 90 minute (230 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic served at take-off point but inside
Cappadocia hot air balloon company* Where do their guests wait before flying? At take-off point
* Are their guest transport vans branded? No
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Cameron – Hyperlast
Cihangiroğlu Balloons’ guests mostly come through travel agent bookings. They give a half price discount for children from ages 6-11.

*DELUXE
* When did they open? 2013
* How many slots 2/1
* What size baskets? 12-16 passengers
* How many pilots? 4
* Pilot experience? From “new to many years”
* Pilot languages? Turkish, English, Japanese
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (175 Euro)
90 minute (240 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Open Buffet
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Restaurant in Goreme
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast
Deluxe Balloons is owned by the same people who own Goreme Balloons. Deluxe Balloons guarantees their passengers will see 2 valleys.

*DISCOVERY
* When did they open? 2011
* How many slots 3/1
* What size baskets? 10, 28, 36 passengers
* How many pilots? 5
* Pilot experience? From 2-8 years
* Pilot languages? Turkish, English
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (160 Euro)
90 minute (250 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Ay Dede Restaurant in Goreme
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast
Discovery Balloons is owned by the same company that owns Anatolian Balloons.

*EZ AIR
* When did they open? 1987
* How many slots 2/1
* What size baskets? 20 passengers
* How many pilots? 5
* Pilot experience? From 3-30 years
* Pilot languages? English, Turkish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (160 Euro)
* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? N/A
* Where do their guests wait before flying? N/A
* Are their guest transport vans branded? No
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast by Ultra Magic & Kubicek
EZ Air, the oldest hot air balloon company in Cappadocia, started in 1987, and Hasan, one of the 5 original Turkish pilots is still flying for them today. They currently are not taking reservations but only serving overflow guests from other companies.
Cappadocia hot air balloon companies goreme
*GÖREME
* When did they open? 1997
* How many slots 7/4
* What size baskets? 10, 16, 20, 24, 28 passengers
* How many pilots? 16
* Pilot experience? New to 15 years
* Pilot languages? English, Arabic, French, Turkish, German, & Flemish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
– Standard 60 minute (165 Euro)
– 90 minute (230 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Summer at the take off point, winter at the breakfast hall in Göreme
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast from Lindstrand
Göreme Balloons is the only company, as far as I know, that has a basket with handicap access. Around 70% of their customers are from tour groups, about 25% come from hotel recommendations, and just 5% from the internet.

*ISTANBUL
* When did they open? 2011
* How many slots 3/1
* What size baskets? 16, 20, 28 passengers
* How many pilots? 5
* Pilot experience? From 3-9 years
* Pilot languages? English, Turkish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (160 Euro)
* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Breakfast room in Çavuşin
* Are their guest transport vans branded? No
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Silver coated Hyperlast
Istanbul Balloons get most of their customer reservations from travel agents. They are 78% owned by Voyager Balloons.

*KAPADOKYA
* When did they open? 1991
* How many slots 10/5
* What size baskets? 4, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20 passengers
* How many pilots? 16
* Pilot experience? 3-7 years
Uchisar cappadocia hot air balloon* Pilot languages? English, Portuguese, Turkish, Japanese (from the ground), a little Russian
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (175 Euro)
90 minute (250 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Breakfast hall at their offices in Goreme
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them?
Kapadokyaballoons is the second oldest hot air balloon company in Cappadocia and get most of their guests from tour groups. They are owned by Dorak Holding which also owns Atmosfer, Sultan, and Rainbow Balloons.

*KAYA
* When did they open? 2005
* How many slots 6/3
* What size baskets? 2-28 passengers
* How many pilots? 15
* Pilot experience? From 500-5000 hours
* Pilot languages? English, Spanish, and Turkish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (160 Euro)
90 minute (230 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? In a breakfast hall near Goreme Open Air Museum
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast from Lindstrand & Ultra Magic
Kaya Balloons runs the largest pilot training school in Turkey and some of their pilots are trainers in the school. Most of their customers are from tour groups.

*MACCAN
* When did they open? 2014
* How many slots 2/1
* What size baskets? 4,8,16,& 20 passengers
* How many pilots? 5
* Pilot experience? From 5 – 9 years
* Pilot languages? Portuguese, French, Turkish, & English
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (150 Euro)
90 minute (200 Euro)
* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Open Buffet
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Office in Goreme
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast by Lindstrand
Maccan Balloons’ customers are a mix of agents, hotels, and internet.

Cappadocia hot air balloon company rainbow ortahisar*RAINBOW
* When did they open? 2012
* How many slots 6/3
* What size baskets? 12,16,& 20 passengers
* How many pilots? 11
* Pilot experience? From 2-15 years
* Pilot languages? Spanish, Turkish, & English
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (175 Euro)
– 90 minute (250 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Either at the office or the take off point depending on timing
* Are their guest transport vans branded? No
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast by Ultra Magic
Rainbow Balloons’ customers are part of group tours or from hotel recommendations. They are owned by Dorak Holding which also owns Atmosfer, Sultan, and Kapadokya Balloons.

*ROYAL
* When did they open? 2010
* How many slots 5/2
* What size baskets? Maximum 18 passengers for Queen flight, King flight max is 12
* How many pilots? 7
* Pilot experience? From 3-20+ years
* Pilot languages? English, Turkish, Arabic, Japanese
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Queen 60 minute (175 Euro)
Cappadocia hot air balloon company royalKing 90 minute (240 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Open Buffet
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Breakfast hall in the main offices in Goreme
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Silver Coated Hyperlast by Lindstrand
Royal Balloons has one of the only female pilots in Cappadocia. They get many passengers direct from internet reservations or hotel recommendations. Royal gives a baseball cap or hat as a gift for the Queen Flight and a polo shirt I have flown with Royal Balloons and had a great experience.

*SARAY
* When did they open? 1997
* How many slots 3/1
* What size baskets? 15, 20 passengers
* How many pilots? 5
* Pilot experience? 500 -1500 hours
* Pilot languages? English, Turkish, Arabic
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (150 Euro)
– Comfort 60 minute – maximum 16 people (170 Euro)
– Deluxe 120 minute – 4 people (1500 Euro total)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Turist Hotel in Goreme
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Some are and some are not
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Silver-coated hyperlast
They find most of their customers through tour agents and hotels. Saray was THK/TAA balloons until 2015.

*SKYWAY
* When did they open? 2007
* How many slots 3/2
* What size baskets? 12, 16, 20, & 28 passengers
* How many pilots? 9
* Pilot experience? From 3-15 years
* Pilot languages? English, Turkish, and Spanish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute – 20-28 people (160 Euro)
Comfort 60 minute – 12-16 people (195 Euro)
Deluxe 90 minute (220 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Green Hotel in Cavusin
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hypelast by Cameron, Ultra Magic, & Kubicek.
Skyway Balloons has 1 of the 2 female pilots in Cappadocia. 80% of their customers are from travel agencies or hotel recommendations and the rest are direct through the internet or phone.
Cappadocia hot air balloon companies valleys
*SULTAN
* When did they open? 2005
* How many slots 3/1
* What size baskets? 5,12,16,& 20 passengers
* How many pilots? 5
* Pilot experience? 4 years
* Pilot languages? English, Spanish, Turkish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (175 Euro)
– 90 minute (260 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Office in Uchisar
* Are their guest transport vans branded? No
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast by Cameron
Sultan’s customers come mostly from travel agencies. They are owned by Dorak Holding which also owns Atmosfer, Rainbow, and Kapadokya Balloons.

*TÜRKIYE
* When did they open? 2013
* How many slots 3/2
* What size baskets? 2, 12,16,20, & 24 passengers
* How many pilots? 5
* Pilot experience? 1000 hours minimum
* Pilot languages? English, Spanish, French, Italian, & Arabic
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (160 Euro)
90 minute (250 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Open Buffet
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Breakfast hall in their offices in Goreme
* Are their guest transport vans branded? No
Cappadocia hot air balloon company fairy chimney* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast (1 silver coated hyperlast) by Lindstrand
Turkiye Balloons is owned by 4 pilots who came together to start their own company. Their customers come from hotel recommendations and direct through the internet. I have flown with Turkiye Balloons and had a great experience.

*ÜRGÜP
* When did they open? 2008
* How many slots 4/2
* What size baskets? 12, 16, 20, and 28 passengers
* How many pilots? 7
* Pilot experience? 5-18 years
* Pilot languages? English, Turkish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (160 Euro)
VIP 60 minute (170 Euro)- max 16 people
Deluxe 90 minute (240 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Breakfast hall in Cavusin
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast by Lindstrand
Ürgüp Balloons’ guests come from hotel recommendations while 30% are direct from the internet.

*UNIVERSAL
* When did they open? 2013
* How many slots 2/1
* What size baskets? 12,14,16, & 20 passengers
* How many pilots? 4
* Pilot experience? From 3.5 – 7 years
* Pilot languages? English, Turkish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute (140 Euro)
* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Basic
* Where do their guests wait before flying? Office in Goreme
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Some are and some are not
Cappadocia hot air balloon company high* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Hyperlast by Cameron and Lindstrand
Their customers come from hotel recommendations and the internet.

*VOYAGER
* When did they open? 2008
* How many slots 6/3
* What size baskets? 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, & 28 passengers
* How many pilots? 12
* Pilot experience? From 6-11 years
* Pilot languages? English, Portuguese, Japanese, & Turkish
* How long are the flights and what is the advertised price
Standard 60 minute – 20-28 people (160 Euro)
Comfort 60 minute – 16 people (180 Euro)
Deluxe 90 minute (250 Euro)

* Do they serve basic breakfast or open buffet? Open Buffet
* Where do their guests wait before flying? At their breakfast hall
* Are their guest transport vans branded? Yes
* What material are their balloons made of and who makes them? Ultralast by Ultra Magic
Voyager Balloons gets most of their guests from hotel recommendations and travel agencies. Voyager has a sitting basket (passengers sit down during the flight) that holds up to 4 people. The flights include champagne and breakfast and costs 500 Euro per person.

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1. Basic Breakfast consists of coffee, tea, and some breakfast rolls. Some companies may have fruit or cereal or cookies also.
2. Open Buffet breakfast consists of a variety of hot drinks and juice as well as eggs, rolls/bread, meat, cereal, and fruit.
3. Com = Comfort- Usually means fewer people on the flight.
4. Del = Deluxe- Usually indicates a longer flight with fewer people and maybe other features like a free safari jeep ride.
5. St = Standard- This is the normal flight that every company offers.
6. Com = Comfort
7. St = Standard
8. VIP = Very Important Person- This usually refers to private flights.
9. St = Standard
10. Com = Comfort
A. Slot? and Basket size? There are 2 flights or “slots” each morning. The first is at sunrise and the second is an hour later. The maximum is 100 balloons in the air so the companies have been given a certain number of “slots” they can use. The numbers given represent the number of balloons they get for the first and second slot respectively.
Smaller basket capacity means more room and a better viewing position for each passenger.
B. Length of flight and price? The companies cannot guarantee the length. 60 minutes usually means between 50 and 70 minutes. I have been a number of times, and we always went over the time. Also, the quoted price may not be up to date as the companies do not inform me when they change their prices. You will need to check with their website to verify the price. And most of the companies offer a cash discount.
C. Breakfast? Some say a simple breakfast is better since the balloons have no bathroom. I have done it twice with companies that offered open buffet breakfast and everyone ate and nobody had problems in the balloon. Personally I preferred the bigger breakfast but I know not everyone does. You will be done in time to still enjoy your hotel breakfast. Also, some of the companies offer breakfast in their own place and some serve it at the take off point. They say guests want to see the whole process. I personally like being in a breakfast room and going to watch the last part of the inflation process. If you want to see more of the process, you should choose a company who serves breakfast near the balloon. Be aware of the morning temperatures when you are making this decision.
D. Branded vans? This helps when a few vans show up to your hotel and you are trying to figure out which one is yours. I have heard of people getting in the wrong van. Make sure you know which company you are going with.
E. Balloon envelope material? Different balloon manufacturers have different names for similar materials. In this post I have used the name Hyperlast to refer to a strong, safe coated nylon material that most of the balloon companies use. Cameron calls it Hyperlast, Lindstrand calls it Hyperlife, Ultramagic goes with Ultralast, and Kubicek uses a polyester based fabric that is different from Hyperlast but they claim just as good, if not better. I have no idea how to verify their claims except to say that they are not rated as high as the other companies among those with whom I spoke.